Leadville News – September 4
Fall Comes on in the High Country
Fall is in the air and this weekend will be the first of several that brings the leaf-peepers to the high country. Make sure to get out and enjoy the colors, things are starting to change and at 10,200 feet, it goes fast!
Flaming Foliage Relay Comes Thru County Sept. 7-8
The Flaming Foliage Relay (FFR) will most likely find most runners coming through Lake County and Leadville during the night of Friday, Sept. 7 and into the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 8. So, if you’re camping near Turquoise Lake and you see headlamps bobbing along the road, this is what’s happening.
The FFR route begins in Idaho Springs and follows the Frontage Road to Georgetown (8,530 ft). Next is an epic climb to the relay’s first pass, Guanella Pass (11,669 ft). After the descent down the Pass, the next four lucky runners will be on single track and dirt USFS Roads, starting on the Burning Bush Trail, finishing with a classic – Leg 11 over the second pass, Georgia Pass (11,585 ft) to Breckenridge (9,600 ft). Next, runners will run on the bike paths through Frisco (9,075 ft) to the thrid van exchange at Copper Mountain (9,712 ft).
From Copper Mountain, runners will continue south, over the third pass, Fremont Pass (11,318 ft), to the fourth van exchange in Leadville (10,152 ft). After a loop around Turquoise Lake (9,875 ft) and back to Leadville, runners will work their way down the Arkansas River Valley and finish in Buena Vista (7,993 ft) where teams can celebrate by enjoying a meal and a cold one.
The Flaming Foliage Relay is a form of adventure race. There aren’t any police escorts or pacing crews; the FFR is an adventure-race format that is self-supported and takes place on open trails and roads. While detailed maps are provided and the course is very well marked, each and every team is expected to support themselves from race start to race finish.