With a new year just a few hours away, many people are looking for some interesting challenges to aim for. The Pikes Peak Marathon is quite an interesting challenge!
Pikes Peak Marathon Registration Opens Tomorrow!
It is the regular marathon distance, 26.2 miles, but is incredibly difficult with almost 8,000 feet of elevation gain in the first half of the marathon! The turnaround is at the summit, over 14,000 feet high. So, you not only deal with a ton of elevation increase on the ascent, but you also have severe elevation drop on the last half and you are also doing all of this at altitude.
If this sounds like something you want to tackle, you should know that the registration for Pikes Peak Marathon opens at 6AM MST on January 1. That is really quite a way to start out your new year, signing up for one of the most difficult marathons in the US!
The race itself is August 25, 2019. They have a race that is up to the summit the day before, just a little longer than a half marathon. Due to the narrow paths of the course, the registration limit for the marathon is 800 runners. This means that the race could fill quite fast.
The cost is $190 for the marathon. While that is more than the average marathon cost, it is also a unique marathon and limited to just the 800 people so keep that in mind.