FAQWednesday, Jun. 17 2015
2016 PPIHC FAQs
WARNING: The PPIHC is a dangerous race and all spectators must attend at their own risk. Spectator viewing areas do not insure safety.
I HEREBY ASSUME ALL OF THE RISKS OF ATTENDING ANY/ALL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS EVENT, including by way of example and not limitation, any risks that may arise from negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities being released. Releasees include, but are not limited to, Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb Educational Museum, its subsidiaries, affiliates, event participants, sponsors, sanctioning bodies, and any of their employees, agents, officers, volunteers, directors, and others affiliated with the event.
Question: Where can I watch the race?
Answer: Spectators will only be allowed to view the race from designated spectator viewing areas along the course: Devil’s Playground, Cove Creek, Glen Cove, Ski Area, Halfway Picnic Grounds, 9 Mile, and the Start line area. Spectators found outside of these areas are subject to trespassing tickets.
Question: Who needs a ticket?
Answer: Anyone who is 10 years of age and over needs to purchase a race ticket. Tickets can be purchased online and the Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Gateway (race week). If camping, each individual must purchase a race day ticket. A camping permit is required for each vehicle. Spectators are not guaranteed a parking spot if specific locations are full.
Question: When are the practice and qualifying days and times?
Answer: Practice dates are June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2016. To attend practice you must purchase a ticket for each specific practice day. All spectators must sign a liability waiver before attending practice sessions. Gates open at 4:00 am. Gates close at 4:45 am. No Exceptions. The Start Line closes to uphill traffic at 4:45 am. (For those who wish to view practice from above the Start Line area, it is recommended to arrive at 4:00 am. The Start Line is about 6 miles up Pikes Peak Highway from the Gateway).
All spectators must watch the race from designated areas along the course (Start Line, Glen Cove, Devil’s Playground). No spectators will be allowed to move up and down the course once practice has started. Spectators found outside of these areas are subject to trespassing tickets.
Question: When does the race start and how much is a ticket?
Answer: The race starts at 8:00 am on June 26th, however you will need to plan to arrive much earlier than that. The road opens at 3:00 am and no vehicles will be allowed past the Start Line after 7:00 am on Race Day. **Parking is limited on Pikes Peak and is served on a first come, first serve basis. There is no guaranteed parking and lots fill quickly.
Once you are on the mountain, unless you park below the Start Line, you will not be able to leave the mountain until the race is completed. Depending on how the race progresses (no crashes, etc.) this can be anytime from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm or later. An official will release your parking area. Use a low gear on your descent. Hot brakes fail!
General Admission ticket prices vary based on the total number of attendees in a vehicle. There must be a functioning seatbelt for every attendee accompanied with the vehicle. Tickets purchased before Race Day (June 26, 2016) and online are discounted $10 apiece from their Race Day prices. Please see the cost breakdown below.
|Vehicle Packs||Online/Pre-Race Ticket Price||Race Day Gateway Ticket Purchases|
|Single Ticket||$60 ($60/ticket)||$70 ($70/ticket)|
|Family 2 Pack||$100 ($50/ticket)||$120 ($60/ticket)|
|Family 3 Pack||$135 ($45/ticket)||$165 ($55/ticket)|
|Family 4 Pack||$160 ($40/ticket)||$200 ($50/ticket)|
|Family 5 Pack||$175 ($35/ticket)||$225 ($45/ticket)|
|Family 6 Pack||$180 ($30/ticket)||$240 ($40/ticket)|
|Single Motorcycle Ticket||$30 ($30/ticket)||$40 ($40/ticket)|
|Double Motorcycle Ticket||$50 ($25/ticket)||$70 ($35/ticket)|
Question: Where can I purchase Camping Passes and Practice Day tickets?
Answer: Camping Passes can be purchased online prior to Saturday, June 25th and then any remaining will be sold on Saturday, June 25th from noon-6:00pm at the Gateway of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain (if available). Practice Day Tickets can be purchased online and will also be available for purchase on June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th from 4:00 a.m to 5:00 a.m at the Gateway to Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain
Question: How can I hear what is happening on the course?
Answer: Bring an AM radio and tune your radio to KRDO 1240AM for the live radio broadcast.
Question: Can I bring my motor home?
Answer: Motor homes will be allowed through the Gateway on race day. The maximum length for motor homes and trailers is 24 ft. (19’ wheel base maximum). No trailers are allowed on race day- Trailers allowed for overnight camping with permit only on Saturday the 25th of June.
Question: What should we wear?
Answer: Expect the unexpected on Pikes Peak. A typical June day can start out very sunny and warm only to turn intensely cold with snow or rain. The best advice is to dress in layers. Remember the higher up you go on the mountain the cooler the air will be and the more wind you will encounter. If there is lightning or hail, take shelter in your vehicle.
Question: Can we camp on the mountain?
Answer: Camping is allowed on the mountain, one night only, Saturday, June 25, 2016. However, there are only 250 camp sites available at the cost of $150.00 per car load, on a first-come first-serve basis. There are also numerous camping opportunities at local National Forest campgrounds, Mueller State Park and in private campgrounds.
Camping permits are available online. Each individual camper must purchase a race ticket.
Question: Can we cook on the mountain?
Answer: The short answer is yes, provided you use the right equipment. Gas or propane stoves with shutoff valves are permitted. Self-contained charcoal grills are strictly prohibited; as are fireworks, open fires and firearms. This race is held on National Forest property. We do not make the rules but are obligated to follow them. Any violation will result in disciplinary action ranging from being forced to vacate the mountain to arrest and prosecution. Also, remember to dispose of trash properly – pack it in, pack it out.
Question: Where is the best viewing area?
Answer: It depends on what your tolerance level is. If you don’t mind extreme wind and cold, Devil’s Playground provides great views above tree line. Cove Creek is the highest spot below tree line; Glen Cove is also a popular spot below tree line. The Ski Area has ample parking but a limited viewing area. Halfway Picnic Grounds give plenty of room for the drivers to exceed 100 mph. Wherever you decide to view the race, remember to avoid fragile vegetation and restoration areas. Also, digging trenches, constructing lean-tos and rock climbing is illegal and violators will be prosecuted.
Question: What is altitude sickness?
Answer: Remember the race starts at 9,300 feet above sea level and finishes at 14,115 feet. Signs of altitude sickness include dizziness, nausea and fainting. Drink plenty of water. Use caution when consuming alcohol. If a first aid station determines that alcohol caused your illness and that you need to be transported down the mountain, it will be at your expense.
Question: When is Pikes Peak- America’s Mountain open to the public?
Answer: During race week (excluding race day), the mountain opens at 9:00am for the general public. Each person will need to pay a tollgate fee. Tourist information regarding Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain can be found here.
Question: Where is ticket will call and what are the hours?
Answer: Tickets can be picked up at the Gateway to the Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain on Saturday June 25th from Noon – 6:00pm and on Sunday June 26th from 3:00 am – 10:00 am. You will not need to physically pick up any purchased tickets prior to race day but you will be “checked in” to access the race. Please bring your ID on race day and the Gateway workers will have you in our system.
Question: Will the race be on TV?
Answer: The race will not be on any live TV; however, you can tap into our post race interviews, full runs on competitors who finish, and three still cameras which are positioned at various spots along the course. This can be found on PPIHC.com.
Question: Can I film the race with a drone?
Answer: Drone usage at the PPIHC Event and/or ancillary events is prohibited unless previously approved by PPIHC’s Executive Director and PPIHC’s Race Director. Anyone using a Drone without written consent will be subject to penalty.
Question: How will I be released from my parking area after the race, if I am parked above the Start Line?
Answer: At the completion of the race, spectators will be allowed to stand outside of the fences (but behind the white lines of the road) for the Parade of Champions. Once the competitors have descended from the summit, spectators will be released from the top of the mountain to the bottom. Those who view the race from Devil’s Playground will be released first, with 9-mile to be released last. Traffic is two-lane downhill (post-race) until instructed to merge at Grow Gulch (below the Start Line).
Question: Can I hike up to the Summit of Pikes Peak on Race Day?
Answer: Trail #753 from Devils Playground to the summit of Pikes Peak, will be temporarily closed at Devil’s Playground on Sunday, June 26th. The temporary closure is necessary for public safety reasons during the 94th Running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The temporary trail closure will be in effect on Sunday, June 26, 2016 only. Barr Trail #620 will be open to the summit of Pikes Peak and hikers will have access to the Summit House; however, access to the summit west of the Summit House will be restricted to only PPIHC credentialed personnel. Please contact the Pikes Peak Ranger District Office (719-636-1602) for more information.
Question: How do I get to Pikes Peak?
Answer: Pikes Peak is just a few short miles west of Colorado Springs, and only about an hour’s drive south of Denver. The Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Gateway is located at 5089 Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, CO 80809. The Main PPIHC Pit Area and Start Line is just over 7 miles (11.27 km.) past the Gateway and is located HERE.
Getting there from Hotel Eleganté:
- Exit the Hotel Eleganté parking lot and head West on South Circle Drive. Merge onto I-25 North via the ramp to Denver and continue for approximately 3.3 miles. Take Exit #141 for US-24/West Cimarron St. and continue West on US 24 for about 9.5 miles. Turn left onto Fountain Avenue and continue for approximately 0.3 miles where you will then take a slight left to continue onto Pikes Peak Highway.
Getting there from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS):
- Exit the Airport on Milton Proby Parkway/Drennan Road. After approximately 4 miles, turn left on SE Academy Blvd/CO-83. In approximately 1.8 miles, merge onto I-25 North and continue for approximately 5.7 miles. Take Exit #141 for US-24/West Cimarron St. and continue West on US 24 for about 9.5 miles. Turn left onto Fountain Avenue and continue for approximately 0.3 miles where you will then take a slight left to continue onto Pikes Peak Highway.
Getting there from Denver International Airport (DIA):
- Exit the airport on Pena Blvd. Take E-470 South (toll road) for about 34 miles. Then exit onto I-25 Southbound to Colorado Springs. In approximately 55 miles, take Exit #141 for US-24/West Cimarron St. Continue West on US 24 for about 9.5 miles. Turn left onto Fountain Avenue and continue for approximately 0.3 miles where you will then take a slight left to continue onto Pikes Peak Highway.