Monday, July 20, 2009

High Altitude Happy Hour - Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Want to stay and play in Manitou Springs? The summer rains have left the mountains verdant, lush and inviting---a perfect setting for the upcoming High Altitude Happy Hour on Friday, August 28. A fundraiser for the Manitou Springs Economic Council, the event offers a combination of socializing, noshing and sightseeing, starting at the Cog Railway Depot and ending after a spectacular train ride to the summit of Pikes Peak.

“The event will begin with a reception hour at 4:15 in the Cog Railway Depot, and then will proceed to the train at 4:45,” says Kitty Clemens, Director of the Economic Development Council. “For $50 per person, guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from the new Red Mountain Bar and Grill at the Cliff House, and wine tastings from D’Vine Wines of Manitou Springs.” Guests will also receive a special behind the scenes presentation from Cog Railway general manager, Spencer Wren. The train will arrive back at the Depot at 7:50 p.m. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the train ride up. For train schedule information go to:

The Colorado Springs Business Journal has come on board as a sponsor of the event, and will offer a special subscription rate to attendees of 1 year for $89. The offer includes a $10 Starbucks gift card, the CSBJ special report, “New Marketing” ($29.99 value), the Book of Leads and the CSBJ how-to-guide.

After the Happy Hour, participants are encouraged to extend their stay in Manitou Springs by dining to live music at the Red Mountain Bar and Grill at the historic Cliff House Hotel. This new addition to the Cliff House Hotel includes a fun new feature, the outdoor fire pit. A relaxed atmosphere and casual dining menu is offered. Reservations are not required.

Advanced reservations for the special Cog train ride are required (call 685-9741) and because this event is a fundraiser, all tickets purchased may be taken as a tax deduction. Why not reward yourself with a relaxing evening of socializing and taking in the view from the Cog train?”

Friday, July 17, 2009

Pikes Peak Race Internation Hill Climb - Manitou Springs

Today racers prepare for the 87th Annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb - the Race to the Clouds!

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race first competition was in 1916.

In 2009, the race will take place on Sunday, July 19 with race related events all week long. Fan Fest, on Friday, July 17 in downtown Colorado Springs, will feature motorcycle jumpers, two beer gardens, a chili cook-off, live bands and the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and is expected to draw over 35,000 spectators.

The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain; Pikes Peak! As the drivers climb toward the summit, the thin air slows reflexes and saps muscle strength. The thin air also robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. Competitors and vehicles must be in top shape simply to finish...let alone win!

Manitou Springs sits at the base of Pikes Peak and shares the beautiful mountain side on the eastern side of the race course. Come enjoy the fun!