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Rimbert Named New LT100 Legacy Director

Last month, the news that former Executive Director of the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Legacy Foundation, Abby Long was leaving the position after a little more than a year initiated the local non-profit’s search for new leadership.  Yesterday, the Legacy announced on their website that the search was over, and Veronica Rimbert was selected for the job.  

Cyclist and 2x LT100 MTB finisher Veronica Rimbert was named the new Executive Director for the Leadville Legacy Foundation in January 2018.

Many may know Rimbert from her 12 years of experience working with Colorado Outward Bound School, which has a base camp located in Leadville.  Most recently in her role as Resources Director, Rimbert was charged with many of the day-to-day administrative functions for the non-profit wilderness education program, skills that will prove useful in her new position as the Legacy’s Director.

Rimbert is no stranger to the Leadville Race Series either. As an avid cyclist, she has two finishers buckles under her belt for the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) Mountain Bike Race. In addition to her time on the trails, Rimbert has also spent time in the trenches, volunteering as captain of the Outward Bound Aid station for the LT 100 Run.

“She brings a passion for outdoor recreation and the success of the greater Leadville community and is excited about the opportunity to serve both of these purposes with the Legacy Foundation,” the statement on the website read.

The Leadville Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission statement reads: addressing present community needs and supporting a better, brighter tomorrow for Lake County, while respecting and maintaining Leadville’s mining heritage. The Legacy has supported such efforts as the Leadville Community Park, a SnoCat Groomer for Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail system, new playgrounds for local schools, plus the Legacy’s Annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Center.

Created in 2002, the Leadville Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit foundation which addresses the ever-increasing needs of the Leadville and Lake County communities. The Legacy fund thrives through generous contributions from individuals and corporations, as well as a number of charitable race entry spots in the Leadville Race Series events. If you’ve lived here for any length of time, you’ve benefitted from the Legacy’s efforts.

LT100 Lottery Reveal . . . in Boulder!

The Leadville Race Series (LRS) in partnership with the Leadville Legacy Foundation will be hosting the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) “Lottery Reveal” tomorrow Sunday, Jan. 14 . . . . in Boulder!  While Leadville’s neon vacancy signs beckon the way to fresh snow and discounted lodging, and local Harrison Avenue eateries and watering holes could always use another economic shot in the arm, instead, cyclists and runners will be gathering on the Front Range to find out whether they gained entry into the iconic 100-mile races.

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If you’d like LT100 Race Founder Merilee Maupin to hang a finisher’s medal around your neck, the first step is getting INTO the race. Find out if you did at this Sunday’s “Reveal” events. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.

 Tomorrow’s “Reveal” day begins at Runner’s Roost in Boulder where LT100 race founders Ken Chlouber and Merilee Maupin will be there to cheer on racers in a fun-run, socialize with fellow runners and share their tips from the trail during a short panel discussion over lunch provided by Duke’s Smoked Meats! And it’s good to know that attendees will – at least – get a taste of Leadville as LRS new partner and local brewery Periodic Brewing will be poured at the event! 

The big announcement is slated to take place between 12:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. for the LT100 run. Tickets are necessary for this event: LINK.

But the fun’s not over there! The Leadville Race Series team, including race founders Ken and Merilee, will then take the nearly-marathon sprint across town to Wheat Ridge Cyclery, for the BIG “Reveal” for the LT100 MTB lottery!

 Come and socialize with fellow cyclists, meet the faces of the Leadville Race Series, enjoy apparel and service discounts, and most importantly, find out if you have been accepted into the 2018 race! The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with the big announcement scheduled for 6:30 p.m. for the LT100 MTB. Tickets are necessary for this event: LINK

Of course, after the big “Reveals” there are likely to be some disappointed racers who wonder if they’ll ever get to cross the LT100 off their bucket list! But fear not, because if you don’t make it into the race of your dreams via the lottery, there are other ways to gain access to the LT100 Mountain Bike Race and 100-mile Run.

If you’re down in Boulder for the big announcement and don’t make it in through the lottery, don’t be a crybaby,  just pull up you big boy bike shorts and consider the following options, which will be a guarantee that you’ll be at the start line.

The Leadville Legacy Foundation folks will be at the “Lottery Reveal” events to help sign you up through the Legacy’s LT100 Charity Slot Program. According to their website, these Charity entries provide guaranteed entry into the LT100, allow you to bypass the lottery, plus raises money for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, contributing to the ever-increasing needs of our Leadville, Lake County community.

But these charity slots don’t come cheap!

“In order to take part in the LT100 Charity Slot program you will first need to secure your entry. To do this you must make your initial donation to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy, LT100 MTB $1,350 / LT100 RUN $1,200. legacy logoThis is payment to enroll in the program, bypass the lottery and gain guaranteed entry into the LT100. LT100 MTB racers also will automatically be placed in the BLUE corral, starting in front of 50% of the race field. Please understand slots are limited and will be designated by a first come, first serve basis. These slots do sell out!”

If that’s a bit steep for your budget, then consider gaining access to the 100-milers through one of the qualifying races. Race registration for the Leadville Race Series qualifiers will open on Monday, Jan. 15. This includes Silver Rush 50, Leadville Stage Race, Leadville 10k, Leadville Trail Marathon, & Heavy Half Marathon.  And new this year – early bird pricing runs from Jan. 15 -20, so set a Google alarm and be sure to register early!

Beyond those options, there are still yet more ways to gain access to the legendary LT100 races. Former LRS Race Director Josh Colley’s year-old company YouPhoria Productions produces several LT100 qualifiers – out of state – that can also provide a portal to the August start line in Leadville. Of course, that depends on where you finish. These Leadville Trail 100 Run qualifiers include: Austin RattlerTahoe Trail and Wilmington Whiteface, as well as the Austin Rattler Run. You can check out all of those details and rules on the websites, as provided.

So there you have it, in just another 12 hours, there are going to be hundreds of elated LT100 athletes, making their plans for their “Race Across The Sky” adventure. And for those who don’t make it, they always need volunteers!

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Grit, Guts and Determination is what it takes to compete in the iconic Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike race. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

 

The Winter Fun Has Begun in Leadville Today

Mass Start Leads Nordic Team News

The Lake County High School Nordic ski team had their second meet of the season on January 20 at the Vail Nordic Center. The five kilometer course meandered around the Vail Golf Course and offered little climbing, which is often a strength for the Panthers.

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Lake County Panther Ariel Benney rounds the corner in the Nordic Ski Race in Vail on January 20. Benney led the girls team again this week with a 19th place finish. Photo: Neva Sunday

This was the first mass start race of the season, and with a full field of competitors it was very crowded off the line. All the skiers had to fight for position throughout the race and find places to pass when they could.

Joe Koch led the charge for the high school boys by placing 25th. Sam Frykholm was next across the line in 48th, with Zayden Tufte right behind in 49th. These three skiers all qualified for the state meet in skating with their performance.

Matt Koch was one place away from qualifying for the state meet by placing 62nd. Conner Lenhard took a hard fall in the chaotic start (where 136 high school boys started at once), but recovered well and was able to move all the way up to 65th. Camden Gillis, who attends Salida High School but skis for Lake County, completed his first nordic ski race in 80th. Coming off a week of illness, Jarrett Rongstad was able to ski smoothly and place 93rd.

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Lake County Panther Joe Koch led the charge for the high school boys by placing 25th. Photo: Neva Sunday.

“It was crazy out there. Kids were going down every minute!” Gillis noted afterwards about the crowded race. As a team, the boys placed 7th.

Ariel Benney led the girls team again this week with a 19th place finish. Molly Lenhard had arguably her best skate race ever and was close behind Benney in 29th. “I wish there had been more hills,” Lenhard noted afterwards. “I passed so many kids on the one uphill!” Both Benney and Lenhard qualified for the state meet in skating.

Abby Holm was 53rd and Hannah Holm was 71st to round out the girls team, which was a little small due to recent illnesses. The girls were 8th overall.

 “We had some good performances, but I think we also learned a lot today, Coach Karl Remsen commented after the race. “The field was crowded and this course was hard for us to ski fast on. I’m excited to help the skiers learn from their mistakes and continue to improve throughout the season.”

This Saturday, Jan. 27, the team will have another mass start skate race at Snow Mountain Ranch outside of Granby. The team is excited to race on familiar terrain, since this is the area where the Panthers go for their annual Thanksgiving Camp. Go Panthers! 

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Molly Lenhard (left) positions herself to take the lead in last Saturday’s Nordic race in Vail. Photo: Neva Sunday.

Middle School Panther Skate Well in Vail

By Jeff Spencer, MS Nordic Coach

Last Saturday, Jan. 20 both the Lake County middle school boys and girls Nordic team competed in their first skate race of the season at Vail Nordic Center.  Both teams performed well against a large and competitive field and had the opportunity to put their skate ski technique to the test on a fast and flat course. 

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Elona Green (front) with the Lake County MS Girls Nordic ski team digs in for a strong push at the mass start for the Vail race on January 20, 2018. This week the Panthers head to Snow Mountain Ranch near Granby. Photo: Jeff Spencer.

The races got off to an exciting mass start, with teams jockeying for position before the first turn off the start.  Jace Peters for the boys and Elona Greene for the girls, led the Panthers out from the start in great position.   Peters also led the boys team into the finish with a 12th place result in a field of 73 skiers.  He was followed up  by followed up by teammate Roan Varble, who finished in 19th place.  In their first Nordic skate races ever, Matt Cairns and Josiah Horning finished in 30th and 55th place respectively. 

In the girls race, Adele Horning was the first Panther finisher, placing 13th overall in a field of 49 skiers.  Less than 15 seconds later, teammate Elona Greene finished in 14th place.  Morgan Holm, the Panthers third finisher, came in 21st place and, in her first Nordic skate race ever, 6th grader Brynna Lenhard finished in 46th.  Both teams came in 4th place overall, behind the competitive mix club teams of Aspen, Vail, and Summit County.  The boys team finished just 6 points out of third place behind Aspen.  

The Nordic team will compete this Saturday, Jan. 27 at Snow Mountain Ranch outside of Granby.  This race will be a mass start skate race on a rolling course. Go Panthers!

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Jace Peters with the Lake County MS Boys Nordic ski team leads the pack at the mass start for the Vail race on January 20, 2018. Photo: Jeff Spencer

Loppet Race Discount Before February 1

The 2018 Leadville Loppet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17 and includes freestyle and classic styles for a 44k, 22k, 10k, and fun, costumed 5k. Registration for the Leadville Loppet can be found on their website, or stay connected with race update through their Facebook Page. If you plan on joining the fun this year, be sure to register in the next week, as the price goes up February 1.

 

Nordic Boys Tie for 2nd Place in First Race

The Lake County High School Nordic team opened their season with a race at the Steamboat Springs Touring Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. After a recent storm, the skiing on the rolling five kilometer course was in excellent shape. Overcast skies kept the snow in good condition throughout the day.

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Hannah Holm sets up in the start shoot for what would be a solid race, placing 62nd at the Steamboat Springs race on January 13. Photo: Leadville Today/ Lizz Holm.

The race was an individual start classic race, so the skiers had to pace themselves and race against the clock as they strode through the course. With some of the top skiers away at a club race, the Panthers were able to notch some great finishes.

Ariel Benney led the girls team with a 5th place finish. Molly Lenhard and Jackie Williams both had excellent races to place 18th and 22nd respectively.

“I knew Ariel was going fast when she caught me and flew right by,” noted Lenhard after the race.

Abby Holm was the next finisher in 28th, and Hannah Holm was next in 62nd. Ariel, Molly, Jackie, and Abby all finished under the line for state qualification. As a team, the Lake County girls placed third, tied with Aspen. Of the thirteen teams, only Battle Mountain and Steamboat scored better.

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Matt Koch sets his sights on a tight curve at the Steamboat Springs Nordic race, he placed 55th. Photo: Leadville Today/Suzi Benney.

The boys’ team had an impressive slate of results as well. A trio of Panthers placed in the top ten one right after another, with Joe Koch 6th, Conner Lenhard 7th, and Zayden Tufte 8th. Those three, along with Sam Frykholm in 30th, all qualified for the state meet with their performances. Unfortunately, Matt Koch, who placed 55th, missed qualifying by just ten seconds. Matt Seibel rounded out the Panthers by placing 71st out of 115 racers.

Due to the trio up front, the Lake County boys team placed 2nd, tied with Steamboat. Battle Mountain placed first of the fourteen teams competing.

Nordic Coach Karl Remsen remarked afterwards that, “it was great to see the boys packed right up front. They all have been working hard in practice and pushing one another, and it was fun to see them have a good day on the race course.”

The Nordic team’s next race will be at the Vail Golf Course this Saturday, Jan . 20. This will be the first test for the squad against the full contingent of skiers in the league and their first skate race as well.  Come and cheer on the Panthers!

Middle School Start Season with Wins!

By Jeff Spencer Lake County Middle School Nordic Head Coach

On Saturday, Jan. 13 in Steamboat Springs, the Lake County Middle School Boys and Girls Nordic teams got their season underway with two team wins in their first Classic race of the season.  In the girls’ race, Adele Horning led the female panthers with a 2nd place overall finish, just 15 seconds behind first place.  Coming in 3rd place overall was Elona Greene, finishing 7 seconds behind her teammate Adele.  Rose Horning and Morgan Holm finished quickly behind their teammates in 4th and 6thplace respectively.  Brynna Lenhard, in her first Nordic race ever, finished in 13th place overall in a field of 31 skiers! The girls combined finishes placed them in first place overall as a team.

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Zayden Tufte finished a strong 8th place at the Steamboat Springs meet for Lake County High School. Go Panthers! Photo: Leadville Today/Robbie Seibel.

The boys’ team was led by Jace Peters who finished 1st place overall, 34 seconds ahead of 2nd.  The next Panther to cross the line was Roan Varble, finishing in 3rdplace, just 6 seconds behind 2nd.  Josiah Horning was the 3rd Panther teammate to cross the line with a great 14th place finish in a field of 42 skiers.  The Boys scores combined to put them in first place as team out of the six teams who competed. 

At the conclusion of the race, Assistant Coach Christine Horning commented “I was very impressed with how well and how hard our new 6th grade middle school teammates, Josiah Horning and Brynna Lenhard, skied in their first nordic race ever.” 

As the team was packing up to head back to Leadville, one of the course marshals came over and let our team know how great they skied and how great their form looked out on course. Both teams’ next race will be this Saturday, Jan. 20 at Vail Nordic Center in Vail, Colo.  It will be a mass start skate race. Come and cheer on the home team!