Tag Archives: Leadville Silver Rush Races

Latest News – July 8

Recreation Programs and Races – It’s Summertime!

Summer is in full swing which for many residents means getting outside and being active. To that end, Lake County Recreation has some upcoming programs for all ages that may be just the thing you need to get out and make the best of the fair weather months!wee sports

The Wee Sports program is designed to get youth ages 3-5 years learning sport skills in a fun environment. In this six week session, participants will play fun games as well as practice sport specific skills that related to t-ball, soccer, basketball and floor hockey. Parents should plan on staying for the class to play and help facilitate activities. The first and last 10 minute of class will be dedicated to free time. The class is Fridays through August 26 from 10 – 11 a.m. in the 6th Street Gym. Cost is $30 for the six week session or $6 drop in rate.

Do you like the disc? Then the Frisbee League could be your perfect summertime program offered by the Recreation Department. This league will play 7 member teams against each other in the non-contact, active sport of Ultimate Frisbee. The game is played with a disc which can be passed, not run, while the defending team attempts to stop the team from making progress up the field.Frsibee

This league begins Friday, July 15 and teams will play from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Community Park field. The cost is $100 a team and players 16+ years are eligible.

For more information on these programs, call Felicia at 719-486-7484 or email at froeder@co.lake.us.

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G-O-A-L! Challenger Soccer Camp is Next Week

Challenger British Soccer Camp will once again be returning to Lake County next week.  Hosted by the Lake County Recreation Department, this week-long camp will learn teach participants soccer skills (dribbling, passing, receiving), agility, balance coordination, teamwork and so much more!

Up Your Game at next week's Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp in Leadville. Photo: LCRD

Up Your Game at next week’s Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp in Leadville. Photo: LCRD

The camps are open to youth ages 3 yrs. and up and cost range from $55 – $138, depending on the session you enroll your children in. It is not too late according to Challenger organizers, however there is a $10 late fee assessed to the total cost at this late date in the registration process.

The camp will take place at the Community Park Field. Professional ‘football’ players from the United Kingdom will be coaching the youth; improving their knowledge of the game, developing their technical skills, and of course having fun! To register click HERE!Spac_50

Silver Rush 50-Milers to Be Held This Weekend 

They’ll be plenty of folks in town participating in the Leadville Race Series Silver Rush Races this weekend.

These 50-mile races are often dubbed as the 100-milers, with the easy parts taken out! The Silver Rush Mountain Bike Race is on Saturday, July 9 and the 50-mile run is on Sunday, July 10. Both races begin and end at Dutch Henri Hill just below the college campus off Highway 24. Full details, including schedules and course maps, can be found HERE.

The Leadville Race Series Silver Rush 50 Bike and Run races will be held this weekend.

The Leadville Race Series Silver Rush 50 Bike and Run races held this weekend.

Latest News – July 21

A Clean Sweep: Zero Waste Effort at Leadville Races

Over 90% of total trash from last weekend’s Silver Rush Run and Bike events did NOT reach the Lake County landfill. And it’s not because racers left behind energy bar packets and plastic water bottles along the trail. But rather due to the success of the Zero Waste program that the Leadville Race Series (LRS) has put at the top of their priority list to address one of the top concerns from locals: TRASH.

Thanks to local Zero Waste volunteers like Juan (l), trash is being diverted from the local landfill to recycle and compost stations. Photo: C4

Thanks to local Zero Waste volunteers like Juan (l), trash is being diverted from the local landfill to recycle and compost stations. Photo: C4

In collaboration with Leadville’s Green Wolf Recycling, Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) and event caterer High Altitude Cooking, the events’ efforts resulted in a sizeable amount of trash not ending up in the Lake County Landfill, a local facility quickly approaching its capacity.

“We’ve seen a very positive response from the community for our efforts to decrease the waste at our events,” said Josh Colley, Race Director of the Leadville Race Series, owned by Life Time. “It’s something we are happy to invest resources in.  It was an ambitious effort that we first started last year.  But we were successful in getting thousands of racers and visitors to compost and recycle.”

Zero Waste means that an event has examined the materials it uses from start to finish.  LRS has made sure that all racers know how important the effort is to the Leadville community and that organizers stand behind it completely.  Local food vendors Scott and Steph Camp, owners of High Altitude Cooking, have established their business reputation as having an environmental mindset and have purchased entirely green supplies. The next phase in the LRS Zero Waste plan is handled by C4 whose dedicated volunteers sort and manage the trash during the event. In the end, it’s Leadville’s Green Wolf Recycling that handles hauling the recycling and compost away.

Local Super Hero: Zero Waste Dan! Ready to recycle your cup in a single bound! Photo: C4

Local Super Hero: Zero Waste Dan! Ready to recycle your cup in a single bound! Photo: C4

 

So when you have races that bring 1,100 competitors (and their crews) into town, just how much trash are we talking? According to C4’s Executive Director Lynne Greene, last weekend’s event trash translated into 1,500 lbs compost, 1,000 lbs recycling and 250 pounds trash. 

But, the real heroes in this scenario are the volunteers. After all, we’re talking about sorting people’s trash.

“People are impressed when you don gloves and pull melon rinds from the trash,” said Jackie Duba one of 15 Lake County residents who volunteered last weekend. “It’s a great project and a real community effort.” 

Volunteers are essential to the effort.  They educate racers and visitors on how to divert waste. 

“What this means is hanging out at an aid station or at the finish and cheer racers on while providing a valuable service,” explains Greene regarding their upcoming needs. 

Interested in pitching in? More volunteers are needed for the Leadville Trail 100 Bike and Run races in August.  To volunteer, go to cloudcityconservation.org.

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Lake County Groups Benefit from Summit Grants

The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved $516,752 in grants to 42 nonprofit organizations operating in Summit, Park, Lake and Grand Counties.  Among the recipients at the foundation’s annual Grant and Scholarship Awards reception on June 27, four Lake County non-profits received grants from this neighboring entity. 

What a good-looking group of recipients at last month’s Neighboring Communities Awards for The Summit Foundation’s Grant & Scholarship Awards, including several Lake County organizations. Photo: C4

What a good-looking group of recipients at last month’s Neighboring Communities Awards for The Summit Foundation’s Grant & Scholarship Awards, including several Lake County organizations. Photo: C4

Congratulations to the Lake County recepients!  

  • Cloud City Conservation Center – Lake County green school initiative and home energy efficiency program.
  • Lake County Full Circle – Youth-Mentor activities.
  • Lake County School District – renovation of middle school play yard.
  •  St. Vincent Hospital Foundation – assistance to purchase digital mammography machine.

According to Cloud City Conservation Center’s Executive Director Lynne Greene, the $7,500 Summit Foundation grant will “help us reduce energy bills and carbon footprint in underserved Lake County homes.  Funding  helps to keep energy audit prices at a much lower price than surrounding Counties and lets us pass on a $500 rebate to contractors and customers.”

For a complete list of recepients and to learn more about The Summit Foundation visit summitfoundation.org.