Racers Required To Have Vaccination Card
TransRockies Run Permit Approved By Council
“So they are required to have a vaccination card to participate?” Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe asked the representative from TransRockies® Run who was presenting before Leadville City Council on June 1, 2021.
“Yeah, yeah,” Karl Robohm explained concerning the 14th edition of the running competition. “All folks and participants will have their vaccination cards and be checked in BV (Buena Vista – the race start point).”
“Wow!” the Mayor replied.
TranRockies representative Robohm, added: “Since you’re sleeping in tents with other people, you don’t want to have to deal with those potential issues.”
For most locals, the rows of tents on the Leiter baseball fields are often the reminder that the cross-country running race is in town, this year on August 4. However, even that image could look a bit different for the 2021 TransRockies Run.
“This year will have less than 500 folks,” Robohm reported, explaining that there will only be 250 participants with the rest as support staff. The significant drop in runners is attributed to organizers not allowing international competitors this year due to COVID-19 concerns and public health restrictions in place along the route. The permit was eventually approved by council, with Mayor Labbe offering the only follow-up question.
“Was there push back from participants who didn’t want to get vaccinated when that was a requirement?” asked the Mayor.
“I haven’t heard that,” Robohm answered, adding, “but most people who are not wanting to (get vaccinated) at this point, probably wouldn’t want to participate in the race.”
The TransRockies® Run is a “Running Camp for Big Kids,” touted as ‘a multi-day point-to-point trail running race which allows athletes to access and traverse wild and fantastic scenery, while building camaraderie, overcoming adversity and sharing a singular adventure.’
“It’s a well-oiled machine,” concluded City Councilmember Jane Gowing. See you August 4, TransRockies® Run!
Conquering Everest – and Turquoise Lake!
He conquered Everest almost entirely without oxygen. Then 36 hours later, he ran a marathon from Base Camp to another camp further down the mountain. He’s run a marathon at the North Pole; he ran another one on the coast of Antarctica.
His name is Helmet Linzbichler of Austria. He’s 79-years-old, and may have just set the bar for the 2021 race season in Leadville Today.
“Our oldest finisher was 79-year-old Helmut Linzbichler from Austria,” stated Carlos Martinez, Race Director for the Turquoise Lake 20k which took place on June 6. “He made it to the summit of Everest in 2008.” Helmut placed 129th out of 143 contenders out at Turquoise Lake last Saturday. His finish time was 2:57.
Among the top podium-placers was 24-year-old Tayte Pollmann of Buena Vista with a first-place finish time of 1:13:34. About five minutes behind him was Gunnison’s Timmy Parr, 39, clocking in a respectable 1:18:10. Rounding out the third spot was 37-year-old Pat Cade of Leadville with a 1:20:40.
Leadville’s Courtney Dauwalter was the first female in clocking a 1:32:34 finish time. For COMPLETE RESULTS of the 2021 Turquoise Lake 20k CLICK HERE.
This year, the Turquoise Lake 20K returned after a COVID-cancelled reprieve in 2020. A local favorite, this competition in addition to two others comprises the series which benefits the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. Next on the schedule, there’s good news concerning the July 4th Firecracker 5K. It’s on!
This fun community event usually has folks dressed in their most patriotic attire as racers walk or run the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) course which does a small loop through town, ending where it begins at the Lake County courthouse on historic Harrison Avenue. Cost is $15. Participants can pre-register online, at LINK. or on race day registration on courthouse lawn from 7 – 8 a.m. Race start is 8:30 a.m.
The race proceeds benefit the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2002. Governed by a nine-member board, the organization strives to those who have been outstanding in athletics or have given meritorious service to the athletics and/or recreation within our community. The SHF serves as the official sports Hall of Fame for the City of Leadville, County of Lake, and the Senior High Schools of Climax, Leadville, and Lake County.
For additional information, check out the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who wish to make a donation can send them to SHF, PO Box 123, Leadville, CO 80461.
Those Big Blue Bins Are Back!
Lake County Public Works announced on Monday, June 7 that those big blue bins for recycling are back out, and ready to serve the community with a fresh new look and some new cash for the roll-off trucks that make it all possible. Thanks to the Lake County Landfill crew for their dedication in recycling, they continually rise to the occasion. Here’s what they wrote:
Due to COVID 19, In June of 2020, Lake County Landfill reopened the recycling center with new processes and procedures for recycling. We were able to reach out to some of the residents and departments of Lake County for proper safe practices to follow when dealing with COVID and no transmission of the disease. Once our system at the landfill recycling center was at a 100% compliance, Lake County Landfill retrieved all roll-offs from the drop-off site to clean and repair the containers and bring them online consistent with the landfill recycling center practices and procedures.
The team at the Landfill was very diligent with cleaning and painting all roll-offs. New signs were implemented on the roll-offs to inform the residents of Lake County what is acceptable and non-acceptable. A team member from the Landfill will assist our residents of the community with recycling at the Community Park on McWethy Drive twice a week during the month of June 2021.
Along with the reconstruction of the landfill recycling program, Lake County Landfill was given an opportunity to accept a grant from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The grant was from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Grant Program. The application for the grant with the help of C4. The R.R.E.O. grant was to obtain a new roll-off truck in order so that the drop-off sites could stay open and transport recyclables to end-users. The grant was for $270,000.00 and covered the purchase of the truck, signage for the containers and recycling center and education opportunities for the residents of Lake County.