Life Time

SILVER RUSH 50 RUN

presented by La Sportiva

July 8th, 2023

Take on 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions at the Life Time Silver Rush 50 Run presented by La Sportiva. 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.

Registration open on January 10th, 2023

FRIDAY, JULY 7th, 2023

  • Packet Pickup
    • 3:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill – US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr.
    • ID is required.
    • Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be mailed or given to others.
    • No onsite registration.

SATURDAY, JULY 8th, 2023

  • 5:00am – 5:45am – Packet Pickup – 50 RUN ONLY
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill – US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr.
    • No onsite registration.
    • Photo ID required.
  • 5:00am – 5:45am – Drop Bag Drop Off (50 Run only)
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill in Leadville Truck
  • 6:00am SILVER RUSH 50 RUN START
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill – US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr.
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – Packet Pickup – SR 15 RUN ONLY
  • 9:00am SILVER RUSH 15 RUN START
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill – US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr.
  • 10:00am – 3:00pm – MTB (50 and 15) Packet Pick Up
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill – US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr.
    • No onsite registration
    • Photo ID required
  • 12:00pm – 8:00pm Finish Festival
  • 4:00pm – 50 Run – Drop bags will be returned to start/finish (base of Dutch Henri hill)
  • 8:00pm – 50 Run – Drop bags – all drop bags must be picked up!
  • 8:00pm – LT100 Run Lottery Coin Drawing
    • 50 mile runners only
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill – US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr.

Silver Rush MTB events take place Sunday, July 10th.

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 and follow the rules of the road. The route will take runners by and between many grand and historic gold and silver mines.

Total course cut off is 14 hours, 8:00pm. Racers that do not make the cut off at the aid stations will NOT be able to continue the race.

 

Route map for 2022 MTB / RUN 47.35 by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

AID STATIONS

  • There will be seven well-supplied aid stations along course.
  • Outbound
    • Mile 7.6 – Black Cloud
    • Mile 14.2 – Printer Boy Outbound
    • Mile 19.5 – Rock Garden Outbound
    • Mile 23.5 – Stumptown (1:30pm cutoff)
  • Inbound
    • Mile 27.3 – Rock Garden (3:00pm cutoff)
    • Mile 32.6 – Printer Boy (4:30pm cutoff)
    • Mile 39.2 – Black Cloud (6:00pm cutoff)
  • Aid stations will offer: Water, GU Roctane, GU gels, Assorted foods including bananas, figs, pretzels, chips, etc.

CUTOFF TIMES

  • Racers that do not make the cut off at the aid stations will NOT be able to continue the race
  • Cutoffs at aid stations are based on gun time – and have factored in various start times
  • Cutoffs at finish are based on chip time
  • 1:30pm – Mile 23.5 – Stumptown
  • 3:00pm – Mile 27.3 – Rock Garden
  • 4:30pm – Mile 32.6 – Printer Boy
  • 6:00pm – Mile 4 7.4 – Black Cloud
  • 8:00pm – Total Course Cutoff (14hrs – chip time)

DROP BAGS (50 Run only)

  • Drop bags, clear plastic only
  • Drop bags will ONLY be taken to the Stumptown Aid Station (half way mark)
  • 5:00am – 5:45am Saturday am at base of Dutch Henri Hill
  • 4:00pm Bags will be returned to the start/finish
  • 8:00pm – Drop bags must be claimed by 8:00 pm Saturday evening

We recognize crews as a critical component to all of our events. Our courses cover open roads and trails and careful consideration must go into how and where crews and spectators can access their athletes. A conscious plan around this is a foundation of our partnership with the community, USFS, BLM, City of Leadville and Lake County officials to ensure we are providing a safe event experience to everyone involved.

To support local community impacts and maintain safety on public roads, the only areas where crew and and spectators are allowed on course are:

  1. Start/Finish Area
  2. Printer Boy Aid Station (mile 14.2 outbound, mile 32.6 inbound)
  3. Stumptown Aid Station (half way point, turnaround)

Printer Boy Aid Station and Stumptown Aid Station can be accessed using public roads, please follow the spectator map below for driving directions.

Parking and overall congestion in Leadville will be a crucial topic for everyone this season and for our presence in Leadville moving forward. We have a new parking plan in place for 2022 and we know that with your help we can be great stewards of this community.

All athletes and spectators will be required to park at the Community Fields and High School Parking lot and take a shuttle (or run, walk, bike) to the start line. The map below outlines parking locations and shuttle pickup spots. The shuttle locations are under 1 mile from the race start and will run efficiently and quickly to get you to where you need to be!

Live results will be available on race day from Athlinks. LIVE RESULTS. 

Visit the link below to view results from past editions of the Silver Rush 50 Run:

VIEW RESULTS

The 2022 Silver Rush Athlete Guide is LIVE!

Note: Information in the Athlete Guide is always subject to change, please monitor our website in the weeks leading up to the event.

8pm Awards/age group qualifier coins will be distributed as athletes finish the race. All finishers will receive a medal and a pint glass. Results will be posted online concluding the event.

LT100 Run qualifier coin drawing will take place. Relay teams are not eligible for the LT100 Run qualifier coin.

Award Categories

Silver Rush 15-Mile RUN participant awards will be in the following category:

  • Top 3 Men
  • Top 3 Momen
  • Top 3 Non-Binary
  • Top 3 Para Male
  • Top 3 Para Female
  • Top 3 Juniors Male
  • Top 3 Juniors Female

Silver Rush 50-Mile RUN awards will be in the following category:

  • Top 3 Overall Male
  • Top 3 Overall Female
  • Top 3 Para Male
  • Top 3 Para Female
  • Top 3 Non-Binary
  • Top 3 age group
    • 19-under
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+

Age group awards will be based on the age an athlete will be on RACE DAY.

The Leadville Silver Rush 50 is a qualifier for the Life Time Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva. There are a total of 50 LT100 qualifier coins up for grabs at this year’s race. Half of the total LT100 coins will be distributed based on performance and half of the coins will be given away in the Event Lottery at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. Only the 50-mile distance serves as a qualifier for the LT100 RUN.

25 slots will be distributed based on performance:

  • Slots will be distributed to each gender and age group (20-29, 30-39, etc.) based on the percentage of total athletes in those age groups, with a minimum of one slot for every age group.
  • The top athletes in each age group will receive the allocated slots.
  • In the event a top athlete elects not to accept a slot, the slot will roll down to the next athlete in the results within the age group.
  • In the event slots are not claimed after the roll down in each age group, those slots will be allocated to the Event Lottery, as described below.

25 slots will be distributed through the Event Lottery:

  • Finishers of the Marathon distance will be eligible to win an LT100 RUN coin in the Event Lottery.
  • All finishers under the predetermined maximum finish time who have indicated their desire to participate in the lottery will be entered in the lottery.
  • Names will be drawn from the eligible lottery athletes and slots will be given out.
  • In the event an athlete opts not to accept a slot, the slots will roll down to the next athlete that is drawn until ALL slots have been distributed.
  • Qualification slots must be claimed in person immediately.
  • Registration for the Leadville Trail 100 Run must be completed and paid for during the designated time offered.
  • Only solo runners competing the required distance under the allotted cutoff time will be considered as potential qualifiers.
  • All registration fees for the LT100 Run are nontransferable and non-refundable

Visit our LT100 Run Qualification System page for more information

Our races aim to be 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 Leadville Stage Race 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 100MTB, we would love for you to join the family and pitch in.

REMINDERVolunteer for any Leadville Race Series event (in Leadville) for 10 hours (or more) or have someone volunteer on your behalf, and you can gain preference in the lottery in the next year!

Thanks in advance for your help — we couldn’t do it without you!

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities – please look HERE!

CAMPING NOW OPEN, REGISTER HERE

Colorado Mountain College will offer camping during Silver Rush weekend in 2022.

Price: $75 for the weekend for a 20′ x 20′ space.

Note: all proceeds benefit CMC Eagles Cross Country Running Team

Although we look forward to seeing you at our events, we understand certain things may come up that prevent you from attending. Check out our deferral tiers for each event and please let us know if you have any questions!

Complete Leadville Events Deferral Policies Here.

2023 Silver Rush 50 Run Pricing:

  • Silver Rush 50 Run Registration Fee: $135
  • Silver Rush 15-Miler: $50
  • Silver Rush 15-Milers JUNIORS: $25
  • Silver King & Silver Queen: $270

UTMB Points – A Silver Rush 50 Run finish will award you 3 points for UTMB qualification. Learn more about this race here.

The 15.5 mile Run race on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. This race will start and finish on the same course as the Silver Rush 50 Run. This race provides an excellent entry option into ultra running and will, of course, be accompanied by the tremendous Leadville views along the way.

  • 15.6 miles
  • 1676’ Elevation Gain 
  • 10,900’ Highest Point
 

Route map for 2022 Silver Rush 15 MTB/RUN Course by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

One race not enough for you? Try two days of exhilarating challenges. First, spend Saturday running the Silver Rush 50 Run, and follow it up on Sunday with the Stages Cycling Silver Rush 50 MTB. Finish both and you’ll earn respect from everyone. Finish both events within the allotted time and you’ll forever be known as a Silver King or Silver Queen.

The 2023 Silver King & Silver Queen epic challenge will take place beginning with the Silver Rush 50 Run on July 8 and ending with the Silver Rush 50 MTB on July 9.

Racers that finish within the time limits of both of these races will receive a Silver King or Silver Queen award. The male and female with the overall fastest combined times will be crowned the Overall Silver King and Overall Silver Queen.

**Registration for the Silver King & Silver Queen competition is limited and does fill up quick, be sure to set a reminder to sign up on January 10th, 2023!**

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