2011 Pikes Peak Road Ascent
Introduction: The Inaugural Pikes Peak Road Ascent is under the auspices of Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc. An 11.6-mile running event that starts at the Pikes Peak Toll Gate (7,750’) and climbs up to Glen Cove (11,425’) at an average grade of 5%-8%. The race is a fully supported, competitive, timed event giving runners the chance to experience a section of the Pikes Peak Highway which is closed to automobiles the day of the event, with the exception of official vehicles for the event and normal highway staff vehicles. The race is held concurrently with the 2nd Annual Assault on the Peak, a bike ride from Manitou Springs to the Summit of Pikes Peak. Since Pikes Peak — America’s Mountain — is closed to bicycles and runners/walkers on every other day of the year this event is truly special for any cyclist or runner wanting to test their mettle as well as their lung capacity! Runners will find a minimum of three (3) rest stops with water, snacks, and restroom facilities, in route. Runner clothing will be transported to Glen Cove. Runners will be shuttled down the race course post-finish to the Toll Gate and/or Cascade Middle School. A post-even celebration will take place in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park concurrently with the bicyclists from 11AM—4PM.
Date/Start: Sunday, August 28, 2011, 8:00 a.m. Start Time
What: The Pikes Peak Road Ascent is an 11.6 mile running race on the Pikes Peak Highway on “America’s Mountain.”
Number pickup, (and late registration) on Saturday, August 27 from noon-8 PM at Pro Cycling located at:
600 South 21st Street Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Registered runners may also pick up their number and timing chip on race morning near the start line at the Pikes Peak Highway Toll Gate. Runner finisher shirts will be presented at the finish line along with medals for all those runners under four (4) hours. Be sure to join in the awards ceremony, expo, and lunch (free for all registered runners) after the race from noon-4PM in Manitou Springs at Memorial Park.
Questions: Contact Nancy Hobbs at email@example.com or phone 719-573-4133
Schedule of Events: The official start will be at 8:00 a.m. The post event Party will begin at noon and will continue until 4:00 p.m. in Manitou Springs’ Memorial Park. The awards ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. as part of the celebration.
Distance: Total Distance – 11.6 miles from the Pikes Peak Toll Gate to Glen Cove. Runners will be shuttled from the finish line back to the Toll Gate or to a nearby parking lot/staging area.
Support: The route is closed to traffic making this a truly unique run on a scenic and beautiful – albeit challenging – course. There are three (3) rest stops along the route providing refreshments for the participants. Runners will also be able to send cold weather clothing to the finish line.
Register by mail to: PPM, PO Box 333, Manitou Springs, CO 80829, online at imathlete, or in-store in Colorado Springs at the Runner's Roost, Colorado Running Company, or Boulder Running Company . This will be a CCR Timing chip timed event and you will receive your chip as a memento from the race.
Numbers: The event is limited to the first 700 participants. The race will be chip timed. Runners who finish the run within four hours will be awarded commemorative finisher medals.
Sponsors: Thanks to our sponsors.
Organized by: Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc. / Triple Crown of Running and the American Trail Running Association are Colorado 501 (c ) 3 not for profit corporations.
Triple Crown Twists: The race will also include a split time en route to the finish at the 10-mile mark thereby replicating the distance in the first leg of the Triple Crown of Running – the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run which is held on June 12 – creating a “20 Mile Road Challenge.” Runners who finish both events, will have their times combined for this event within an event with awards presented at the Triple Crown Awards Ceremony on September 30. Additionally, an “Ascent Challenge” will combine times from the Pikes Peak Ascent or ascent portion of the Pikes Peak Marathon and the Pikes Peak Road Ascent with prizes presented at the Triple Crown Awards Ceremony. Finally, there will be a “Tripler Challenge” geared toward attracting the Pikes Peak Doublers (runners who completed the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon the weekend prior to the Pikes Peak Road Ascent), making these runners “Triplers.” In 2010, there were 111 doublers
Quote: “What better way to experience a portion of the Pikes Peak Highway on foot. In between the challenging switchbacks, runners can enjoy this beautiful area abounding with fantastic scenery. We look forward to sharing America’s Mountain with runners this August.” – Ron Ilgen and Nancy Hobbs, co race directors
Entry Form (PDF format)
Parking: will be available at several locations with shuttle busing to the start line starting at 6:30 a.m. Parking details available by early July. Spectators must pay $5/person for shuttle to Glen Cove. Limited parking near the start area. Carpooling recommended.
Course Map: After the event, runners will not be permitted to run down the road. During the race, runners will stay on the right side of the road. This will be a closed course, not open to runners or walkers who are not registered in the race. Absolutely no dogs, baby strollers, or headphones permitted.