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July 6, 2024

SILVER RUSH RUN REGISTRATION IS SOLD OUT.

Still want a shot at racing with us this summer? There are a couple ways to join us:

  1. Add purpose to your race experience by signing up to ride with the Life Time Foundation.

2. Toss your name on the waitlist. Entries will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

2024 Waitlist

Put your grit, guts and determination to the test with a 50-mile course that packs more punch (per mile) than even the mighty Race Across the Sky. From technical climbs to heart-pounding descents, the Silver Rush 50 Run takes runners across Leadville’s breathtaking panoramas and under the shadow of 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks. With 8,000 feet of elevation gain over 50 miles, Silver Rush offers the perfect trial run — and qualifying event — for the LT100 Run.

FRIDAY, JULY 5th, 2024

  • Packet Pickup
    • 2:00pm – 7:00pm
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henry 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.
    • PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON HWY 24 – FOLLOW ALL SIGNS & STAFF!

SATURDAY, JULY 6th, 2024

  • 5:00am – 5:45am – Packet Pickup – 50 RUN ONLY
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henry Hill
    • No onsite registration.
    • Photo ID required.
  • 5:00am – 5:45am – Drop Bag Drop Off (50 Run only)
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henry Hill in Leadville Truck
  • 6:00am SILVER RUSH 50 RUN START
  • 8:00am – 8:30am – Packet Pickup – SR 15 RUN ONLY
  • 9:00am SILVER RUSH 15 RUN START
  • 9:30AM SILVER RUSH 5K JUNIORS START
  • 10:00am – 3:00pm – MTB (50 and 15) Packet Pick Up
    • Location: Base of Dutch Henry Hill
    • No onsite registration
    • Photo ID required
    • PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON HWY 24 – FOLLOW ALL SIGNS & STAFF!
  • 12:00pm – 8:00pm Finish Festival
  • 1:00pm – 15 Mile & 5K Awards
  • 5:00pm – 50 Run – Drop bags will be returned to start/finish (base of Dutch Henry Hill)
  • 8:00pm – 50 Run – Drop bags – all drop bags must be picked up!
  • 8:00pm – LT100 Run Lottery Coin Drawing

Silver Rush MTB events take place Sunday, July 7th.

The 2024 Silver Rush Run events are SOLD OUT!

2024 Silver Rush 50 Run Pricing*:

  • Silver Rush 50 Run Registration Fee: $135
  • Silver King & Silver Queen: $270
  • Silver Rush 15 Mile Run: $65
  • Silver Rush 5K JUNIORS: $25

Minimum Ages:

  • Silver Rush 50 Run: 16+ on race day
  • Silver King & Silver Queen: 16+ on race day
  • Silver Rush 15 Mile Run: 14+ on race day
  • Silver Rush 5K JUNIORS: 10–18 on race day

*Note: Event pricing is subject to change for 2024.

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.

AID STATIONS

  • There will be seven well-supplied aid stations along course.
    • Aid stations will offer: Water, Skratch Labs hydration, bars and chews, Precision Fuel & Hydration Gels, Assorted foods including bananas, figs, pretzels, chips, etc.
  • Outbound
    • Mile 7.7 – Black Cloud
    • Mile 14.3 – Printer Boy Outbound
    • Mile 18.6 – Venir
    • Mile 24 – Stumptown (1:30pm cutoff)
  • Inbound
    • Mile 29.4 – Venir (3:00pm cutoff)
    • Mile 34.2 – Printer Boy (4:30pm cutoff)
    • Mile 40.3 – Black Cloud (6:00pm cutoff)

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 24 – Stumptown
  • 3:00pm – Mile 29.4 – Venir
  • 4:30pm – Mile 34.2 – Printer Boy
  • 6:00pm – Mile 40.3 – Black Cloud
  • 8:00pm – Mile 48.4 – 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
  • 5:00pm 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 14.3 outbound, mile 34.2 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.

In an effort to maintain positive community relationships, it’s important to be aware our race courses cross multiple Private Property Sections including, but not limited to the following areas: Powerline, Sugar Loaf Mountain, County Road 2, near Oro City Aid Station, County Road 1 near Ball Mountain.

Parking and overall congestion in Leadville will be a crucial topic for everyone this season and for our presence in Leadville moving forward.

All athletes and spectators will be required to park at the Community Fields, Middle School Parking, and High School Parking lot and take a shuttle (or run, walk, bike) to the start line.
Please reference this Google Map for parking and shuttle locations, detailed driving directions below.

There will be NO athlete or spectator parking at 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! 

Parking Locations open to all spectators:
Community Fields Parking Location: Go West on W 6th St until it dead ends into McWethy Dr
Middle School Parking Location: Go West on W 6th Street, corner of McWethy Dr and W 6th St
High School Parking Location: Go West on W 4th St, High School is on the left side (if you make a hard turn onto Washington St, turn around)

Parking Location open to ONLY crew:
Printer Boy Crew Parking Location: Travel South on Harrison St, turn left on Monroe St, turn right on S Toledo St. Follow S Toledo St until you see signs for Crew Parking.

Stumptown Aid Station (LIMITED CAPACITY):
Stumptown Aid Station Parking Location: From Harrison St, go South on E 5th St, slight right turn on 1, follow 1 at the 38A fork, continue through Parking signage.

Shuttle Schedule
Shuttles run every 15 minutes through the following dates and times:
EXPO Day
Friday, July 7

Community Fields Parking ➡️ Expo (Dutch Henry Hill)
1:45PM–7:15PM (running every 15 minutes)

RUN Race Day
Saturday, July 8
Community Fields Parking ➡️ Start/Finish (Dutch Henry Hill)
5:00AM–7:15PM (running every 15 minutes)
Start/Finish (Dutch Henry Hill) ➡️ Printer Boy Aid Station (and back)
6:00AM–5:00PM (running every 30 minutes)
Start/Finish (Dutch Henry Hill) ➡️ Stumptown Aid Station (and back)
6:00AM–2:00PM (running every 30 minutes)
Printer Boy Aid Station ➡️ Stumptown Aid Station (and back)
7:30AM–5:00PM (running every 30 minutes)

MTB Race Day
Sunday, July 9

Community Fields Parking ➡️ Start/Finish (Dutch Henry Hill)
5:00AM–5:00PM (running every 15 minutes)
Start/Finish (Dutch Henry Hill) ➡️ Printer Boy Aid Station (and back)
6:00AM–3:00PM (running every 30 minutes)
Start/Finish (Dutch Henry Hill) ➡️ Stumptown Aid Station (and back)
6:00AM–1:30PM (running every 30 minutes)
Printer Boy Aid Station ➡️ Stumptown Aid Station (and back)
9:00AM–2:00PM (running every 30 minutes)

View the 2024 Athlete Guide!

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

Date: July 6, 2024

2024 Awards Schedule subject to change.
15 Mile Awards Time: 1:00PM
50 Mile Awards Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Base of Dutch Henri Hill- US Highway 24 and McWethy Dr

All 50 Mile finishers receive a medal and steel pint glass. All 15 Mile finishers receive a medal.

Results will be posted online concluding the event.

LT100 Run Qualifying Spots will be awarded at the awards ceremony, must be present to claim your LT100 MTB Qualifier Spot.

Silver King & Silver Queen awards will be awarded to athletes that conquered BOTH the Silver Rush 50 Run and Silver Rush 50 MTB at the awards ceremony.

Award Categories

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

  • Top 3 Men
  • Top 3 Women
  • 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 male/female
    • 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 2023 Leadville Silver Rush 50 is a qualifier for the 2023 & 2024 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 50-mile 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

TRASH AND RECYCLING

Our races aim to be Zero Waste. Look for recycling and compost bins at every aid station and start/finish. Please discard any waste 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.

  • This is a zero waste event. 
  • Our local zero waste non-profit, Cloud City Conservation Center, is hosting our recycling program.
  • There will be recycling/compost containers at all full aid stations and at the start/finish line.
  • Please place any waste in the proper bin. 

Reminder – Intentional littering on the course will be grounds for disqualification.

Volunteer registration for the 2023 season will open on March 1st, 2023.

From the very beginning, volunteers have made the Leadville Race Series 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 LT100 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!

Head on over to our Volunteer information page for more info on how to sign up!

Medical Volunteers:

We are looking forward to having safe events and we’re excited to welcome our new medical volunteers. If you are a doctor, nurse, or EMT and would like to help in this capacity, please email Chris Yeager of Lake County Search and rescue for more information and to sign up as a medical volunteer.

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

Colorado Mountain College will offer camping during the Silver Rush weekend in 2024.

NEW! We have updated our deferral policies for the 2024 Silver Rush 50 Run.

90 + Day Out From Event: 

  • Option 1: Receive a 60% refund on the entry fee.
  • Option 2: Defer into the following year, pay a deferral fee of 40% of the entry fee. 
  • 50-mile Run Option 1: Receive a $81 refund.
  • 50-mile Run Option 2: Defer into the following year, pay a deferral fee of $54.
  • Sliver King & Silver Queen Option 1: Receive a $162 refund.
  • Silver King & Silver Queen Option 2: Defer into the following year, pay a deferral fee of $108. 
  • 15-mile Run Option 1: $20
  • 15-mile Run Junior Option 2: $10

89 Days or Less From Event: 

  • Defer into the following year, and pay a deferral fee of 40% of the entry fee.

No transfers.

A race entry can only be deferred one time and only to the following year’s event.

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

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 in January.

Experience the thrill of the Silver Rush Juniors 5K, a brand-new addition to the Leadville Race Series Silver Rush Weekend for 2023! Designed exclusively for runners ages 10–18, this exciting event allows young athletes to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of Leadville’s high-altitude trail running.

As a participant, you’ll receive a commemorative t-shirt, a delicious meal, and a coveted finisher medal, serving as cherished mementos of your achievement. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your talent and ignite your passion for running in Leadville.

Register Here

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