Latest News – August 8

If You See The Trail: “Blood Road”

By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today

“If you see the trail, let me know.”

This is my favorite line from the movie “Blood Road,” which will be presented at an exclusive Leadville Today Screening at the Lake County Airport tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 9.LeadvilleScreeingBloodRoad_poster_11x17_TDL copy

I’ve had the fortune of seeing this ground-breaking documentary several times, including the film’s World Premiere on March 15 at the Sun Valley Film Festival. And every time I’ve seen it, that one line spoken by the film’s star and 4x Leadville Trail 100 champion Rebecca Rusch, that one line kicks around in my head for days: “If you see the trail, let me know.”

I’ve found myself saying it aloud, like a mantra, particularly after watching a terse newscast, reflecting the mounting uncertainties many Americans are experiencing in their daily lives.

“If you see the trail, let me know.”

I’ve found myself saying it under my breath, like a prayer, after another conversation with a Leadvillite concerning the current political climate in this small mountain town. And in June, as “Blood Road” began its coast-to-coast, red carpet tour, racking up festival awards along the way, I wrote the phrase on my morning mirror in red lipstick, no less.

“If you see the trail, let me know.”

This simple statement became my daily reminder in the search for truth: in the news, with information and with people, especially our local leaders. As a veteran journalist, even my long-time mentors cast downward glances of uncertainty, as today’s everything’s-off-the-rails state of affairs has even the most earnest pathfinders shaking their heads. I could almost hear some them whisper quietly: “If YOU see the trail, let ME know.”

Perhaps that is why “Blood Road” is resonating with viewers, not just across the country, but around the globe, as its message now travels to international audiences. It’s that fork in the road between the familiar paths which seem entangled, much like the jungle vines that have cut off certain passages along the Ho Chi Minh trail, set against new, unproven roadways that present risks into the caves of the unknown, led by newcomers whose ambitious agendas have not yet proven themselves out for the common good.

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My Rebecca Rusch at the Denver Premiere of “Blood Road” on June 28. The film now goes international, showing to audiences in New Zealand, Austrailia, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Local audiences can see it at the exclusive Leadville Today screening on August 9. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

As for me, over the past several months, the phrase has become more of a compass. Because every time I’ve watched “Blood Road,” except for that first viewing, I know how it ends. I know that the jungle gets denser, and more entangled before the cyclists can find their way clear. I know that during the cave scene – which I still have to cover my eyes for, holding back from screaming “Don’t go in that cave, My Rebecca Rusch!” that the cavern is going to get deeper, and darker before that pinpoint of sunshine from the other side finally presents itself, slowly and surely filling the dark scene with a magnificent light.

Ultimately, I know how the story ends. I know that leaders like Rebecca Rusch, both on the race course and in life, are trail-blazers. I know that when world-class athletes choose not to sit back on their laurels, but rather take viewers on one of the most personal journeys of their lives, that it can change hearts and perspectives around the world. I know that the search for truth comes with blocked pathways and situations that aren’t always on the map.  But in the end, the rewards of that journey are greater than ever imagined.

I know that. And now you can too.

You are invited to the Leadville Today Screening of “Blood Road” on Wednesday, Aug. 9 (tomorrow) at the Lake County Airport. Be assured, this 94-minute documentary exceeds the average cycling film on so many levels. It’s a mature subject matter, but one that will hopefully have viewers leaving with a desire to help at the local level and beyond.

To that end, the Leadville Today Screening of “Blood Road” is a fundraiser for the Lake County Veterans Memorial where Rebecca’s father name – Stephen Rusch – was added to the granite memorial in 2016. Part of the proceeds will also go to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a nonprofit that brings peace and safety by finding every unexploded landmine and bomb before a child does.

This screening is considered a stream-lined event. While movie-goers will NOT find popcorn and soda, they are welcome to bring their own refreshments in a pack-it-in, pack-it-out style. The seating is limited and RSVP is required through the official page, hosted by Red Bull Media House.

It’s also important to note that seating will be picnic style with movie-goers encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. The Leadville Today Screening of Blood Road is free and open to the public with a RSVP confirmation. However a suggested donation of $20 will benefit the aforementioned charities.

This exclusive Leadville Today screening is brought to viewers in cooperation with Rebecca Rusch Relations and Red Bull Media House Films. Locally, LT has partnered with the Lake County Veterans Memorial, Lake County Public Works and the Leadville/Lake County Airport in cooperation with the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

Hope to see you tomorrow night for this very meaningful presentation of “Blood Road.”  Until then, “If you see the trail, let me know.”

In The Ville Head ShotKathy Bedell owns The Great Pumpkin, a media company that publishes two news sites: Leadville Today and Saguache Today. She may be reached at

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