The 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is in danger of being postponed or cancelled altogether as wildfires close in on Colorado Springs. The Waldo Canyon fire, which began several days ago and is ravaging the mountains just west of the city, has already burned more than 15,000 acres and is only five percent contained. Unusually hot weather, a lack of rain and persistent winds have made the blaze difficult to control, and more more than 32,000 residents have been ordered to evacuate. Highway 24, the road leading up to the base of Pikes Peak, is currently closed.

"We are cautiously optimistic concerning the running of the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8 after an informative and thorough meeting this morning with Mayor Steve Bach and officials from the City of Colorado Springs," said Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, in a statement released by the event yesterday. "We are in consistent touch with these officials, and monitoring the constantly developing situation related to the wildfires."

Autoblog spoke with Mike Moran, senior media consultant for the PPIHC, about the current status of the event today, and he is still uncertain what will happen. "This is now under the control of the federal government and other agencies," he told us. "We met yesterday with the mayor and came away optimistic, but we don't know what nature is going to bring here. The authorities are well aware of the hill climb and the resources needed to support it, but the first thing in our mind is safety."

Moran says organizers will let race fans and participants know about the status of the hill climb as soon as they can.

"We'll know in plenty of time to let everyone know, and we're getting to that point. I expect in the next 24-48 hours we will know something."
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Statement from the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation Regarding the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

June 26, 2012

From: President & CEO Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

"We are cautiously optimistic concerning the running of the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on July 8 after an informative and thorough meeting this morning with Mayor Steve Bach and officials from the City of Colorado Springs. We are in consistent touch with these officials, and monitoring the constantly-developing situation related to the wildfires."
"We are grateful for the support of the City and for the efforts of the agencies involved in protecting our community from the fire. Our constant thoughts are with the hundreds of men and women who are in the air and on the ground giving us their best, and with our residents and neighbors."

"In the meantime, our systems for the staging of the race and the ancillary events connected to it are fully operative."


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      Ryan Barnes
      • 2 Years Ago
      These statements were made prior to the firestorm that caused the evacuation of 32,000 people - today many more communities are being evacuated. I would be utterly shocked if the race went on, there's no way.
      cmcilroy35
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in Denver and it is hot, dry, and windy. Kinda sucks.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe god is punishing the ignorant folk in Co Springs... hmm... irony
        Carpinions
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        Uh, dude, there are fires all across the front range of Colorado, and into the canyons, from Durango, practically to Wyoming. I guess you think everyone in the entire western half of the state deserves burned down houses and barren forests?
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carpinions
          Not to mention all the wildfires that plague CA from time to time and burn tons of homes as well. Guess all those god-fearing Californians must be getting their payback as well right?
          MacProMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Carpinions
          nah, just think that God works in mysterious ways, maybe if they pray more their town won't burn down
        Shane Gardner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        What a prick.
          MacProMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shane Gardner
          nah, the ignorant conservatives hiding behind their fear and ignorance are the pricks, sorry you seem to be one of them... live in love not hate bro
        Sebastian Baba
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        We can all say that we've seen some moronic comments on Autoblog, but this one takes the cake.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        Maybe you're just a cowardly internet fool who hides behind his computer to say asinine things that'd get him punched if he said them in public.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          @ MacProMan: As a resident of Colorado Springs (and also of the polar opposite Boulder, CO for a time), I can tell you that you have no idea what you're talking about.
          MacProMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Snark
          nah, I just believe in equality and keeping religion out of politics unlike most of the folk in Co. Springs, sorry you are one of them it seems
        Wisdom Seeker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        Liberal coward.
        OnTheRocks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MacProMan
        We're obviously not hating gays and other sinners enough to satiate God's wrathful tendencies! lol Seriously though, I feel for the people of Colorado. We had a decent wildfire here in the UP of Mich a while back. A dry winter and above avg. temps blow.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, I like there this has gone...global climate change is fake...pray more?
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        My father has taught and studied earth sciences for the last 40 years of his life. Global climate change is occurring, but how much human contribution there is is entirely subjective. If you study the climate of the earth you will find that it has cycles where it plummets and times where it soars. Ice age anyone? The mainstream green movement to lower climate temperatures is total garbage in an attempt to sway public opinion for $$$. Why do you think they call it the green movement?
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zeus
          He has a PH.D and teaches at two major universities in the US, he is very well respected in his field and is hired for private consulting on this kind of thing by major clients. Thought I should mention that to differentiate the fact it's not a hobby for him but a profession.
          MacProMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Zeus
          so just because climate change may not be as dangerous as some believe, that means we should make no effort at being gentler with our resources and more mindful of pollution and byproducts? sounds foolish to me
        MacProMan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        haha
        OnTheRocks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        completely random, but are you on shoforum?
      chickawa1
      • 2 Years Ago
      "SMIRKY" REMARK FROM ONE OF THE IGNORANTS?
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somebody's racecar caught on fire while practicing lol. Prolly a 458.... Haha
      Ming At Es
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two words "CLIMATE CHANGE"!!!!
        Shane Gardner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ming At Es
        Because wild fires never existed before 'climate change'?
        Zeus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ming At Es
        Hahaha what a joke. Anyone who thinks that needs to purchase a geology text book on amazon immediately.
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope everyone is ok.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fires have been crazy the last week, all over AZ and UT. Friday I had ash falling down on me.
      you
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is postponed http://www.usacracing.com/ppihc/news_ppihc/5439.html
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      FBI is currently investigating the cause of the fire: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/28/displaced-colo-residents-wait-as-fire-rages/
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