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90 TALON Runners Hang Out Above 10000 Feet for the Leadville 100

A small trail running army from the TALON region will be playing at the “Race Across The Sky” within the Rocky Mountains around Leadville, Colorado for this weekend’s Leadville 100. Pretty sweet – every state in the region will be represented with Texas lacing up the large group with 50 low-landers ready to get after it. New Mexico brings the second largest group with 27 athletes followed by six from Oklahoma, five from Arkansas, and the dynamic duo from the ultra flat-lander state of Louisiana.

This out and back course dances between 9,200 and 12,600 feet for the entire 100 mile journey. The course offers a large amount of runable sections but how you handle the straw breathing is the wild card, especially with the majority of our athletes being low-landers.

The largest extended climb is the Hope Pass outbound grind. 3400 feet beginning at mile 40. Don’t burn too many cookies because you have to retrace your steps and head back up and over Hope Pass on the return…and then quad-bust for 3400 feet on the backside.

The top of Hope Pass looking South (12,600 feet) (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Of TALON interest at the pointy-end of the race, 2010 Leadville 100 female winner and Texas low-lander, Liza Howard, is back for another high altitude running adventure. Liza finished her first Western States 100 this past June in 21 hours (14th female).

Another athlete that caught my attention is 69 year old, Ian Maddieson, of New Mexico. This ultra veteran has some dialed-in pacing skills and simply knows how to get it done. Be inspired!

Let’s not forget we have three slammers going after their third 100. All the best to Paul Terranova (TX), PoDog Vogler (AR), and Brian Pilgrim (NM).

A couple weeks back I ran a good amount of the last 50 miles of the course over a couple amazing days with New Mexico buddy, Jason Taylor, as I plan to pace Lori Enlow of Oklahoma for 25 or so miles starting at Twin Lakes. Lori is tapered and ready to get after it!

Check out our entire TALON tribe going high this weekend along with a collection of my course recon photos to give a taste of what is waiting for them.


Brett Bassham

Ryan Bassham

Justin Burrow

Joshua Charles

Chuck Cofer

Inbound: Climb up to Hope Pass. Still hanging within the trees. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Don Crouse

Ashley Dack

Carrie Delbecq

Julie Doheney

Les Ellsworth

Inbound: Seeing the pass up ahead. Follow the singletrack. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Andrea Fisher

Daniel Ford

Maurice Forshee

Josh Geisinger

Edgardo Gonzalez

Inbound: Looking back from where you had come. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Robert Ham

Gary Horn

Liza Howard

Paul Huggins

Tara Kelly

Inbound: Heading down from Hope Pass towards Twin Lakes. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Robert King

Bob Klapthor

Jason Lippman

Steve Macdonald

Scott Marshall

Inbound: Heading down from Hope Pass...back in the trees. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

John Martinek

David Martinez

Edgar Martinez

Chris McDermand

Miles McGriff

Inbound: Music to the ears. Run along a stream on the way down from Hope Pass towards Twin Lakes. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Rick Middaugh

Larry Pearson

John Peck

Kimberly Pilcher

Shaheen Sattar

Inbound: Start of the climb leaving Twin Lakes (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Scott Shoaf

Amy Skudlarczyk

John Slate

Joy Smith

David Springer

Inbound: The climb continues leaving Twin Lakes. Beautiful views abound. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Jennifer Sticksel

Jeffrey Stukuls

Paul Terranova

Gary Van Kuiken

Jesse Vork

Inbound: Plush singletrack leaving Twin Lakes and heading towards Mount Elbert. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Chris Watt

Trent Wester

Gregory Wilkerson

Justin Wilkinson

Mark Yeaman


Ted Herget

George Peterka

Mike Rush

Paul Turner

PoDog Vogler

Inbound: Looking back at the initial section of climbing up the Powerline grind after Fish Hatchery. (Photo: David Hanenburg)


Richard Brown

Michelle Thomas

Inbound: Ready for the runable grade down to May Queen aid station (Turquoise Lake) (Photo: David Hanenburg)


Tom Brennan

Lori Enlow

Brian Franklin

Joel McCarty

Justin McCune

Robin Saenz

Inbound: The lake glowing in the daylight hours. Still heading down towards May Queen. (Photo: David Hanenburg)


New Mexico

Neil Blake

Jason Bousliman

Susan Brozik

Jillian Conrad

Gary Cuffin

Inbound: Final section of pine needled mixed with some fixed rocks on the way to May Queen. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Devin Farrell

Ken Gordon

Vlad Henzl

Jeremy Horstman

Jason Hoy

Nicholas Juskiewicz

Inbound: Another refreshing stream heading towards May Queen. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Lisa Lichota

Ian Maddieson

Erin Mayer

Brian Murray

David Nichols

Kimberley Nichols

Inbound: Pretty relaxed singletrack along the lake. (Photo: David Hanenburg)

Margaret Ochs

Jason Patton

Steve Peterson

Brian Pilgrim

Eric Pope

Pat Scott

Katrin Silva

Jacob Waltz

Kevin Zelechoski

Paul Zetocha

Current weather predictions show lows in the mid-30s and high in the low 70s. Sounds like perfect running weather. It is going to be a good one!

Good luck to our entire tribe this weekend!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

2 Responses to “90 TALON Runners Hang Out Above 10000 Feet for the Leadville 100”

  1. on 16 Aug 2012 at 7:55 pm Jonathan

    Absolutely fantastic!! To all runners – have a safe run and kiss the sky for me.

    Dave – have a great time in Colorado and enjoy the run. I’d like to get out there and volunteer next year.

  2. on 29 Aug 2012 at 2:24 pm David Hanenburg

    Jonathan – Definitely a great vibe at the event…worth the trip.