Latest News – November 28

Yesterday, November 27 was Opening Day for the 2015/16 season at Ski Cooper. The Leadville ski area is open on weekends thru December 12, then Daily. There is more snow in the forecast this weekend. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Yesterday, November 27 was Opening Day for the 2015/16 season at Ski Cooper. The Leadville ski area is open on weekends thru December 12, then Daily. More snow is in the forecast this weekend. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today. MORE PICS.

A_Spacer_ThinLeadville Lifters: Rock Pulls and Pies Competition

by Ben Wells, Leadville Lifters Coach

Leadville Lifters (LVL), the Highest Olympic Weightlifting Club, hosted their fall competition, Pulls and Pies, on Saturday Nov. 21, at Lake County High School. There were 6 girls competing, all LVL athletes, and 5 guys competing, 3 of which were LVL athletes.


Spac_50The girls session began with weigh ins at 9 a.m. and started lifting at 11 .a.m and competing was Abi Reigel at 44KG, Bailey Sprague at 48KG, Tayler Galloway at 48KG, Katylin Sprague at 39KG, Kenzie Reigel at 48KG, Catilyn Ayers at 58KG and Sandy Gonzalez at 58KG.

This was the first competition for Gonzalez and she had a great day with a 35KG(78.05lbs) snatch and 35KG(78.05lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 70KG(156.1lbs). Ayers had a solid day posting a 32KG(71.36lbs) and a 45KG(100.35lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 77KG(171.71lbs) which is close to what she needs to qualify for Youth Nationals.

K. Reigel went 6 for 6, meaning she successfully completed all 3 snatch lifts and all 3 clean and jerks, and posted a 25KG(55.75lbs) snatch and 35KG(78.05lbs) with total of 60KG(133.8lbs) which qualifys her for Youth Nationals next summer.

K. Sprague finished strong with a 23KG(51.29lbs) snatch and 38KG(84.74lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 61KG(136lbs) earning her another qualifying amount for Youth Nationals. Galloway had a good time posting a 32KG(71.36lbs) snatch and 40KG(89.2lbs) for a total of 72KG(160.56lbs) and making her first qualifying total for Youth Nationals. B. Sprague had a successful day posting a 30KG(66.9lbs) snatch and 42KG(93.66lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 72KG(160.56lbs), also qualifying for Youth Nationals.

A. Reigel hit all 3 snatches and posted a 35KG(78.05lbs) followed by 45KG(100.35lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 80KG(178.4lbs), giving her a Youth Nationals qualifying total and the highest posted weight for the girls session. With 5 qualified for Youth Nationals and several others close the LVL girls are starting to make a name for themselves.Spac_50pulls and pies results

Spac_50For the guys session, which started about 1 p.m., competing for LVL was Andrew Ayers, Sam Finnell, and Grey Finnell. Also competing was Andrew Klenk, from Aurora, and D’Angelo Osorio, who current trains at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and is on track to represent the USA in Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

This was Ayers first competition and posted a 28KG(62.44lbs) snatch and 38KG(84.74lbs) clean and jerk for a total of 66KG(147.18lbs). S. Finnell also was first time competitor and posted a 30KG(66.9lbs) snatch and 41KG(91.43lbs) clean and jerk. G. Finnell had a rocky day posting a 70KG(156.1lbs) snatch and making the 100KG(223lbs) clean but missed the jerk.

To wrap up the guys session Osorio posted a 155KG(345.65lbs) snatch and attempted but did not complete a 190KG(423.7lbs) clean and jerk. Having Osorio at the meet was a great experience for the LVL athletes to see and understand what is the their future. Congratulations to all LVL athletes and good luck as they prepare for the LVL Tough Luck Competition in March!

Latest News – November 27

Need some inspiration? Just look out the window! And that's exactly what Leadville Today reader Neil Spaulding did Wednesday night, and then he grabbed his camera and got this incredible sunset shot of Mt. Elbert, Colorado's highest peak. #ThisIsWhereILive

Need some inspiration? Just look out the window! And that’s exactly what Leadville Today reader Neil Spaulding did Wednesday night, and then he grabbed his camera and got this incredible sunset shot of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak. #ThisIsWhereILive

Spac_50Leadville Race Series Lottery Opens Tuesday, Dec. 1

Next Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. the lottery for both the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race and Leadville Trail 100 “Race Across The Sky” Run opens. Registration for your chance to race in one of these iconic Leadville Race Series events, remains open through December 31, 2015. Lottery results will be announced sometime in early 2016.LeadvilleRaceSeriesy

The other bike and run races, which are not lottery-based, will open for registration on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Entrance to the Leadville Trail 100 MTBand LT100 Run is lottery-based. Cost is $15 to enter the lottery, which will be open from December 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Winners will be notified in mid-January and automatically charged the $345 registration fee ($315 for the LT100 run). The $15 lottery fees will be applied – in part – to The Leadville Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization giving to the needs of the Leadville community and the The Life Time Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping provide school lunches to children.

Racers may register for the LT100 MTB and LT100 Run lottery as an individual or a group. A maximum of eight family members, friends or teammates can click the group registration option. Group members will register individually, however use the exact group name to signify being part of a group. This will guarantee that either your entire group will be successful in the lottery or not. Assuring no one will be left out! Please note that if a member of your group has completed the LT100 MTB under the designated sub-12 cutoff six or more times, have  completed the LT100 Run under the designated sub-30 cut-off time nine or more times, or they have volunteered 10+ hours in the 2015 season they will be forfeiting their guaranteed entry.

You can find all the details and links to registration at the Leadville Race Series website.






Latest News – November 26 – Happy Thanksgiving!

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Spac_50Moose Update: The necropsy report concerning the moose found dead earlier this month along a local mountain bike trail has come in and determined that the gentle giant died from a lung infection. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported that there were no signs of poaching on the animal. You can read the FULL STORY HERE.

Latest News – November 25

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Spac_50Turkey Trot Run/Ski Thanksgiving Morning

The Leadville Running Company invites the community to join friends and neighbors for a pre-feast run or ski on Thanksgiving morning. Turkey Trot

Tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 26 at 10 a.m., the group will meet on the Mineral Belt Trail at the Martin Bridge which intersects with East 7th Street in Leadville. This is a casual run/ski with friends. All abilities, everyone welcome! Dress for the weather?!

The Leadville Running Company is located at Leadville Outdoors, 225 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville, Colo.Spac_50

Be Grateful – Turkey Day’s Yoga Class at Studio 225

In addition, Studio 225 in Leadville is offering a Focus and Flow Yoga with Glen class to start the day off right. Begin your Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 26) by grounding yourself with an energetic flow focus and movement! The one-hour session starts at 8 a.m. The class is for all abilities and is offered by donation. Studio 225 is located in downtown Leadville at 225 Harrison Ave. – 2nd floor of Leadville Outdoors.


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Latest News – November 24

Dueling Drumsticks: A Thanksgiving Story

HeadShotGraphicEvery family has their Thanksgiving stories. Whether it’s someone neglecting to take the giblets out of turkey before cooking it, or some relative partaking of too much wine over dinner and making a fool of themselves. After all, when the family gathers round, it’s where memories are made, right? Well here’s one of mine. Happy Thanksgiving!

By the second day after Thanksgiving, the sight of those half-eaten turkey legs made my brother Tom and I wish that we had never taken on the challenge. But by Saturday, our mother’s words haunted us: “If you take a drumstick, you have to eat the entire thing. Nobody wastes food in this house.”

At the time, the conquest seemed manageable. After all, we were hungry. As with most Thanksgivings, the smells and culinary sights of the day’s preparation had all of us salivating by the time we sat down at the table. Tom took the first leg, plunking the barbaric entree on to the holiday china with a “thunk.” The thing didn’t really even fit on his plate, the bony foot hung off the edge; the meaty top left little room for any other once-a-year recipes.

Siblings are funny when it comes to situations like this. While traditionally a white meat lover, the sight of my younger brother commandeering one of the biggest portions from the turkey platter gave rise to my rivalry. When that big plate of meat came my way I plucked the other turkey leg from the pile.drumstick

Gloating at Tom from across the finely laced dining room table, I” thunk”ed the other drumstick down on my plate like the starting gong to a challenge.

It didn’t take Mom long to see what was happening. “Thomas and Kathleen (proper names spell trouble) those drumsticks are far too much for you. Why don’t you share one?” Now for anyone who has siblings, negotiations with the word “share” in them are immediately rebuffed.

“I can eat it all!” Tom and I rang out at the same moment. As I recall, Mom backed down quickly, although in hindsight it was probably more about the presence of Thanksgiving company than her belief that either one of us could finish a drumstick that size.

“Okay, but you will eat the entire thing. If you don’t finish it tonight, expect it for breakfast and lunch tomorrow.” Permission granted! It truly was Thanksgiving!

Of course, after mounds of mashed potatoes and stuffing, piles of green bean salad, and enough cranberries to fill a bog, neither of us had taken more than five bites from the turkey’s limb. Clearing the table after dinner, Mom instructed me to put the legs aside and attach a twist tie to the bottom of mine, to help identify it.

Huh?! Wouldn’t the leftover meat from these drumsticks go into the collective pile for future turkey sandwiches, turkey tacos, and turkey stir-fry? She nonchalantly said, “I was serious when I told you and Tom that you would finish those drumsticks.”



Later that night, Mom was gracious enough to allow us to enjoy the delectable desserts the feast had to offer. However, at breakfast the next day as everyone sat down to scrambled eggs and bacon, Tom arid I stared unbelieving at our cold, barely eaten drumsticks.

If properly translated, our side-glances would have gone something like: “She can’t be serious. This must be some lesson she’s trying to teach us. She’s just serving everyone else first, but after she’s made her point, she’ll give us some of the regular breakfast chow.”

It never happened. Instead it became one of our family’s Thanksgiving stories. Remember the Thanksgiving when you and Tom took those turkey legs and Mom made you eat them for days?

As I recall, neither one of us finished our drumsticks. Mom eventually caved in as most many parents do in food standoffs that last for days, finally submitting to the guilt that your child might be starving as you make your point. Even today, the sight of a turkey leg conjures up that Thanksgiving memory. And while I still can’t bring myself to eat one, the sight of a drumstick does make me smile.

Thanksgiving Day has a way of creating these kinds of memories. When family and friends are gathered round, and food and drink are shared, the fodder for good stories is as rich as the pumpkin pie. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. And I’m thankful for that!