The Pikes Peak Marathon is a race like no other! With a 7,800 foot vertical climb, the course takes runners from Manitou Springs, Colorado, along Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet, and back down for a total of 26.2 grueling mountain miles.
The course for the Marathon is unique and very physically demanding when compared to other marathons. Beginning in downtown Manitou Springs, the course proceeds along approximately 1.5 miles of road before joining into Pikes Peak’s Barr Trail. This is where the real adventure begins. With an average grade of 11%, the trail is often narrow, winding, or steep and may be gravel, rock or dirt with sharp turns and abrupt changes in elevation or direction. However, there are no exposed ledges, so there is little danger of falling off the trail!
It is also the race that still has a seemingly unbeatable men’s record, can anyone break it?
This year, Pikes Peak Marathon is both part of the GTWS and the brand new Golden Trail National Series USA-CANADA.
Registrations open on 01/03/2021 on the race’s website but if you meet the requirements below you could get a free race bib and possibly more.
INVITATION TO THE RACE FROM THE GTS
The GTS invites the top 10 men and women from the Golden Trail Championship 2020 to all the races part of the qualifying races of the GTWS under the condition that they pre-register at a minimum of 3 races in the GTWS 2021.
Additionally, the GTS will cover the athletes’ invitations below under the condition that they pre-register at a minimum of 3 races in the GTWS 2021:
– An athlete who finishes in the top 10 of one of the races is invited to run another race of the series.
– Top 10 of the overall ranking after Sierre-Zinal 2021
This invitation includes: free race bib / Travel and accommodation in the maximum defined in the GTWS Rules
FREE RACE BIBS
Check the race’s rules
MEN RECORD TIME:
MATT CARPENTER IN 1993
WOMEN RECORD TIME:
MAUDE MATHYS IN 2019