Silver Rush 50 Mile Run Leadville, CO 50 Miles 8,000' of climb : 8,000' of descent Sunday, July 17, 2011 ------------------------------------------
Well here we go, Race one of my ultra-season is here, finally. It's been a long road getting to this point and over the last two months I feel like I've truly rallied my spirit and regained both my passion and fitness for a sport which, in a sense, drifted away after my Leadville 100 performance last August. This first race of the season is something I signed up for about 3 weeks ago on a whim. I felt like my training was better then I had hoped for and well on track. I am heading into this weekends race, certainly not thinking about racing it, but if the ultra-gods have it their way and my body feels ready I do very much intend on giving it a little push. In essence this is a training run on the long road back to the Leadville 100 to finish what I started last August. With any luck, my blog post on Monday will read "Johnny's Back!" We'll see how it goes.
Leadville events are not just races. They’re rites of passage. Created only for the strongest of minds, bodies and athletes. Set high in the Colorado Rockies, you’ll be challenged to conquer the mountains. But you’ll never get over the experience. Take on 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet four times. It will leave your lungs burning, heart pounding, and eyes completely amazed — while also preparing you for the pinnacle Leadville 100.The course is 50 miles out and back within the high altitude environment of Leadville's historic east-side mining district. The route is entirely on dirt, rocks, and mud and will offer the runner amazing climbs and exhilarating downhills all with incredible Leadville vistas. 14 hours is the time limit. Last years winner was Duncan Callahan who won in a time of 6:50:55 which was a new course record. This years race is only the fourth running of the Silver Rush 50 a race that has only ever been finished by 360 different people. If I can manage to break 10 hours at the race, I'll secure on of the top 10 fastest times for my age group in the races history.