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    Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Leadville 100 - Crewing and Pacing

    Nearly 600 Starters, ONLY 210 Finishers

    Caballo Blanco's (Micah True) Crew for Leadville 100 in 2007
    Deborah (Cebolla), Adrian (Brocoli), Caballo, Ona (Monocita) and BFT (El Mono).



    My interviews with Caballo Blanco Pre- & Post- Race


    Club Mas Loco member Chris Labbe, aka Cabro,
    finishes in under 25 hours
    Paced from Haggerman Pass Rd. to the Dam
    wearing Vibram FiveFingers Sprints




    Leadville Trail 100, August 18-19, Leadville, Colorado

    Elevation: 10,152 feet (3094 meters) from Wikipedia:

    The historic City of Leadville is a Statutory City that is the county seat of Lake County, Colorado, United States. Leadville is a former silver mining camp that lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The city's central district has an elevation of 10,152 feet (3094 meters), making Leadville the highest city in North America. The federally designated Leadville National Historic District includes many historic structures and sites from Leadville's dynamic mining era. The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city population was 2,688 in 2005.

    Barefooting
    Leadville?

    Many people have told me that Leadville indeed may be barefootable, i.e. doable by one conditioned and well practiced in the art of barefoot trail running.

    One question I hoped to answer during my trip to Leadville this year was whether or not one could finish the course unassisted by footwear within the 30 hour cuttoff.

    This question remains open.

    While crewing and preparing to pace Caballo, I got a good overall picture of the course, but not much of the trails.

    While pacing for Mas Loco member Cabro (Chris Labbe), I wore my FiveFingers Sprints.

    Why not barefoot?

    Well, it was not my place to experiment on a rocky portion of the course during the last 15 miles of a race at 3am in the morning in the dark on an unfamiliar trail with a runner who is close to breaking 25 hours.

    The FiveFinger Sprints performed quite well in this section of the trail that I ran. It would have been much trickier to handle this territory at night barefoot during the last 14 miles of a 100 mile race..., but POSSIBLE in my estimation.

    Perhaps I will give it a try next year.

    BFT



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