LRS Silver Rush 50-Milers Draw 1,000+ Racers
In recent years, The Silver Rush 50-mile races are playing out much like the true Colorado Silver Rush of 1879. Often described as “a dramatic expansionist period,” the same could be said about these “smaller races,” standing in the shadow of the 100-milers which are held in August.
These races continue to bring more and more competitors, and their support crew (i.e. family and friends), to Leadville. And the races’ popularity are hard to deny when over 1,000 cyclists and runners choose to take on this lung-burning, leg-aching trek through Leadville’s historic mining district.
Start of Leadville Silver Rush 50 Mountain Bike Race
Things officially kicked off on Saturday, July 12 with the Silver Rush 50-mile Mountain Bike Race. Six-hundred and fifty two racers crammed onto the base of Dutch Henri Hill to start the race en masse, as they all charged up the hill.
Of those who started, 580 were male, 72 women. Eight people came from another country and 32 racers were right here from Leadville.
The top male and female who cyclists to make it to the top of the hill, earned a coveted LT100 MTB qualifier coin, allowing them entry into the sold-out bike race on August 9. The two coin winners were Chris Klug and Jari Kirkland. In fact, Kirkland of Crested Butte, would go on to win the women’s race that day with a time of 4:40:28. A good day, for sure! Here’s how the rest of the challenge mountain bike played out:
SR MTB – Men’s Podium
- Cameron Chambers, CO Spgs, 3:43:40
- Cesar Grajales, Longmont, CO 3:51:15
- Ryan Petry, Boulder 3:51:54
SR MTB – Women’s Podium
- Jari Kirkland Crested Butte, 4:40:28
- Anne Gonzales, Aspen 4:45:53
- KT DeSantis, Allenspark 5:15:54
In addition to the two 50-mile races – bike and run – there are a number of side-competitions, including the Bike Shop Challenge. Teams of three tough riders representing bike shops compete against other gear-heads, awarding the team with the lowest combined time from all three riders wins an amazing, hand-crafted trophy. This is the second year for this challenge and for the second time it’s Team MG Cycle & Sport who will take home the bragging rights along with the prize.
By the end of day one, the SR50 MTB results had also moved those competitors vying for Silver Rush Royalty, on to the next level. In this challenge, the male and female with the overall fastest combined times from both the SR Bike and SR Run are crowned the Overall Silver King and Overall Silver Queen.
The Silver Rush 50-mile Run starting gun went off early at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 13. While not as many runners, took their mark, 372 laced up for the challenge, 287 of those being men. But of the 10 locals who did run, Leadville represented well at the podium.
At the top of the heap for the women was Dana Kracaw of Leadville with a respectable 8:51:13. And in the men’s division, it was Leadville’s Timmy Parr (7:31:08) who placed second behind Ethan Linck of Denver, with the winning time of 7:01:26. Here’s how the rest of the race played out:
Silver Rush Run Men’s Podium
- Ethan Linck, Denver, CO, 7:01:26
- Timmy Parr, Leadville, CO, 7:13:08
- Richard Airey, Pleasant Beach, NJ, 7:45:32
Silver Rush Run Women’s Podium
- Dana Kracaw, Leadville, CO, 8:51:13
- Maria Sacchetti, New York, NY, 8:52:46
- Maria Gillespie, Berkely CA, 9:15:33
For complete Race Results, click HERE.