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The Pikes Peak Challenge in Colorado

fl-pikes-peakThe attorneys at Fuicelli & Lee, P.C., are one of the official sponsors for the Brain Injury Pikes Peak Challenge. For more than three decades, the Pikes Peak Challenge has been a flagship funding event for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. The BIAC offers resources for brain injury survivors, as well as their families and care providers. The Pikes Peak Challenge for 2016 takes place on September 10th, with all the funds raised supporting the BIAC. More than half a million individuals currently live with some level of brain injury in the state of Colorado, with about 1.7 million people sustaining brain injuries across the nation each year.

The leading cause of traumatic brain injuries are falls, followed by motor vehicle collisions, being struck by an object, assaults and “other.” Males are about 1.5 times as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury as females, and those groups at the highest risk of a TBI are 15-19 year-olds and infant to four-year-olds. Traumatic brain injuries can affect a person’s learning ability, emotions and behaviors, and can increase the likelihood of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

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There are four different challenges for those participating in this years’ Pikes Peak Challenge, including:

  • The Summit Hike is a 13-mile ascent to the summit of Pikes Peak, beginning at 5:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, September 10, at Memorial Park, Manitou Springs. The registration fee for the Summit Hike is $40, along with a minimum of $200 in donations, and transportation is provided from Memorial Park to the trailhead, then from the summit back down the mountain. The Summit Hike goes up to an elevation of 14,115 feet; once hikers reach the summit, an energy snack will accompany the outstanding views. Hikers must be at least 12 years old and in good physical condition. After being transported back down to Manitou Springs Memorial Park, lunch will be provided.
  • The Barr Camp Hike also begins at 5:00 a.m., at Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, and is a 13-mile round-trip hike on the Barr Trail. Hikers will go up the trail for seven miles to Barr Camp, have a snack and a drink, then descent to the trailhead. Once back at the Trailhead, hikers will receive transport to Manitou Springs Memorial Park where lunch will be provided. Registration fee is $40 plus a minimum of $200 in donations.
  • For those with less time, or those who are not able to hike the 13 miles of the Barr Camp Hike or the Summit Hike, the Manitou Walk is the perfect alternative. The Manitou Walk begins at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Park, Manitou Springs, and is approximately three miles long, meandering along Midland Trail. Those 16 years and older will pay a $40 registration fee and must have a minimum of $200 in donations. Those from 12 years old to 15 years old will pay a $20 registration fee, and have voluntary fundraising, while those under the age 12 will pay no registration fee (but must still officially register) and also have voluntary fundraising. Brain injury survivors will pay a $20 registration fee and will have voluntary fundraising. Once the Manitou Walk is completed, registrants will return to the park, where lunch will be provided.
  • Those who want to participate but don’t live nearby or cannot physically hike or walk can participate by becoming a Virtual Hiker, raising funds and awareness for the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado.

There are aid stations on the Pikes Peak Challenge Trail, located at No Name Creek, Barr Camp, the A-Frame, Two-miles to go, One-mile to go, and at the base of the Sixteen Golden Stairs. Those requiring medical assistance can see staff members at these locations. It is recommended that each hiker take at least two liters of water for the hike; bottles can be refilled at Barr Camp.

The money raised through the Pikes Peak Challenge helps fund adventure camps and recreation programs, conferences and workshops, individualized resource navigation and support and state-wide support groups for those with brain injuries as well as their family members and caretakers. Spectators are welcome at the Pikes Peak Challenge however transportation is only provided for participants. Participants will receive lunch, a t-shirt, a participation medal and transportation for their registration fee. Are you up for the challenge?

Join Fuicelli & Lee at the Pikes Peak Challenge

Brain Injury Alliance Pikes Peak ChallengeCome on out and join Fuicelli & Lee at the Pikes Peak Challenge or you can donate directly to our team. As always, if you are ever injured in an accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. Contact the law firm of Fuicelli & Lee, PC, for a free case evaluation. Call our office at 303-355-7202 or fill out our confidential contact form.

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