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Liberatore finishes the ‘unfathomable’

MCHS graduate runs 100 miles in nearly 26 hours in Colorado

Ray Liberatore’s reward for months of training and the completion of a 100-mile mountainous course, on foot, was one an 8-year-old might receive after a soccer match.

“A friend and I went out for ice cream,” Liberatore said. “It had been a little over a year since I had had ice cream. I had been on a pretty strict diet.”

A strict diet is essentially a requirement for people preparing to enter the Leadville Trail 100 Run. The ultramarathon, held since 1983 in the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, Colo., has entrants complete an out-and-back course with elevations that range from 9,200 to 12,600 feet. The 2013 race began at 4 a.m. local time on Saturday, Aug. 17, and the cutoff time for all runners was 10 a.m. the following day.

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