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Leadville Silver Rush 50

Quick facts

Distance Ultra marathon

About Leadville Silver Rush 50

Leadville is the highest incorporated city and the second highest incorporated municipality in the United States. A former silver mining town that lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Leadville Historic District contains many historic structures and sites from its dynamic mining era. In the late 19th century, Leadville was the second most populous city in Colorado, after Denver. Leadville was founded in 1877 by mine owners Horace Tabor and August Meyer at the start of the Colorado Silver Boom. The town was built on desolate flat land below the tree line. The first miners lived in a rough tented camp near the silver deposits in California Gulch. Initially the settlement was called Slabtown but when the residents petitioned for a post office the name Leadville was chosen.

Leadville is home to the annual Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 Run. Participants will experience 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions at the Blueprint for Athletes Silver Rush 50 Run.  The route will take runners by and between many grand and historic gold and silver mines. It will leave your lungs burning, heart pounding and eyes completely amazed. 

Distances

Leadville Silver Rush 50

  • 80.467km

Practicalities

Accommodation

The Delaware Hotel,

After Race Services

Post race food.

Aid Stations

There will be seven well-supplied aid stations along course.

Award Medals

The gold pan age group awards are unique and very special. Finishers will receive a Leadville Silver Rush finishing medal and metal coffee mug.

Equipment Storage

Drop bags will be taken to the Stumptown Aid Station (half way mark). Drop bags can be left at the base of Dutch Henri Hill (start/finish) at the designated area on Sunday morning by 5:30 a.m. Bags will be returned to the start/finish by 4:00 p.m. and must be claimed by 8:00 p.m. that Sunday evening.

Maximum Time

14 hrs

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Route Map

Leadville Silver Rush 50 Route Map

Start:

Cloud City Ski Hut

Leadville,us

Difficulty

mountain

Highlights

Mining Hall Of Fame

Overview

The 50-mile out-and-back course takes racers through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. Primarily on dirt roads, first set by miners and their burros, it will begin at the Cloud City Ski Hut (located just below Colorado Mountain College on Hwy 24 on the South end of Leadville). None of the roads used will be closed to vehicle traffic, so please use caution. The route will take runners by and between many grand and historic gold and silver mines.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.