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Leadville News – June 18

Conservancy Hosts Special Field Trip

The Central Colorado Conservancy is conducting a field program next week, on Tuesday, June 26, south of Leadville. The event will take place on their conservation easement with the Colorado Outward Bound School.

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The Central Colorado Conservancy’s naturalist, Sally Waterhouse,will lead a small field program on June 26 near Leadville. Photo: C3

Join the Conservancy’s naturalist, Sally Waterhouse, as she explains the value of protecting this property. She will also help participants explore the local natural history, including taking stream samples looking at local aquatic invertebrates. Waterhouse has a lifetime of experience as an educator and naturalist. The Conservancy’s Executive Director Andrew Mackie, calls her, “An enthusiastic, effective and dynamic teacher, fostering connections between people and our natural world.”

The Colorado Outward Bound School property is not open to the general public, this is a special and limited opportunity to visit this unique natural area. This program is restricted to 12 participants, on a first-come basis. Pre-registration is required and specific meeting directions will be given at the time of registration. The program is $5 for Central Colorado Conservancy members and $10 for non-members. The program is designed for adults and not suitable for children under 15 years of age. To register call the Conservancy at 719-539-7700 or email Julie Richardson, julie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end by noon. Participants should dress for the weather and wear boots or shoes that can get wet. The Conservancy recommends all participants bring water, hat and sunscreen.

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The Colorado Outward Bound School offers programs that Leadville students can participate in, helping to build lifelong friendships. Photo: Lake County School District

 

Leadville News – June 16

Marathon Held in Leadville Today

Today, June 16, the Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half kick off the famed ultra-endurance event season at 10,200 feet in Leadville, according to the series organizers Life Time. Both races begin at 8 a.m. in downtown Leadville.

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Racers will see cloudy conditions with some possible rain for the Marathon and Heavy Half in Leadville Today. Last year’s conditions were near perfect for showing off that incredible view from the top of Mosquito Pass! Photo: LRS

The marathon and heavy half share similar courses, beginning with a run through the historic mining district of Leadville before climbing to 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass. The challenging, 3-mile pass ascent includes rocky terrain and switchbacks. Once at the summit, athletes are rewarded with breathtaking views of Turquoise Lake and the Mosquito and Sawatch mountain ranges, including Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado at 14,439 feet. The remainder of both courses is split between old mining roads and double-track trails.

The Leadville Trail Marathon and 15.5-mile Heavy Half Marathon kick off the Colorado portion of the Leadville Race Series. The marathon is a qualifier for the prestigious Leadville Trail 100 (held this year on Aug. 18), but the courses also offer a perfect introduction for those looking to attempt other ultra-endurance events like the Silver Rush 50 on July 9. The marathon is the first event in the famed Leadman/Leadwoman competition, during which athletes participate in five Leadville Race Series events throughout the summer to be crowned overall ultra-endurance champion (not to mention king and queen of the masochists.)

Good luck to all the runners and thanks to all the volunteers!

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The aid station at the top of Mosquito Pass for today’s racers will see hundreds of runners pass through to re-fuel. Thank You volunteers! Photo: Leadville Today/Jennifer B. Rogowski.