Life Time

LEADVILLE TRAIL MARATHON & HEAVY HALF

presented by La Sportiva

JUNE 17th, 2023

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 Life Time Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half presented by La Sportiva.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

FRIDAY, June 16th, 2023

Expo Hours: 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Registration and Packet Pickup located within the Expo

Location: E. 6th and Poplar – 135 E. 6th Street, Leadville, CO 80461

2:00pm-8:00pm

•We STRONGLY recommend and encourage athletes to pick up their packet on Friday, June 16th.
•Photo ID is required. Packets must be picked up in person. They will not be mailed or given to others.

SATURDAY, June 17th, 2023

Race Morning Packet Pick Up

Marathon ONLY 5:45am-6:30am

Heavy Half ONLY 7:45am-8:30am

Race Start!

Below are some quick updates and reminders for all 2023 Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half athletes.

1.) This race typically fills up and there is no on-site registration. There will be no changes permitted to your original race distance registration.

2.) We will be in alignment with CDC guidelines and the Lake County Health Department with regard to COVID-19. Check back for updates.

3.) Weather – remember that you will be racing in a high-alpine environment with the possibility of extreme weather. If there is thunder or lightning, seek lower elevation quickly.

4.) We will now have a rolling start instead of assigned waves/corrals for both distances. There will be signs at the start with each pace & projected finish time. You will seed yourself. See below for a list of suggested seed times.

5.) The race is chip timed, meaning your overall time will be based on when your race bib crosses the start and finish line.

Marathon Race Start 7:00am

Gold Pace 8:00min- 11:30min | SUB 5-hour finish

Silver Pace 11:31min-14:00min | SUB 6-hour finish

Red Pace Lead Challenge

Green Pace 14:01min- 16:00min | SUB 7-hour finish

Purple Pace Friends & Family | SUB 8:30-hour finish

Rolling Start Pace- When self-seeding, keep in mind: 2015 Course record 3:31:17 by Michael Aish

Heavy Half Race Start 9:00am

Gold Pace 7:30min- 9:45min | SUB 2:30-hour finish

Silver Pace 9:46min- 13:30min | SUB 3:30-hour finish

Red Pace 13:31min- 17:30min | SUB 4:30-hour finish

Green Pace 17:31min- 21:30min | SUB 5-hour finish

Purple Pace Friends & Family | SUB 6:30-hour finish

Rolling Start Pace- When self-seeding, keep in mind: 2015 Course record 1:57:54 by David Roche

Awards & LT100 Coin Lottery – 4:00 PM

General registration will open on January 10, 2023 at 10:00 AM MT

  • First come-first served until the event is sold out

Early access registration for Life Time members opens on January 3, 2023 at 10:00 AM MT:

  • In order to be eligible, members must have had digital or in-club memberships for at least 6 months prior to registration
  • Membership number and date of membership will be verified during registration
  • Limited availability, first come first served

Minimum Age:

  • Marathon: 16+ on race day
  • Heavy Half: 14+ on race day

Pricing for 2023:

  • Leadville Trail Marathon: $130
  • Heavy Half: $110

The Leadville Trail Marathon is 26.2 miles of out-and-back dirt roads and single track that takes you through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. The Heavy Half consists of 15.46 miles along the same path as the marathon minus the Ball Mountain section. The course is primarily on old mining roads and trails, topping out at 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass. This is the HIGHEST continuous pass in the country and the highest trail Marathon in the USA! There is a chance you’ll see snow on the course. The courses will be well marked with fluorescent pink-and-black striped ribbon and flour arrows on the ground.

Weather – remember that you will be racing in a high-alpine environment with the possibility of extreme weather. If there is thunder or lightning, seek lower elevation quickly.

Trail Marathon Course Info: 

  • Distance: 26.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 6,125′
  • High Point: 13,186′

Route map for Leadville Marathon by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

Heavy Half Course Info:

  • Distance: 15.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 3,428′
  • High Point: 13,186′

Check out the 3D interactive map from OnX Backcountry maps below:

There will be three well-supplied aid stations for the Heavy Half and seven aid stations for the Trail Marathon.

Heavy Half Aid Locations

  • Resurrection 4.5 Miles
  • Mosquito Pass 7.75 Miles
  • Resurrection 11 Miles
  • FINISH 15.5 Miles

Marathon Aid Locations

  • Adelaide 2.6 Miles
  • Adelaide 7.7 Miles
  • Resurrection 10.7 Miles
  • Mosquito Pass 13.7 Miles
  • Resurrection 17.2 Miles
  • Adelaide 20.1 Miles
  • Adelaide 23.9 Miles
  • FINISH 26.2 Miles

Cut-Offs

  • Outbound
    • Resurrection Aid Station: 11:20am
  • Inbound
    • Resurrection Aid Station: 1:45pm
    • (Marathon only) CR 1 and CR 2A 2:00pm
  • Total Course Cutoff 3:30pm

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. Resurrection Aid Station

Resurrection Aid Station can be accessed in TWO ways:

  1. Driving from the community lots to Resurrection Aid via 7th St. Please use the map linked below and DO NOT drive on the course.
  2. Crew shuttles will be available from the startline to/from Resurrection Aid Station. Please help us reduce course congestion and plan to use the crew shuttle.

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. There will be NO athlete or spectator parking at the startline. 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! 

PLEASE NOTE: We expect updates to shuttle times in 2023.

SHUTTLES WILL BEGIN AT 5:00 AM AND RUN ALL DAY.

We appreciate your support on this delicate topic for our community. 

2022

Timing Split SMS Updates LIVE SMS Tracking available here.
Note – due to back country terrain, there may be lag time on SMS alerts based on cell signal availability.

Past results are available HERE

Please see below for the 2022 Athlete Guide:

2022 Marathon & Heavy Half Athlete Guide

Awards Age group and overall awards will be distributed to the top competitors at the awards ceremony at 4 PM at the Expo.

Awards will be distributed in the following categories:

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

Overall male and female athletes will be removed from age group awards.

Note: If you cannot pick up your award, we will mail it to you for a small fee. After October 31st, buckles and awards will no longer be able to be shipped.

The Leadville Trail Marathon is a qualifier for the Life Time Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva. There are a minimum 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 Marathon 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

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.
  • GU’s TerraCycle containers will also be available for disposal of nutrition related waste.
  • 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!

NEW! We have updated our deferral policies for the 2023 Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half.

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.
  • Leadville Trail Marathon Option 1: Receive a $78 refund
  • Leadville Trail Marathon Option 2: Defer into the following year, pay a deferral fee of $52.
  • Heavy Half Option 1: $66.
  • Heavy Half Option 2: $44.

89 Days or Less From Event: 

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

No refunds or transfers.

WEATHER

  • Leadville temperatures in June vary from daytime highs in the upper 60s to nighttime lows in the upper 20s. Expect sunny mornings and afternoon showers, and be prepared for the Colorado high country’s volatile weather. During the race, it could rain, hail, and even snow. Lightning is hazardous, especially above the timberline. Hypothermia easily occurs with a combination of decreasing temperatures, wind and precipitation. It can result in confusion, and this can be deadly.
  • No matter the weather, DO NOT attempt the round trip to Hope Pass without adequate warm and protective clothing. Remember, the summit is over 13,000′.
  • See our complete LT100 Run packing list here. 

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