Latest News – July 6

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Everyone on historic Harrison Avenue was a Yankee Doodle Dandy during last Tuesday’s Annual Fourth of July parade sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

From Firecracker 5K to 50-Milers: Race On

July 4th kicked off with the Firecracker 5k, seeing 193 racers cross the finish line, with a whole lotta “Leadville” after their names. In fact, the top three spots were Leadvillites:  Pat Cade took first place with a strong 17:48 time; Chuck Bedford was second at 19:04 and Darren Brungardt, rounded out the podium with 19:12 time.

On the women’s podium, it was Leadville Lady and Track Coach Amy Peters who took top honors, crossing the finish line at 22:01.

The Firecracker 5k is put on as a fundraiser for the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame; this year’s event also benefited the Skyline Youth Baseball League and Leadville Nordic. For full race results: CLICK.

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The Leadville Airport’s Annual Fourth of July Cookout saw hundreds of residents and visitors enjoy some live music, aircraft displays, and some good food. Thanks to the volunteers!

Race Series 50-Milers This Weekend

Up next on the local race circuit are the 50-mile races for the Leadville Race Series. As a result, there will be increased traffic in and around Dutch Henri Hill (below CMC) and up throughout the east side’s California Gulch Mining District’s.

This Saturday and Sunday, July 8 & 9 Lifetime hosts the Silver Rush 50-mile race events, part of the Leadville Race Series (LRS).   

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Charge! 652 racers prepare to charge Dutch Henri Hill at the start of the Leadville Silver Rush Mountain Bike Race in Leadville on July 12, back in 2014. They – plus a few more – will do it again this Saturday, July 8! Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell

The Silver Rush 50 Mountain Bike Race is Saturday, July 8. It’s a 50-mile out-and-back course taking racers through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville. The Silver Rush 50 also serves as a qualifying event for the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race on Aug. 12, 2017. Silver Rush 50 participants can have their starting corral position boosted for the Leadville 100 MTB event if they finish in a certain timeframe as well. 

Then on Sunday, July 9 the Silver Rush 50 Run race takes on 50 miles of extreme territory that starts at 10,200 feet and reaches 12,000 feet on four separate occasions. It leaves runners’ lungs burning, hearts pounding and eyes mesmerized at the amazing Rocky Mountain scenery. The Silver Rush 50 not only prepares racers for the pinnacle Leadville Trail 100 Run on Aug. 19, 2017, but also provides bragging rights for conquering one of the toughest 50-milers in the country. 

There is also a Silver King and Silver Queen Race
which includes BOTH days of exhilarating challenges. With the finish time from both events crowning the LRS’ Silver King or Silver Queen for 2017.

Register for all races and find additional information at

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Ribbons, medals and bragging rights were passed out at last Tuesday’s Firecracker 5K race as part of the downtown Leadville Fourth of July Celebration.


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