There really are no words.
First, I'd be remiss if I didn't include a link to our special episode of The BibRave Podcast all about my and my crew/pacers' race-day experience. There were a lot of highs and lows, and this is definitely worth a listen 😉 https://blog.bibrave.com/2017/10/03/bibrave-podcast-leadville-special/
Registration: I signed up for their training camp in order to lock in a spot for the 100 with my friend and cousin. This was SO valuable. The camp was eye-opening, very educational, so much fun, and I felt offered a lot of value. Highly recommend.
Aid Stations: Stop it. The aid stations at Leadville are SO well done. I had some stomach issues at mile 50 and they were able to assist or help my pacer get everything we needed to (eventually) keep moving. So well stocked, so full of expert volunteers, can't say enough.
Course: I mean, again, what can you say? Views on this course are everything you'd expect from a race of this stature. Views of Turquoise Lake, up and down Powerline, coming down into Twin Lakes, up and over and back up Hope Pass - all of it simply (and actually) breath-taking. Weather was amazing and I don't think the course could have been more favorable.
Race management: World-class. From safety and support to energy and fun, the Leadville Team is as good as it comes. To pull off a race this long, and of this size, with such grace is just crazy. Hat's off to the management.
Overall: Leadville is truly a special place and a special race. The town fully embraces the runners and spectators, showing incredible support and enthusiasm to have everyone in town doing epic shit. It's a commitment both from time and money, but the rewards easily outweigh any expense. If you're into the ultra scene, and you're feeling a "hundo" coming on, Leadville deserves a place at the top.
Pic: Pizza Steve, Me, Matt at the start of the Leadville 100