The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb became the latest Colorado event to see its schedule altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with the auto race postponed until Aug. 30.
The 98th running of the race, originally scheduled for June 28, was moved ahead by its board of directors in an announcement Thursday.
“With a full recognition and understanding related to the current coronavirus situation, our Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Race to the Clouds until August 30,” PPIHC Chairman of the Board Tom Osborne said in a news release. “As all Americans understand in these challenging times, there are numerous factors that may influence the decision to postpone, cancel, or reschedule major sports events, domestically and internationally – including the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The safety of our competitors, fans, volunteers and partners is our major concern as we move forward.”
The annual fan fest, which typically brings more than 30,000 to downtown Colorado Springs, will also be moved to Friday, Aug. 28.
“Our Pikes Peak International Hill Climb family is important to us, and we believe this is the best option today. We feel confident that race teams, competitors and their crews, along with our loyal fans will support this change. We know this race is iconic and tremendously important to the auto racing world and our community, but the safety and health of everyone involved is our top priority,” Megan Leatham, Executive Director, said in a news release.
A complete revised schedule will be released and posted at ppihc.org. For race news updates via email, contact email@example.com.
Source:: The Denver Post – Sports