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2018 Leadville Silver Rush 50 Miler

I first ran the Leadville Silver Rush 50 Miler two years ago. It my only my second 50 miler, but I was extremely motivated that summer training for my first 100 miler attempt. Silver Rush overall went pretty well despite being fairly slow - I finished it in 13 hours and 20 minutes - 40 minutes shy of the 14 hour overall cutoff time. Overall I felt okay that race, it was more just the mental aspect of it only being my second race of this kind of distance that was tough.

So, when I signed up this year, I knew I really wanted to beat that time. I had multiple 50 milers under my belt by now including a 100K and a 100 miler. I figured, I could easily improve my time... Well that was my thought until I found out that the course, which was previously a "short course" at about 48 miles, had been changed to 50.5 miles. Now, 2-1/2 miles may not sound like much but when you're talking about a trail 50 miler all above 10,000 feet in elevation, 2-1/2 miles is going to add a minimum

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