Sharman Wins 4th LT100
“Of all the times I raced Leadville, this race was definitely the hardest for me and winning this year means more to me than my other wins because I had to overcome more,” said 4x Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Run Champion Ian Sharman of Bend Ore as he tallied his latest win last Saturday evening.
More Than 600 runners competed in the iconic 100-mile event to earn coveted buckle and endless bragging rights this past weekend, Aug. 19 and 20, marking the 35th annual LT100 “Race Across The Sky” Run.
Sharman won the race for the fourth time with previous wins in 2016, 2015 and 2013, finishing in 17:34:51 this year. David Teirney of Denver finished second in 18:32:34 and Michael Hewitt also of Denver finished third in 18:59:45.
In the women’s division, Devon Yanko of San Anselmo, Calif. took the top honor finishing in 20:46:29. Simona Morbelli of Climax, Colo. (Italy), finished second in her first 100-mile race in 21:16:22 and Christy Burns of Evergreen, Colo. finished third in 21:43:15.
“Racing Leadville has been on my bucket list for a long time,” said Yanko. “I had such a great support group. This was the first time my husband paced me and towards the end of the race, he reminded me that one of my best skills is finishing strong so I was really excited to finish as strong as I did.”
The LT100 Run also wrapped up the Leadman and Leadwoman competition. To earn this title, each athlete must also complete the Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike or Silver Rush 50-Mile Trail Run, LT100 MTB and the Leadville Trail 10K Run. This year, Leadville’s own Wesley Sandoval finished ninth overall in the last Saturday’s “Race Across The Sky” in 19:57:12 and claimed a second Leadman title with a total time of 38:19:40. Congratulations Wesley!
“Leadville is a classic race and it’s great racing here. I’ll definitely be back at some point to go for five wins,” concluded 2017 Champion Sharman.
For complete race results, including how other Leadville locals did, connect HERE.