When Leadville’s Climax mine closed in 1982, Ken was a leader, bringing a community with the highest unemployment rate in the nation to one of the world’s most brilliant outdoor recreation playgrounds. Serving as County Commissioner, Sate Representative and Senator, Ken had a wild idea to boost the economy of Leadville; the creation of the Leadville Race Series. Ken himself is a 14-time finisher of the LT100 Run. Yet he is most honored to participate in the founding of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation. He believes the Foundation will be an ever-lasting investment in Lake County and the people who make it so great.
Merilee would say she is “Texas born and bred,” however her home and heart will always be in Leadville. Owning a Travel Agency until the mine closed in 1982 and no one had money to travel, she took on the adventure, serving as Race Director for the Leadville Trail 100 Run in 1983. Merilee continues to be involved with the races as she hugs and hangs a medal around every single racer’s neck when they cross the finish line. She invites all to be a part of the Leadville family. Merilee is most proud of the creation of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation. Being a part of the Legacy, Merilee believes she can continue to give her heart to her community.
A New England girl at heart, Abby has been fully immersed in her Rocky Mountain community of Leadville for the past five years. Before serving as the Executive Director of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, Abby was the Athlete Service & Registration Manager for the Leadville Race Series. There she was able to connect and form friendships with racers, proud to welcome and share with them what makes Leadville so special. Abby adventures across the county with her husband, whether it be backpacking or bike packing. However she truly enjoys sitting by her woodstove at night singing as her husband plays the guitar.
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Carl is a third generation Leadvillite. Working as an underground electrician for the Climax Mine for 27 years, until throwing his hat into the political realm. Carl was elected as a Lake County Commissioner and then served in the Colorado House of Representatives. He then had the good fortune to be selected as the first President and Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum here in Leadville. Now enjoying retirement, Carl spends his time outdoors. However in the winter months he stays warm writing and reading local and world history, politics and biographies. Carl and his wife have three succeeding family generations living in Leadville and enjoy everyday with them.
John, a former Lake County Real Estate agent, is now one of Leadville’s all-star volunteers! He serves his community on many boards and committees, donating his time and energy to many of Leadville’s historic events and celebrations. John has been involved with the Leadville Trail 100 races since its inception in 1983 and is honored to now serve the Foundation. John has been married to his wife Joann for 45 years. Together they raised two sons, four grandkids, and even 3 great-grand children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and of course watching football. John and Joann travel together, going on cruises. They have explored many countries and visited five continents.
Tyrone Rimbert, the newest Leadville Trail 100 Legacy board member, was born and raised in Leadville, graduating from Lake County High School. Tyrone manages his family’s 40 year owned business. Tyrone has competed in several Leadville Race Series events, including multiple times finishing the Leadville Trail 100 MTB. His love and passion for the town was obvious in his efforts while racing. Tyrone has a desire to see the town prosper and thrive. He continues to be charmed by the beauty of the area and constantly encouraged by the local community of hardworking, supportive, selfless locals. Tyrone also enjoys winter biking and telemark skiing with his wife and two mountain hounds.