Marathoners Ready to Run on Saturday
“Despite the massive snowfall, the Leadville Race Series crew is committed to hosting the event and has been working tirelessly to create a new course,” said Michael Melley, Vice President of Operations at Life Time. So for all you Marathoners, it’s time to lace up and head out to the start line this Saturday, June 15, for the Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half Marathon produced by Life Time which will kick off the famed ultra-endurance event season in Leadville.
With the record-setting snowfall in the Colorado Rockies this past winter and snow levels on the existing course reaching 20-feet high, the route for the Leadville Marathon and Heavy Half had to be changed this year. And it appears, that the racers are not only ready but grateful for the crew’s hard efforts in re-routing the course for both races in the 11th hour due to snow levels on Mosquito Pass.
“Thank you for all the hard work and for the update. Excited for my first and historic Leadville event!” wrote Karen McManus DiPietro on the Leadville Race Series Facebook Page. According to race organizers, the new route went through 12 revisions in order to include spectacular views with significant elevation gain, while maintaining the same start and finish location.
Racer Kevin Baker also expressed his take on the course re-route: It looks like the Heavy Half is a pretty gentle grade. A lot more people are going to be able to run the entire course as the effects of altitude will be less of a shock. I would expect much faster times. Nice work to get the courses ready!
Toeing the line on Saturday is a strong women’s field including famed long-distance runner and two-time Olympian, Kara Goucher, Addie Bracy, 2nd place finisher at the 2018 Leadville Trail 100, Brittany Charboneau, 17th place finisher at the NYC Marathon and Tara Richardson, winner of the 2018 Grand Traverse Trail Run.
The Leadville Trail Marathon and 15.5-mile Heavy Half Marathon kick off the Colorado portion of the Leadville Race Series. The Leadville Trail Marathon is a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 Run and the courses also offer a perfect introduction for those looking to attempt other ultra-endurance events like the Silver Rush 50 Run. The Leadville Trail Marathon is the first event in the famed Leadman/Leadwoman competition, where athletes participate in five Leadville Race Series events throughout the summer.
Competing again in the Leadman competition this year is longtime participant Dave Mackey who seriously injured his leg in a 2015 trail running accident and finished 12th in The Leadman Series in 2018 with a prosthetic leg. Leadville local Wesley Sandoval, Leadman record holder, is also returning in an attempt to reclaim his crown.
“We can assure you that the race will still embody the iconic experience of all Leadville Race Series events,” concluded Melley.
Both races begin on Saturday, June 15 at 8 a.m. at Sixth Street Gym, 124 E. Sixth Street, Leadville, Colorado. Come cheer on the racers as they make it back to town! Good Luck to All!