Boulder’s Ryan Smith wins 2019 Leadville 100 with consistent second-half pacing

By Daniel Petty, courtesy of the Denver Post

Boulder’s Ryan Smith won the Leadville 100 trail run on Saturday night thanks to consistent second-half pacing that left his rivals unable to respond. It was the biggest win of his ultrarunning career.

a person standing next to a tree: Ryan Smith #931 races with Clare Gallagher, his pacesetter, during the Leadville trail 100 run on August 17, 2019, in Leadville.

© Provided by MediaNews Group d/b/a Digital First Media Ryan Smith #931 races with Clare Gallagher, his pacesetter, during the Leadville trail 100 run on August 17, 2019, in Leadville.

The Boulder-based runner, who came to the United States from the United Kingdom and works full-time a software engineer, was greeted at the finish by his wife and almost 2-year-old daughter. He turned 40 years old this year.Bath To Shower Conversions – See MoreDiscover & Browse Bath To Shower Conversions Now on ConsumerSearch!Sponsored by consumersearch.com

“There’s just a lot of running in the race,” Smith said, referring to the long flat sections along much of the course. “It really favors a flat runner rather than a mountain runner, and I typically do a lot of mountain stuff.”

His win — in 16 hours, 33 minutes, 25 seconds — was far from expected. Smith was not among the pre-race favorites to win, and he wasn’t feeling well leading into the Twin Lakes aid station near the 40-mile mark. But at the turnaround at Winfield, he held his pace steady, averaging around 10 minutes per mile for the rest of the race.

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Full details revealed of mountain lion attack on runner in Colorado

From OutThere Colorado
By Liz Forster

Photo Credit: Dougal Brownlie; The Gazette

Usually, when Travis Kauffman is trail running and hears something rustling in the brush, he doesn’t get alarmed. It’s likely just deer foraging or a squirrel.

Last week, while on a 15-mile run the afternoon of Feb. 4 in a remote area of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space just west of Fort Collins, something told Kauffman to look back when he heard a crunch. When he did, he saw a mountain lion about 10 feet away getting ready to pounce.

The gangly, 5-foot-10 Fort Collins resident had moved to Colorado from a town in the southern Ozark Mountains of Arkansas five years ago for the outdoors. He picked up mountain biking, trail running and downhill and cross country skiing. At 31, being active made him “feel younger,” he said.

He had biked the West Ridge Trail, which is steep, technical and remote.

Just minutes before spotting the big cat, he had completed the tough first ascent. Then, “one of his worst fears was confirmed.”

“My heart sank into my stomach,” he said Thursday during a news conference in Fort Collins, the first time he had spoken publicly about surviving the attack.

Kauffman had read about what to do if he encountered a mountain lion, so he halted, threw his hands up in the air and yelled to intimidate the animal.

It showed no signs of backing down. The juvenile mountain lion, also known as a puma or cougar, which Kauffman estimated to be about 3 to 4 feet wide and 2½ feet tall, leapt at him and locked its teeth around his right wrist.

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Silver Rush 50 Run

Leadville

 

Take on 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions at the Silver Rush 50 Run. It will leave your lungs burning, heart pounding and eyes completely amazed — while also preparing you for the pinnacle Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva.

 

2019 registration is now open!

New registration options include a relay, a 15-mile run race, and a kids duathlon.

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Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half

Leadville

 

Run through the historic mining district’s challenging old mining roads and trails, and hit a high of 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass during the Leadville Trail Marathon or Heavy Half Marathon. The views will leave you breathless, if you’re not already. The marathon will mark its 18th year in 2019, while the Heavy Half will mark its 14th.

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Weekend Preview: There’s an Off Road Theme

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 14th

 

Stroke & Stride

Boulder


FREE Women’s Race Clinic with Alison Freeman

Boulder


Saturday June 16th

 

XTERRA Lory

Ft. Collins


Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half

Leadville



Cycling Events

Thursday June 14th

 

BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Ride the Rockies

Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


USAC Para Road Race & TT National Championships

Augusta, Ga


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga


Friday June 15th

 

RMRS: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


Ride the Rockies

Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga


Saturday June 16th

 

7th Annual G’Knight Ride

Longmont

 

The G’Knight Ride is a celebration of cycling, and is meant for cyclists of all ages, sizes, and abilities.  The Ride is a great excuse to dust off that old 10-speed, mountain bike, or cruiser and hop on with 2,000+ other riders on a great evening tour.  The G’Knight Ride helps to fun cycling education and bike refurbishing programs throughout the year by Bicycle Longmont, the area non-profit bike advocacy organization.


Century Experience Ride

Florissant


Denver Century Ride

Denver


Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

Lone Tree


Bailey HUNDO & HUNDitO

Bailey


MOOTS Colorado Ranch Rally

Steamboat Springs


RMRS: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga


Sunday June 17th

 

Parker Mainstreet Criterium

Parker


Golden Cruisers Fight to End Alzheimer’s Ride

Golden


FIBArk MTB Races

Salida


RMRS: Crested Butte

Crested Butte


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Augusta, Ga

Breck Crest Trail Run

Breckenridge

 

The Breck Crest is quintessential Breckenridge. There’s something special about tackling the “thing” you look up at everyday…the beautiful Ten Mile Range is our backdrop and this course brings you smack into the heart of it.

Trail marathon, half marathon, 10k

Event details and registration here

Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville

 

Open to all runners, this camp offers an introduction to the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance and is the perfect training tool for this year’s race. Seasoned veterans provide a great education as you cover the LT100 Run course over a three-day period June 22 – June 25, 2018.  50 LT100 Run entries are available on a first-come-first-served basis as a package deal with Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp registration. Run Camp is also offered as a stand-alone purchase.

Whether you’re a “Race Across the Sky” first-timer or an old hand, we encourage you to join us in Leadville for an informative look at the country’s most scenic and challenging ultra-run course. Group training runs — both day and night — will familiarize you with key sections of the course, and discussion sessions with race veterans will help you get the most out of your race experience. Come spend some quality time with us and get to know your fellow racers. Our training camp is an experience you will carry with you forever.We like to think of it as a long weekend of good food, good running and good friends. Please note that the schedule may have to be adjusted due to the snowpack, but we’ll try to keep you informed as the run date approaches.

Event details and Registration here

Series Events

Austin Rattler Run – April 1, 2018

Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half – June 16, 2018

Silver Rush 50 Run – July 8, 2018

Leadville 10k Run – August 12, 2018

Leadville Trail 100 Run – August 18, 2018

Series Information here

Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville

 

Open to all runners, this camp offers an introduction to the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance and is the perfect training tool for this year’s race. Seasoned veterans provide a great education as you cover the LT100 Run course over a three-day period June 22 – June 25, 2018.  50 LT100 Run entries are available on a first-come-first-served basis as a package deal with Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp registration. Run Camp is also offered as a stand-alone purchase.

Whether you’re a “Race Across the Sky” first-timer or an old hand, we encourage you to join us in Leadville for an informative look at the country’s most scenic and challenging ultra-run course. Group training runs — both day and night — will familiarize you with key sections of the course, and discussion sessions with race veterans will help you get the most out of your race experience. Come spend some quality time with us and get to know your fellow racers. Our training camp is an experience you will carry with you forever.We like to think of it as a long weekend of good food, good running and good friends. Please note that the schedule may have to be adjusted due to the snowpack, but we’ll try to keep you informed as the run date approaches.

Event details and Registration here

Series Events

Austin Rattler Run – April 1, 2018

Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half – June 16, 2018

Silver Rush 50 Run – July 8, 2018

Leadville 10k Run – August 12, 2018

Leadville Trail 100 Run – August 18, 2018

Series Information here

Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville

 

Open to all runners, this camp offers an introduction to the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance and is the perfect training tool for this year’s race. Seasoned veterans provide a great education as you cover the LT100 Run course over a three-day period June 22 – June 25, 2018.  50 LT100 Run entries are available on a first-come-first-served basis as a package deal with Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp registration. Run Camp is also offered as a stand-alone purchase.

Whether you’re a “Race Across the Sky” first-timer or an old hand, we encourage you to join us in Leadville for an informative look at the country’s most scenic and challenging ultra-run course. Group training runs — both day and night — will familiarize you with key sections of the course, and discussion sessions with race veterans will help you get the most out of your race experience. Come spend some quality time with us and get to know your fellow racers. Our training camp is an experience you will carry with you forever.We like to think of it as a long weekend of good food, good running and good friends. Please note that the schedule may have to be adjusted due to the snowpack, but we’ll try to keep you informed as the run date approaches.

Event details and Registration here

Series Events

Austin Rattler Run – April 1, 2018

Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half – June 16, 2018

Silver Rush 50 Run – July 8, 2018

Leadville 10k Run – August 12, 2018

Leadville Trail 100 Run – August 18, 2018

Series Information here

Leadville 100 Trail Run Training Camp

Leadville

 

Open to all runners, this camp offers an introduction to the Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance and is the perfect training tool for this year’s race. Seasoned veterans provide a great education as you cover the LT100 Run course over a three-day period June 22 – June 25, 2018.  50 LT100 Run entries are available on a first-come-first-served basis as a package deal with Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp registration. Run Camp is also offered as a stand-alone purchase.

Whether you’re a “Race Across the Sky” first-timer or an old hand, we encourage you to join us in Leadville for an informative look at the country’s most scenic and challenging ultra-run course. Group training runs — both day and night — will familiarize you with key sections of the course, and discussion sessions with race veterans will help you get the most out of your race experience. Come spend some quality time with us and get to know your fellow racers. Our training camp is an experience you will carry with you forever.We like to think of it as a long weekend of good food, good running and good friends. Please note that the schedule may have to be adjusted due to the snowpack, but we’ll try to keep you informed as the run date approaches.

Event details and Registration here

Series Events

Austin Rattler Run – April 1, 2018

Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half – June 16, 2018

Silver Rush 50 Run – July 8, 2018

Leadville 10k Run – August 12, 2018

Leadville Trail 100 Run – August 18, 2018

Series Information here