Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon

 
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This race is often called America’s ultimate challenge and with good reason. Sure the race starts out like any other race. But your first left turn has you changing direction to go straight up.  During the first 10 miles you will gain about 5,000 vertical feet.  Over the next 3 miles you will gain another 2,000 feet.  These runners will be running where trees can’t even grow due to the lack of oxygen.  The race ultimately is 13.32 miles to the summit with a gain in elevation of 7,615 feet. Then for the deluxe tour, runners must turn around and run back down the mountain. With blood filled blisters and lack of oxygen the runners must carefully make their way down, avoiding protruding rocks and roots that could easily send one sprawling to the ground to be mangled. Keep in mind that by that time, the temperature has risen around 30 degrees from the start of the race.  Do you have what it takes to run Americas Ultimate Challenge?
Pikes Peak Ascent: Aug 18th 7:00AM
To qualify, you must be a Peak Veteran who has completed the Pikes Peak Ascent, Pikes Peak Marathon or Barr Trail Mountain Race in under the cutoff in the past 3 years; have completed a half-marathon in under 2:25:00 or a marathon in under 6:00:00 or a 50K under 2x the winners time in the past 2 years; or have DNF’ed the PPA or PPM in 2017. Your qualifying time will be used to determine your starting wave. For More information:   http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/Registration.shtmlPikes Peak Marathon: Aug 19th 7:00AM
To qualify, you must be a Peak Veteran who has completed the Pikes Peak Ascent in under 6:15:00 or completed the Pikes Peak Marathon or Barr Trail Mountain Race in under the cutoff in the past 3 years; have completed a marathon in under 6:00:00 or a 50K under 2x the winners time in the past 2 years; or have DNF’ed the PPM in 2017. Your qualifying time will be used to determine your starting wave.  For More information:   http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/Registration.shtml