(Logan, UT — August 22, 2017) Altra’s elite Endurance Team athlete Ian Sharman won the Leadville Trail 100 Run with an impressive time of 17:34:51. This was Sharman’s third consecutive win and fourth win out of five total races. After missing a turn—adding roughly two extra miles to his run—along with throwing up for his second time ever while racing, Sharman pushed through these obstacle to grab another first place finish.
“I had a tough day at the Leadville Trail 100 yesterday with getting lost for a mile, vomiting, stomach issues, and generally not feeling as good as normal” said Sharman, “It’s one of my favorite races, and this one will mean more to me since things didn’t go perfectly to plan and I had plenty of excuses to drop.”
Sharman, a resident of Bend, Oregon, finished the race in style, waving the flag of his home country England. His shoe of choice for this rigorous race was the Altra Lone Peak claiming “they were flawless as always, with no blisters and comfort throughout, even on the steep descents on Hope Pass.”
This was the 35th year of the legendary “Race Across the Sky” ultramarathon. The Leadville Trail 100 Run takes participants across the extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies with elevations ranging between 9,200 to 12,600 feet. As is common in most years, less than half of the runners finished the grueling course within the allotted 30-hour limit.
Sharman, 36, just came from an impressive seventh place finish at the famous Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, where he became the first person ever to earn eight consecutive top 10 finishes overall, the most ever from the first attempt at the race and with no DNFs. He won’t be at Leadville next year as he plans to race the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc instead to gain a qualifier for the Hardrock 100. But he does have plans to eventually return to Leadville to grab his fifth first place finish.
While working at a running store, Altra Founder Golden Harper was frustrated that modern running shoe technology caused poor running form and had not decreased running injuries. His passion to create a shoe that followed the science produced Altra’s FootShape™ toe box and Zero Drop™ platform. Since its founding in 2011, Harper and co-founder Brian Beckstead have grown Altra from one to 25 shoe styles, winning multiple Editor’s Choice awards and distribution in more than 60 countries. Join the conversation @AltraRunning and #ZeroLimits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.