After the race, we went back to the hotel to shower and get ready for the awards “ceremony”. My brother took a tumble at one point during the race so he brought a bit of the mountain back with him. When it was my turn to shower, it looked a kid’s sandbox in the tub! We headed over to a gymnasium near the start line for the ceremony. The emcee of the night was the original inventor of all these Leadville races. This guy was funny, but I think he’s fried quite a few brain cells in his day. Watch the video and you’ll understand. Top 3 in each age group got a mining pan with a plaque in it. Brandon and I didn’t come close. But we did get our finishers mug and happily accepted them! This video has some extra footage of the top 5 in case you want to see what killer mountain man runners look like.
After the ceremony, I was ready to live it up in Leadville! I’ve always just passed through town from a hike or skiing, so I was anxious to see what, if any, nightlife there was. And, there wasn’t much. We stopped in one bar that had “Cash only” sign. Crap, I was going to buy my bro a beer but couldn’t. Brandon was ready to call it a night, so I tagged along with some fellow runners at the bar. We bar hopped, played shuffle board with some locals and listened to live music. It was great relaxing end to a hard day. The family packed up today and we are headed back to Longmont. Well, it’s been fun Leadville. Next time I see you, hopefully I’ll be passing through on my way to more leisurely Colorado sport involving snow!