Pikes Peak Marathon: America's Ultimate Challenge
From Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak and then back down again. This race will take everything you have.
We are excited to announce that this year's Pikes Peak Marathon will be permitted to run this August.
We will be following the recently published state guidelines for competitive events that came out this past week.
Based on the state guidelines, we will be making the following modifications in order to be able to host this year's event:
- Runners will be required to wear a cloth mask before and after the event. Runners will NOT be required to wear a mask during the race itself, but are asked to have it with them. (We recommend a Buff or similar as it can come in handy above the treeline to keep the wind and sun off of your neck.)
- Runners will be required to sign a disclaimer acknowledging the fact that they understand that although we are working to minimize the risk, we cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19.
- Runners who are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms will not be permitted to participate and will be provided a deferral or refund instead.
- Only registered runners will be allowed to enter the packet pickup area. Updated packet pickup hours and location will be announced in August.
There will be aid stations in the usual locations. Volunteers will be spread out a bit more than before and all will be wearing masks. Water and Gatorade will be provided as usual. Snacks will be similar to previous years.
- Pre and Post race events such as the expo, carbo feed, press conference, and awards ceremony are cancelled.
- The race merchandise area will open and will follow the published guidelines for retail establishments. Hours and location will be announced in August.
- Start procedures will be modified to adhere to the state guidelines. Runners will still be split into 100 person waves like years past, but rather than having the entire wave depart as a mass group in one minute intervals, we will subdivide each 100 runner wave into "wavelets" of about 10 folks who will then leave on 10-20 second intervals. There will be 2-5 minutes between the full waves to further spread folks out. As with previous years, all results and cutoff times are based on an individual runner's chip time that starts upon crossing the starting line. Runners will still have the option to start in a later wave with friends and family.
- Finisher apparel is to be determined. We are working with our suppliers to see what is available as the shutdowns have caused a number of issues with the availability of the jackets we had planned to offer.
- Due to sponsor changes in light of COVID-19, awards and prize money will be reduced. The awards page at https://pikespeakmarathon.org/Awards.shtml has the details.
- The chairs for recovering runners located at the finish line will be spread out to ensure the proper level of distance. Runners will be encouraged to quickly move over to Soda Springs Park where we'll have a lot more space, shade trees, and the creek to soak your feet in.
If you have any questions, please contact the race registrar at [email protected]