Silver Rush 50 is part of the Leadville Race Series, a unique high-altitude trail running event that is both a component of the LT100 Run Qualification system and a preparation race for anyone who has already qualified for the famed Leadville Trail 100 Run. The course covers 50 miles and 7,942 feet of elevation gain through the high Rocky mountain mining district, primarily made up of dirt roads that will take runners by historic silver and gold mines. The race starts at 10,200 feet elevation and tops 12,000 feet 4 times during the event. This race is covered in one day with a 14-hour cutoff; cutoff times are measured at each of the seven aid stations along the way. The Awards ceremony is at the end of the day and gives the Top 3 awards for overall men, women, non-binary, top overall, and seven different age categories. The Awards ceremony distributes qualifying slot winners for the LT100 Run, and winners must be present to receive qualifiers to participate in the main event.
The Silver Rush 15-Mile Run is a great option for runners looking for a less intense challenge. This event starts and finishes on the same course as the Silver Rush 50 run. The end-of-day Awards ceremony includes winners for 15 miles; the top 3 for overall men, women, and non-binary.
A visit to Leadville, CO, is an opportunity to explore history. Leadville has six local museums, and the Museum Passport is available to share among friends and family to tour the historic attractions any time during race season, Memorial Day through Labor Day. A detailed list of dining and lodging options is available in the area. The most popular restaurant among locals and tourists is High Mountain Pies. Guests can stay at area hotels, bed & breakfasts, home rentals, and campgrounds. Also, remember that the gorgeous Copper Mountain Resort is close-by and open for summer starting in early June.
The Leadville Race Series started in 1983 with just a single race through the Rocky Mountains. Produced by Life Time Events, it has expanded in the United States with multiple running and biking events. For trail running, the series includes the following summer events presented by La Sportiva; Leadville Trail 100 Run, Austin Rattler Run, Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half, Silver Rush 50 Run, and Leadville Trail 10K. Due to popularity and participant demand, the challenging series also invites runners to a 3-day Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp camp. It is a long weekend of getting to know your fellow racers through intense training with expert runners and celebrating the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains with great food and trails. Leadville Race Series has many MTB events throughout the summer and fall for those also interested in mountain biking.