Aug 15, 2013 8:24 PM by Bill Folsom
The start gun will go off this weekend in Manitou Springs for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Organizers are busy getting ready for the race, but just days ago there were questions about proceeding because of the flooding last week. After the flashflood disaster last weekend, they took a wait and see approach to decide if it was possible and appropriate to continue with the event.
"Let the city recover and figure out what they're doing and see how they cleanup," said Race Director, Ron Ilgen.
Events associated with the race have been modified to minimize impact on city workers. "They have enough going on," said Ilgen. There will not be the usual big tent set up at Memorial Park because it is a muddy mess after the flood. Instead things like race registration, speakers, and the prerace dinner move to the large event room behind Manitou Springs City Hall. It is where the same things happened years ago when the race was smaller. "It's kind of a retro way. The way we used to do it," said Ilgen.
The course stays the same. The trail to the top of Pikes Peak does show some erosion after the heavy rain, but overall Ilgen says, "The course is in good shape."
This year close 2,600 racers have registered for one or both of the races. Some entrants have come from as far away as Great Britain, Spain, and Japan.