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Leadville Loppet Hosts “Lucky #13” This Sunday, Feb 21

This Sunday, Feb. 21, The Leadville Loppet will be celebrating its “lucky #13”, according to race organizers. This high-altitude Nordic ski race serves as the annual fundraiser for Leadville’s historic Mineral Belt Trail (MBT). The race course travels through a rolling forested terrain trail network, leading racers on to the MBT, where climbs and descends await, along abandoned rail grades left from Leadville’s mining era. It’s a one-of-a-kind course which should be laden (and groomed) with fresh snow come Sunday.

The Leadville Loppet 5k and 1k "fun" races are a big hit, complete with colorful costumes. Good times await this Sunday, Feb. 21! Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

The Leadville Loppet 5k and 1k “fun” races are a big hit, complete with colorful costumes. Good times await this Sunday, Feb. 21! Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today.

Registration is currently open online for classic and freestyle 44K, 22K, & 10K distances, plus a 5K and 1K fun race, where costumes are encouraged! Online registration will close the night before the race, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. In-person registration & packet pick up will be held at the college gymnasium on Saturday evening from 5 – 8 p.m. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race from 7 – 8:45 a.m. Please note there will be no race day registration.

More serious competitors take on the 22k course at The Leadville Loppet. Photo: Leadville Today.

More serious competitors take on the 22k course at The Leadville Loppet. Photo: Leadville Today.

Other highlights of this “fun”raiser are the awards ceremony, held after the competition in the gym with homemade soups and chili galore!

They will also host a free wax clinic provided by Leadville’s Tim Hill of Alpine Ski & Sport, the night before on Saturday, Feb. 20, 6 – 8 p.m. in the Cloud City Ski Hut at Dutch Henri Hill, located off Highway 24 south of town. During the race, athletes may also be tracked via a mobile app provided by It’s Your RaceFor race info and registration: LINK

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