Whoever picked the shutdown date clearly didn't think this one through. The PPA/PPM weekend is one of the biggest draws of the year to Manitou on top of the already local popularity. While I'm sure there is a schedule they are trying to adhere to, I think it will create large issues if they time the closing the day after the weekend of events. So many locals are already in a "panic" about getting their last runs in.
In response to:
I agree, although my mother and I would be part of that "clueless" group. She is coming from KS to watch me do the Ascent, and we originally planned to do the Incline on Monday. With the closure, that left Sunday as our only option even though we would prefer not to be in the way of runners. Closure a week later than planned would be great for us!