Battling Snow and Cold Temperatures, Pell, Spillman, and Clark Took First Place at the Leadville Trail Marathon

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Double Track member Life Time Events – Leadville Race Series. Featured Photo by Life Time Events.

Leadville, Colo. – The Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half presented by La Sportiva, owned and produced by Life Time, welcomed a field of approximately 1500 runners representing all 50 states and six countries, to Leadville’s high country on Saturday. The marathon and half marathon events typically take runners up to 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass, the highest continuous pass in the country. Despite the event team’s best efforts to clear Mosquito Pass, due to Leadville’s colder spring that brought snow and freezing temperatures, both courses were altered to turn around slightly below the summit. Additional mileage was added elsewhere to maintain course distances of 26.2 and 15.7 miles respectively.

The courses are out-and-back routes across extreme terrain on dirt roads and singletrack, winding through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. Saturday’s events welcomed runners aging from 14 to 84 years of age.

“We kicked off the season in true Leadville fashion, with all four seasons represented in a single day!”, said Tamira Jenlink, Leadville Race Series Race Director, “And equally true to our Leadville Family of athletes, they met the challenge full-on. The energy was high and only increased as the weather and subsequently the course presented a myriad of shifts and challenges. It was a truly epic day and kickoff to the season!”

Eleanor Pell finished first in the Women’s Marathon. Photo: Life Time

Women’s Marathon Results

Eleanor Pell, 31, Boulder, Colo. 4:02:14
Emma Sjolund, 23, Leadville, Colo. 4:19:09
Christina Bauer, 43, Flagstaff, Ariz. 4:24:06

Men’s Marathon Results

Scott Spillman, 36, Denver, Colo. 3:36:52
Rob Krar, 46, Flagstaff, Ariz. 3:42:23
Frank Pipp, 46, Longmont, Colo. 3:45:02

Non-Binary Marathon Results

Lonnie Clark, 50, Colorado Springs, Colo. 5:36:51
Mads Holm Hansen, 41, Vanloese, Hovedstaden, Denmark 7:18:24

Scott Spillman crosses the line first in the Men’s Marathon. Photo: Life Time.

Women’s Heavy Half Results

Ali Kallner, 26, Denver, Colo. 2:13:53
Kylah Ricks, 20, Colorado Springs, Colo. 2:19:54
Hannah Campbell, 26, Lakewood, Colo. 2:24:16

Men’s Heavy Half Results

Jeff Cuno, 28, Albuquerque, NM 2:02:20
Devin Vennard, 30, Leadville, Colo. 2:03:30
Ethan Goldman, 23, Denver, Colo. 2:20:10

Non-Binary Heavy Half Results

Jessi Friedman, 25, Leadville, Colo. 3:57:44

The next run events on the Leadville Race Series calendar are the Life Time Silver Rush 50 presented by La Sportiva, which will take place on July 8, followed by the Life Time Leadville 10K Run presented by La Sportiva on August 13. The legendary Life Time Leadville Trail 100 Run presented by La Sportiva, coined the “Race Across The Sky,” will take place the weekend of August 19. The final run event on the Leadville Race Series calendar is the Life Time Austin Rattler presented by La Sportiva, which will take place on Nov. 4 in Texas.

Last year, there were 92 Leadville athletes who participated in Leadville events, raising money for the Life Time Foundation, Life Time’s charitable arm. These athletes raised a total of $231,204 which will be donated to support local Leadville projects, such as the Youth Nutrition Program.

This weekend’s marathon also kicked off the Lead Challenge, a progressive series of trail runs and mountain bike events ranging from 26.2 to 100 miles for a total of 282.4 miles. Racers must complete each of the Leadville-based events within the allotted cut-off time in order to move on and be eligible for the next. Entrants must compete in the following events as part of the challenge: Leadville Trail Marathon, Silver Rush 50 MTB OR Run, Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Leadville 10K, and Leadville Trail 100 Run. If a racer does not meet the required finish time, he or she will not be allowed to continue in the Lead Challenge competition.

“We kicked off the season in true Leadville fashion, with all four seasons represented in a single day!” – Tamira Jenlink, Leadville Race Series Race Director. Photo: Life Time.

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The Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half presented by La Sportiva is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned and produced by Life Time, including the Miami Marathon, UNBOUND Gravel, Crusher in the Tushar, Leadville Trail 100 Run & MTB, and Big Sugar Gravel. The Leadville Race Series started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 1983. The Leadville Race Series now consists of ten races across run and bike events. Endurance athletes worldwide now make the pilgrimage to Leadville, Colo., with the single goal of competing in “The Race Across the Sky.” Visit for more information.

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