Thirty-Five Men And Women Crowned Leadman And Leadwoman As Part Of 2012 Leadville Race Series
Participants endured five endurance events composed of more than 280 miles to receive honor

LEADVILLE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Withstanding some of the most demanding conditions in the country, including rugged Colorado Rockies terrain and ascents up to 13,185 feet, 35 men and women completed what is arguably the most challenging endurance series in the world to earn the title as 2012 Leadman or Leadwoman. From June 30 through August 19—a span of only 50 days—an elite field of 68 men and women participated in the grueling five-event challenge.

In order to compete for the title of Leadman or Leadwoman, racers must compete in the Leadville Trail Marathon, Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Mountain Bike or Silver Rush 50-Mile Trail Run, Leadville Trail 100 MTB, Leadville 10K Run, and Leadville Trail 100 Run. Participants had to complete all five events within the designated cut-off times (66 hours total for those who opted for the Silver Rush Run and 60 hours total for the Silver Rush MTB) to secure the title. The 35 winners resulted in a 50 percent completion rate based on the 68 starters. Proving the growth of the Leadville Race Series, the 68 starters and 35 winners both established new records.

The 2012 Leadman and Leadwoman include:



City, State

      Zach Allen     Boulder, Colo.
      Jay Baker     Greenville, S.C.
      Molly Behunin     Ogden, UT
      Joseph Berg     Denver, Colo.
      Timothy Bishop     Denver, Colo.
      Chad Brackelsberg     Park City, UT
      Charles Bybee     Denver, Colo.
      Sean Churchill     Mequon, Wisc.
      KT Desantis     Allenspark, Colo.
      Tim Ferrell     Rochester, Minn.
      Jared Fisher     Las Vegas, Nev.
      David Haase     Fond Du Lac, Wisc.



City, State

      Ted Herget     Jonesboro, Ark.
      Paul Hooge     Boulder, Colo.
      Troy Howard     Golden, Colo.
      Marc Kriewaldt     Allenspark, Colo.
      Michael Lamond     Leadville, Colo.
      Christopher Norcia     Broomfield, Colo.
      Tom Perry     Sandy, UT
      Paul Rapinz     Boulder, Colo.
      Matt Scotton     Newton, IA
      Ray Solis     Parker, Colo.
      Jeffrey Spencer     Leadville, Colo.
      Chuck Stone     Golden, Colo.
      Roger Stones     Littleton, Colo.
      Scott Swaney     Castle Rock, Colo.
      Megan Sweeney     Salida, Colo.
      Al Thresher     Las Vegas, Nev.
      Tim Urbine     Denver, Colo.
      Aaron Vanderwaal     Seattle, Wash.
      Tim Waggoner     Golden, Colo.
      Mark Wallace     Golden, Colo.
      Christopher Westerman     Castle Rock, Colo.
      Mark Wheeler     Nampa, ID
      Ludwik Zon     Charlotte, NC

Registration for the 2013 Leadville Race Series, including those necessary to claim the title of Leadman or Leadwoman, opens later this year. For more information visit

About the Leadville Race Series
Started with only 45 runners as the Leadville Trail 100 in 1983, the Leadville Race Series now consists of seven running events and four mountain biking events, plus six events in the Leadville Qualifying Series. The Race Series stretches across three months, and hosts thousands of racers on foot and on mountain bike in some of the world’s most iconic 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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