It was a wild weather weekend in Leadville for the LT100. No sunburn this year, that's for sure. Judy and I have been up there for the race every year since 2001 now, with at least one of us running. This year was different as we both crewed Rick Hessek, and Judy also volunteered the night shift at Mayqueen (86 miles). I paced Rick for 41 miles of the final 50 (resting for the Tree Line to Fish Hatchery and Mayqueen to Tabor legs). Rick ran an unbelievable time of 19:18, which is over an hour PR for him. He finished 4th overall, and really for most of the race the top 5 guys were within 20 minutes of each other, making for an exciting day. The top 3 ahead of Rick really ran smart, well-paced races, as did Rick. Duncan Callahan (sp?) won in about 18:02 which is a solid time.
For the 20 hour finishers, the weather wasn't too bad, but we really felt for those who were out there all night as it was a cold rain nonstop most of the night. Rick and I got hailed on and rained on some, but overall it wasn't too bad the last 50 miles. The worst section for him was the Fish Hatchery to Colorado Trail section outbound where it was very rainy and windy. I think a lot of people got cold on that one.
CRUD had a rough year at LT, with more DNFs than usual but congratulations to all who ran, crewed, paced, and volunteered this weekend. Scott Jaime, a CRUD North runner as well as fellow Pearl Izumi/Smith Optics team member, hung on for 5th place after previously finishing 2nd at HardRock earlier in the summer.
Back in Colorado Springs, a few other CRUDers also battled the elements at the Pikes Peak Ascent. I think all of our runners were able to finish, but many people were turned back at the A-Frame (approx 10 miles into the race) due to deteriorating conditions above tree-line.