In 2002, we created the Leadville Legacy Foundation as a nonprofit foundation to address the ever-increasing needs of the Leadville and Lake County 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.
These generous contributions make it possible to support such efforts as the Community Park, the SnoCat Groomer for Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail and Youth Basketball in Lake County. Of course, no recipients are more gratefully excited than the Leadville children who receive gifts from Santa during the Legacy’s Annual Children’s Christmas Party. The joy these children express when opening that special present from Santa is unforgettable.
The Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Scholarship Program was started in 2009. Every May, the Legacy awards a $1,000 scholarship to all graduating Lake County High School seniors who are going forward with some form of higher education. A total of $26,000 in scholarships was awarded the first year, and in 2010 that number jumped to $54,000.
"When we started the Leadville Trail 100 27 years ago, our singular purpose was for the Leadville community to benefit financially from the races. That goal continues to be met by assisting local businesses with today’s economic hardships by bringing people into town," says founder Ken Chlouber. "On the other side of that equation is the Legacy which speaks to tomorrow's challenges through education. Some of Lake County's greatest assets are coming out of that high school. These scholarships will help students reach their true potential."
The Leadville Legacy Foundation is funded through generous contributions from the LT100 runners, bikers and crew. Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Legacy Foundation can contact us here.
The Leadville Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. You will be able to donate to the Leadville Legacy Foundation online at race registration checkout or by visiting coloradogives.org and searching "LT100 Legacy." You can also mail your donation to:
Leadville Legacy Foundation
PO Box 234
Leadville, CO 80461