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Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center: Almost to the Top
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It's been a long time coming, and we're nearly there. The new Pikes Peak visitor center has been under way since 2018 and we are excited to announce that it will be opening in late May of this year, construction and weather permitting. The completion of this edifice comes with a lot to look forward to.
The structure is 38,000 square feet in total. It includes the north overlook, many educational displays, and exciting experiences for visitors to enjoy the beauty of Pikes Peak in a whole new way.
Although we are excited for you and your loved ones to experience Pikes Peak's newest feature, the time hasn't come yet. The summit will be closed until May 23rd, which is when construction on the visitor center is scheduled for completion. Meanwhile, you'll have to make do with the other beauties America's Mountain has to offer, such as these:
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In 1972 Peter Strudwick did the Ascent in 4:20:29 and the Marathon in 7:02:28. What is so incredible about that you ask? Well, soon after his mother had caught rubella, commonly called German measles, Peter was born with legs that ended in stumps just past the ankles, a left arm that had only one thumb and a finger, and a right arm ending at the wrist.
When Zebulon Pike tried to ascend the mountain that would later be named after him he was turned back by the harsh weather. Many claim he said that no one would ever reach its summit. However, it is generally accepted that he meant on that day, under those conditions. The snow was waist deep and his men were not dressed for it and were out of food.
“Militant tobacco-hating physician” Dr. Arne Suominen from Delray Beach FL, became the founder of the modern day Pikes Peak races when he wrote a letter to the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce in 1956 and challenged cigarette smokers to race him up and down Pikes Peak. 1956 Results