Top-notch (about: 2004)|
C. M. from Pensacola, Florida (7/18/04)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Leadville Trail Marathon
For a Floridian living on the Gulf, the elevation alone was quite a challenge for me. (I even had altitude sickness the night before.) This was my first actual trail marathon or should I say hike, and yes it was tough; steep and rocky, but I would do it again! I always carry a camera during my marathons and just looking through my photos makes me want to sign up for next year. The views were spectacular and believe me, I had plenty of time to look around as I caught my breath!
Although this marathon will surely be my slowest, I missed winning a trophy by one place... they gave a trophy called 'last ass through the pass' to the last finisher. I was second to last. During the awards ceremony, the names of all the finishers were called starting with the last person. Just to finish this one no matter your time was an accomplishment.
As has been said the aid stations were the best and volunteers always cheerful. Thanks to all of them who stayed out there for us slowpokes!