Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

It’s a pleasure to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation.  Some of you know me as a fellow racer, volunteer and Leadville local.  I’m excited to meet many more of you this summer during the 2018 Leadville Race Series season.  I’ve been in Leadville since 2005 and am excited to take on a new role where I have a more opportunities to work with and support the local community, as well as the athletes who call our beautiful town home for some part of their summer season.   

In digging into my role here at the Legacy Foundation I have gotten a deeper understanding of the ways the Foundation supports the local community.  A richer appreciation of the love that Ken and Merilee have for Leadville and the Leadville Trail 100 Family.  And I get why the Legacy Foundation is so important to them.  The Leadville Trail 100 was created out of a crisis, to support the needs of Leadville and the people here.  Over the years it has become so much more, a legacy I guess you could say!

But what is a ‘Legacy’?  A formal definition might describe a legacy as a gift of property or an inheritance, something handed down from one person to another, after a person has passed.  But I’m discovering it’s more about sharing what you have learned, not just what you have earned.   Making a meaningful, lasting contribution to your community by serving a cause greater than your own.  A purpose, where you are driven by a desire to live beyond yourself, interested in making a difference in the lives of others and giving back. “The legacy you leave is the life you lead”, that sounds like something Ken would say!  
 
Yeah, I know its deep, but I wanted to share a little glimpse into what it’s been like for me getting to be a part of something so worthwhile.  I think you might also understand why it’s important, and that’s why you’ve chosen to support the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy. You also want to be a part of something meaningful, where you get to make a contribution to a cause greater than your own.  For that we are sincerely grateful.
 
It has been a busy year already for the Legacy Foundation and we wanted to highlight some of the amazing projects we have been a part of as well as some upcoming events that we’ll be involved in over the next few months.  Thanks for your support of our cool little town and I hope to see you out there this summer!  Cheers, Veronica.

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Focused on creating and expanding cycling opportunities in Leadville & Lake County, through trail building, bike education and advocacy, they received grant funds in January for a paid Executive Director position.  Club president, Sterling Mudge, accepted the job and brings his passion for the town, biking and 10 years of dedication to the club.  Priorities include strategic planning for new trails in the Turquoise Lake area, as well as ongoing support of grooming the Timberline Trail single track at CMC Leadville campus, providing fun ways to get out and ride your bike in the winter in Leadville.  Check out a cool story about the origination of the Club, back in Leadville in 1889 at www.cloudcitywheelers.com!

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The Legacy Foundation is proud to sponsor the Community Garden project.  This fall we granted funds to this cool new community garden right on the LT100 race course!  We've been anticipating the new greenhouse, as the bare patch of dirt on the corner of 6th & McWethy has slowly transformed into another remarkable addition to our wonderful little town.   Though the site needed significant abatement last October, it is now home to a fancy new Geo-Dome greenhouse. Raised garden beds were built in early March and will be ready for planting in the next few weeks providing educational opportunities to local students, along with fresh produce.  If you're in Leadville this summer, head on down and check it out!

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Imagination Library Book Program

Funds were granted to the local chapter of the Imagination Library, an international literacy project inspired by Dolly Parton.  The program provides one age appropriate book a month, for every child enrolled in Lake County, between the ages of 0-5 years. 
 
As of this update there are 156 local children enrolled in the program, with the goal of having 200 kids signed up this year.

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Matchless Mine Headframe


The Matchless Mine was once owned by 19th-century Silver Baron, Horace Tabor and his second wife, Elizabeth “Baby Doe".   It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and remains important to our town, and the nation’s mining history.  The old headframe stands over the last open shaft on the claim and was used to raise and lower miners and ore from the mine.  The intense climate and snow loads took their toll on the 125-year-old structure.   HistoriCorps staff and volunteers worked hard to save the lumbers that could be salvaged, while the rotted lumber had to be replaced.  Thanks to all who supported this project, ensuring this local treasure is around for many years, for locals and visitors to appreciate as a part of our incredible history and culture.

Welcome our new Executive Director!

Welcome our new Executive Director!

We are so excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Veronica Rimbert to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation.  Please join us in welcoming her, we are thrilled to have her on our team!

Partnership with the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation

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Partnership with the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation

The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, along with the Leadville Race Series, is proud to be the newest members of the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation, EDC. Along with our membership we are excited to announce a new opportunity for local businesses! The Legacy Foundation will be offering a challenge match opportunity for businesses to join the EDC as individual level members at half the normal cost of membership from now until June of 2018.

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Changing Lives, a Letter from Ken & Merilee

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Changing Lives, a Letter from Ken & Merilee

Our purpose remains the same, --- serving our community and sharing Leadville’s grit, guts, and determination with our Leadville Trail 100 family. Now that all encompassing goal --- changing lives. Being better, stronger, more determined, never quitting. Taking everything learned in Leadville and applying that to family--- kids, wives, husbands, ---jobs, relationships, and community---a life built on character. We know we’ve changed thousands of lives. Consequently, better homes, better families, better workplaces and hopefully a better America.  The foundation for all this is singular, ---YOU! We thank you, we hold you close.

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Eric Strand, LT100 Charity Slot Racer

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Eric Strand, LT100 Charity Slot Racer

"When you cross the finish line at Leadville, Merilee greets you with a hug, a medal and a 'welcome home'.  It’s that last part, the 'welcome home' that always puts a lump in my throat.  Every damn time.  The support and friendship from our Leadville 100 family . . . Ken, Merilee, the runners, the crews, the volunteers . . . has enriched our lives more than we could ever repay.  Our support of the Leadville Trail Legacy 100 Foundation and the great work they do for the kids and families in the Leadville community is one small way for us to give back.  Looking forward to another “welcome home” in August 2018!"

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2018 LT100 Charity Slot Program

2018 LT100 Charity Slot Program

The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation is thrilled to be partnering once again with the Leadville Race Series to create the LT100 Charity Slot Program! This is the Legacy Foundation's main fundraising campaign of the year. Without our Charity Slot racers, the Legacy could not continue to make the incredible impact that we so proudly invest into our Leadville, Lake County community.

Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 5th 2017

Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 5th 2017

The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation invites our race family to support our efforts to address the ever-present needs of our community, creating a better, brighter tomorrow for Leadville, Lake County. Please join the Legacy's annual fundraising initiative by donating to us on Colorado Gives Day, December 5, 2017! 

Donate: www.coloradogives.org/LeadvilleTrail100Legacy

Get Outdoors Leadville!

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Get Outdoors Leadville!

Get Outdoors Leadville! (GOL!) is a community-driven effort to ensure Lake County youth and families, particularly those from underserved backgrounds, can connect with the outdoors. GOL! matters to all members of our community because it stands to improve quality of life for everyone by leveraging our amazing outdoors for its health benefits, a social leveler and to bring our community together! 

The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation is thrilled to be one of GOL! coalition agencies!

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Save the Matchless Mine

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Save the Matchless Mine

The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation believes the restoration of the Matchless Mine coincides with our mission of supporting a better, brighter tomorrow, while respecting and maintaining our mining heritage. We have proudly donated $2,500.00 to the headframe efforts, however more funds are needed! Please consider a donation to help preserve Leadville's history.

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Transamerica's GO-GIVER!

Transamerica's GO-GIVER!

Leadville local, Ty Hall is back as Transamerica’s 2017 LT100 MTB Go-Giver! Starting at the back of the pack, Ty will race to raise funds for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation. New this year, we need your help. Donate today, https://www.crowdrise.com/Leadville-Legacy

Entry into the SOLD OUT Leadville Trail 100s!

Entry into the SOLD OUT Leadville Trail 100s!

Dear Leadville Trail 100 Family,

It’s Ken & Merilee once again at your electronic doorstep! 

We’re very much hoping you could help us raise funds for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation and at the same time gain entry for yourself or a racing buddy into the sold out LT100 MTB or RUN...

A Letter from our Founders, Ken & Merilee

A Letter from our Founders, Ken & Merilee

Dear Leadville Trail 100 Family,

   35 years ago you came to Leadville to help an economically devastated and struggling town and to test your resolve and grit over 100 miles against what most said couldn't be done.  The mountains were too high and too steep.  The oxygen was nonexistent.  Cats couldn't even live here.  Well, you did it.  You climbed the mountains.  You found air where there was none.  You finished that 100 miles of Colorado's highest and toughest.  And, you did it in less than 30 hours. And too, cats do quite well here.  You adopted Leadville and Leadville adopted you.  We became family.  We, Ken & Merilee, were blessed to be your mother, father, brother, sister.  Ken ran with you.  Finished with you.  And occasionally didn't make the 100 miles with you.  Merilee was there with you and for you, your family, your crews, all the way; never leaving the finish line until all the chicks were back in the nest.  She held your babies, petted your puppies and bandaged that scraped knee or elbow, while Ken told you to "rub some dirt on it".

   Well, we're back....