Staff Shift Gears at Leadville Trail 100 Race Series
This time of year, any news coming out of the Leadville Race Series (LRS) usually has to do with who got into the lottery for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike and Run races.
However, last week the announcement had to do with some staff changes.
After six years as LRS Race Director, Josh Colley has decided to leave the 34 year-old local business to set up his own event production company in Leadville According to Colley, he will be producing three of the LRS qualifying events – in Texas, New York and California.
“While we are sad that we won’t see Josh around the office every day,” LRS announced via their website, “our qualifying events will be in incredibly capable hands.”
Paul Anderson, who has been an integral part of the LRS team and community for the past four years, will be stepping into the new role of Race Manager. Also new on the scene is Athlete Services Manager, Quinn Cooper, who’s a former LRS participant and avid runner.
While the official news from the race series’ parent company, Lifetime was posted last week, the online buzz among ultra-endurance and racing social media feeds has been growing since the end of last race season, with the exit of LRS Volunteer Coordinator Heidi Colley, as well as long-time LRS Athlete Services Manager Abby Long.
In November, Long accepted a new role as Executive Director of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation. Last week, the Leagacy distributed funds, some of which are generated from LRS entry fees, to local efforts, including Leadville’s 9 Health Fair and the Helping Hands organization.
No doubt there will be additional LRS staff announcements as the race season draws closer. The local community is all too familiar with exactly what it takes to produce a race series that now includes 8 local events and more that 7 qualifying events where the Leadville name is represented by LRS staff and its parent company, Lifetime Fitness, everywhere from New York, to Texas, and further west to California.
“Our entire organization is dedicated to making this year’s Leadville Race Series events the absolute best yet,” the company concluded in its statement.