Williston, VT (August 22, 2013) – Julbo USA athlete, Ian Sharman, won the Leadville 100 on Saturday, overtaking the majority-race leader Michael Aish at mile 71. The Leadville 100 was Sharman’s third 100 mile race since June, when he finished 4th at the Western States 100.
Sharman is competing in the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning, racing all four of the oldest 100-milers in the country, including Western States Endurance Run, the Vermont 100, the Leadville 100, and the Wasatch Front 100.
Coming off a difficult Vermont 100, Sharman approached Leadville with renewed mental focus. Ultrarunning success is about more than just physical ability; mental strength is paramount to survival out on course and winning one of the world’s most prestigious races has been a rewarding experience for Sharman.
“I’m blown away from the amount of support. People are coming out from everywhere and I’m even getting messages in different languages,” Sharman said. “I’m on a high at the moment but I can’t wait to get the fourth race out of the way so I can relax and settle down. It’s just 16 days away!”
Facing a talented group of competitors and a physically drained body from earlier races, Sharman stuck to an early plan of running conservatively. His strategy to hike Hope Pass and Powerline on the way out (50 miles out and back) and to focus on “power-hiking” on the return proved successful. He held the lead with eight miles to go, but without knowing the status of the other competitors, Sharman kicked it up one last notch finishing a strong 36 minutes ahead of second place runner, Nick Clark.
With three out of the four Grand Slam races out of the way, Sharman will head home to recover before the Wasatch Front 100. Sharman sits 4 hours and 40 minutes under the Grand Slam record split times. Look for Sharman in his trademark blue Julbo Dust sunglasses as he runs for glory at the Wasatch Front 100 on September 6.
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