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Carpenter sets new record in Leadville

Special to the Daily /Harald Fricker Leadville Trail 100 winner Matt Carpenter rides down Centennial Lift at Beaver Creek last month during the Vertical Ascent race. Carpenter won the 100-mile race in Leadville Saturday with a record time of 15 hours, 42 minutes and 59 seconds.

LEADVILLE – Matt Carpenter reinvented the record for the Leadville Trail 100 Saturday.Carpenter, from Manitou Springs, finished the race in 15 hours, 42 minutes and 59 seconds, significantly upstaging the previous record of 17:16:19, set last year by Paul Dewitt.

The race, which began at 4 a.m. Saturday, takes runners 100 miles, up and down 31,200 feet of elevation to Winfield and back from Leadville. Race organizers said conditions, as has been the tradition throughout the event’s 22-year history, were stormy and rainy for most runners summitting the course’s highest point at Hope Pass (12,620 feet). But eventually the weather cleared and runners were guided by the light of a nearly full moon.

Carpenter, who finished in the daylight Saturday, also won the Vertical Ascent last month month at Beaver Creek when he ran up Beaver Creek Mountain seven times in just more than six hours. He became the 2005 men’s national trailrunning champion at the Teva Mountain Games in Vail in June and is a multiple winner of the Pikes Peak Marathon. He took 14th in last year’s Leadville 100 race.”It was incredible,” said Leadville Trail 100 staff member Megan Martinez. “You don’t expect that (the record) is going to get beat by that much. But we’re proud of him.”

Nikki Kimball of Bozeman, Mont., was the first woman to finish this weekend, with a time of 20:28:21. Kristin Moehl Sybrowsky from Seattle was second in 22:03:03 and Littleton’s Tania Pacev was third with a time of 22:49:07.Dan Vega of Colorado Springs was second in the men’s field with a time of 19:03:01 and Denver’s Erik Solof was third in 19:15:16. The last finisher to complete the race was Giovanni Battista Torelli, who finished with a second remaining of the 30-hour cutoff in 29:59:59.Vail, Colorado

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