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Duathlon hits Leadville Sunday

Richard Chittick

LEADVILLE – With the end of summer upon us, it seems fitting that one of the final outdoor events for 2003 would be a grueling duathlon at 10,200 feet above sea level.

The second annual Leadville High Altitude Duathlon will take place on Sunday at 9 a.m. This road race features a 7- and 10-kilometer run, split by a 65-kilometer bike ride.

The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

According to race promoter Mark Lipman, the race is a fundraiser for three Leadville non-profit organizations: the Leadville Senior Society, the Lake County Public Library, and the Advocates of Lake County, dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence.

Lipman lived in Leadville for many years before relocating to Silverthorne, and created the race to benefit his former home.

The running routes twist through the streets of the historic downtown district while the bicycling route quickly leaves town and heads out on two counter-clockwise loops around Torquoise Lake.

Preregistered participants can pick up race packets beginning at 7 a.m. in the County Courthouse parking lot, which also serves as the transition area for the race.

Preregistration has closed, but day-of registration will be available at the start of packet pick-up. Individuals can register for $55, while registration for teams of two is $70 and registration for teams of three is $85.

Participants who are not members of USA Triathlon can pick up a one-day membership for $9, and should be prepared to show photo identification.

Complete details are available on the official website, http://www.highaltitudeduathlon.com, including course descriptions and details about the organizations the duathlon benefits.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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