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.
About presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. Johnson switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party on Dec. 28, 2011. As the Libertarian Party nominee, Johnson will appear on all 50 states' ballots. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest.