Burro Racing Movie

April 3rd, 2013

A couple years ago we were in Leadville for the Leadville Boom Days and the burro race. I believe the burro race is about 21 miles. Not only do you run most of a marathon through the mountains but you have to convince your burro to keep running.

For Boom Days they had a few burros that spectators could race a couple blocks on main street while waiting for the racers to finish. My daughter and I gave it a try. They told us to start and everyone else took off. Our burro just stood there and didn’t want to go. Somehow I managed to convince it to go and then managed to run fast enough to catch up and take the lead just before the finish.

Now there’s a movie about pack-burro racing. “Haulin’ Ass,” by New York filmmaker Trevor Velin, explores Colorado’s indigenous sport. It won the Mountain Film Award and the prestigious Golden Badger Award for Wisconsin Filmmaking. The film is a documentary about one of the most challenging, yet least recognized, sports in modern culture. It follows three men in their quests to take the triple crown while overcoming their own mental and physical obstacles.

The film captures the images and spirit of this remarkable and offbeat adventure sport, while also exploring the personal lives of three devoted competitors — Hal Walter of Westcliffe, Curtis Imrie of Buena Vista, and Roger Pedretti of La Crosse, Wisc.

“Haulin’ Ass” is showing here in Colorado Springs tomorrow evening, April 4th at Stargazers, 10 South Parkside Drive. Doors open at 6 PM and the show starts at 7 PM. There will be a special appearance of Hal Walter, 6 time World Champion burro racer.

Admission is $10 in advance amd $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.imathlete.com/events/haulinass.

You can order the “Haulin’ Ass” DVD from the website.

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Western States 100 Movie Showing Benefits Manitou Incline

December 6th, 2011

Another endurance movie showing is coming to Colorado Springs and it benefits the Incline Friends. The new documentary “Unbreakable: The Western States 100,” is showing at Stargazers Theatre on December 7th at 7 PM. Doors open at 6 p.m. and top ultra runners Anton Krupicka, Geoff Roes and Anita Ortiz will be there.

The film by Journeyfilm’s JB Benna follows the footsteps of four extraordinary athletes, including Krupicka and Roes of Boulder, as they prepare for the 2010 race and the daunting challenge of running 100 miles across the Sierra Nevada, some of the most rugged country in the western United States. On race day you’ll join the runners shoulder-to-shoulder as they push their limits above timberline, and then risk life and limb on hell-bent descents.

This is a must see for anyone who dreams of striding across the sky to greet the sunrise.

The evening will be topped with a question and answer discussion with Krupicka, Roes and Ortiz, some of the top ultra runners in the world. Roes won the Western States 100 in 2010, while Ortiz claimed the women’s title in 2009. Krupicka, who attended Colorado College, is a two-time winner of the Leadville 100.

Tickets cost $10 and will be available at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St.; Colorado Running Company, 833 N. Tejon St., and 9275 N. Union Blvd, Ste. 120; and Carmichael Training Systems, 600 S. 21st St., No. 100. Tickets will also be available for $10 the day of the show, but it’s wise to purchase them early. Tickets are also available online for $11 at imATHLETE.com.

The event is a fundraiser for Incline Friends, the organization created to help implement the Manitou Incline Site Development and Management Plan and open the Incline to the public. Although it still isn’t legal to hike the Manitou Incline, the Incline Friends are working to educate users, build relationships with other groups and residents who use and live near the Incline, and organize volunteer work days.

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$50 for Outdoors Costs Nothing with REI & Facebook

December 21st, 2010

REI and Facebook Deals

REI is giving away $100k to outdoor non-profits. They have a list of groups they’re donating to. Our local group is Trails and Open Space Coalition.

Customers determine how much each group gets. For every person that checks in to a REI store that has a local non-profit it is supporting, that outdoor group gets $50 (originally i was $1. The updated info is here). Only one check-in is counted for each person. If your local REI store is on the list and you have a smart phone, go make sure they get their share of the money.

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Section 16 Vote Tomorrow

September 27th, 2010

Manitou Section 16 from White Acres

Manitou Section 16 is a popular hiking and mountain biking area adjoining Red Rock Canyon and White Acres at the edge of Colorado Springs. It provides access to the Pike National Forest and the Paul Intemann Trail. It has been leased since 1972 from the Colorado State Land Board for public recreation. The current lease is up the end of the year.

Both El Paso county and Colorado Springs have tried buying it from the State Land Board. A new law solved one of the issues with buying it. The remaining issue has been the price. Appraisals have come in between $2.8 million and $8.9 million.

Now the State Land Board has proposed to sell Section 16 for $3.8 million. A 99 year agreement to not develop mineral rights will cost an addition $321,000. Including a $1 million dollar grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, the city has received grant funds and pledges of $1,253,500. The rest would come from the TOPS Program.

More information on the proposal can be found here . The State Land Board is to consider the sale to Colorado Springs at an October 8th public meeting in Pueblo.

The Colorado Springs council has a resolution authorizing the Parks Department to enter into a purchase agreement for the Section 16 on the agenda for tomorrow afternoon. The Council meeting will be in the Colorado Springs City Hall at 107 N. Nevada Avenue beginning at 1:00 P.M. Section 16 is the last item on the agenda.

If you can’t make it to the council metting, contact the Council members before the meeting and let them know that Section 16 is important for outdoor recreation and the views from the city. I can never remember which district I’m in but the council district map is here. I don’t think it hurts though to contact all of them.

Colorado Springs City Council Emails

Lionel Rivera, Mayor

Larry Small, Vice Mayor

Scott Hente, Councilmember District 1

Darryl Glenn, Councilmember District 2

Sean Paige, Councilmember District 3

Bernie Herpin Jr., Councilmember District 4

Tom Gallagher, Councilmember At-Large

Randy Purvis, Councilmember At-Large

Jan Martin, Councilmember At-Large

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The Ultimate Triathlon

July 9th, 2010

If you love extreme adventures, you’re going to love this guy.  Charlie Wittmack is an adventurer from Des Moines, Iowa, who left last week on a world triathlon.  Wittmack’s tri will take him 12,000 miles over 13 countries.  Starting in the icy waters of the River Thames in England and ending with a climb to the summit of Mount Everest, Wittmack will swim, bike and climb.  

The numbers are astounding – he will swim 275 miles, bike 9,000 miles from France to India, and climb or run 950 miles over 11 months, ending with a short jaunt up the flank of Mount Everest.  Wittmack is a world-class climber who has climbed Everest before, trekked across East Africa, sailed the Indian Ocean in a handmade boat, and ridden 5,100 miles on a bike across the U.S., but he’s not just doing this for the thrills.  He is also working to draw attention to global health issues, including an initiative on safe child-bearing in Nepal, and to develop an innovative educational curriculum. 

To follow Wittmack’s world triathlon attempt, go to his site at theworldtri.com

- Deb Acord

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2010 Leadville 100 Registration Open

December 21st, 2009
2007 Leadville 100 Start

The Leadville Trail 100 races are now accepting entries for 2010. New for this year there will only be online registration including the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. The 100 mile mountain bike race will cost you more in 2010 whether or not you get picked in the lottery.

That’s right, you’ll pay $15 just to enter the 100 mile mountain bike lottery. Also the entry fee is going up $25 to $275. I doubt that’ll keep them from getting record entries after so many people saw the Race Across the Sky movie. Hopefully I’ll make the lottery so I can line up and attempt to get my 6th finish.

As in the past, the 100 mile mountain bike entry deadline is January 31st but the deadline is 5 PM. The strategy of entering with a group that I mention in my post on the entry lottery won’t work this year since there are no longer group entries. The other events have deadlines close to race date if the race isn’t full.

New for this year will be a 12/24 hour race Labor Day weekend. There was talk of having it last year but it got postponed. It’s been a while since I’ve raced 24 hours solo so maybe if I’m fit I’ll give it a try.

Leadville Trail 100 2010 Schedule

- UltraRob

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