Take on 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions at the Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 Run. It will leave your lungs burning, heart pounding and eyes completely amazed — while also preparing you for the pinnacle Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance.
Our race experience isn't possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in supporting this event and having some fun in the process!
Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by New Balance, based on the total number of registered racers at each qualifier event. Half of the qualifying spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performances and half will be drawn among riders who have finished the qualifier race within the allocated cut-off time.
Qualifying slots will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony. Qualifying slot winners MUST BE PRESENT, as the roll-down qualifiers rule will be in effect at each event. All qualifier slots will be awarded and redeemed on race day. You must pay your entry to the LT100 Run within the three days after the event. You will have the option to register for the current year or the following year's LT100 Run and must decide when accepting your qualification slot. All entries into the LT100 Run are non-transferrable.
Friday, July 8
• 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Registration and packet pickup at LRS Headquarters, 316 Harrison Ave.
Saturday, July 9
• 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Registration and packet pickup at base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish area)
Sunday, July 10
• 5 a.m. – 5:45 a.m. Registration and packet pickup
• 6 a.m. Race start at base of Dutch Henri Hill
There is a 14-hour time limit to finish the race. Aid Station cut-offs will occur at:
• Stumptown, 1:30 p.m. (25 m)
• Rock Garden, 3:00 p.m. (30m)
• Printer Boy inbound, 4:30 p.m. (34.5m)
• Black Cloud inbound, 6:00 p.m. (40m)
The 50-mile out-and-back course takes racers through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. Primarily on dirt roads, first set by miners and their burros, it will begin at the Cloud City Ski Hut (located just below Colorado Mountain College on Hwy 24 on the South end of Leadville). None of the roads used will be closed to vehicle traffic, so please use caution. The route will take runners by and between many grand and historic gold and silver mines.
Please note: Due to safety restrictions on the course wheelchair participation is not permitted.
Drop bags will be taken to the Stumptown Aid Station (half way mark). Drop bags can be left at the base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish) at the designated area on Sunday morning by 5:30 a.m. Bags will be returned to the start/finish by 4:00 p.m. and must be claimed by 8:00 p.m. that Sunday evening.
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The gold pan age group awards are unique and very special. Finishers will receive a Leadville Silver Rush finishing medal and metal coffee mug.
Because of the duration of the event, awards will be handed out at the finish line once results are verified. If you do not attend the award ceremony to receive your award you must send a check made out to the Leadville Race Series for $15 along with the Awards Form filled out fully to:
Leadville Race Series
Attn: Craig Martin
316 Harrison Ave.
Leadville, CO 80461
*Please note that 2016 awards will not be shipped until the end of our race series season, September 20, 2016.
Our races are Zero Waste events. Look for recycle and compost bins at every aid station and start/finish. Please discard any trash in an appropriate container. Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification. The course—on trails both public and private—travels past many historic sites and through areas of exceptional beauty. Help us keep them pristine.
We will be recycling all plastic, aluminum and cardboard during these races, and all our events. We’ll take care of this at the aid stations. At the start/finish, please ensure you place trash or recyclable materials in the appropriate containers, which will be well marked.
From the very beginning, volunteers have made the Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 Run possible. We truly appreciate all that our great volunteers do to make our races run smoothly and to make the racers' experience unforgettable.
If you are going to be in town for the Silver Rush 50 Run, we would love for you to join the family and pitch in. Thanks in advance for your help — we couldn't do it without you!
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Qualifications: Entrants under 18 years must deliver a signed Parental Release & Waiver to participate.
Mandatory: Photo ID required at check-in.
Leadville Policy Agreement: Please understand that the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series does not allow refunds or transfers for all race entries and registration fees unless you have purchased the registration refund coverage option and have a covered reason.
If you wish to defer your entry to the 2017 Leadville race season please understand that your entry will roll over only 1 year, for a charge of $30. All deferments must be confirmed by Abby Long, email@example.com, at least one week prior to the race.
Registration Refund: Leadville Race Series now offers a registration refund option. Click here to learn more.
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