A 100 mile race filled with rich history dating back to 1983.
Snuggled within the Colorado Rockies with lush green forests and flowing streams continuously within your field of vision. The views of Turquoise Lake while running along the singletrack trail - magical.
Turquoise Lake glowing in the daylight hours. (Credit: David Hanenburg)
A blending of an old mining town and an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.
The Leadville 100 hosted a gathering of the tribe at possibly the biggest 100 miler in the United States with 800-ish registered runners. This big-ness has also created a bit of controversy and logistical issues in the last couple years.
A race with really good running terrain for most of it. The catch – the course traverses from 9,200 feet to 12,600 feet at the top of Hope Pass, which you get to enjoy (or at least not vomit on yourself, hopefully) twice in this out-and-back course. And a 30 hour time limit adds to the keep-it-movin’ excitement.
The top of Hope Pass (12,600 feet) (Credit: David Hanenburg)
This race also brings out a great group of TALON athletes willing to take on the “Race Across the Sky” adventure. Out of the 360 total finishers, 15 were part of our local tribe! (Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the total list of TALON athletes that laced them up and began the journey.)
Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico all brought home a finish with the Lone Star State collecting the majority.
The often smiling, yet gritty trail runner, Liza Howard of Texas led our TALON athletes to the finish at the top of 6th Street in downtown Leadville. Liza led the female scamper for most of the race and held tough late in the race for second place honors in 20:01:15.
Matt Smith of Texas led the TALON boys, finishing 24th overall in 21:53:23.
New Mexico had both our wisest and yougest finishers with Edward Trzcienski earning a 27:09:02 finish at age 52, and 30 year old Trent Wester could finally stop moving after 29:43:06 of heart and determination.
Our average finisher was just under 40 years old.
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