In 1860, during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, gold was discovered in California Gulch and the town of Oro City sprang up near present-day Leadville. The boom was brief, and Oro City never became a major settlement. The gold mining was hampered by heavy brown sand in the sluice boxes.
In 2002, we created Legacy, as a nonprofit foundation to address the ever increasing needs of the Leadville and Lake Country communities. The Legacy fund thrives through generous contributions from individuals and corporations, as well as a portion of race entry fees with every dollar going directly to meet the needs of the community.
Leadville is a historic mining town that opens its arms and hearts to the athletes and fans that converge each summer for the Leadville Trail 100 races. There are lots of lodging options for your stay. Plan to come early to acclimate to the altitude and to stick around for a few days after your race to enjoy the town and to explore the boundless wilderness that surrounds us.
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