Life Time, the owner of the popular Leadville Race Series, announced today all 2020 Leadville-based mountain bike and run events will be cancelled amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Leadville Race Series is near and dear to us at Life Time, as it is to our athletes and the family and friends that support them, but we have to do what’s ultimately best for the Leadville community and our participants,” says Kimo Seymour, president of Life Time Athletic Events. “Given the decision of the Lake County Commissioners, which we fully support, we will be cancelling the series for 2020, for the health and safety of all.”
After exploring many options, the Lake County officials voted on May 12 in favor of the decision to cancel all special events through the summer of 2020.
“Our team will look forward to bringing the events back in 2021 when we get to the new normal, but for now, we’re sure going to miss our athletes and sponsors,” Seymour adds. “Our sincere hope is that our friends and business partners in the community can survive the financial impact of this difficult decision.”
After the Climax Mine shut down and thousands were left jobless in 1982, the Leadville Trail 100 was created with the sole purpose of impacting the local Leadville community. Since then, the Leadville Race Series has evolved to include 9 Leadville-based events that stretch from June through August. This brings nearly 6000 athletes plus their friends and family to Leadville throughout the summer. In 2019, the series brought $18.5 million in local economic impact to Lake County.
The events impacted includes the entire Leadville-based events of the Series:
- Leadville Trail Marathon and Half - 6/13
- Leadville 100 Run Training Camp - 6/19
- Leadville 100 MTB Training Camp - 6/25
- Leadville Silver Rush 50 Run - 7/11
- Leadville Silver Rush 50 MTB - 7/12
- Leadville Stage Race - 7/31
- Leadville Trail 100 MTB - 8/15
- Leadville Trail 10K - 8/16
- Leadville Trail 100 Run - 8/22