Aug 7, 2012 6:29 PM by Jordan Mason

Hill Climb Couple met at top of Pikes Peak

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is this Sunday. Practice is all week, and the annual tech inspection took place at the Pikes Peak International Raceway Tuesday afternoon.

And get a load of this story. Remember Savannah Rickli? A couple years ago, she became the youngest driver to race up Pikes Peak at age 16. But last year's race was even more special for her. She met a guy named Valentin Ivanitski at the finish line, the summit of Pikes Peak. They then started dating and he later proposed at the top of Pikes Peak and now they're married.

"I always say Pikes Peak is one of my favorite places in the world," said Savannah. "She's the most beautiful mountain and I still get emotional when I talk about the mountain and what it's done to my life. It brought me the greatest thing in my life."

The couple said they even planned to get married at the top of Pikes Peak, but because of the Waldo Canyon Fire this summer, they got married at the top of a mountain just outside Boulder.

Savannah and Valentin Ivanitski will each race separate cars up the mountain on Sunday morning.



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