Posted by: Joe English | August 22, 2007

Races: Leadville 100 Mile Race Report (Guest Writer)

Jim Kelleher of Pikes Peak Road Runners (PPRR) was kind enough to do the write-up below on the Leadville 100 Mile Trail Race. Thanks Jim!

Maybe it wasn’t one for the record books, but this year’s 25th running of the Leadville Trail 100 had plenty of competition and suspense, with one very notable exception: Who would win the run was not a question anybody was asking after the first 30 miles found Tony Krupicka, last year’s champ, cruising in fine form and feeling great. Whether he would best Matt Carpenter’s record was another matter. Spared a repeat of last’s year’s bonk over Sugarloaf, Tony was close enough that a small crowd of knowledgeable spectators gathered at the finish line just before the elapsed time of 15:42, the time to beat, came up on the clock. They would have to wait another half an hour for Tony to crest the last hill.

Although PPRR’s Harry Harcrow of Woodland Park took over three more hours to cross the line, Charley Corfield, finally caught by Harry on the last leg, was only nine minutes later. So close was the race for runner-up that, in fact, a mere 11 minutes separated 6th place from 2nd at the 60 mile Twin Lakes station.

Tammy Stone in the Leadville 100 Mile Trail Race

Ann Trason’s record of 18:06 was never in question, but there was plenty of guessing as to this year’s champ. Tammy Stone of Florence, a frequenter of PPRR running events, was able to hold off Michele Jensen. Michele was 32 minutes back leaving Twin Lakes inbound, but stepped upon the red carpet less than 5 minutes behind Tammy, virtually a photo finish for a 100 mile trail run.

Out of the 475 to start the event, 211 finished. The 44% survival rate was much less than last year’s, but not unusual for the LT100. Although the rain ceased by nightfall, the scattered showers started early and were very intense. This led to a river crossing out of Twin Lakes that was waist high for many in swift waters, necessitating a firmly anchored rope.

Much of the downpour occurred late afternoon just as the bulk of runners attempted the return crossing of 12,600 foot Hope Pass, formidable in the best of conditions, but sapping of strength and soul in the cold, rain, and mud. Large numbers had to turn back to Winfield, and many who went on, including local runners John Alexander, Collins Cuyler, and Mark Nagel, didn’t make it up and over the pass back to Twin Lakes until 11:30 PM.

Surgery prevented your editor from doing any pacing, let alone running the full event this year, but I did manage a few pictures. I found it impossible, however, to catch all the Springs runners since my first duty was to crew. Also, one weak spot for the LT100 is in the area of real-time communication. Besides causing consternation for anxious crew, this also translates into hit or miss result reporting from the aid stations, so some of the information listed below may be a little off.

Regardless, hats off once again to all the intrepid souls who ventured way beyond their comfort zone to attempt a trail run inconceivable for most runners just a few decades ago. If you see anyone you know on this or the next page, be sure to give them a hearty congratulations on making it however far they did.

[Post continues – for part II click here]

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  1. […] See the guest race report submitted by Jim Kelleher by clicking here. […]

  2. […] Races: Leadville 100 Mile Race Report (cont.) 22Aug07 [This is the continuation of Jim Kelleher’s race reporting from the Leadville 100 mile trail run. For the previous chapter, click here.] […]


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