Leadville Loppet Marks 15th Year on Saturday, Feb 17
This Saturday, Feb. 17, The Leadville Loppet will be celebrating its 15th year! Started in 2003, this high-altitude Nordic ski race serves as the annual fundraiser for Leadville’s historic Mineral Belt Trail (MBT).
The race course starts and ends at at the base of Dutch Henri Hill off of HWY 24 South of Leadville. From there skiers glide through a rolling, forested network of trails, leading racers on to the MBT, where climbs and descends await. The tracks follow along abandoned rail grades left behind from Leadville’s mining era, offering a passing history lesson to the skinny skiers. It’s a one-of-a-kind course which should be laden (and groomed) with fresh snow come Saturday.
New this year, The Loppet has been added to the the list of 2018 American Birkebeiner qualifiers! Skiers will be able to utilize results from either the 22 or 44 km race for improving their wave placement for the Birkie or Korte. More details on that can be found HERE.
Registration is currently open online for classic and freestyle 44K, 22K, & 10K distances, plus a 5K and 1K fun race, where costumes are encouraged! Online registration will close the night before the race, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. In-person registration & packet pick up will be held in the gym in the Climax Building at CMC on Friday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. Packets may also be picked up the morning of the race from 7 – 8:45 a.m. Please note Race Day Registration (Feb. 17) is from 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. (there will be no registration after 8:45 so show up early!)
Other highlights of this “fun”raiser are the awards ceremony, held after the competition in the gym with homemade soups and chili galore!
They will also host a free wax clinic provided by Leadville’s Tim Hill of Alpine Ski & Sport, the night before on Friday, Feb. 16, 6 – 8 p.m. at their NEW location at 504 Harrison Avenue in downtown Leadville.
Registration for the Leadville Loppet can be found on their website, or stay connected with race update through their Facebook Page. If you plan on joining the fun this year, be sure to register in the next week, as the price goes up February 1.