Pikes Peak Ascent (Wave 1)
|Saturday, August 18, 2012
Pike National Forest
600 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829
Event Organizer Website
|General registration: $115*
*+ Active.com fees
Ascent Wave 1 Qualifications
- Have run the Pikes Peak Ascent in under 4:15:00 or
- Have run the ascent portion of the Pikes Peak Marathon in under 4:15:00
Peak Newbie or those who have not run the Peak in the last 3 years:
- Have run a marathon in under 3:45:00 or
- Have run a half-marathon in under 1:40:00.
- Races must be from the last 3 years (2009+).
- Races before 2009 won't be accepted.
- Races without online results won't be accepted.
- Peak veterans of the last 3 years must use Peak times for qualifications.
- If the qualifications you provide can’t be confirmed you will be removed from the race and forfeit your entry fee! You WON'T be moved to Wave 2!
Barr Camp (7.64 Miles): 3 hours.
A-Frame (10.2 Miles): 4 hours, 15 minutes.
Summit: 6 hours, 30 minutes.
The cut-off times are strictly adhered to. In the event of severe weather, these cut-off times can be moved up for the safety of both runners and volunteers. The cut-off times were moved up in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
Finisher Technical Shirt
All runners who complete the race within the cut-off times will receive a finisher Technical Shirt. That is, you must finish the race (within cut-off times) to earn your Technical Shirt. If the cut-off times are moved up because of severe weather, you must meet the adjusted cut-off times to receive a finisher Technical Shirt.
Course information, including maps and a 3D flyover, can be found here.
Directions to race start
From I-25, take the Cimmaron exit (Exit 141). Head west on Cimmaron (towards the mountains). Cimmaron is also known as Hwy-24. Proceed about 6 miles to the Manitou Ave exit. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp and proceed west on Manitou Ave. After about 3/4 mile, Memorial Park will be on your right. On race morning, parking is a problem. Arrive early and/or carpool. You may end up parking 1/4 to 1/2 mile from the actual start area so allow plenty of time.
Weather On Pikes Peak
The weather on Pikes Peak can be very dangerous. Hail and lightening storms can develop very fast and put runners and volunteers in life-threatening danger. In the event of severe weather, cut-off times will be moved up for the safety of all involved. Cut-off times were moved up in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
Triple Crown Series
The Pikes Peak Ascent is the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown of Running Series. The 1st leg is the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run in June. The 2nd leg is the Summer Roundup Trail Run in July. The ascent portion of the Pikes Peak Marathon can also serve as the 3rd leg of the series. If a runner finishes both the Pikes Peak Ascent and the Pikes Peak Marathon, the 3rd leg of the series is the faster of the two ascent portions of those races.
Can't run in the event and you still want to be a part of the action? Then get out there and volunteer and cheer on the runners. Dedicated volunteers are always needed. Check out the web site at www.pikespeakmarathon.org for a volunteer signup form. Volunteers on Pikes Peak must be 14 or older.
Prize money information can be found here.
Overall - top 10 (both male and female).
Masters - top 5 (both male and female).
Age Groups - top 3 to 5, depending on how many register in the age group.
There are no duplicate awards. That is, the overall award winners are not eligible for Master or Age Group awards. The Master award winners are not eligible for Age Group awards.
16-19, and then proceeding in 5-year increments. Please note that you must be 16 or older to participate in this race.
Packet Pick-Up details, including maps and directions, can be found here.
Getting off the mountain
After you finish the race, a combination of vans and busses will take you back down to Memorial Park in Manitou Springs. Traffic on the Pikes Peak Highway is very heavy and slow on race day, so it will take a couple of hours to get you back down to Manitou Springs.
You are highly encouraged to check in some warm and dry clothing at the start area. These will be transported to the summit where you can retrieve them. If the weather at the summit is cold, you will be glad to have the extra clothing.
Expect anything. It is typically warm and dry in Manitou Springs. The higher you get, the more of a factor the weather can become. Thunderstorms are common during the summer in Colorado. You may experience those. If it's a cool summer day in Manitou Springs, expect it to be downright chilly above tree line (i.e., temps in the 30s).