August 9, 2012, Leadville, Colo.  Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson will take a brief break from the campaign trail on Saturday, August 11, to tackle another grueling race: the Leadville 100 mountain-bike race in Colorado.

An accomplished cyclist and outdoorsman, Gov. Johnson will compete in the high-altitude race for the ninth time since 2002. Featuring a rugged 100-mile, out-and-back route in the midst of the Colorado Rockies, the race draws riders from around the world who are willing to climb to 12,424 feet from the 10,152-feet starting line.

Gov. Johnson’s personal-best time in the Leadville 100 is under nine hours. He’s missed the race just twice since 2002 — once because he was recovering from frostbite, and once because he didn’t win a spot in the lottery-derived field.

Gov. Johnson’s fiancee, Kate Prusack, will ride the Leadville 100 this year too.

Next week, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico will resume campaigning when he heads out on a Texas swing that will take him to Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.


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