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“I’m not nuts”, Man hopes to break record pushing peanut up Pikes Peak

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO)-- 93 years ago, a man supposedly pushed a peanut up Pikes Peak, with his nose. It's happened a few times since, but never in the 21st century.

Now, decades later, Bob Salem of Colorado Springs is attempting to do it, and hopefully in record time. And this time, it's to raise money for charity.

"With a good spoon, I won't have a problem," he laughs.

In honor of Manitou Springs' 150-year celebration of city life, Salem will try to reinvent one of the city's most unique moments.

On Saturday, Salem will attempt to make peanut-pushing history, hoping to finish no later than Sunday, July 17.

Salem insists he's not nuts!

"I don't think I'm nuts, no. I think I'm eccentrically challenged."

Salem is just cracking his way into an odd and exclusive club: The Pikes Peak peanut pusher club.

"I like the weird and the strange. I love local stuff," he says.

To be the fastest, Salem needs his nut to reach the summit in under eight days.

That's chump change for a guy who expects to finish in three, with a doctored-up CPAP mask tied to his face.

It seems impossible, but Salem says he'll have his wife and children hiking the Barr Trail with him. He'll also have good snacks.

"Peanuts will obviously be one of my snacks."

As he pushes his peanut to the peak, Salem wants people to donate to the charity 'Together and Home at Last,' a 501c charity in his honor.

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