LT100’s Merilee Maupin Receives Sportswoman Award
By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today
This Sunday, March 13, Merilee Maupin, former Race Director of the Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) will be honored with a Sportswoman of Colorado award. The honor recognizes Colorado’s outstanding female athletes, coaches, mentors and others who have contributed to girls’ and women’s athletics.
“Within all the plans, work and infrastructure of the Leadville Trail 100 events,” said business partner Ken Chlouber who submitted her application for the Sportswoman award, “Merilee’s unique presence brought the one intangible that became the foundation for all that followed: Heart.”
And there’s no doubt that the thousands and thousands of LT100 athletes that Merilee has hung a finisher’s medal on would certainly agree. As the application explains: She has always been at the finish line, medals in hand anxiously awaiting the next grand victory. Some are laughing, jumping up and down, and celebrating victory. She laughs, jumps up and down and celebrates with them. Some are crying, sobbing; a battle well won. She cries with them, champions all as she hangs around their neck the prize earned: The finisher medal!
Maupin became Race Director for the Leadville Trail 100 races in 1983 and served in that capacity until 2010, when she and partner Chlouber sold the business. The Leadville Trail 100 races began with a 100-mile running race in 1983, and expanded to include a 100-mile mountain bike race, a marathon, heavy half marathon, 50-mile mountain bike race, 50-mile running race, and a 10K race, all internationally known and respected.
“Her race management skills and attention to detail are second to none,” states Chlouber. One thing is certain, over 33 years of racing, on bike and on foot, everybody loves Merilee.
Chlouber continues, “She’s gentle, kind and caring above and beyond. Within seconds any new acquaintance becomes a new friend. And that friend quickly becomes family, sharing family connections, occupations, kid stories and birthdays. “
Maupin is also co-founder of the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to bettering life in Leadville and Lake County. She is one of several honorees who will be receiving the Sportswoman of Colorado Award, for a complete list: LINK.
Congratulations, Merilee! No doubt there are thousands of LT100 athletes who wish they could be there on Sunday to give you a “Finish Line” hug along with your award! Then again, maybe they can! The 42nd Annual Awards Banquet to be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
About Sportswomen of Colorado
Sportswomen of Colorado pays tribute to Colorado’s outstanding female athletes and to the coaches, mentors and others who have contributed to girls and women’s athletics. Founded in 1974 by the YWCA of Metropolitan Denver, in cooperation with Gart Brothers Sporting Goods Co., Sportswomen of Colorado is recognized as the first community-based organization in the nation to solely honor female athletes, celebrate their achievements and recognize those whose efforts have advanced girls’ and women’s individual and team sports endeavors.