This story has been archived from the Thursday, August 21, 2008 Pikes Peak Bulletin
Aftermath of Marathon a headache for some
By Elizabeth Nguyen
Runners racing in the Pikes Peak Marathon had little else on their minds to worry about other than crossing the finish line Sunday morning. It was not the same for the owners of the Dutch Kitchen.
The Dutch Kitchen sign that has been up for more than 40 years will be replaced in about a month.
The owners of the Dutch Kitchen had a rude awakening early Sunday morning when Manitou police called and informed them that trucks preparing for the marathon had broken the restaurants sign.
The marathon has always been a headache for us, said Mike Flynn, one of the owners of the Dutch Kitchen. The finish line is right here and people dont realize how it affects businesses.
Cleaning up after the marathon has not always been easy, he said. The runners often leave without a second thought while he has to clean up vomit left over from the marathoners.
Its just not all roses, Flynn said, referring to the broken sign.
Especially for us.
He said hes concerned that the restaurants broken sign will hurt his business.
The only way (hikers that go up Ruxton Avenue) know were here is the sign, he said. People cant even see were up here (without it).
Those worried about the new sign being unfamiliar shouldnt have much to fear.
Were going to keep it the same, Flynn said. Were getting a couple of new panels made and well have to straighten the base.
For the last nine or ten years, the Dutch Kitchen has been closed on the day of the marathon, Deborah Flynn said. Its hard for them to do business during the event because the marathon organizers block off the street until 5 p.m.
Its gotten so big, its gotten out of control, she said.
She said its going to be trouble for the Dutch Kitchen until the new sign goes up.
They say it will take four weeks to get the new sign, Deborah Flynn said. At least the busy part of summer is pretty much over. Its amazing it took 40 years for that to happen.
In the meantime, the restaurant will be getting temporary panels for the sign, she said.
Renate Walker, who works for Tubbys Turnaround on Manitou Avenue, was working Sunday morning when the sign broke.
I was sitting outside smoking a cigarette and having a cup of coffee, Walker said. It was early, early in the morning.
A Penske truck, rented by the marathon organizers, backed up the wrong way down Manitou Avenue and broke the sign, she said.
The truck had been watching the curb and not the sign, said Walker. She said she tried to let them know they were too close, but they didnt see her.
I tried to let them know. She said. The truck wasnt being careful. They werent seeing what they were doing.
They did a pretty good job hitting it, Walker said. Its crashed.
She said that she understood that breaking the sign was an accident, but the people in the truck should have cleaned it up.
What I didnt understand was why they wouldnt pick it up, Walker said. They were pretty big pieces. Instead they were kicking it to the side of the street.
Mike Flynn said the organizers of the Pikes Peak Marathon have been very cooperative with getting the sign fixed and said that the organizers insurance covered the damage and replacement of the sign.
Unfortunately, I had to deal with the aftermath, he said.
After everyones gone home, Im left with having to clean up.
Ron Ilgen, racing director for the Pikes Peak Marathon, said he was not aware that the movers his company hired broke the sign. If they did break the sign, the movers were liable, he said.
Well make it right, Ilgen said, adding that Pikes Peak Marathon will pay to get the sign fixed. Regardless of whose fault it is, well make it right.