Vasque Presents 27th Annual Leadville Trail 100

Local outdoor footwear manufacturer, Vasque, announces it will be the presenting sponsor and official footwear of the 2009 Lifetime Fitness Leadville Trail 100 ultra marathon and coinciding Leadville trail events.
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Local outdoor footwear manufacturer, Vasque, announces it will be the presenting sponsor and official footwear of the 2009 Lifetime Fitness Leadville Trail 100 ultra marathon and coinciding Leadville trail events. Embarking on its 27th year, the race coined, ‘The Race across the Sky', is the largest 100-mile trail race in the nation.

“We heard the original story of the Leadville race series and were blown away by the strength of this enduring community, notes Vasque marketing manager, Sarah Pitts. Like the people and events of Leadville, Vasque is built with the same mountain DNA which is rich in strength, character and heritage. The partnership is ideal and we are thrilled to join the Leadville family.”

The Leadville Trail 100-Mile Run was started in 1983. Race founder and President Ken Chlouber created the race in a time of severe depression in the local mining industry. Leadville had the highest unemployment in the nation. Throughout history the residents of Leadville have endured the boom and busts of mining with pride and independence. However, Chlouber's dream was of an ultra-endurance race which would bring racers and tourists to town along with some money to pump into the local economy.

“We are very excited about Vasque's race sponsorship,” said LT100 Race Director Merilee Maupin. “Red Wing (Vasque's parent company) is an American institution with deep roots in the footwear business. I guess you could say that the Leadville Trail 100 and Vasque are a good fit.”

Vasque will bring a contingency of core athletes to Leadville this summer to compete. Vasque trail athletes Bryan Dayton and Duncan Callahan will each participate in the Leadville Marathon. Callahan will attempt a second consecutive win and will be joined by Vasque product manager, Brian Hall in the 100 mile ultra race.

The 100-mile run, taking place August 22nd – 23rd, is now one of several races presented under the Leadville Trail 100 banner. Starting off the series of events on July 11th is the Leadville Trail Marathon, a 26.2-mile marathon through the mining districts east of Leadville. The Silver Rush 50s are a 50-mile mountain bike race and a 50-mile running race through the mining districts east of Leadville. These races are held July 25th & 26th, respectively. The exciting and dynamic Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race was added in 1994 and will be held August 15th. In addition there's a LT 100 10k - an open running event comprising of the first and last portions of the full Trail 100 run course taking place Aug 16th.

These races have been supported with the help of volunteers in and around Leadville and from coast to coast. This year, as in all years, we dedicate these events to the residents of Leadville, past, present and future. For more information visit the website at www.leadvilletrail100.com or call (719) 486-3502.

About Vasque
For over 40 years, Vasque has crafted high-quality performance-driven footwear for the outdoor market with a line that includes specialized footwear for trail running, crossover, hiking, backpacking, alpine pursuits and kids. With an unyielding commitment to innovation, Vasque focuses on fit and world-class performance as the core pillars in every product they produce. Company product testing takes place through a team of exceptional athletes that report directly from trails all over the world, resulting in product that withstands the test of time and the hardest conditions and wear. To illustrate the “Vasque Fit” story, the company has brought on the Master of Fit™ to narrate, in a series of videos, exactly what it takes to become an award-winning footwear manufacturer.

To view the Master of Fit in action visit: www.youtube.com/user/vasquefootwear

For more information on all Vasque products go to www.vasque.com

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