Monday, April 20, 2009

Leadman Triathlon

Tale of Two Champions

It may be Spring in the valleys, but mountains are still covered with snow, and competitors are gearing up for The 5th Annual Nasco LEADMAN ’09 at Silver Mountain Resort on April 25th. LEADMAN is a unique event where individuals and teams race from the top of Silver Mountain to the valley floor in Kellogg, ID using skis or snowboards, bikes and their feet.

Spokane’s Kristen Armstrong is two-time women’s solo champion and is hopeful for a three-peat next week. “The LEADMAN opens up the season for me and combines three sports I love – skiing, mountain biking and running,” Armstrong said. “The part I look forward to most is the end of race celebration where we share stories and compare the amount of mud we collected during the race,” she continued. Kristen’s advice, “plan what you wear and think through the transitions to minimize the time loss.” Kristen also prepares by sharing strategies with husband Joel who performs the downhill mountain biking duties for the two-time LEADMAN team champions, the Lead Pencils.

Competing again this year for the fourth time is Stephen Barbieri, also from Spokane. Stephen holds the course record and has been crowned men’s solo champion three times. Hoping to end his reign is Stephen’s brother, David, who has been closing the gap in the past two years and, according to Stephen, is taking his training more seriously this year. “I am both impressed and surprised with the LEADMAN each year. Impressed by the terrific volunteers that put on this incredible event and surprised by the always different course, snow, ice, and mud,” said Stephen. “The best part has got to be the beer and burgers afterwards in the village,” he added. His advice: “make sure your equipment is in good shape.”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th and is hosted by the Kellogg Rotary Club. Contestants and spectators finish the day with live music and barbeque in the Gondola Village Plaza at Silver Mountain Resort. Money raised will benefit the Silver Valley Sparrow Club, a program where kids help other kids with medical needs. Event sponsors and volunteers are needed and invited to participate.

For more information, entry forms and sponsorship details visit or call (208) 783-1507.

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Anonymous Karinda Hedlund said...

This event is truly more fun than the Ironman or the Pole Pedal Paddle!

April 21, 2009 8:12 AM  

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