Latest News – July 6
Upcoming Local Races Need Racers and Volunteers!
It’s race season! Whether it’s a 5k or a 100-miler, racers are flocking to town and lacing up their running shoes or hopping on their bikes to reach their goal of crossing the finish line first, or just crossing the finish line, depending on the race.
It takes a lot of work and people to put these events on. To that end, there are a couple of upcoming local races that could use your help. So if you’re not competing in these athletic challenges, consider donating some time and volunteer. It’s a great way to be an ambassador for Leadville, making sure that visitors enjoy themselves and you’ll find that it’s a pretty good way to spend part of your Saturday.
There are plenty of run races and certainly the same can be said for bike races, but when you put those two sports together and throw in some swimming, you have the Tri-It-High Triathlon! The Tri, along with the and Du-It-High Duathlon will take place July 19-20. The youth races will begin at 11 a.m. on July 19 and the adult races will take place beginning at 7 a.m. on July 20.
All of the divisions (Olympic, youth, triathlon and duathlon) will have the swim portion of the event held in the Lake County Swimming Pool. The bike and run courses will take place just west of the pool on breathtaking courses at the base of Mount Massive and on the scenic Turquoise Lake road. For the bike and run participants will encounter both paved and unpaved portions of the course.
Here’s the break down on race components:
- Sprint – 500 Meter Swim • 20K Bike • 5K Run
- Olympic – 1000 Meter Swim • 35K • 10K Run
- 6-9 years – 100 Meter Swim • 2 Mile Bike • .5 Mile Run
- 10-12 years – 200 Meter Swim • 4 Mile Bike • 1 Mile Run
- 13-15 years – 300 Meter Swim • 6 Mile Bike • 1.5 Mile Run
- 5K Run • 20K Bike • 5K Run
Racers can expect close parking, great race music, plenty to eat and drink, race goody bag, swim cap, awesome handcrafted awards unique to Leadville, t-shirt, a giveaway with exclusive Special Edition Melanzana Gear, fuel from Hammer Nutrition and use of the Lake County Swimming Pool.
Volunteers are needed on either July 19 (between 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) or July 20 (between 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
If you are able to help please contact Amber or Felicia at 719-486-7486/7484 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Vonnie’s Voice 4th Annual 5k to be Held August 2
Funds Raised to Educate & Legislate to Protect Victims of Stalking
The 4th Annual Vonnie’s Voice 5k Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, August 2 starting at 8 a.m. at The Center (5th Street side).Runners Take Their Mark at Vonnie’s Voice Walk/Run.
Racers can register online or the morning of the race. The 5k race is the primary fundraiser for Vonnie’s Voice, a non-profit whose primary objective is to raise awareness about stalking and support stalking victims’ rights through strengthening legislation.
This year race organizers are adding a 10k component to the regular 5k Walk/Run. The 10k course will be two laps around the 5k course with a slight modification in the route. There will also be a silent auction held before and after with lots of great items from near and far.
Folks interested in supporting the cause but not so interested in getting up early on Boom Days Saturday, can also “sleep in” for the cause and donate online. Volunteer are still needed as well.Racers at last year’s Vonnie’s Voice fundraiser coming back around the 5k course. You Go Girl!
Now in its fourth year, the Vonnie’s Voice Committee’s primary objective is to strengthen the current stalking laws in Colorado so that no other person or family has to experience such a horrible crime. The group’s efforts were realized when in May 2012, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signed HB12-1114 into Vonnie’s Law.
The group also contributes to the local community in a number of ways in Miss Vonnie’s honor.
Vonnie’s Voice Scholarships. In May 2013, the committee awarded its second round of scholarships. Two $1,500 scholarships have been created in Vonnie’s memory and were presented to two (2) graduating seniors at Lake County High School Class Day this past May.
Winter Coats for Students. The Kindergarteners at Pitts Elementary School – where Vonnie taught for over 20 years – stayed warm and cozy this winter with donations of coats, pants, hats gloves – everything kids need to protect them from Leadville’s cold! The Committee also extended that donation to the little ones at Morning Star Child Care Center.
Miss Vonnie’s Room. A donation in Vonnie’s name was made to the Family-Crisis Center managed by the Advocates of Lake County to protect victims of violence. The children’s playroom has been named in Miss Vonnie’s memory and some of her old classroom decorations have been incorporated into the room as well.
For more information or to donate: Vonnie’s Voice, P.O. Box 1986, Leadville, CO 80461 or log on to their website. You can also connect with the organization on the Vonnie’s Voice Facebook Page.