During our trip to Colorado, we decided to take a drive over to Aspen to see what all the fuss is about. Along the way, we went through the town of Leadville. Very interesting place, and not just because it's way up at 10,000+ feet above sea level.
If you follow the link above, you'll get a good sense of the history of Leadville. It's amazing how a city can go from bustling to less than 3,000 inhabitants.
Here's a sign in front of one of the historical places in Leadville:
Since I've gotten into marathon running, I had heard of Leadville as a place that is home to some crazy races. Brutal races. Think 100-mile races through rough mountain trails at 10,000+ feet elevation! Now that's some great living indeed!
I've actually known about Leadville for quite some time from one of my other long-time favorite hobbies - flying little airplanes. The Lake County Leadville airport has the distinction of being the highest elevation airport in North America, way up at 9,927 feet above sea level. We all know that the higher up you climb, the thinner the air. This has a special impact on airplanes - it makes their engines less able to produce horsepower, and makes the wings less able to create lift. And if it's warm and/or humid, it makes the situation worse through something called density altitude. In the high-country like this, it's a good idea to have a turbo-charged airplane in order to help offset this whole problem.
In the world of general aviation, Leadville is known as a place to be respected, to say the least. If you make a landing there, they even give you a little special-made certificate marking the occasion!
Thanks Leadville - it was a pleasure getting to pay you a visit. Maybe someday I'll come back through and run a race! (ha ha, probably not 100 miles though, maybe I'll shoot for a 5k). Thanks for stopping by!