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.
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.
Gary Van Kuiken
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 – EnduranceBuzz.com