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Latest News – June 7

Native Water Inflows Affect Lake, Creek Conditions

Here’s the latest concerning spring run-off, lake levels and the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project from Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Peter Soeth.

Native rivers and streams are running high and fast as spring and winter snow melts high alpine reserves atop Mt. Elbert .

Native rivers and streams are running high and fast as spring and winter snow melt.

Native inflows are increasing rapidly from Turquoise Lake to Twin Lakes. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) increased the releases from Twin Lakes Dam to Lake Creek on Monday, June 6 by 200 cfs. 

The total release from Twin Lakes Dam to Lake Creek is about 1450 cfs, of which about 1250 cfs is native inflow.

Today, June 7, the releases from Twin Lakes will be decreasing. It will be lowered to 1125 cfs from 1425 cfs in 100 cfs increments. At 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The snow is melting and with warmer weather in the forecast native flows will continue to increase rapidly. Please use extra caution around the waterways this time of year, but especially around Lake Creek in light of today’s release.

About the The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project

The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is a multipurpose transmountain, transbasin water diversion and delivery project in Colorado. It makes possible an average annual diversion of 69,200 acre-feet of surplus water from the Fryingpan River and other tributaries of the Roaring Fork River, on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, to the Arkansas River basin on the eastern slope.

Water diverted from the western slope, together with available water supplies in the Arkansas River Basin, provides an average annual water supply of 80,400 acre-feet for both municipal/domestic use and the supplemental irrigation of 280,600 acres in the Arkansas Valley. Total project supplies may be further increased through use and reuse of project water.

Lake and Hatchery Races Benefit Leadville Sports Hall

Turquoise Lake Half Marathon saw 78 racers cross the finish line on June 4 after taking on the 13.1 mile race course which travels along one of Lake County’s favorite bodies of water: Turquoise Lake.

Blue skies, sunshine and the water smooth as glass greeted Turquoise Lake Half Marathon racers on Saturday, June 4 for the run which benefits the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame and Leadville (youth) Nordic.

Blue skies, sunshine and the water smooth as glass greeted Turquoise Lake Half Marathon racers on Saturday, June 4 for the run which benefits the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame and Leadville (youth) Nordic.

Leadville local Kerl Bryan (24M) rose to the top and crossed the finish line first with a time of 1:29:23. The first female finisher, almost ten minutes behind was Elise Sulser (23F), of Laramie WY with a time of 1:38:06. Runners welcomed near perfect conditions with bluebird skies and some cloud cover as the day and heat progressed.  Race organizer Carlos Martinez stated to Leadville Today that participation saw a slight dip this year due to some other races in neighboring Eagle sand Summit Counties. Regardless, the racers were ready to run for such great local causes as Leadville (youth)Nordic and the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame. Turquoise Lake Half Marathon 2016 RESULTS.

Stephen Rosenman of Frisco clocks in at 1:52:18 at Saturday's Turquoise Lake Half Marathon Race.

Stephen Rosenman of Frisco clocks in at 1:52:18 at Saturday’s Turquoise Lake Half Marathon Race.

Then, the next day, June 5, the sun was out and warmed things up for the friendly Fish Hatchery 5k. Located at the historic Leadville National Fish Hatchery, the Fish Hatchery 5K features a scenic cross country style course that winds through subalpine forest near and around the Evergreen Lakes and lower Rock Creek area.

Sunday’s race also saw Thomas French (38M) from Longmont cross the finish line first with a time of 19:54, followed closely by Pauley Cooper of Arvada (19M) at 20:07. The first female finisher was Emily Fuller with a time of 25:14. Fish Hatchery 5K RESULTS.

As a postscript, you just never really know where Leadville history is going to pop up. This weekend it was out at the Fish Hatchery 5k.

“Here is some interesting trivia regarding this year’s Fish Hatchery 5K winner,” wrote race organizer Carlos Martinez. “Tom French is the grandson of the Tom French who was the Leadville Hatchery Manager in the 1960’s and 70’s: Tom E. French – Leadville Hatchery 1943-1944; U.S. Navy (World War II) 1944-1946; Creede Hatchery 1946-1951; Leadville Hatchery 1951-1971. Maybe that’s what put some extra wind in his wings!

Both race’s proceeds benefit the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Congratulations to all and thanks for supporting  the Leadville and Lake County community.

Latest News – June 1

 Half Marathon Re-routes Due to Run-off Conditions

The 2014 Turquoise Lake Half Marathon was a true mountain adventure yesterday as high Spring run-off conditions re-arranged the course, and added a water feature in the process. 

Turquoise Lake Half Marathon Organizer Frank Mencin discusses race course changes to about 100 racers who didn't let that change their minds about racing! Photo: Leadville Today.

Turquoise Lake Half Marathon Organizer Frank Mencin discusses race course changes to about 100 racers who didn’t let that change their minds about racing! Photo: Leadville Today.

And while blue skies and sunshine prevailed at the 9 a.m. start on Saturday, May 31, race organizer Frank Mencin described a re-configured race course that sounded more like something from the popular TV series “Wipe Out,” than this popular half-marathon race around one of Leadville’s most scenic lakes: Turquoise.

Regardless, about 100 racers laced up and took off on an unfamiliar course.

Sean Van Horn, 28, Crested Butte, took first place in the Turquoise Lake Half Marathon with a time of 1:46:32. Photo: Leadville Today.

Sean Van Horn, 28, Crested Butte, took first place in the Turquoise Lake Half Marathon with a time of 1:46:32. Photo: Leadville Today.

“It was tough out there,” said winner Sean Van Horn, 28, Crested Butte, whose first place time came in at 1:46:32. Second place went to local favorite Marco Peinado (1:51;32) and rounding out the podium was Ian Cox, 19, Littleton (2:00:30).  For the ladies, it was homegirl Christy Lindh, 31, Leadville bringing home the victory with a winning time of 2:11:27.

Race organizers had to piece together the course since a large portion of it was off-limits to traffic, by foot or by wheel. Deteriorating road conditions caused from Spring run-off had its way, re-routing the popular race away from County Road 4, more commonly known as the south side of the Turquoise Lake Road. This year racers took the north, County Road 9 out and the lake path back, which added some length to the course as well as a water feature.

In fact, race organizer Frank Mencin announced in the pre-race speech that “due to all the snow and heavy run-off, one of the creeks is running pretty heavy, so we’ve added three ropes and some logs to assist racers across.”

It all made for an exciting, early-season mountain race, one that definitely separated the “have” (guts) from the “have-nots!”

The Turquoise Lake Half Marathon is put on annually as a fundraiser for the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame (LLCSHF). It’s one of two fundraiser races.  The other one is today (June 1, 2014), the Fish Hatchery 5K.

Talking with LLCSHF Board Member and race organizer Gary Hanks, the concern out at the hatchery is Rock Creek. It’s nice to know that those fish-themed race costumes will finally come in handy! Good luck and stay safe!

You can check out full race results from the Turquoise Lake Half Marathon and Fish Hatchery 5K at the Leadville/Lake County Sports Hall of Fame website: LINK. Obit_Spacer_Thin

Late Snowfall, Big Run-off and Mud Slides, Oh My!

Turns out it could be that kind of race season in the highest incorporated city in North America.

In just two weeks, the Leadville Race Series will host the Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half which travel up Leadville’s East Side and Mosquito Pass at 13,185 feet.

County Road 3, also known as the “road to Mosquito” was closed for nearly 24 hours as lake County Road & Bridge made repairs to washed out roads due to Spring run-off. Photo: Leadville Today

lake County County Road 3, also known as the “road to Mosquito,” was closed May 30 and 31 as Lake County Road & Bridge made repairs to washed out roads caused by Spring run-off. Photo: Leadville Today.

Yesterday, May 31, local officials had the County Road 3, also known as the “road to Mosquito” (including 3A) closed to all traffic as spring run-off conditions had the some roads impassable and others unstable due to mud and rock slides.

Earlier the Leadville Trail Marathon was challenged with a possible re-location of the race start. The series of blue buildings on the northwest corner of 6th and Poplar streets had been condemned and deemed a public hazard. The entire intersection has closed off for several weeks until the property owners were able to satisfy safety concerns and the area has been fenced off allowing the streets re-opened – hurdle cleared!

Now while that problem has been solved, Mother Nature is having her own say. While most social media chatter in early May expressed concerns about snow conditions on the race course, which runs through Leadville’s historic mining district, and tops out at 13,185 feet Mosquito Pass, in two weeks the issue will most likely be mud and rock slides. But most racers just consider it one more obstacle when racing in Leadville. And like yesterday’s half marathon, the show will go on, albeit on a slightly different race course.

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