|My buckle from 2011 (and my dime)|
One time was enough for me, for now. It was an enjoyable day but I would rank it 5th out of the 5 100s I completed this year (note: would've still been 5th, just edging out Pony Express had I covered the last 8 miles of it to completion).
The double climb of Hope Pass
The big belt buckle
The course is a bit boring
The race is too crowded
It's fairly easy (comparatively)
There are so many cool 100s in the US, both established old timers and newbies, that draw me in much more than repeating an event like Leadville. Look at something like Grand Mesa 100. The course humbles you from head to toe, mentally and physically. Runners are given a fair amount to complete the race but not coddled.
Obviously, there are 800-1,000 participants at Leadville who may not agree with me and this is just my opinion sparked by all the talk, especially from repeat Leadville runners who are jabbering ad nauseum about the August race. Personally, I'm stretching my boundaries and hoping to be in Chamonix for UTMB during that timeframe and if not, then heading to a different and more challenging run.
Leadville lovers unite and tell me why you love Leadville so much.