Krar, Arnold #DigDeep, Run Fast!
By Kate Lessman, Leadville Race Series
More than 600 runners from all 50 states and 41 countries competed in the iconic ‘Race Across the Sky’ held in Leadville Aug. 18 & 19. This world-renown 100-mile foot race travels through the challenging Colorado Rockies terrain with elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,600 feet, with a total elevation climb of more than 14,000 feet.
Rob Krar won the race for the second time with his prior win in 2014 finishing in 15:51:57, beating his previous time of 16:09:32. Krar is only the second person in the history of the race to finish under 16 hours. Krar also raced the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike race last weekend and finished 14th overall. Ryan Kaiser, finished second in 17:37:23 and Seth Kelly of finished third in 18:15:29.
In the women’s division, Katie Arnold, took the top honor in her first 100 trail race and won with a finishing in 19:53:40. Addie Bracy, finished second in 21:17:12 and Gina Slaby, finished third in 23:13:03.
The Leadville Trail 100 Run also marked the fifth and final challenge for those who competed for the titles of Leadman and Leadwoman. To earn the title of Leadman or Leadwoman, each athlete must also complete the Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike or Silver Rush 50-Mile Trail Run, Leadville Trail 100 MTB and the Leadville Trail 10K Run. This year, Joel Anderson finished seventh overall in the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 19:21:55 and claimed the Leadman title. Suzie Talley won the Leadwoman title finishing the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 24:49:55.
“It’s truly inspiring and amazing to watch participants at the Leadville Trail 100 Run cross the finish line each year and see the spirit of racing in Leadville is forever with them,” said Ken Chlouber, Founder of the Leadville Race Series. “Congratulations to our overall winners Rob and Katie and let’s celebrate all the runners who gave it their all on the race course this past weekend. All of our participants are champions in our eyes and inspire us to push beyond what we think is possible in our own healthy way of life journeys.
For complete results visit www.LeadvilleRaceSeries.com.
About the Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four mountain biking events, plus six events in the Leadville Qualifying Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bike in some of the world’s most iconic events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race Across the Sky.” Visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com for more information.