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“WHY” Film Today at 1:30 p.m. in Opera House

Cyclist Rebecca Rusch to Present Film, Raise Funds

If you haven’t heard the buzz by now, there’s a film – WHY – that successfully attempts to answer the age-old question about what motivates the top athletes. On Friday-the-13th (of July) at 1:30 p.m., fans will get to experience this film in the one-of-a-kind Tabor Opera House in downtown Leadville. And if that’s not enough to bring you in the doors, Rebecca Rusch, 3x Women’s Leadville 100 champion who is featured in the film, will also be at the event to discuss her WHY. All that for a mere $10! And the money goes to local causes.

WHY is a short documentary by Corey Rich one of today’s most recognized adventure and outdoor filmmakers. Shot in just 3 days, WHY tells the story of three professional athletes: Kayaker Dane Jackson, Rock climber Alex Honnond and Pro-cyclist Rebecca Rusch. The movie is filmed against the backdrop of three geographically unique settings: a lush Mexican waterfall, the steeps cliffs at Joshua Tree National Park in California and the unique desert silhouettes of Moab, Utah. WHY is a film that brings athletes together – from the pros to the joes. The stories and scenery are as unique as they athletes themselves.

While the featured film is nearly as short in length as its title, the accompanying “How of WHY” rounds out the interesting tale of how it all came together: athletes, filmmaker and schedules, presenting the unique conditions under which the documentary was made.

Rebecca Rusch will make a special appearance at the opera house during the showing to discuss her involvement in the film – and what drives her WHY.

“I love showing this film to anyone and everyone because it directly exposes WHY we do what we do, the choices we make, how we want to live our lives and what inspires us,” say Rusch. “It’s a relevant question for anyone to answer for themselves. WHY?” The show promises to be inspiring, leaving viewers and racers to discover their own WHY.

The event will be presented in Leadville’s Tabor Opera House as a fundraiser for the iconic gem’s restoration project, as well as youth scholarships for Lake County Recreation programs and the local high school’s cycling club – The Pbville Pedalers.

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