Sep 10, 2011 6:44 PM by James H Egbert

Hikers challenge Pikes Peak to fund brain injury research

The 2011 Pikes Peak Challenge got underway this morning with mostly clear skies and moderate temperatures giving the hikers a good day to challenge the peak. The accent is a 13 mile hike up Barr Trail and every grueling step is a positive thing for hikers with brain injuries..

The Pikes Peak Challenge is sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and this is the 26th annual event. It attracts people from all over the United States and Canada too. As of the conclusion of last year's event, 420 hikers have signed their names in the register to climb the peak.

The hike starts before sunrise at 5 a.m. at the base of Barr Trail in Manitou Springs, with aid stations along the way, including one every mile for the last three. Some hikers have difficulties as they near the summit. There are medical teams available for emergencies, including oxygen tanks, if needed.

El Paso County Search and Rescue also remains on standby to evacuate any hiker in trouble during the hike. The Pikes Peak Challenge is a fundraiser for the alliance as well as programs for Think First, a nonprofit organization for survivors of brain injuries.



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