Leadville Race Series Announces Mosquito Pass Course Change

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

The Leadville Race Series crew has been putting in the work on Mosquito Pass (which sits at 13,185 feet) for this Saturday. However, despite their best efforts to clear Mosquito Pass, Mother Nature has prevailed with heavy snow and freezing temperatures and the Life Time Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half presented by La Sportiva will unfortunately not be able to reach the summit of Mosquito Pass on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

The team has altered both courses to turn around slightly below the summit and additional mileage has been added elsewhere to maintain course distances of 26.2 and 15.7 miles respectively. See below for Race Director Tamira Jenlink’s note:

Hello Leadville Race Family! We look forward to seeing you on the start line of the 2023 Life Time Leadville Trail Marathon presented by La Sportiva on Saturday!

This year has most certainly kept true to the nature of Leadville with snow still falling above 11,000′ as I write this. Our crews have used every ounce of GRIT, GUTS, and DETERMINATION possible to remove the last 1.5 miles of snow on Mosquito Pass. While this is still a bit short of the top, we will absolutely not disappoint! We have made minor modifications to the course to ensure every mile will continue to deliver those lung-busting climbs and spectacular views you have been training for while ensuring your safety and overall experience.

Don’t forget your mittens and maybe a jacket as you may very likely have the quintessential experience of running in the snow! See you on Saturday!

The Expo kicks off today, June 16, 2023, at 1 p.m. Make sure to check out the full schedule for packet pick-up and additional events. Additional event details such as aid stations, crew and spectator information, and the community impact can be found in the 2023 Athlete Guide. The Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half will also mark the kick-off of the 2023 Lead Challenge.