The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation addresses the ever-increasing needs of our community, supporting a better, brighter tomorrow for Lake County, while respecting and maintaining Leadville's mining heritage.
In 1982, Leadville's primary employer, Climax Mine, closed. The 3,250 miners were instantly unemployed, devastating the town. Over night, Lake County had the highest unemployment rate in the nation. In searching for ways to save our beleaguered community, the Leadville Trail 100 Running race was born. Beginning with 45 runners, racing an epic 100 mile trek through the rugged Rocky Mountain terrain, the Leadville Race Series has now expanded from California to New York, hosting thousands of endurance runners and mountain bikers from all over the world.
Through these races the Lake County community has thrived. In 2012, our local Colorado Mountain College, did an economic assessment that reported the races brought over $15 million into the County each year. Athletes have fallen in love with our unique town, returning year after year, buying homes, and wishing to give back. In 2002 the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation was created to harness the generous donations of racers to our community.
The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Tax ID # 84-1604797, creating a formal and legal mean to garner contributions, serving the ever-increasing needs of our historic and beloved Leadville, Lake County community.
"We can't thank you enough for the generous donation of $5,000 to the Cloud City Farm, Greenhouse and Living Classroom project. We are so pleased to have your help as we work to build this new community resource. The Legacy Foundation is a powerful asset for our community. Thank you for supporting focused investment in strengthening Leadville and Lake County." Cloud City Conservation Center (2017)
"Wow! What an incredible day for our kids! There was certainly no shortage of joy and smiles on December 15th! Thank you so much for the generous donation this year to make this celebration a reality. We appreciate your continued support year after year! It is one of our very favorite days and we owe that to all of you at the Legacy Foundation." The Center for Childhood Learning (2016)
"Thank you so much for another wonderful holiday party. It is so special to see the looks on our preschoolers' faces when they get to meet Santa and open up their gifts. This event would simply not be possible without our support every year! Thank you for making it our favorite day of the school year by far We appreciate all that you do for the community." The Center Early Childhood Program, Leadville CO (2015)
"I can't actually thank you enough for this. This gift is much more than that; it is an opportunity. A few doors are unlocked because of this. I will use what you have given me to further my education and better myself." DR, Lake County High School Graduating Senior (2015)
"I want to thank you for the beneficial scholarship you have provided to help fund my college education! This money will help me greatly to pay for the outstanding expenses that come with being enrolled in a college institution and especially since I am in the Pre-Med program. The books will be a little more expensive than usual programs so this money is a useful asset. I am attending the University of Northern Colorado. Again, than you so much for this generous donation to my education." KG, Lake County High School Graduating Senior (2015)
"Thank you for the scholarship. It means the world that you support my future. Also, thank you for continuing the $1,000 chance to Lake County students over the years!" KS, Lake County High School Graduating Senior (2014)
"Thank you so much for the $1,000 donation to the St. Vincent Hospital Long Term Care bus. We are so happy to report that we have been successful raising the $22,000 and we are ready to shop. This process has been rewarding. What an honor to work with residents and organizations who truly care about our hospital and our Long Term Care residents. Because of you the spirit of adventure that is inherent in the races now provides adventures for our elderly and infirmed. We are proud to say we are ready to put your donation to use. Thank you!" KR, Director, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation (2014)