Race Across the Sky Rides Into Theaters
Back by popular demand, NCM Fathom and Citizen Pictures brings Race Across the Sky – Leadville Trail 100 back to select movie theaters nationwide for one night only on Thursday, November 12th at 8:00 pm EST/7:00 pm CST/9:00 pm MST/8:00 pm PST. Don't miss your last chance to see this inspirational event on the big screen.
Tickets are now on sale at FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices. Advance purchase for this one-night event is strongly encouraged, as the original October event sold out in many theaters nationwide.
This presentation will also feature a panel discussion, pre-recorded in Durango, CO, on Oct. 20, with Dave Wiens, Lance Armstrong, his coach Chris Carmichael, Olympic cyclist Travis Brown, founder and president of the LT100 Ken Chlouber and Ft. Lewis College cycling coach Matt Shriver. Panelists will discuss tips on training and conditioning during the offseason as well as stories of overcoming their own personal challenges in this year's race, including Armstrong's battle with a flat tire in the final 10 miles of the race.
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At 10,000 feet, against the misty backdrop of the sleepy former mining town of Leadville, Colorado, 1,400 cyclists mass at the starting line. For many, it will be the most difficult race of their lives. For some, a bragging right to say they raced alongside the best in the world. Some imagine victory. Most hope only to finish. But everyone will count.
What began 25 years ago as a running race to drive tourism in Leadville has now grown to an event that is not just a race of man against man, but also man vs. self, man vs. elements and man vs. time.
Racing against a clock set for 12 grueling hours, competitors slug through 100 miles and over 14,000 vertical feet of climbing—some two miles above sea level—through extreme climate changes ranging from heat to hail, from rain to snow. To the racers, the risks of injury, fatigue and mechanical failure pale next to the chance that they will fall behind and be eliminated.
In addition to the showdown between six-time defending champion Dave Wiens and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, the 2009 race also featured inspirational stories of human triumph such as Roxanne Hall, critically injured by a car while training for last year's race, Grace Ragland, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and over-50 competitor Rick McDonald, who has raced all 25 years.
More info can be found at raceacrossthesky.com.