Posted on October 07 2017
“I read an article about this record way back in the 90s, and I thought that it sounded cool, and impossible, and if I ever run Leadville and I can get into Pikes Peak, I am going to try and break it. The Leadville Trail 100 Run and Pikes Peak Marathon combination record entails running the Leadville Trail 100 Run, finishing the race, driving from Leadville, Colorado to Manitou Springs, Colorado where the Pikes Peak Marathon starts and then running the Pikes Peak Marathon. Leadville is all above 9,200 feet with about 17,000 feet of vertical climbing, and Pikes Peak starts at 6,300 feet of elevation and has about 7,000 feet of climbing. I didn’t know when it would happen, but it was there in the back of my head calling me. I had six hours and 42 minutes from when I stepped across the line in Leadville, until I toed the line at Pikes Peak. I spent the time between the events taking a quick shower, changing clothes, driving two hours from Leadville to Manitou Springs and finding a quick bit to eat. My stomach was dodgy, so I just had a few bites of nuts, a GU waffle and a swig of water before heading to the Pikes Peak start line.” – HOKA Athlete and superhuman Michael Wardian
Mike’s favorite shoe is the Clifton.