Megan Leatham Named Executive Director of The Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbThursday, Aug. 15 2013
Colorado Springs, August 15———— The Board of Directors of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has promoted Megan Leatham to the post of Executive Director of the nation’s second-oldest motor sports race behind the Indianapolis 500.
“The race has enjoyed phenomenal growth and recognition in the last three years, and Megan has been a driving force in the success and worldwide recognition for the event, “ said Tom Osborne, Chairman of the Board of the PPIHC and President & CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “I am proud of her professionalism and hard work on behalf of this event. She has been a key player in the thrilling growth and popularity of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.”
“She demonstrated unique skills in working with drivers, racers, crews, race officials, volunteers, sponsors, and the huge family of support needed to make this unique event the success that it was,” added Osborne. “It was an easy decision by our Board to give her the new title and responsibilities.”
This year’s 91st edition of the Race to the Clouds was the third for the 29-year-old Leatham, who previously served as the race’s director of operations and most recently as executive director for operations.
Her appointment as Executive Director makes her one of a handful of women running major motorsports events in the United States.
Leatham amazingly finds the time to be the Girls Basketball Coach at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs during the winter and general manager of Southern Colorado Basketball. She played NCAA Division III basketball at her alma mater, Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.
Leatham joined the Sports Corp and the Hill Climb in March, 2011, after working in the educational non-profit sector and as a Fellow with the USGA in Colorado Springs, undertaking the massive effort of preparing for the Hill Climb in less than 120 days.
This summer’s 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb may be the most successful of them all, with new speed records set right and left, media coverage from 20 nations and 162 drivers and racers from 15 countries participating.
A crowd estimated at 8,093 race fans, officials, accredited news media, driver and racer crews lined the course to watch the excitement. A total of 4,600 general admission tickets were sold for the day.
172 news media from 20 nations were accredited to cover the race, including publications like Car & Driver Magazine (1.3 million readers), Hot Rod Magazine (650,928), Road & Track Magazine (608,266), Automobile Magazine (575,993) Auto Week (305,000) and the French national daily sports paper L’equipe (311,480)
For the first time the event featured a worldwide live stream feature through Red Bull TV, and the site produced 899,593 live views of the stream on the web. There were also 163,317 live views of the race on the Red Bull TV App and 44,173 unique visitors on the App.
The PPIHC website alone attracted 250,000 page views and the Timing and Scoring live website attracted 16 million views between Saturday and Monday. The Pikes Peak Facebook page friends count rose to 51,000 race fans over the weekend.