The Life Time Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half presented by La Sportiva welcomed a field of over 1,600 runners to the high country of Leadville on Saturday June 18th.
The marathon and half-marathon events feature out-and-back courses that take runners over challenging single-track terrain through historic mining areas outside of Leadville, Colorado.
Both courses culminate at 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass, the highest continuous pass in the United States, and the event has been hailed as the highest starting line for a trail marathon in the country.
Life Time, owner of the Leadville Race Series, hosted racers ages 17 to 81 from 47 U.S. states and eight countries at the event.
“What a record-breaking day,” said Tamira Jenlink, race director at Life Time. “Not only two course records set in our men’s marathon and half marathon, but an equally incredible and close race on the women’s side as well.
“Although the weather was taken into account today, it turned out to be near perfect temperature for our athletes.”
- Marathon – women’s division: Elizabeth Hogan, 22, of Louisville, CO, with a time of 4:20:09
- Marathon – men’s division: Tyler Andrews, 32, of Concord, MA, with a time of 3:22:24
- Marathon – non-binary division: Henry Nelson, 36, of Fort Collins, CO, with a time of 5:28:51
- Marathon – Women’s Para Division: Margaret Tezak, 57, of Denver, CO, with a time of 8:26:56
- Marathon – Men’s Para Division: Willie Stewart, 60, of Boise, ID, with a time of 6:22:32
- Heavy Half – Women’s Division: Jessica Roberts, 34, of Leadville, CO, with a time of 2:27:43
- Heavy Half – men’s division: Joseph DeMoor, 31, of Carbondale, CO, with a time of 1:52:03
- Heavy Half – non-binary division: Veronika Garofalo, 40, from Denver, CO, with a time of 3:31:54
- Heavy Half – Women’s Para Division: Chelsie Collatz, 29, of New Castle, CO, with a time of 4:23:49
- Heavy Half – Men’s Para Division: Wayne Dowd, 58, of Erie, CO, with a time of 3:37:07
The next running event on the Leadville Race Series schedule is the Life Time Silver Rush 50 presented by La Sportiva on July 9, followed by the Life Time Leadville 10K Run presented by La Sportiva on August 14.
The iconic Life Time Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva, also known as “Race Across The Sky,” will take place on August 20.
This weekend’s Life Time Leadville Marathon also kicked off the season’s Lead Challenge, where participants compete in five of Leadville’s trail and mountain bike events, ranging from 26.2 to 100 miles, for a total of 282 .4 miles. Riders must complete each event within the allotted time in order to move on and be eligible for the next event in the series.
Started with just 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four mountain bike events, as well as six Leadville Qualifying Series events. The race series spans three months and hosts thousands of runners and mountain bikers.