Latest News – July 27

Movies In the Park Continues Friday

Who You Gonna Call? Ghostbusters! Warmer weather and earlier sunsets are making for excellent movie watching in Leadville. So if you ain’t afraid of no ghosts, round up your friends and family, grab the lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and come enjoy the Leadville Community Movie Night pre-show extravaganza with lawn games, music, concessions and BBQ grilling. The fun starts this Friday, July 28 at 6 p.m., the movie begins at dusk. This week’s show is the hilarious 2016 re-boot of the popular Ghostbusters (PG13) film, featuring all your favorite comediennes. 

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About the film: Paranormal researcher Abby Yates and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.

Help Protect Mt Elbert: Colorado’s Tallest

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Colorado’s highest peak at 14,443 feet, Mt. Elbert can see tens of thousands of hikers in a single summer! Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

A reminder to all you trailblazers that this weekend is the South Mount Elbert Trail Construction project being coordinated by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC). As one of the most visited fourteeners, Mount Elbert is also one of the most vulnerable. Mount Elbert’s three main summit routes can see tens of thousands of hikers in a single summer. But instead of feeling frustrated about what is happening to beloved Mt Elbert, folks will be out on the trail this weekend to help be part of the solution. This project will address issues stemming from high-use, improving trail erosion and protecting the surrounding delicate alpine habitat.

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The Volunteers of Colorado South Mount Elbert Trail Construction project is planned for this weekend: July 29-30. Volunteers are needed: LINK.

About the Stewardship Site: 
Standing at 14,433 feet, Mount Elbert is Colorado’s tallest mountain and the apex of the Rocky Mountain Range. Elbert draws thousands of hikers, and the Mount Elbert Trail (also called the South Mount Elbert Trail), ascending the mountain’s east flank, is one of the most popular routes. It climbs through the San Isabel National Forest and across alpine tundra, crossing paths with the occasional marmot, pika or mountain goat before reaching the summit.

For more information, contact: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado at  303-715-1010, or email,  voc@voc.org or CLICK HERE to register – its FREE!

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Stage Race Sees Racers Over 3 Days This Weekend

Each year, athletes from across the world vie for a chance to experience the famed Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike (LT100MTB) course. The high-altitude 100-miler is acclaimed for its difficulty, with over 12,000 feet of elevation gain in a single day. Completing the race is a monumental task for even the most accomplished mountain bikers.Stage Race

From July 28-30, 2017, the Leadville Stage Race will offer athletes of all abilities the opportunity to experience the legendary LT100 MTB course split over three days. Participants who aren’t ready to tackle the entire 100 miles can even form a team of two or three riders, allowing each person to race one or two stages.

The Leadville Stage Race also serves as a qualifier for the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. Participants at this year’s event will have a 1-in-3 chance of earning their spot into the 2017 Leadville Trail 100 MTB on August 12, 2017.

“This will be the third year of the Leadville Stage Race and we’re excited to see the event grow each year. It’s truly an event that is accessible to even the most novice mountain bikers. The three-stage format gives advanced riders a chance to see how hard they can push each section of the LT100 MTB course and first-timers an opportunity to experience a Leadville Race Series event without the demands of training or completing 100 miles in a single day,” said Ken Chlouber, Founder of the Leadville Race Series. “Plus, the celebrations and parties after each stage let all participants enjoy the weekend and get a sense of what being a part of the Leadville Race Series family is all about.”

The Leadville Stage Race consists of three stages covering the LT100 MTB course. The majority of the race is on forest trails with some mountain roads and elevations ranging from 9,200 to 12,424 feet. After each stage, athletes will enjoy a post-race party with food, drinks and live music.

Stage 1: July 28, 2017, 42 miles: Starts at Lake County Rodeo Grounds and continues over St. Kevins and Sugarloaf passes to finish at Twin Lakes.

Stage 2: July 29, 2017, 16 miles: Starts at Twin Lakes, climbs up to the famed Columbine Mine at 12,424 ft. and returns to Twin Lakes.

Stage 3: July 30, 2017, 42 miles: Starts at Twin Lakes and returns to the Rodeo Grounds in Leadville.

The 2017 Leadville MTB Stage Race is limited to 300 participants. More information on race logistics can also be found at www.LeadvilleRaceSeries.com and the Leadville Race Series Facebook page.

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