COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain has created a new prize for drivers in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). The Competitor Challenge provides a platform for PPIHC riders, drivers, fans, sponsors and organizers to give back to the mountain by contributing to fundraising efforts for the new, sustainable and state-of-the-art Pikes Peak Summit Complex, which will open in the fall of 2020.
Drivers have until June 30 to raise funds in this online challenge, and the driver who raises the most money will win a crystal trophy and a spot on the donor wall in the new Visitor Center atop Pikes Peak. Donald Wickstrum (@FastestPastor), a rookie from Monroe, Wis., is leading the challenge with $6,000 raised as of Wednesday (June 26). The driver challenge officially ends June 30, and the winner will be announced on July 1. Fans are encouraged to support their favorite competitor by visiting https://donate.givetopikespeak.org/competitorchallenge.
“From those who race to the clouds each year in the Hill Climb to the millions who have stood atop the summit, Pikes Peak holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many, and we hope its admirers will support us in this journey to preserve and protect the mountain we all love,” said Jack Glavan, manager of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.
A $60 million capital improvement project, the new Summit Complex is co-funded by Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise of the City of Colorado Springs, and private donations. No tax money is being used. Those who would like to donate outside of the driver challenge can do so at www.givetopikespeak.org or by emailing email@example.com for additional information on how to contribute.
The Visitor Center will deliver a vastly upgraded visitor experience to better accommodate the record number of visitors who enjoy Pikes Peak each year. It will replace the Summit House, which was built in 1963, and upgrades include an interactive, interpretive education area focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak, an improved kitchen, and expanded dining facilities and retail space.