The Lead King Loop 25K, 12.5k and kids 2.5k offer something for trail runners and hikers of all abilities. Named the most scenic race in Colorado by magazines and runners alike, the "best schwag bag I have ever recieved" , free lunch and 100% charity donation to MCS. The 25K climbs into Lead King Basin, a scenic backcountry area and course highlight. Takes place on one of the peak fall color weekends.
(This trail race takes place in September each year. Visit race website link below for details.)
Location: Colorado, United States
Nearby City: Marble
Race Length: 25 km (15.5 mi)
4,000 feet (+258 ft/mi)
Elevation Loss: 4,000 feet (-258 ft/mi)
High Point: 10,800 feet
Low Point: 79 feet
0% dirt trails, 99% dirt roads, 1% paved
Time Limit: 5 hours
# Aid Stations: 6
Cutoff Points: no cutoff point for time or entrants
Entry Fee: $35 early to $50 race day
Race Length: 12.5 km (7.8 mi)
2,000 feet (+256 ft/mi)
Elevation Loss: 2,000 feet (-256 ft/mi)
High Point: 9,200 feet
Low Point: 8,000 feet
0% dirt trails, 96% dirt roads, 4% paved
Time Limit: 5 hours
# Aid Stations: 3
Cutoff Points: NO CUTOFFS
Entry Fee: 35 early to $50 race day
Entry Fee: $35 to $50 race day
Registration Opens: 1 January 2008
Registration Ends: 14 September 2008
Maximum # of Runners: no limit
Aid Stations: 6
Time Limits: 5 hours hours
Cutoff Points: no
Website URL: http://www.leadkingloop25k.com (opens new window)
All racers recieve a great goody
bag, aid stations, breakfast and
lunch, a race ready tech t-shirt, a
pint glass, a great raffle and the
"Most Scenic" race in Colorado. In
addition ALL proceeds are donated
1. Directions and Start Time We will start the 25K at 7:00 for hikers
and 8:30 for runners. We will start the 12.5K at 9:00 for walkers and 9:30
for runners. From Carbondale, follow Hwy 133 upvalley to the Marble
turnoff CR3 on the left. Follow signs through town (7 miles) to the
Beaver Lake Lodge.
2. Weather. The weather the past three years has been fantastic
with cool 30's at the start and 50's at the finish. Altough we have
flirted with snow we have had blue sky every year!
3. Aid Stations. There will be 6 aid stations throughout the
25k course, approximately every 2-3 miles. There will be one
aid station halfway up the 12.5k and one at the top for a
total of 3. They will have water, gatorade, and Hammergel.
Some participants carry their own water. The aid stations will
be open until the last runner passes. You may drop off any
personal items at the aid stations and may send personal
food, gel, socks, etc. to the aid stations if you have them
clearly marked and they are at the Lodge by 6:30 am on race
day or the night before.
4. Awards. In '04 we gave marble trophies to the top 3
finihsers in each age group. In '05 we gave marble medals to
the top 3 in each age group and each won a prize. Our age
groups are teens, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. The awards
go three deep in each category for male and female and this
year we will offer prizes for the top 3 male and female runners
5. Raffle. We have an open raffle for all finsihers. Last year's prizes included: 4 nights of hotel lodging, a
VO2 max test, heart rate monitor, massages, Montrail duffel bags, a course photo, Hammer Gel, Lots
of Marble art, Road ID, fitness classes, a tempurpedic pillow, a 5-foot tree, restaurant gift certificates,
and ski tune ups. We will update this list as it grows.
6. Food. We provide coffee, juice, and bagels, etc., the morning of the
race for those interested (and early enough!). We then have a great
homemade lunch provided for all racers after the run which includes
recovery drinks, sandwiches, chili, fruit, breads, pasta salad, and cookies.
These are all made by the Marble Community and are all delicious.
7. Lodging. Local lodging fills up quickly for the fall
color weekends. Check out www.marblecolorado.net
for options in the area. Some of our sponsors include
the Beaver Lake Lodge, The Inn at Raspberry Ridge
and The Redstone Inn. Great camping is also
available. Details to come on a group site for the race.
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Submitted On: 3/18/2008
By: cmacek (Race Director)
Modified On: 3/25/2008