Saturday Packed with Outdoor Fun & Races
Fish Hatchery Winter TourWinter’s beauty at the fish hatchery.
During the summer, the Leadville National Fish Hatchery (LNFH) nature trail is one of visitors’ top walkabouts, not to mention a favorite among locals. But how many of you get out on those trails in the winter?
Well this Saturday’s your chance to accompany the Friends of the Fish Hatchery on a free guided snowshoe/cross country ski tour on the grounds. Remember, all landscape looks different under a blanket of snow and ice! The group will meet in the hatchery parking lot at 10 this Saturday, Jan.19.
Keep ‘em Spinning…Through the Snow!
The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series, hosted by the Cloud City Wheelers will kick off this Saturday, Jan. 19 with En Fuego, a night race at Copper Mountain, Colo.The start of it all: En Fuego 2012! Photo: David Hahn
The 10-mile course (two 5-mile loops) saw a respectable number (168) of racers at the start line for last year’s inaugural race which includes a stair climb and ice rink crossing. Jordan Carr of Gunnison set the first year’s time of 46:52 for the win. The first female finisher was Melissa Thomas at 104:15.
Racers and spectators are also drawn by the post-race En Fuego (translation: an epic Saturday evening) festivities including some music and fireworks. Check out more details and other races in this series at the Cloud City Wheelers website.Cloud City Wheelers host En Fuego at Copper Mountain. Photo: David Hahn.
Champions of Shoe . . .Snowshoe!
The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse Colorado State Snowshoe Championships 5k/10k will be held this Saturday, Jan. 19. The race starts at 10 a.m. from the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at Ski Cooper outside of Leadville. This race is a regional qualifier for the United States Snowshoe Association National Championships.
The race is part of the Pedal Power Snowshoe Series, the oldest established competitive snowshoe race series in the region. In addition, the series is the only completely non-profit event of its kind, with all proceeds from the popular race series benefitting local Lake & Eagle County charities. Past beneficiaries have included the Full Circle mentoring program for at-risk youth, high school athletic scholarship programs and individual families in need of medical and educational assistance. Check out the Pedal Power website for more INFO.