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Latest News – August 18

A (91%) Total Eclipse of the Sun in Leadville

Submitted by Dr. Robert Prouty, Lake County Vision Center

For the first time in nearly 100 years, a solar eclipse will occur that will be visible to most of the continental United States. This “total solar eclipse” will occur on Monday, August 21st, 2017. But how do you best “view” the eclipse?


Image credit: NASA. This photograph of the eclipse of the sun was taken with a 16mm motion picture camera from the Apollo 12 spacecraft during its trans-Earth journey home from the moon in 1969. The fascinating view was created when the Earth moved directly between the sun and the Apollo 12 spacecraft.

The sun is a massive sphere of hot plasma that is approximately 864,500 miles in diameter. Through the process of nuclear fusion, a mix of solar radiation is generated. Because of the extreme intensity of solar radiation, viewing the sun unprotected is very strongly cautioned against. Even at totality, when the moon covers the sun, dangerous levels of ultraviolet light will still be reaching you at the Earth’s surface. The eye is designed to focus light at the retina, and the eye’s ability to concentrate dangerous radiation wavelengths of light, such as ultraviolet radiation, can result in permanent damage. Damage to the retina, cornea, and crystalline lens can result in permanent blindness if the sun is improperly viewed.

One method to “view” the eclipse is indirectly with a “pinhole projector” or a pinhole in a card held about 36 inches from a surface. You can also point binoculars or a telescope at the sun and project the image to a surface. CLICK HERE for instructions on how to build a “pinhole projector”.

The only safe way to directly look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun (the Leadville area will be about 91%) is through eclipse glasses or filters. Only a small sliver of the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse – the sun being 100% occluded by the moon – so the vast majority of the viewers will need special solar filters or eclipse glasses. The best viewing sites near Leadville will be north of Colorado in central Wyoming.  This eclipse has been predicted to be the most viewed solar eclipse to ever occur in the United States, and possibly the world. Thousands of people are expected to migrate to ideal viewing locales in order to experience this unique natural phenomenon.

In Leadville, it is estimated to start at about 10:21 a.m. with a 91% maximum at 11:44 a.m. The total duration is estimated to be about 2 hours 51 minutes with the end at 1:11 p.m. A VERY good simulation of the eclipse event (with times) at Leadville is available HERE. Since in our area a maximum of only 91% of the sun will be eclipsed for the entire event, filters MUST be used damage to the naked eye will occur! Eclipse Graphic

Lake County Vision Care’s doctor urges all eclipse viewers to do so safely through proper filters which allow you to view the spectacle of the eclipse without endangering your eyes. Great caution should be exercised to properly monitor children, as a combination of their natural curiosity and lack of knowledge of the consequences may pose a very real danger! Elevated Eyewear has eclipse-viewing spectacles/filters available that will safely allow you to view the eclipse. Commonly misunderstood “filters” that should NOT be used to directly view the eclipse are: black “developed” color film, sunglasses, photographic neutral density or polarizing filters, smoked glass, CDs/DVDs, Mylar balloons or food wrappers.

While specialized filters are required for prime eclipse viewing, we always recommend that all patients of all ages wear everyday ultraviolet protection when outdoors while in the mountains. We live at high altitude here in Leadville and are exposed to more ultraviolet light than most of the country. Please consider your eye health every day and especially when viewing the grandeur of this upcoming celestial phenomenon.

Here’s wishing you all a fun and safe 2017 Eclipse!

School District Offer Eclipse Event

In other eclipse news, while Leadville schools don’t officially start until August 22/23, school district officials announced that they will offer the following opportunity for children to participate in this significant event in a safe environment. Here are those details.

Come join us at LCHS to see the partial solar eclipse!
Begins: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 10:21 am
Maximum: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 11:44 am
Ends: Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm
You are welcome to bring a chair, blanket and/or snacks.They will have protective eclipse glasses available! For students under 18 to participate in eclipse viewing at LCHS, parents must sign this permission slip. Thank you!

Another viewing option . . . Treeline Kitchen and Elevated Eyewear have teamed up for another Eclipse event to support Main Street efforts. A rooftop viewing party at the recently renovated Sayer & McKee Building in the KW Plaza is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, from 10:20 a.m. until 1:11 p.m. There will be eclipse viewing glasses available for $5 at this downtown location.

Latest News – August 17

Number 35: “Race Across The Sky”

 “After 35 years of watching thousands of athletes cross the finish line, I am continually amazed and inspired by the guts, grit and determination I see in all competitors seeking to earn a place in Leadville Trail 100 history,” said Ken Chlouber, Founder of the Leadville Race Series. “It can inspire all of us to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and work to make our dreams become a reality.” 

This weekend, Aug. 19-20, nearly 750 competitors from around the world will be in town to race the iconic Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) “Race Across The Sky” Run, racing day and night on the 100-mile course covering grueling Colorado Rockies terrain where elevations range from 9,200 to 12,600 feet.   

Top contenders for the pro race include LT100 three-time champion Ian Sharman (United Kingdom) and two-time LT100 champion Duncan Callahan (United States). For the women, Camille Heron (United States), winner of the 2017 South Africa’s Comrades Marathon will toe the line in her first LT100 alongside 2016 second place finisher Maggie Walsh (United States). 

Stahl_Bill_LT100Run_2015_Jo Weakley Agnew FBPhoto

The “Race Across The Sky” always sees high drama as the clock ticks away at the 30-hour cut-off, like LT100 Finisher and Coach Bill Stahl of Wheat Ridge, who came in less than ONE minute before the end of the race, with support of Littleton High School’s Cross Country Team. Photo Via Facebook/Jo Weakley Agnew.

This year competitors from all 50 states and 35 countries are represented. Over the course of the race, runners will climb more than 18,000 feet—which is like running up the Empire State Building 14.5 times (1,250 feet to the top). The first finishers are expected to complete the race in 16 to 17 hours and all participants have 30 hours to finish to earn the coveted Leadville 100 belt buckle. Most competitors will see the sun rise twice while they are running the race. 

The entire pool of participants will start the race at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19. Other notable times on the race schedule include:

  • 8 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19: Top male anticipated to finish
  • 11:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: Top female anticipated to finish
  • 5 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: 25-hour cut-off time. These finishers are awarded the large silver and gold buckles. 
  • 9:50 a.m., Sunday Aug. 20: The final 10 minutes of the Leadville Trail 100 Run are inspirational moments as spectators watch competitors who have been running for nearly 30 hours attempt to finish before the cut-off time. 
  • 10 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 20: 30-hour cutoff time for all runners. These runners are awarded silver finisher buckles.
  • Noon: Awards Ceremony held at the Lake County Middle School Gymnasium. 

For more information and complete results visit www.LeadvilleRaceSeries.com. For race day updates visit the Leadville Race Series Facebook page. 

1st male LT100 Run finisher (1)

LT 100 Champion Ian Sharman who won in this picture from 2013, will be back to try to take the top spot once again. Good Luck, Champ!