Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ironman Champ Tim DeBoom to tackle the Leadville 100m

This just in from RunnersWeb:

DeBoom enters his first ultramarathon, choosing the nation’s toughest 100 mile trail race through the Rocky Mountains

(Boulder, Colorado – April 15, 2008) – Tim DeBoom, a two-time Ironman World champion and America’s No. 1 ranked long distance triathlete, today announces his entry in the 2008 Leadville 100 trail race – a 100 mile ultramarathon through the Rocky Mountains of Leadville, Colorado. The Leadville 100 marks DeBoom’s first try at an ultramarathon and is regarded as one of the toughest annual races in the country, with runners climbing and descending a total of 15,600 feet.

“Competing in the Leadville 100 will push and challenge me in new ways both mentally and physically, and I am looking forward to rediscovering how it feels to run without pressure,” said Tim DeBoom. “Competing in triathlons is still my passion and winning another Hawaii Ironman is a top goal of mine, but I’ve conquered it twice before and am excited to try something that I’m not 100 percent sure I can even finish.”

DeBoom is bringing his athletic expertise and champion drive to the Leadville 100. Currently America’s No. 1 long distance triathlete, DeBoom is an avid runner who enters Leadville with both enthusiasm and apprehension. The 2008 Leadville 100 will be DeBoom’s first ultra-marathon and the first time he has competed in a running race over 26.2 miles.

The 2008 Leadville 100, or The Race Across the Sky, is an annual race in Leadville, Colorado that presents runners with a 50-mile out-and-back trail and dirt road course through the Rocky Mountains. Climbing and descending 15,600 feet, runners compete at high elevations between 9,200 and 12,620 feet – making the 100 mile race one of the toughest ultra-marathons in the country.

Consisting of around 500 runners, barely half of the Leadville 100 competitors finish in the 30-hour time limit set by organizers. The race, which begins before dawn, is most known for the grueling trails and the two climbs up the 12,620 foot Hope Pass – encountered on both the outbound and return leg of the race.

The 2008 Leadville 100 will take place on August 16 and 17 in Leadville, Colorado. The race has a start time of 4 a.m. on August 16. For more information on Ironman Tim DeBoom, please visit www.timdeboom.com or, for more information on the Leadville 100, visit www.leadvilletrail100.com.

About Tim DeBoom
Tim DeBoom is the 2001 and 2002 Ironman World Champion and presently ranked the No. 1 long distance triathlete in the United States. He is currently on the Pro circuit and lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Nicole.

5 comments:

  1. I love the Leadville 100, but it's definitely not the toughest 100 mile race in the US. Heck, it's not even the toughest 100 mile race in the Rockies. (Have these guys heard of Hardrock?!)

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  2. Very interesting. I've done an IM but not a 100 (yet), so I can't accurately compare - but my experience has found the IM much more intense, while the 100 requires more endurance and mental toughness.

    I can't wait to see how this plays out.

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  3. Having done 20 ironmans and many ultras including a couple 50 milers (but not a 100 yet), the trail running is much more difficult (and I'm talking trail running w/ lots of single track with elevation gain/loss at altitude) than an IM. In an IM you spend over half the time on a bike and you have aid stations every mile on the run...Tim will do fine as long as he prepares correctly, he's an aerobic animal, just needs to realize what he's getting himself into...

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  4. Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; it drops pretty obvious hints that would indicate a sequel as well... i'm thinking the next one should be equally great

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