By Shane Hutton
Well it`s that time of year again. This Saturday will see the running of the 2014 Leadville 100mile Ultramarathon. This race is on a lot of peoples bucket list as it`s one of the granddaddy ultras. It holds a special place in my heart as to date it is the only 100mile race I have ever finished. This year I am thrilled one of my very good friends Dave is competing. It is his first crack at 100 miles & I know he is going to smash it.
I first met Dave back in 2011 at the Great Ocean Walk 100km. We were both attempting the run for the first time & for me it was my second attempt at 100km. We all set off in the morning & Dave & I quickly found ourselves running together with the same goal, to finish was goal 1 & goal 2 to finish around 14hrs.
Dave was great company he is an Englishman so this automatically makes him hilarious & the other thing was he would retch every time he had a gel. This made for a very entertaining day out. We both finished GOW together in 15:22. To this day Dave has remained a great mate.
Dave had entered Leadville last year but after some setbacks decided not to go to the states & race. The race organisers are very forgiving if you get in early enough & he was able to transfer his entry to this year. After a solid build up & many times talking on the phone whilst he has been out on his long runs he has made it to the start line.
I am so excited for him & know he is going to do well. I am sure he will entertain many others as he is running & retching but it`s all a part of his race plan hahahaha.
Good luck Dave I will be up all night Sunday tracking your progress & celebrating with you as you cross the line.
You can track Dave's progress on the Leadville 100 Mile Race Tracker, race number 427.
And checkout how Dave intends on getting through the gruelling race (taken in preparation for Bogong to Hotham in 2011):
Shane's an ultra runner and La Sportiva Ambassador, with a taste for adventure, always up for a new and different challenge.