Leadville 10K Race Report (Plus Breckenridge!)

Today I raced in the Leadville Trail 10K, "America's Highest 10K", in Colorado. The course is held on the first and last 3.1 miles of the Leadville 100 mile race and it was the hardest 10K race I've ever run. This is probably as close as I'll ever be to running the Leadville 100 mile race! 

The race starts at 10,150' elevation and has some rolling hills on a paved and a dirt road with few spectators and a total drop and rise of 400'. The elevation made it feel like I couldn't take a deep breath so I tried to forget about it and not take such deep breaths. Little breaths work, too! 

With My Finisher's Cup
I started the race with a bottle of Camelbak raspberry lime hydration drink, which was available at the start. At the mid-point, there was an aid station where I filled my 22 oz. bottle with grape GU Brew. I don't usually drink nearly that much at a 10K, but I was thirsty and hoped it would keep me going.

Since I saved some energy for the long hill in the last mile and never quit running, I passed 15 people just before the finish - a first. I finished in 1:05:33. It was a fun race through some nice woods. I'm glad I did it even though I was a little nervous about the hills and elevation at the start line.

1st Place Racer Interviewed at Finish Line: 100 miles in sub 6:00!

On the day before my race, Saturday, my husband and I who are traveling the US in our RV, watched the first through fourth place winners finish the Leadville 100 mile mountain bike race - exciting because they were so close to each other. Then we drove around Turquoise Lake where we happened to see some of the racers on the course there, too. 

Leadville 100 MTB Racers
Friday, we biked through Breckenridge and stopped for a turkey, mozzarella and basil pesto crepe - good combo! I stopped at a running store, also on Main Street, for some running fuel: Skratch and Tailwind drink powders and VFuel gel. I've never tried Skratch, with natural ingredients, before so I'm looking forward to seeing what it's like. I'll do that on a future run somewhere in this great country of ours. Yellowstone, maybe?! We'll see!

Breckenridge Main St. Park 
For now, we're staying at a park close to Buena Vista where we have good wifi, but there's a little more to see in tiny Leadville, and next time, I'd rather stay at the campground near Turquoise Lake. Also, we're so close to some great mountains for hiking that hiking up some 14'ers sounds like fun!


  1. Such a pretty area. We stayed out there a couple of years ago during Spring Break. Congrats on a great 10k! Enjoy your hikes.

  2. Congratulations on your finish! I bet that race was so hard w the elevation. The crepe combo sounds delicious.

  3. Good for you for taking on such a challenging race and doing so well. (and that crepe sounds delicious)

  4. Awesome! It's such beautiful country there, I imagine it's an amazing race!
    Great job on your finish!
    Love the pictures too, beautiful!!!!

  5. I don't know that area of the US at all but it sounds beautiful and your pictures are beautiful.

  6. Sounds like you and your husband are having a great adventure together! That 10 km sounded very grueling! But I'm sure it was a great challenge!

  7. Congrats on that strong finish in your 10k! I have never run at elevation, it sounds like quite the challenge, especially on that hilly course! I do love that you got to run part of the Leadville 100 course. That is probably the only way I would get to do part of the course too.

  8. Fun!! Congrats on the 10K at a iconic race location.

  9. What an awesome experience!! It really puts into perspective how incredible the 100 mile race is when the 10k is that challenging. Wow!!

  10. You are having so much fun, experiencing such a wide variety of scenery and events, whew! What a great time! Keep savoring your travels and thank you for sharing!

  11. How beautiful. I have a friend who is biking & hiking there now.

  12. Great job on the race! That's an excellent time for the elevation (or even w/out).

  13. You did awesome, congrats on the great finish! I have never experienced elevation like that. The beauty, though oh my, just breath taking! Those bike racers make me nervous they get so close.

  14. Anonymous8/24/2015

    Nice job on the race! I know what you mean about thirsty at elevation! We ran a race in a valley of the Dolomite Mountain range. The race went from Italy 7 miles into Austria. It was an awesome, race, but I have to tell even though we hydrated ALL day before the race, we were dehydrated very quickly during the race!

  15. It's so neat that you are getting to run races (and just run in general) in so many different places during your trip! Insane that the 10K is the hardest you've ever run, given the fact that it makes up the first and last 3.1 miles of the 100 mile race. As if 100 miles wasn't already tough enough!


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