Back in 2004, Ken Chlouber had a plan to expand the Leadville Race Series from its then three events, the Leadville Trail 100 MTB and Run, and the Leadville Trail Marathon. He came up with 50-Mile MTB and Run races known as the Silver Rush 50 MTB and Run. Why Silver Rush you ask? He envisioned this race as a precursor to an even harder race that was planned on being called Gold Rush. After athletes took on the Silver Rush 50 in 2004, it became clear that creating a harder course was not likely.
The Silver Rush Weekend is unique in that there are both mountain bikers and endurance runners taking on the same course in the same weekend. This multi-sport endurance weekend has stood the test of time, and is only getting better from here. In 2019 we will be enhancing the experience of our event attendees, as well as providing new race opportunities for runners and riders in an effort to encourage entry into mountain biking and ultra running. This culminates in a fun, inclusive race weekend designed to celebrate endurance sport in Leadville.