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General Registration Opens for Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon

Registration for the 57th running of America’s Ultimate Challenge® – the Pike’s Peak Ascent and Marathon – opened this morning.  At the time of this post, general registration for the Ascent, which covers over 7,815 vertical feet, is still open.  The first marathon field, however, filled in less than three and a half hours.  The second marathon field filled in a little over an hour.

While there are still entries available via the TCR (Triple Crown of Running) Series Registration, the Pikes Peak Ascent caps its field at 1,800 runners and the Pikes Peak Marathon caps its field at 800 runners.  Both races require specific time and race qualifications that can be found on their registration site.

For those still interested in running one of the Pikes Peak races, don’t delay, as even the entries available via the TCR Series Registration will fill quickly.  For those already registered, check out last year’s top finishing times below.

2011 Pikes Peak Ascent Top Finishers

Men’s Race

Mario Macias, 29, Alamosa, CO, 2:08:57
Tommy Manning, 35, Colorado Springs, CO, 2:15:43
Simon Gutierrez, 45, Colorado Springs, CO, 2:18:15
Jason C Delaney, 31, Golden, CO, 2:20:03
Josh Eberly, 30, Gunnison, CO, 2:22:26

Women’s Race

Kim S Dobson, 27, Aurora, CO,  2:34:07
Cynthia L Arnold, 27, Glenwood Springs, CO, 2:48:21
Lisa M Goldsmith, 46, Nederland, CO, 2:50:55
Evelyn A Dong, 26, Park City, UT, 2:51:41
Katherine E Koski, 38, Duluth, MN, 2:54:25

Pikes Peak Marathon, which takes place the same weekend as the Ascent on August 18-19, started in 1956 as a challenge between smokers and non-smokers, and is #3 on the list of longest running US marathons behind Boston and Yonkers.

Photo courtesy of Tim Bergsten,

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