A little over a year after cutting off his arm to save his life during a solo hike in Utah, Aspen's Aron Ralston completed the grueling Leadville Trail 100 ultramarathon at over 10,000 feet in elevation over the weekend.
More than 400 runners began the race before dawn on Saturday, racing through hail and lightning at times, but fewer than half officially completed the race. Some dropped out because of nausea and cramps and others weren't able to cross the finish line within the 30-hour time limit to earn coveted Leadville 100 belt buckles.
Ralston, an official finisher with a time of 29 hours, 43 minutes, said he got sick after eating an onion sandwich but continued running despite feeling nauseated.
Paul DeWitt of Colorado Springs won the men's race for the second straight year with a course-record time of 17:16:19.
Anthea Sch-mid of Crested Butte was the first woman to finish, with a time of 23:30:43.
Description of Course:
50 miles out and back in the midst of the Colorado Rockies. Lowest point is 9,200 ft. and the highest point is Hope Pass, 12,600 ft. The majority is on forest trails with some mountain roads. Pacers allowed after the 50 mile point. 11 well-supplied aid stations with cut-offs; 5 are medical checks.
Includes section on Mount Elbert Trail and Colorado Trail from Half Moon to Twin Lakes.