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21st Annual Leadville Loppet

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Celebrating 21 Years!

As a fun idea from volunteers and students at Colorado Mountain College, the first Leadville Loppet was hosted in 2003. The race showcased the then-newly-dedicated Mineral Belt Trail's unparalleled mountain vistas; free, all-inclusive access to outdoor play, and community spirit that makes Leadville Leadville.

Today, the Leadville Loppet continues to offer all of those attributes and has found its place among the most-loved winter community events, where Leadville locals and visitors gather to have fun, ski in costumes, share stories, and savor the race's legendary post-race potluck. 

How to Register:

Registration is open! Day-before and day-of registration will also be available; however, advanced online registrations are encouraged and appreciated.

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 -- Feb. 21.  $100 Feb. 22 -- race day.

  • Race day registrations will end at 7:45 am on Saturday February 24.

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

  • Course Map

  • Profile Map

22k Ski Race Details:

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

  • $60 Nov. 1 -- Feb. 21.  $85 Feb. 22 -- race day. 

  • Race day registrations will end at 7:45 am on Saturday February 24.

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

  • Course Map

  • Profile Map

10k Ski Race Details:

  • 12 p.m. Noon start time. (changed from 10 a.m.) Three aid stations (including start/finish). 

  • $40 Nov. 1 -- Feb. 21.  $65 Feb. 22 -- race day.

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

  • Course Map

  • Profile Map

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.

  • Course Map? It's a surprise. : - )

1K Kids Funski Details:

  • 12:35 p.m. start time. (changed from 12:45 p.m.) Free to all kids.

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

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

  • Course Map? It's a surprise. : - )

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. 24 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 Saturday on a limited basis. 

Awards Ceremony and Post-Race Potluck:

  • Awards and post-race potluck are held at 2 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.  

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