Date: Jul 09, 2022
Location: Leadville, Colorado
Region: Colorado - Rocky Mountains
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Silver Rush 50 run
July 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$50
Silver Rush 50 is part of the Leadville Race Series, a very unique high altitude trail running event that is a 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 which will take runners by historic silver and gold mines. The race starts at 10,200 feet elevation and tops 12,000 feet on 4 times during the event. This race is covered in one day with a 14 hour cutoff, there are cutoff times measured at each of the seven aid stations along the way. The Awards ceremony is at the end of the day and gives Top 3 awards for overall men, women, non-binary, top overall, as well as 7 different age categories. The Awards ceremony distributes qualifying slot winners for the LT100 Run and winners must be present to receive qualifier in order to participate in main event.
For runners looking for a less intense challenge, the Silver Rush 15-Mile Run is a great option. 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 milers; 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. There is a detailed list of options for dining and lodging available in the area. Check out the most popular restaurant among locals and tourists is High Mountain Pies. Guests can stay at area hotels, bed & breakfast, 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 5 Run, and Leadville Trail 10K. Due to popularity and participant demand, the challenging series also invites runners to a 3-day camp, Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp. It is a long weekend of getting to know your fellow racers through intense training with expert runners but celebrating the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains with great food and great trails. For those who are also interested in mountain biking, Leadville Race Series has many MTB events throughout the summer and fall.