LEADVILLE, Colo.--()--Withstanding some of the most demanding conditions in the country, including rugged Colorado Rockies terrain and ascents up to 13,185 feet, 35 men and women completed what is arguably the most challenging endurance series in the world to earn the title as 2012 Leadman or Leadwoman. From June 30 through August 19—a span of only 50 days—an elite field of 68 men and women participated in the grueling five-event challenge.
In order to compete for the title of Leadman or Leadwoman, racers must compete in the Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike or Silver Rush 50-Mile Trail Run, Leadville Trail 100 MTB, and Leadville 10K Run. Participants had to complete all five events within the designated cut-off times (66 hours total for those who opted for the Silver Rush Run and 60 hours total for the Silver Rush MTB) to secure the title. The 35 winners resulted in a 50 percent completion rate based on the 68 starters. Proving the growth of the Leadville Race Series, the 68 starters and 35 winners both established new records.
|The 2012 Leadman and Leadwoman include:|
|Zach Allen||Boulder, Colo.|
|Jay Baker||Greenville, S.C.|
|Molly Behunin||Ogden, UT|
|Joseph Berg||Denver, Colo.|
|Timothy Bishop||Denver, Colo.|
|Chad Brackelsberg||Park City, UT|
|Charles Bybee||Denver, Colo.|
|Sean Churchill||Mequon, Wisc.|
|KT Desantis||Allenspark, Colo.|
|Tim Ferrell||Rochester, Minn.|
|Jared Fisher||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|David Haase||Fond Du Lac, Wisc.|
|Ted Herget||Jonesboro, Ark.|
|Paul Hooge||Boulder, Colo.|
|Troy Howard||Golden, Colo.|
|Marc Kriewaldt||Allenspark, Colo.|
|Michael Lamond||Leadville, Colo.|
|Christopher Norcia||Broomfield, Colo.|
|Tom Perry||Sandy, UT|
|Paul Rapinz||Boulder, Colo.|
|Matt Scotton||Newton, IA|
|Ray Solis||Parker, Colo.|
|Jeffrey Spencer||Leadville, Colo.|
|Chuck Stone||Golden, Colo.|
|Roger Stones||Littleton, Colo.|
|Scott Swaney||Castle Rock, Colo.|
|Megan Sweeney||Salida, Colo.|
|Al Thresher||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Tim Urbine||Denver, Colo.|
|Aaron Vanderwaal||Seattle, Wash.|
|Tim Waggoner||Golden, Colo.|
|Mark Wallace||Golden, Colo.|
|Christopher Westerman||Castle Rock, Colo.|
|Mark Wheeler||Nampa, ID|
|Ludwik Zon||Charlotte, NC|
Registration for the 2013 Leadville Race Series, including those necessary to claim the title of Leadman or Leadwoman, opens later this year. For more information 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.
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