Leadville Trail 100 - Race Report
The Leadville Trail 100 is one of the “big ones” as far as 100 mile runs go. It’s been around for over 20 years, starts in a town who’s elevation is 10,200 feet above sea-level, never drops below 9,200 feet, historically about 50% who start will finish, and has 2 climbs (going out and coming back) that reach an elevation of 12,600 feet. All in all, there are just enough things stacked against you to make this already daunting task, a little more daunting. I was lucky enough to be provided the opportunity both from work, and more importantly, my wife to get out to Leadville about 2 weeks early to try to acclimate to a very foreign high altitude climate. I grew up and continue to live in Illinois so mountain peaks are pretty rare. Heck, hills that climbs much over 200 feet are scarce in my neck of the woods. On top of that, I’ve only been above 10,000 feet one time and that was during a little weekend get-away to Denver 2 years ago where my wife and I took a hike in Rocky Mountain National park. Ok enough of that. You get the picture, I am a flatlander.