The Sports Page from Leadville Today
Hurdles, Pump Tracks & Mountaineers
While the world’s Track and Field fans have their eyes on the Olympic Games in Tokyo, closer to home a student-athlete is celebrated by earning his own title last Friday, July 9. Lake County High School Senior Anthony Martinez was named Colorado High School Track & Field’s Class 2A Athlete of the Year by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.
“You ‘smoked’ the competition at State. It was fun to be there to cheer you on,” wrote Jane Horning on LT’s Facebook Page. “Congratulations!” Well-wishes for Martinez from friends and family in Leadville Today was swift and sincere.
“A friend was at a meet last week in Denver heard this guy can run,” wrote LCHS alum and former ESPN cameraman Ed Martinez “Congratulations!”
In order to be considered for athlete of the year, the student-athlete must first have made the all-state team by winning an event. Martinez’s event was the 110 hurdles. But as any team player knows, it takes a group effort, including dedicated coaches, staff, parents, and teammates.
A Boulder Invasion at Huck Finn
It was a “Boulder Invasion,” at Huck Finn Skate Park last week as the #skatepark was invaded by Square State Skate, two 15-passenger vans brought the group up from Boulder. “Leadville is officially a skater destination,” writes Leadville Today reader Dave Spinelli sending photos from the #summertime funday. #skateboardingisfun #skate #sk8 #skateordie #sk8life #skatelife #skater #skateboards
Pedal for the Park on Saturday
Right next to the Huck Finn Skate Park is the bike park which will be benefiting from an upcoming “fun” raiser this Saturday, July 17. Sponsored by the Cloud City Wheelers, Executive Director Sterling Mudge fills in the details:
The first edition of Pedal for the Park took place in 2019 where over 60 people rode more than 1200 miles and together raised $32,000 for a new wheeled sport park at Huck Finn. Participants raised money by collecting pledges for laps to be ridden on local singletrack trails.
“To see kids and adults come together and try to raise money for a new and exciting multi-sport facility is very exciting and speaks for itself to the importance of healthy outdoor activities,” said Mudge.
This new park will utilize the same footprint as the current park and add to the existing amenities currently at Huck Finn. So far $64,000 has been raised out of the goal of $200,000.
The bike park was officially established in 2007 in what was an open field adjacent to the baseball field and ice-skating rink. Along with its growth in popularity came concerns about the conditions of the organically created recreation facility, including broken glass and trash. Through grassroots, community-driven efforts, partnered with the local bike club, formal clean-up efforts began eventually revamping the area with a more inclusive bike park design. Centered around a paved pump track that encourages all types of users (bikes, skateboards, scooters, rollerbladers, roller skaters) to gain and maintain speed by using their own power to propel themselves.
This year’s event hopes to raise more than 2019’s event to make up for a COVID-cancel in 2020. The Pedal for The Park bike-a-thon will be held on Saturday at Dutch Henry Hill located off Highway 24 at McWethy Drive in Leadville. Participants will be riding the popular Timberline Trails, adjacent to Colorado Mountain College. This year’s event is presented by Climax Molybdenum, Remax/Aspen Leaf, and Downstream Construction. A BBQ lunch will be available from Treeline Kitchen and a beer garden from Grand Teton Brewing, Soulcraft Brewing, and Avery Brewing.
“I can’t wait to see people out enjoying the trails while riding for a local cause,” Mudge said encouraging locals and visitors to join the fun this Saturday, July 17. The event generally kicks off at 8 a.m. for participants who solicit pledges.
Keep ‘Em Spinning: Join The Wheelers
The Cloud City Wheelers is a membership group and well worth the price of admission. Quite frankly, whether you’ve ridden a Leadville trail just once, or do it once a day, with annual membership under forty bucks, think of it as a donation and show of strength in numbers towards the Wheelers’ efforts towards the trails you enjoy!
As Leadville’s local trail and bike club, they are responsible for the construction and maintenance of Leadville’s hometown trails, local rides, grassroots races, and volunteer opportunities. The more support local groups have, the stronger the voice of trail users like you. You can join the Cloud City Wheelers today!
Mt Elbert Amputee Summit
In upcoming sports news, Leadville Today is keeping an eye on an exciting Mt. Elbert #summit adventure in the coming days.
“I am bringing a group of about 10 to summit Elbert on July 15-18,” wrote Robbie Horne, Founder, TRG. The group will have 4 amputees that are veteran and first responder mixture, including a 94-year-old WW2 era veteran, who by all accounts will be the oldest to summit a 14er should they have a successful summit.
“We are going be staying in Leadville,” explains Horne. However, with the recent smoke and haze from western wildfires in neighboring states, the group is looking for the most up-to-date information from other mountaineers. One important variable will be the current closure of Halfmoon Road, the limited vehicle access to the Mt. Elbert trailhead.
“We’ve been warned about the smoke out there. Do you think it will clear before Saturday? We’ve looked at Mount Sherman as a backup. What other options will be good?”
The group wants to “knock out a 14er.” If you can assist this group in any way, please reach out to Robbie Horne at 512-426-4624.