Latest News – September 7

Recreation Round-Up in Leadville Today

As the seasons slowly shift from summer to fall, there’s still plenty of recreation news to cover in Leadville Today. So here’s the latest round-up report when it comes to people who are moving and grooving in North America’s Highest City!


Bright fall colors under hazy skies greeted a runner along Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail on Wednesday afternoon. Lake County will likely see a drop in temperature this weekend, as scattered showers are in the afternoon forecasts. Perhaps they will clear out the smoke in the skies from several fire on the west coast. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

Flaming Foliage Relay Comes Thru County Sept. 8-9

The Flaming Foliage Relay (FFR) is a form of adventure racing that will find runners coming through Lake County and Leadville during the night of Friday, Sept. 8 and into the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 9. Created by Outward Bound in 1998, this route takes runners from Idaho Springs to Georgetown, up and over the summit of Guanella Pass (11,669 ft) , on a series of singletrack trails to go over Georgia Pass (11,598 ft) to Breckenridge, then on bike paths through Frisco to Copper Mountain. From Copper, the course then sets out on new and uncharted terrain as it heads over Fremont Pass (11,318 ft) to Leadville, around Turquoise Lake, and down the Arkansas River Valley, finally finishing in Buena Vista.

There aren’t any police escorts or pacing crews with this self-supported race which takes place on open trails and roads.  Every team is expected to support themselves from race start to race finish.


Runners may NOT see the Fall Foilage over Fremont Pass during the relay race, considering many teams could be passing through that part of the course at night!

High School Cycling In Town Sunday

The Colorado High School Cycling League’s Cloud City Challenge will be held in Leadville this Sunday, Sept. 10. Hosted by the Leadville Racing high school cycling team, the event will be staged up at the Colorado Mountain College trails.

Since it’s inception in 2009, the league has grow significantly. As a result, this year, changes are being implemented to separate out the “north’ and “south” divisions for competition. In the past, September’s Leadville challenge was divided into two race days, bringing upward of 2,000 competitors, crew and family to town. 

According to Leadville Racing coach Stacy Kelly, the league has been working to separate all north and south teams into separate venues. Starting with this weekend’s competition, the north teams race in Steamboat, south teams race in Leadville.  

“Unfortunately for the business side of the community,” explained Kelly, “it will mean 1/2  fewer people in town as compared with past years.”

But for cycling fans looking to support high school athletes, that just means more room to throw up your arms to cheer on your favorite team – Leadville Racing!

Cyclists_Former LCHS students in new league

Last weekend, these former Lake County High School mountain bike teammates raced the first event of the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference. From left to right: Stephanie Colton a junior at Western State Colorado University; Brandon Hanson, an independent rider in Leadville; Charlie Koch, a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines; and Grant Gipson, a junior also at Western. These student athletes all got their start with the Leadville Racing Team under the guidance of Coaches Bruce and Stacy Kelly. Way to Keep ‘Em Spinning. #LeadvilleProud!

Cloud City Challenge organizers could use some extra volunteers for this Sunday’s race which would  demonstrate Leadville’s commitment to hosting this event that brings in student athletes and their families from around the state.

While the Leadville Racing Team is comprised of student athletes from Lake County High School, the team is not officially part of the school district’s athletic department and therefore relies solely on outside donations, and contributions of time and resources. While the economic benefit is palpable, the event doesn’t happen without the muscle and time of volunteers. If you’re interested in supporting the team, with time or money, you can also contact the team coaches at

 “We invite all locals to come out and cheer on not only the local team, but all the teams competing,” concluded Coach Kelly.

Tai Chi Classes Begin Monday in Leadville

If you live in Leadville Today and are looking for an activity that moves at a slower pace, but provides many health benefits, then consider signing up for Elaine Waters Tai Chi class which begins Monday, Sept. 11 at St. George Church from 7 – 8 p.m..

Tai Chi

New Tai Chi Beginner Classes with Elaine Waters start on September 11 for Monday sessions from 7 – 8 p.m. at St. Georges Church located at 200 W 4th Street.

Learn the art and movement of Tai Chi in a relaxed and supportive environment, from a longtime, local instructor. Tai Chi is both a moving meditation, as a well as a sophisticated martial art. 

  • Tai Chi  practice cultivates  awareness, and the wisdom of the senses, thereby developing the mind-body connection.
  • Tai Chi practice  calms the temper, and clears the mind. 
  • Tai Chi postures flow together with a  rhythm  that has  a lubricating effect on the body joints.

For more information, connect at Elaine Water’s website.

Cross Country Team Starts Season Strong

The Lake County Cross Country Track Team had a strong showing in last Saturday’s home meet in Leadville. According to Karl Remsen, the Middle School Boys Team “took home the victory!” Readers can find the complete meet results below. Go Panthers!Cross Country Results


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