Carl Miller - A Man of Service
The LT100 Legacy Scholarship program began in 2009 with 26 Lake Co. High School graduates each receiving $1000 to continue their education. Since that first year the foundation has awarded over $340,000 in LT100 Legacy Scholarships.
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the LT100 Legacy Scholarship program. In celebration of this anniversary and in recognition of the ongoing generosity of our LT100 Legacy supporters, our January Board of Directors meeting included a unanimous decision to DOUBLE the LT100 Legacy Scholarships from $1000 to $2000, starting with our 2019 graduates.
Just like the shotgun that rings out at the start line, 2019 is off with BANG!
If you are interested in donating to the LT100 Legacy Scholarship program click here.
2018 was a huge year for the Legacy Foundation. We remain in awe of the generous contributions made by our supporters. This year was no different.
The Legacy Foundation was excited to partner with the Leadville Race Series Charity Slot program. We had almost 70 athletes between the LT100 RUN and MTB who chose the Legacy Foundation as their charity partner.
Our Dream Chaser campaign was incredibly successful thanks in part to a call to action by Lifetime Fitness owner and LT100MTB racer Bahram Akradi and a mind-blowing performance by Dream Chaser, Ty Hall. The weather made for a tough race day, but Ty’s enthusiasm could not be cooled (even by the ice-cold towels on offer at the Turquoise Lake Rd climb). When it was all said and done Ty passed 1,424 other riders on the day. With all the ‘per riders passed’ pledges and other donations that were contributed, we raised
One week later it was the LT100 RUN athletes who shared the love through an online auction for a one of kind topographical map of the LT100 RUN course. With final bidding coming right down to the auction close at midnight, there was a fight to the finish, with the final bid coming in at $2700.
We continue to support our Lake County high school graduates with $1000 scholarships awarded to students attending traditional Universities as well as a Denver area Truck Driving school and Vail dental school program.
Early College Fund..
In 2017 we worked with CMC Leadville Campus Dean on an idea to provide ‘no cost’ college education to Lake Co. HS graduates. After some creative problem solving the “Legacy Foundation Early College Fund” was born. Seniors who chose to stay enrolled in Lake Co. HS, can attend classes at CMC to graduate high school with an Associate’s Diploma. The State pays for tuition and the Legacy Foundation covers the cost of textbooks and class fees for programs like Culinary, Welding, Outdoor Recreation and Ski Area Management. The 2018 fall semester kicked off with 25 students enrolled, which far exceeded the 5 students that the program initially expected!
Legacy Grant Recipients
We received a record number of grant requests this year, and we are proud to say we supported many of these over and above our historical grant fund limits. Here is the list of 2018 grant recipients.
Cloud City Wheelers bike club - $5,000 – Funding toward a new Executive Director position supporting bike advocacy and bike new trails development in Lake Co
Colorado Outward Bound School - $5,000 – Scholarship funds for 2 Lake Co. students to attend a 2 week Outward Bound course in Colorado.
Get Outdoors Leadville - $10,000 – Funds awarded for the Gear Library being built to support programs (and all the gear they need) to get Leadville kids outside.
Tabor Opera House - $10,000 – The final funds needed to generate fully vetted design documents, architectural and engineering documents and construction documents for the entire project. *This funding also triggered several other grant requests for the Tabor including a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service “Save America’s Treasure’s” program.
Lake Co Search & Rescue - $3,646 – Funds to help with the purchase of a 6-seater All-Terrain Vehicle.
Full Circle - $1,500 – In support of their Youth Mentorship program.
Lake Co HS Performing Arts - $4,300 – Funding to purchase 45 new choir dresses to help ensure the high School choir group is ready for their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City this March.
Leadville & Lake Co. Economic Development Corporation – $2,500 – New member challenge grant which paid ½ of all the first-year dues for new members. This initiative saw 18 new members join the EDC in the first half of 2018.
And finally, we are pleased to welcome so many new members into our Leadville Family this year! From our family to yours, thank you for your ongoing support of the Legacy Foundation. And we hope that you will consider supporting us again in this season of giving, so we can continue our work to build a better, brighter Leadville.
Even if you didn't race this weekend, you can still be a winner!
A beautiful, one of a kind topographic map of the Leadville Trail 100 Run course is up for grabs through online auction site
This 3' x 4' wood carved course map is a unique and impressive memento. Signed by Ken and Merilee, this is an exclusive, one off reminder of your Leadville Trail 100 race experience.
All auction proceeds will be donated to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, working to build a better, brighter tomorrow for Leadville.
Click the link to bid now - https://bit.ly/2vPLh1y
Auction ends Tues, Aug 21st 2018, at midnight. DON'T MISS OUT!
July 24, 2018
The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation announces the return of the 2018 Dream Chaser.
Ty Hall, Leadville local and 16-time finisher of the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race is back to start this year’s race in last place. He will then DIG DEEP all day to pass as many riders as possible, to raise money and awareness for the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation.
“It’s a great opportunity and a fun way for me to help support a local organization” was Hall’s response when asked why he does it. “The Legacy Foundation is all about Leadville, all the money they raise stays right here in Lake Co”. And he would know. As owner of the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, Nordic Center & Sleep Yurts since 1994, Ty has seen the ways the Legacy Foundation has helped support the town.
In the last 3 years as the Dream Chaser, Hall has passed around 1400 other riders on race day. “I feel personally responsible for the money raised for the Dream Chaser, because my efforts on the day obviously have a big impact on the final result. In past years it has gotten pretty big with others coming forward to donate or match the amount raised, that makes it even more rewarding for me”.
Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Trail 100 and the Legacy Foundation shared this about the announcement, “it is really great to have Ty riding for us again this year. He has a long history with these races, and because he is willing to dig deep on race day, he’s helping us build a better Leadville”.
As the Dream Chaser has become more popular and well known to LT100 MTB athletes, it has garnered donations from fellow racers and supporters from across the country who want to give to the Legacy Foundation. When asked about his race day, Hall remarked “the ride is tough for me and I really have to focus all day. But on the flip side the other riders and their crew are pretty excited to see me and encouraging me all the way.”
This year could be even bigger. 2018 is the 25th year of the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, the fundraising goal is set for $25,000. “Any donation amount will help to get us there, but we thought it might be fun for folks donate in honor of the Silver Jubilee year, $25, $250, $2500 amounts” says Veronica Rimbert, Legacy Foundation Executive Director. To add to the excitement, any donation of $250 or more for the Dream Chaser will go into a drawing for a guaranteed spot in next year’s race. “What if we could celebrate our success by increasing the High School scholarships we award from $1000 to $2500 next year? It’s an easy challenge to get behind because it can make such a difference to the lives of those kids. We know they have the potential and we want to help them reach their goals and further themselves through education”.
A crowd rise campaign will make it possible for the riders and supporters to get involved with the event before the race. To make a donation go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/legacy-foundation-dream-chaser
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"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!"
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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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...
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....