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Near Woodland Park in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Race to the Clouds

ó The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb rich with racing tradition ó

 
 
Race to the Clouds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
1. Race to the Clouds Marker
Inscription.  Can you imagine racing up a mountain that has 1,000 foot drop-offs? Thatís exactly what daring drivers have been doing since 1916. That was the year mining magnate Spencer Penrose announced the first Pikes Peak National Hill Climbing Contest to publicize his new mountain auto highway. The first sinner, Rea Lentz, sped to the summit in 20 minutes and 55.6 seconds. The Hill Climb is the second oldest race in the United States behind only the Indianapolis 500. Many of the races champions have come from the Unser family. Louis Unser, the “Old Man of the Mountain,” raced in 36 Hill Climbs. His last race was at the ripe age of 71. Bobby Unser claims the most victories with 13 Hill Climb records. In all, eleven Unsers from three generations have challenged Pikes Peak. All drivers race against the clock over the treacherous 12 ½ mile course. They may face rain, fog or snow between the starting line at 9,390 feet in elevation and the checkered flag at the 14,110-foot summit. Drivers must also maneuver around 156 turns. Today, the fastest racers zip up the mountain in about ten minutes. Thatís approximately 25 minutes faster than
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the average traveler. Think about drivers racing 120 miles per hour as you enjoy your leisurely trip up the peak!
 
Erected by City of Colorado Springs.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
 
Location. 38° 52.534′ N, 105° 4.384′ W. Marker is near Woodland Park, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker can be reached from Pike's Peak Toll Road. Marker is located at Glen Cove Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodland Park CO 80863, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. From Carriages to Corvettes (here, next to this marker); Amazing Pikes Peak Feats (here, next to this marker); Donít kill them with kindness (here, next to this marker); Black (and sometimes brown) Bear (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tricky Affairs (approx. 1.9 miles away); Elk Country (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Look From The Top (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pike's Peak (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodland Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 8, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 786 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 8, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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