Congratulations! West Seattle’s Martin de Vrieze completes high-elevation 100-mile race

Congratulations to another West Seattleite for an amazing accomplishment – a high-elevation challenge completed by Martin de Vrieze recently in Colorado. Francine Stroud shares the story and photo:

Martin de Vrieze, a 20-year West Seattle resident, recently ran the Leadville 100 “Race Across the Sky.” This race is 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain. The race spans elevations between 9200 feet up to 12,600 feet, and has a total elevation gain of 18,168 feet. The race must be completed in 30 hours or less. Generally, only one half of the runners that start are able to finish the race. This year there were 612 starters and only 351 finishers. The race begins at 4:00 AM in the dark and for Martin ended at dawn the following morning. Martin finished in 25 hrs. 43 mins. 48 secs. He came in 25th in his age group and 93rd overall. We are very proud of him.

Find out more about the race here; results are here.

5 Replies to "Congratulations! West Seattle's Martin de Vrieze completes high-elevation 100-mile race"

  • Sonoma August 26, 2014 (2:30 am)

    Wow – congrats! I guess my 90-minute walks with a 25-foot elevation gain don’t quite compare ;-)

  • WSEA August 26, 2014 (4:59 am)

    awesome job. 100-miles alone would be a killer but in high elevation is super impressive.

  • CMP August 26, 2014 (7:16 am)

    Congratulations Martin! Wear that belt buckle with pride, you definitely earned it!

  • Bonnie August 26, 2014 (7:51 am)

    Wow! Now that is something that deserves some recognition! Congratulations!

  • Heather August 26, 2014 (10:24 am)

    Having run the last 13.5 miles with him, as dawn (the second one since he started) was approaching, I can attest to the fact that this race is every bit as hard as it sounds, and the feat as amazing (as well as the feet). There is good reason that only about half of those who start, finish.

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