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Group Name:Riis Park Striders
Manager:Mark Blaszczyk
Event Day:Sunday
Event Date:August 16th, 2009
Event Time:11:15 am
Member:ultra Bill
Leadville Training on Hope Pass
Event: ImageToday's training run called for a double trip over Hope Pass - the highest point of the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Starting at the trail head of Sheep Gulch, elevation 9,860 feet I went solo -but- not alone.

In the parking area I met a couple from Aspen, CO who were training for the TransRockies Run... a six-day stage race (August 23-28) where teams must start and finish together. They brought along a 4-legged mountain climber... the friendly yellow lab chased with me, up the trail until retreating back to his teammates, who were also climbing to Hope Pass.

It took me 1:12 to make the top of Hope Pass... gaining 2680' elevation in 2.6 miles. Hope Pass is 12,540 feet above sea level with great views to the north (toward Leadville) and south (towards more mountain peaks). Wind was whipping at an estimated 40 mph and tiny snow pellets were urging me on -so- I dropped down the north side for a couple miles of descending.

On the north side I met three guys from Memphis who'll be running their first 100 miler, at Leadville 100... Chris, Rich, and Nick. Then, on the way back up to Hope Pass I met "Barefoot Ted from Seattle"... yes, he was running barefoot on the trail!

Wound up covering 9.10 miles in 3:22... that kind of pace will not work in the Leadville 100 -but- thankfully you only have to go over Hope Pass twice!
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Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
Sunday August 16, 2009 : Leadville Training - Hope Pass
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