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Surviving Heart of the Storm, and Aiming for the Peak

Surviving Heart of the Storm, and Aiming for the Peak

Christy Carlson, a 31-year-old native of Nebraska, is a meteorologist at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha and has spent parts of the last 10 years storm chasing when time and weather conditions permit. The 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which begins at 9,390 feet, marks her first challenge to the 14,110-foot finish line in a $15,000 car she built and paid for herself. It is a new type of race for Carlson, who once lost a different one by unintentionally intercepting a tornado in a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier when she was 23.