Picture Perfect Historic Harrison Avenue in Leadville
Legacy Foundation Appoints Abby Long to Lead
Tomorrow, December 1 marks the official opening date for registration for the Leadville Race Series 2017 season. That’s right, thousands of runners and cyclists will log-on and sign up for a variety of races, including lottery entries for the coveted Leadville Trail 100 (LT100) 100-mile Run and Bike.
Did you know that a portion of race entry fees go directly to meet local needs? Created in 2002, the Leadville Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit foundation which addresses the ever-increasing needs of the Leadville and Lake County communities. The Legacy fund thrives through generous contributions from individuals and corporations, as well as a portion of race entry fees with every dollar staying right here in Leadville. If you’ve lived here for any length of time, you’ve benefitted from the Legacy’s efforts.
So, it was encouraging, and particularly meaningful to the local community, when the news that Abigail (Abby) Long was named as Executive Director of the Leadville Legacy Foundation in late October.
“The Legacy Foundation, in true Leadville spirit, struck gold with the acquisition of Abigail Long as our new Executive Director,” stated LT100 and Legacy Founder Ken Chlouber. “Expect a lot from Abby, you won’t be disappointed!”
Of course, many on the race scene already know Long, who served as Athlete Service & Registration Manager for the Leadville Race Series, owned by Lifetime. Long left that position after several years last September, and was readily scooped up by Chlouber and Merilee Maupin, founders of the Leadville Legacy, who enthusiastically welcomed her to this new position.
Long certainly has the experience and education for the new position, with over 8 years of administrative, fundraising, customer service, and program design & implementation experience in the nonprofit sector, Long also holds a BA in Public and Community Service from Providence College in Rhode Island, as well as a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont.
And while that kind of resume will get you somewhere, what makes for lasting success in the Magic City are relationships. And Long is fully immersed in the Lake County community, serving on several boards, including the Mineral Belt Trail.
“I look forward to developing relationships between other local organizations for the future progress of Leadville,” stated Long.
The Leadville Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization addressing present community needs and supporting a better, brighter tomorrow for Lake County, while respecting and maintaining Leadville’s mining heritage. The Legacy has supported such efforts as the Leadville Community Park, a SnoCat Groomer for Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail system, new playgrounds for our Lake County Intermediate & Elementary Schools, plus the Legacy’s Annual Children’s Holiday Party at The Center. The joy these children express when opening that special present from Santa is unforgettable!
The Leadville Legacy Foundation also contributes to the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Scholarship program. Each May, the Legacy awards a $1,000.00 scholarship to every graduating Lake County Senior pursuing any form of higher education. Since the beginning of The Legacy Foundation in 2009 over $335,000.00 has been awarded and for the past two years 100% of LCHS graduates applied and received a Legacy Scholarship!
The Leadville Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. You will be able to donate to the Leadville Legacy Foundation online at race registration checkout or by visiting coloradogives.org and searching “LT100 Legacy.” You can also mail your donation to:
Leadville Legacy Foundation
PO Box 234
Leadville, CO 80461