Leadville Trail 100 History

The Race Date: The Race usually occurs in the Month of August and Race Time usually starts at 4:00 AM

The Race: 50 miles out and back in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Lowest point is 9,200 ft. and the highest point is Hope Pass, 12,600 ft. The majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads. Pacers allowed after the 50 mile point. 11 well-supplied aid stations with cut-offs; 5 are medical checks.

The Awards: Race mementos and t-shirts to all entrants.  Finishers under 25 hours will receive a large, handcrafted gold and silver trophy belt buckle. Finishers under 30 hours will receive a handcrafted silver belt buckle. A hooded sweatshirt and medal to all finishers. All women finishers under 30 hours will also receive a gold and silver pendant.  Fantastic awards for gender and age group top finishers. Unique ore cart trophy to the first male and female finisher.


The Profile:

The Camp: LEADVILLE TRAIL 100 TRAINING CAMP – Three days of running, nearly 60 miles, on the LT100 course, complete with transportation to/from Leadville and the start/finish areas each day PLUS aide! Includes 4 meals, goody bag & event t-shirt! Plus panel discussions! Great for newcomers and seasoned LT100 runners alike

The History: Race co-founder Kenneth Chlouber, an avid marathon runner, conceived of the race as a way to make Leadville famous and bring visitors during a period of economic downturn. When he told the local hospital administrator about his idea he was told, “You’re crazy! You’ll kill someone!” Ken responded, “Well, then we will be famous, won’t we?”

Matt Carpenter, age 41, is the course record holder. His time of 15 hours and 42 minutes in 2005 shattered the previous Leadville Trail 100 record. The publisher of Colorado Runner magazine, Derek Griffiths, said afterwards, “It was a perfect race for him. He finished in daylight for crying out loud — no one has ever done that before. I think he has just raised the bar of ultra racing to a whole new level.”

Ann Trason holds the female LT100 record, 18:06:24, which set in 1994. As of 2003, her mark was the eighth best ever by any runner.[1]

Bill Finkbeiner, of Auburn, California became the first person ever to receive the “Leadville 2000-Mile Buckle” in 2003 for his twenty LT100 finishes.[2] Finkbeiner, Tim Twietmeyer at the Western States Endurance Run in Auburn, and Rick Gates at the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run are the only 20-time finishers of 100-milers in the modern era. Leadville is one of the four 100-milers in the United States that make up the “Western Slam”, completing four western 100-mile events: the Leadville 100, the Western States 100 in Northern California, the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, and the Angeles Crest 100 in Southern California. Leadville is also a part of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (the Vt 100, Western States 100, Leadville and the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run) and an optional part of the Rocky Mountain Slam (Hardrock 100 plus three of four other races in the Rocky Mountains: Leadville, the Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run, the Bighorn 100, or the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run).

Leadville is also one of the valid qualifying events for the Hardrock 100.  To see even more Wikipedia Leadville 100 history Read More.

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