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21st Annual Leadville Loppet Nordic Ski Races
Saturday, February 24, 2024

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 21th Annual Leadville Loppet on Saturday, February 24, 2024! Thanks to all who competed, donned amazing costumes and enjoyed a sunny day on the Mineral Belt Trail. A tremendous thanks goes to the many volunteers who helped during the race preparation, start and finish, race aid stations, and during the post-race potluck. From race winners to our famous blueberry soup aficionados, the Leadville Loppet is great because of you.

 

 

2024 Leadville Loppet Details

How to Register:

Early registration is scheduled to open Nov. 1, 2023. Late registration will begin Feb. 21, 2024. Day-before and day-of registration will also be available; however, advanced online registrations are encouraged and appreciated.

 

Cupless Aid Stations:

Loppet participants should plan to bring their own water bottles or hydration systems to use during the races. Aid stations will not provide disposable cups and will work to minimize using other single-use materials.

Bring a Reusable Plate:

Post-race potluck participants are asked to bring a reusable plate, bowl, fork, and spoon. While the potluck will offer some recyclable/compostable products, we appreciate those who bring a reusable option to help reduce the event's footprint. A tremendous thanks goes to those who have done so in prior years, and a thank-you in advance to 2023 participants! 

Choose Among Five Distances:

All distances will start and finish at the Colorado Mountain College Leadville Campus: 901 South Hwy. 24 - Leadville, CO

44k Ski Race Details:

  • 8:15 a.m. start time. Six aid stations (including start/finish). 

  • $75 Nov. 1 -- Jan. 31.  $100 Feb. 21 -- race day.

  • Can be used as a qualifier for the following-year American Birkebeiner.

22k Ski Race Details:

  • 8:45 a.m. start time. Five aid stations (including start/finish). 

  • $60 Nov. 1 -- Jan. 31.  $85 Feb. 21 -- race day. 

  • Can be used as a qualifier for the following-year American Birkebeiner.

10k Ski Race Details:

  • 12 p.m. Noon start.

  • $40 Nov. 1 -- Jan. 31.  $65 Feb. 21 -- race day.

  • Though not the 'official' costume race, ovations go to skiers who dress up!

5K Costume Ski Details:

  • 12:30 p.m. start time.

  • $15 Nov. 1 -- race day.

  • Dress up! Wigs, mullets, vintage ski garb, party pants, tutus, onesies, 2023 Captain Marvel suits, Elrond outfits... there's just no such thing as too much awesome for this race.

1K Kids Funski Details:

  • 12:35 p.m. start. Free to all kids. No pre-registration is needed. Just show up! 

  • Kids show off their best costumes, colors, and outfits!

  • Finishers receive a swirly-colorful lollipop and a toothbrush.

Race bib/packet pick-up times and late registrations:

Pre-registered participants will be able to pick up race numbers 4 -- 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Colorado Mountain College Climax Gymnasium located at the CMC Leadville Campus. Others can also register at that time. Pre-registered participants may also pick up their numbers on Saturday morning, and day-of-race registration will be available on Saturday on a limited basis. 

Awards Ceremony and Post-Race Potluck:

  • Awards and post-race potluck are held 2-- 4 p.m. in the Colorado Mountain College Climax gymnasium adjacent to the start/finish. 

  • The Awards Ceremony Potluck features homemade soups, chilis and casseroles, and dessert specialties contributed by generations of Leadville community members. 

  • Did you know? The signature Leadville Loppet blueberry soup is a long-time Norse and Scandinavian tradition, as are Loppet events. 

Annual Fundraiser for Leadville's Historic Mineral Belt Trail:

The Leadville Loppet proceeds help support the care and maintenance for the city's famed and historic Mineral Belt Trail, which is an 11.6-mile, all-season, non-motorized, ADA-accessible loop. The trail meanders through the historic Leadville Mining District while offering unsurpassed views of the Sawatch and Mosquito Mountain ranges consisting of 12, 13, and 14 thousand-foot peaks. During summer, spring and fall, the paved trail welcomes enthusiasts such as walkers and runners, cyclists and wheelchairists; strollers, in-line skaters and long-boarders. Winter users will find the trail groomed for freestyle and classic Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, winter biking, running, walking, and more. Please email LeadvilleLoppet@gmail.com with questions about the 2023 Leadville Loppet. 

Leadville Lodging:

For lodging options in the Leadville/Twin Lakes area, please visit the Leadville Twin Lakes Visitor Guide.

About the Leadville and Twin Lakes, Colorado Area:

At an elevation of 10,152 feet above sea level, Leadville is the highest incorporated city in North America. Situated ten minutes south of Leadville, the town of Twin Lakes is located in the geographic center of Colorado. All highways in Lake County, CO have been designated as Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byways. The collective area is known for its authentic, small-town atmosphere, year-round outdoor recreation, and historic treasures.  

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