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 August 22, 2013

Buckle or Bust!
Q&A with Leadville champs Ian Sharman and Ashley Arnold
By Yitka Winn

This past weekend, thousands of runners and their friends, families and crews descended on the town of Leadville, Colorado, for the 31st running of the Leadville Trail 100 Mile (LT100), presented by Life Time Fitness. This year’s race boasted one of the largest fields in trail racing, with 1200 racers admitted—a number that no doubt contributed to the electric energy of this historic race, while also presenting some challenges in terms of course overcrowding, depleted resources at aid stations and traffic jams for crews.

Nevertheless, I was grateful for the opportunity to run this year’s race—my first ultra at altitude since moving to Colorado earlier this year—in anticipation of writing an in-depth feature story in an upcoming issue of Trail Runner.

Just as I began the 3400-foot climb up Hope Pass—the “crux” of Leadville for many runners—the leaders came bombing down it in the opposite direction, grinning and whooping as they ran. Though I’m a middle-to-back of the pack runner, the out-and-back nature of the LT100 course allowed me to see much of the front-runner action unfold throughout the day. Read on …


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09/20 Ragnar Relay HERA Team - San Francisco 200M; San Francisco, CA
09/21 Cle Elum Ridge 25K, 50K; Cle Elum, WA
09/21 Columbia River Power Marathon and Ultra 26.2M, 50K; Umatilla, OR
09/21 Drag-N-Fly Trail Runs 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Antioch, CA
09/21 Fall Out of Summer @ Calero Park 9K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Santa Clara, CA
09/21 Javelina Jangover Night Run 7K, 25K, 50K, 75K, 100K; Fountain Hills, AZ
09/21 Middle Fork 50K and 20-Mile Trail Run 20M, 50K; North Bend, WA
09/21 Santa Barbara 9 Trails 35M; Santa Barbara, CA
09/21 Sierra Nevada Endurance Runs 12K, 26.2M, 52.4M; Granite Bay, CA
09/22 Flagstaff Endurance Runs 50K, 50M; Flagstaff, AZ
09/22 Happy Girls Run Forest Grove 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Forest Grove, OR
09/22 Lagoon Valley Trail Run 3.0 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Vacaville, CA; www.lagoonvalleytrailrun.com

09/22 The Place Movin' Day 5K, 10K; Newbury Park, CA
09/28 Berkeley Trail Adventure 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Berkeley, CA
09/28 Big Sur Trail Marathon 5M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Big Sur, CA
09/28 Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon 5K, 13.1M; Avalon, CA
09/28 Lost Sierra 50K 50K; Graeagle, CA
09/28 Mogollon Monster 100 106M; Pine, AZ; www.mogollonmonster100.com

09/28 Mountain Lakes 100 100M; Olallie Lake, OR
09/28 Tehaleh 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Bonney Lake, WA
09/29 Catalina State Park Trail Race 5.2M, 10.3M; Tucson, AZ
09/29 Dirt Devil Dirty Invitational Trail Marathon 26.2M; San Diego, CA
10/05 Baker Lake 50K Trail Run 50K; Concrete, WA
10/05 Condor Trail Run 25K; Corvallis, OR
10/05 Mt Spokane 25K, 50K; Spokane, WA
10/05 Mt Umunhum 100k 100K; San Jose, CA
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10/05 Snowfest Scarecrow Spring and Stroll 5K, 10K; Tahoe City, CA
10/06 Big Bear Ridge Run 10K, 13M, 24M; Big Bear Lake, CA
10/06 K2 Summit 10K, 13.1M, 35K, 50K; Cool, CA
10/06 Santa Rose Rut Run 10K, 13.1M, 30K; Santa Rose, CA
10/06 XTERRA Estrella Mountain 8K, 20K; Goodyear, AZ
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10/12 Soulstice Mountain 6M, 11M; Flagstaff, AZ
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10/13 XTERRA Point Mugu Trail Run 11K, 18K; Oxnard, CA
10/19 Brazen Rocky Ridge Half Marathon Championship/10k/5k 5K, 10K, 13.1M; San Ramon, CA
10/19 Cave Creek Thriller 10K, 30K, 50K; Cave Creek, AZ
10/19 Coyote Ridge Trail Run 7M, 10M, 20M, 26.2M, 50K; Muir Beach, CA
10/19 Lake Padden Mudfest 13.1M; Bellingham, WA
10/19 Pioneer Saloon Ghost Run Fall 50K, 50M; Good Springs, NV
10/19 Quicksilver Challenge 10K, 13.1M; San Jose, CA
10/19 Run with the Kokanee 5K, 10K; Issaquah, WA

09/20 Goats in the Dark 3.2M; Missoula, MT
09/21 Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart Trail Run 13.5M, 19M; Crested Butte, CO
09/21 Emerald Mountain 12K; Steamboat Springs, CO
09/21 Jelm Mountain Run 10.3M; Jelm, WY
09/21 Vasque Golden Leaf Half Marathon 13.1M; Aspen, CO
09/22 XTERRA Marathon Of Trail Races 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Colorado Springs, CO
09/22 XTERRA Marathon of Trail Races 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Colorado Springs, CO
09/22 XTERRA Trail Running National Championship 5K, 10K, 21K; Ogden, UT
09/27 Bear 100 100M; Preston, ID
09/28 Cruxy Half Marathon 13.1M; Vail, CO
09/28 Devil Mountain Ultra 13.1M, 50K, 50M; Pagosa Springs, CO; www.joingecko.org/events

09/28 Double Robie & Aldape Challenge 16.6M, 26.2M; Boise, ID
09/28 Golden Gate Canyon Trail Run Half Marathon 12.7M; Black Hawk, CO
09/28 Idaho Mountain Festival 10K, 13.1M; Almo, ID
09/28 Mt Taylor 50K 50K, 50R; Grants, NM
09/28 Sundance Trail Run 10K, 30K, 50K; Sundance, WY; www.sundancetrailrun.com

09/28 Trick or Treat 12K 12K; Sun Valley, ID
09/28 Uber Rock 50K; Vail , CO
09/28 Ultra Race of Champions 100K; Vail, CO
09/29 Bear Chase Trail Races 10K, 13.1M, 50K, 50M, 100K; Lakewood, CO; www.bearchaserace.com

09/29 FORE Miler 4M; Centennial, CO
09/29 Snow Mountain Ranch Trail Run 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Granby, CO
10/05 Big Tesuque Trail Run 12M; Santa Fe, NM
10/05 Fall Evergold Trail Race 2M, 10M; Idledale, CO
10/05 HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon 13.1M; Highlands Ranch, CO
10/06 Blue Mountain 30k 30K; Missoula, MT
10/06 Blue Sky Marathon 13.1M, 26.2M; Fort Collins, CO
10/12 24 Hours Of Boulder...the Run 6H, 12H, 24H, 24R; Boulder, CO
10/12 Boulder 100 & 50K 50K, 100M; Boulder, CO
10/12 Mountain View Trail Run 13.1M; Syracuse, UT
10/12 Silent Trails Memorial 10M; Laramie, WY
10/18 Pony Express Trail 100 100M, 50M; Faust, UT
10/19 Antelope Island 50K & 100K 50K, 100K; Syracuse, UT

09/21 5K Trail Run for 2-1-1 5K; Ionia, MI
09/21 Birkie Trail Run and Trek 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M, 26.2R; Hayward, WI; www.birkie.com
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09/21 In Yan Teopa 10 Mile 10M; Lake City, MN
09/21 Renewable Trail Run 5K, 10K; Sandstone, MN
09/21 Surly Trail Loppet 5K, 13.1K, 13.1M; Minneapolis, MN
09/22 Crazy Leg 13.1 Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Chesterton, IN
09/22 Dirty FarmHand Mud Run #3 5K; Rush City, MN
09/22 Fall Colors Run 5M; Rush City, MN
09/22 Hell Creek on Heels 5K/30K 5K, 30K; Wilson State Park, KS
09/22 Norseman Trail 5K, 10M; Kensington, MN
09/28 Cardinal Scramble 5K; Sun Prairie, WI
09/28 Cheyenne Creek Fall Trail Run 5K, 10K; Hillsboro, WI
09/28 Cheyenne Creek Trail Run 2013 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Hillsboro, WI
09/28 Fall Trail Classic 4M; Caledonia, IL
09/28 FlatRock 50K, 25K; Independence, KS
09/28 Grand River Run 8K; Ada, MI
09/28 Hungerford Games 13.1M, 26.2M, 50M; Big Rapids, MI
09/28 Rock Bridge Revenge 12K, 25K; Columbia, MO; www.columbiatrackclub.com

09/28 Vasa Trail Head 5K, 10K, 25K; Traverse City, MI
09/29 Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; West Lafayette, IN; www.planetadventurerace.com

09/29 Wabash Heritage Trail Marathon 6.55M, 13.1M, 26.2M; Indianapolis, IN
10/01 Extreme North Dakota Trail Running Adventure Lap Style 6H, 12H; Grand Forks, ND
10/02 Autumn Trail Series #3 5.8K; Bloomington, MN
10/05 Bohemian Alps Endurance Runs 1M, 4M, 13.1M; Brainard, NE
10/05 FLATS Trail Half Marathon 13.1M; Kirksville, MO
10/05 Indian Lake Trail Run 6K, 12K; Madison, WI
10/05 Moraine Hills Run for the Hills 10K, 13.1M; Mchenry, IL
10/05 Porcupine Mountains Trail Marathon 5K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Ontonagon, MI
10/05 Red Heel Run 5K, 10K; Osage, IA
10/05 Top of Michigan 100K Ultra Run/Relay 100K; Gaylord, MI
10/05 White Tail Trail Half Marathon 10K, 13.1M; Waynesville, OH
10/06 Run Crazy Horse 26.2M; Crazy Horse, SD
10/06 Salamander Sprint Trail Run 5K, 10K; Fort Wayne, IN
10/06 Sandrat Trail Run 9.5M; Lawrence, KS
10/09 Hawk Ridge 6K; Duluth, MN
10/12 10-10-10K 10K; Rapid City, SD
10/12 Heartland 100 50M, 100M; Cassody, KS
10/12 Market to Market 50K 50K; Lincoln, NE
10/12 Newton Hills Trail Races 2M, 6.2M; Canton, SD
10/13 Fall Fell Trail Trail Race 7M; Olathe, KS
10/13 Glacial Trail 50 50K, 50M; Greenbush, WI
10/13 Towpath Marathon 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Cleveland, OH
10/16 Autumn Trail Series #4 5.8K; Bloomington, MN
10/19 Lake Perry Rocks 50K, 13.1M, 5K; Topeka, KS
10/19 Moccasin Gap 10 Mile and Heepwah 5K Trail Run 5K, 10M; Ozark, IL
10/19 St Pat's 24 Hour 6H, 12H, 24H; South Bend, IN
10/19 Wild Duluth Races 13.1M, 50K, 100K; Duluth, MN

09/21 12-Hour Adventure Trail Run 12H; Triangle, VA; www.athletic-equation.com

09/21 Hancock Shaker Village 50 50M; Pittsfield, MA
09/21 Les Haas Memorial Trail Challenge 7K, 14K; Ridgway, PA
09/21 Run for the Green 13.1M, 10K, 5K; Davidson, NC
09/21 Trails 4 Tails 40 Mile Ultra and Relay 40M; Hanover, PA
09/21 Virgil Crest Ultras 50K, 50M, 100M; Virgil, NY; www.VirgilCrestUltras.com

09/22 Conestoga Trail Run 10M; Holtwood, PA
09/22 Kismet Cliff Run 5M, 13.1M; North Conway, NH
09/22 Sloppy Cuckoo 12H; Philadelphia, PA
09/28 James River Loop 8-Mile Trail Run 8M; Richmond, VA
09/28 Megatransect 26M; Lock Haven, PA
09/28 Mountain Madness 7M, 25K, 50K; Ringwood, NJ
09/29 GVH MudslogXC 8M; Fairport, NY
09/29 Vermont 50 50K, 50M, 50R; Brownsville, VT
10/01 Out Of Bounds Half Marathon And 10K Trail Races At Bristol Mountain 10K, 13.1M; Canandaigua, NY
10/05 Lehigh Gap Nature Center More or Less a 10K Trail Run 10K; Slatington, PA
10/05 Ultimate Xc Vermont Edition 2K, 5K, 10K, 21K, 42K; East Burke, VT
10/06 Blue Steel Stampede 10K; Baltimore, MD
10/06 Blues Cruise 50K 50K; Leesport, PA
10/06 Houghton's Pond 6.2M; Milton, MA
10/06 Mountain RAID 4 & 12 Mile Trail Races 4M, 12M; Newry, ME
10/06 NipMuck Trail Marathon 26.4M; Ashford, CT
10/06 Paine to Pain 13.1M; New Rochelle, NY
10/12 Fall Foliage Trail Runs 5K, 10K; Waynesboro, VA
10/13 Fall Backyard Burn Trail Running Series #1 5M, 10M; Reston, VA
10/13 Green Monster 25K, 50K; Wellsboro, PA
10/19 Ghouls & Fools NightTime Trail Run 6.5M; Reading, PA
10/19 Into The Darkness 4 Mile Night Trail Run 4M; Roanoke, VA
10/19 TARC Fall Classic 50K 10K, 13.1M, 26.2M; Carlisle, MA

09/21 Chase the Sun Ultra and Relay 6H, 12H; Savannah, GA
09/21 Georgia Jewel 50K, 50M, 100M; Dalton, GA
09/21 Morgan Conservation Park Five Miler 5M; Louisville, KY
09/21 XTERRA Georgia Harbins Park 10K; Dacula, GA
09/28 Trails of Hope at Miller Springs 5M; Belton, TX
09/28 XTERRA Alabama Cheaha State Park 10K; Delta, AL
10/05 Arkansas Traveller 100 100M; Perryville, AR
10/05 Hunter Gatherer Ultras 50K, 100K; Rocksprings, TX
10/05 Rock/Creek Stump Jump 11M, 50K; Chattanooga, TN
10/06 FATS 50k 50K; North Augusta, SC
10/06 Goodwill Mud Run #3 3.5M; Greenville, SC
10/12 Beech Mountain Madness 50K; Beech Mountain, NC
10/12 Frogtown Trail Challenge 4M, 10M; Cumming, GA
10/12 John Holmes Trail Run 16M, 50K; Brooksvile, FL
10/12 XTERRA Georgia Fort Yargo State Park 5K, 10K; Winder, GA
10/13 Mystery Mountain Marathon 12M, 26.2M; Chatsworth, GA
10/19 Forge Trail Series - Battlefield 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Baton Rouge, LA
10/19 River Otter Trail Relay 10K; Awendaw, SC

09/20 Krali Marko Trail 2013-90km 90K; Prilep, Macedonia
09/20 USN Atlantic Coast Challenge 78.6M; Padstow, United Kingdom
09/21 5 Peaks Trail Run - Devon 5K, 21K; Devon, AB
09/21 Canadian Rockies HeliRun 19K; Calgary, AB; www.transrockies.com

09/21 Krali Marko Trail 2013-38km 38K; Prilep, Macedonia
09/21 Run Off The Grid 12K, 25K, 37K, 50K; Mattawa, ON; www.naturesharmony.ca/run-off-the-grid/overview

09/22 Scanlon Creek Run for the Trails 5K; Bradford, ON
09/22 The North Face Dirty Feet Trail Series #4 5K, 10K, 13.1M; Kamloops, BC
09/28 5 Peaks Trail Run - Buntzen Lake 5K, 15K; Port Moody, BC
09/28 5 Peaks Trail Run - Canmore Nordic Center 5K, 15K; Canmore, AB
09/28 Autumn Rush Trail Race 10K, 21K, 42K; Kelowna, BC
09/28 Patagonian International Marathonk 10K, 21K, 42K, 63K; Puerto Natales, Chile
09/29 II? trail del Moscato 50K; Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
09/29 Mutha's Nature Trail Run 25K, 50K; Vancouver, BC
10/04 Beaudry Lemming Loop 3H, 6H, 12H, 24H; Winnipeg, MB
10/06 TrailCross London 2K; London, ON
10/11 Votwo Atlantic Coast Challenge 78.6M; Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom
10/12 Calypso Trail - Mljet Islad 50K; Mljet Island National park, Croatia
10/12 Cuddly Coyote 3 9K, 27K; Black Point, NS
10/12 Great Ocean Walk 100s 50K, R, 100K; Apollo Bay, Australia
10/12 XTRAIL Asics Mt Orford 1K, 5K, 10K, 21K; Oxford, QC
10/18 Votwo Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge 78.6M; St Davids, Wales
10/19 Around the Lake Give 'r Take 30 Km 30K, 16K, 14R; Chilliwack, BC
10/19 Ucka Vertical 7.7K; Medveja, Croatia
10/19 Ultima Frontera Trail Races 55K, 83K, 166K; Loja, Spain
10/19 Vulture Bait Trail Races 25K, 50K London, ON

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