Thousands of athletes, from first timers to veterans, are set to enter the iconic Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series lottery today as it opens for the 23rd annual Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race (MTB) and 34th annual Blueprint for Athletes Leadville 100 Trail Run presented by New Balance; both held in August.
Participants may purchase a training plan designed by official Leadville Trail MTB and Run coaches Dave Wiens, six time consecutive Leadville 100 MTB winner, and Ryan Krol, 2015 sixth place Leadman finisher, for $15 and be entered for a chance to win a spot in the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the training plans will be donated to the Leadville Legacy Foundation, a non-profit focused on building a stronger Leadville community. The lottery will remain open through Dec. 31 and all entrants will be notified of their status via email on Jan. 7. See registration page for official rules and details.
Each year, a fraction of those who enter will receive the chance to participate in the iconic ‘Race Across the Sky’, which boasts 100 miles of challenging Colorado Rockies terrain at elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,600 feet and an overall course elevation gain of 18,000 feet. In 2016, Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company will produce the 100 MTB on Aug.13 and the 100 Run on Aug. 20.
Registration also opens today for two Leadville Qualifiers, the Blueprint for Athletes Austin Rattler MTB, held on April 9, 2016, and the Blueprint for Athletes Austin Rattler Run, held on April 10, 2016. Other Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series events and training camps will open for registration on Jan. 11, 2016 including:
- Leadville Qualifier: Wilmington Whiteface 100, June 5
- Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half Marathon, June 18
- Lutsen 99er, June 25 (currently open for registration)
- Leadville 100 Run Training Camp, June 26-29
- Leadville Trail 100 MTB Training Camp 1 , June 29-July 2
- Leadville Trail 100 MTB Training Camp 2 , July 3-6
- Leadville Stage Race, July 29-July 31
- Silver Rush 50 MTB, July 9
- Silver Rush 50 Run, July 10
- Leadville Qualifier: Tahoe Trail 100 , July 16
- Leadville 10K Run , Aug. 14
- Barn Burner , Sept. 10
Events and camps have limited capacity and are expected to sell out quickly; athletes are encouraged to register upon registration opening for a guaranteed spot. For additional information about the Blueprint for Athletes Leadville Race Series, visit www.LeadvilleRaceSeries.com or the Leadville Race Series Facebook page.
About the Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four mountain biking events, plus six events in the Leadville Qualifying Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bike in some of the world’s most iconic events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race Across the Sky.” Visit www.leadvilleraceseries.com for more information.
About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 45,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.
About Life TimeSM, The Healthy Way of Life Company
Life Time is a privately held, comprehensive health and lifestyle company that offers a personalized and scientific approach to long-term health and wellness. Through its portfolio of distinctive resort-like destinations, athletic events and corporate health services, the Healthy Way of Life Company helps members achieve their goals everyday with the support of a team of dedicated professionals and an array of proprietary health assessments. As of December 1, 2015 the company operates 118 centers in 26 states and 35 major markets under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information is available at www.lifetimefitness.com.