Latest News – March 12
Leadville Ski Joring, Other Competition Results
The 67th Annual Leadville Ski Joring competition was held in Leadville on March 5 & 6 on historic Harrison Avenue. Dubbed as Leadville’s Downtown Winter Celebration, this event stands as a testament for this small mountain town’s ability to have fun in the snow!
While Saturday’s competition was cut short due to tragedy on the course (SEE STORY) the event resumed on Sunday, March 6 with a winner-take-all approach to the 2016 Leadville Ski Joring Championship.
When the last run was over, it was skier Jason Dahl and rider Savannah McCarthy riding Moose who took top place on the podium in the Open Division with a time of 15:17 with no penalties. In the Sport Division it was Jared Roberts on the skis and Richard Weber riding Derby that took top place with a time of 15.71 with no penalties. For complete results: Open, Sport, and Legend.
During Sunday’s Awards Ceremony the boot was passed and the group of close-knit competitors gave over $2,000 to JJ Swirka in honor of her beloved horse Logan. In fact, the thoughtful comments have continued on the Leadville Ski Joring Facebook Page throughout the last week, as friends, fans of the sport, and horse lovers express their condolences.
There’s no doubt that the sport of Ski Joring is growing in popularity across the country, with many looking to the “Granddaddy-of-them-all” to lead the way. However, in Leadville, the event’s genesis remains in the spirit of tourism. Much like the famed Ice Palace or today’s Leadville Trail 100 races, the event provides a way to attract tourists to the area.
To that end, this Wild West Show brought good crowds to Harrison Ave to watch the thrills and chills, as well as pump some money into local businesses. And a quick check with business owners, law enforcement and event organizers, tallied a overall win for the event.
In addition, Leadville Ski Joring captured some good media coverage for the event – BEFORE, and yes, after the fatal crash. Media highlights included Matt Renoux with KUSA Channel 9, Channel 7 , Matt Kroshel with CBS4, John Martin with Fox 21 C Spgs, Six-person film crew with TV Show Equestrian Nation, Ski Magazine, The Denver Post, The Summit/Vail Daily, The Herald Democrat, KZYR.com, Fast Forward Media of Durango TV and several freelance photographers, including Leadville’s Steve Sunday and Kurt Brewer. For more photos and videos of the event, please visit the Leadville Ski Joring Facebook page.
Kids Take Turns at Ski Joring on Historic Harrison Ave.
If you’re going to put on an event like Ski Joring, then it’s probably best to have a Kids Event as well. That way, you are assured that there will be future competitors.
For the past couple of year’s Leadville Ski Joring have offered kids a chance to take on the same course as the pros by being towed behind a snowmobile.
It’s great to see Leadville kids out enjoying all the adventure without the pressure of competition.
More Photos on the Leadville Ski Joring Facebook Page.
Nordic Knockouts in the Dark: Winter Fun on Harrison!
Competitors in the 2016 Harrison Nordic Knockout Sprints gathered under the Harrison Avenue lights last Friday, March 4 to kick off the annual downtown winter celebration. The conditions set up nicely under clear skies.
Many of the local high school Nordic skiers tipped up to the start line and fared quite well. Participants raced the main drag with great Nordic spirit, marking for many, the last race of the season. The competition was a double elimination with two skiers starting and the fastest racer advancing to the next round of competition. Congratulations to the winners:
Bill Koch (5th grade and younger)
- 1st Female – Gabbie Tait
- 1st Male – Bridger Taylor
Middle School Girls
- 1st – Abby Holm
- 2nd – Neva Sunday
Middle School Boys
- 1st – Matt Koch
- 2nd – Sam Frykholm
- 1st – Ryan Morrison
- 2nd – Joe Koch
- 1st – Christine Horning
- 2nd – Molly Lenhard
Paintball Biathlon Held at Tenn Pass Nordic Center
The Annual Paintball Biathlon was held on March 6 at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.
At the top of the 10k Division once the ski time and “hits” were calculated, was Dr. Lance Schamberger (22:39), followed by 16-year-old, second place racer Nick Apps (23:04), and rounding out the podium in third place was female competitor Koby Simonton coming in at 23:58.
The 5k saw 60 racers ranging from 7 to 52 years in age, but it was the teens who took the top three places: Parker Rodeen 16, with a final time of 11:18; Finn Remias, 14 with a 11:19 final time, and Sam Haynes, 12 close behind at 12:26.
For the younger set, the 1k was the right pace and distance and 13-year-old David Krieger came out on top with a final time of 1:21. The youngest competitor was 4-year-old Matthew Carpenter – good for you!
Mayhem on the Mineral Belt Adds Junior Division
Leadville’s Mineral Belt Mayhem mountain bike race saw a dip in participation from last year, as 85 cyclists took their fat-tired bikes to the start line last Saturday, March 5.
Setting out under clear skies, racers saw an added juniors category for younger riders, which saw three take on the challenge this year. There were also four single speed demons and 19 women. Results.
In the end it was the 2015 winner Jason Hanson, Colorado Springs, took first place again this year, shaving some time off last year’s time, coming across at 57:55 this year. Only seconds behind was Leadville’s Marvin Sandoval at 58:03 and hot on his heels was third place finisher Jason Russell only two seconds behind at 58:05. Men’s Results.
In the women’s division, Leadville locals fared a bit better with Becca Katz (1:09:23) taking second and Amanda Good (1:10:44) in third. But neither lady could beat Wendy Ingraham of Castle Rock who was almost two minites ahead of any other female racers, clocking a 1:07:44 finish time. Women’s Results.
The next and final competition in the Winter Mountain Bike Race Series will be the East Side Epic on April 23. The Cloud City Wheelers, who host the entire Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series, advocate that winter racing is a great way to keep up riding and racing during the off-season. The Cloud City Wheelers are a Leadville club dedicated to providing bicycle activities to promote individual health and recreation. The Wheelers also support education and advocacy to help promote a more bicycle friendly environment and a more livable community for members, bicyclists, and the community at-large.