Greetings, 2022 Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent Runners,
We are looking forward to another exciting race week starting with three days of celebrating Pikes Peak running, culminating with the Pikes Peak Ascent and the 67th Pikes Peak Marathon. In our efforts to maintain the traditional balance of being a people’s race, where exceptional people can accomplish an extraordinary challenge, we again will also be hosting the world’s top elite mountain trail runners. Breaking with tradition, this year the Pikes Peak Ascent will have the honor of being one of the 2022 Golden Trail World Series races along with being part of the North America Golden Trail National Series. As always, the Pikes Peak Marathon will still provide the special opportunity to participate in ‘America’s Ultimate Challenge’ for all levels of trail runners.
For the first time in the races’ history, they will take place in September. We look forward to hopefully experiencing the anticipated advantages with the new timeframe and hearing your feedback. However, regardless of the date, Pikes Peak weather is always a concern. Basically, the races are like any other mountaineering events, where it is not always guaranteed that you will summit and where weather conditions are a primary factor to your safety, enjoyment, and eventual success. Safety of our runners and support staff is paramount, followed by our leave no trace guidelines. So please be sure to be aware of our new mandatory gear and water bottle requirements. The requirement to carry a hooded, windproof, water-resistant jacket and a 12-ounce or larger refillable and sealable water vessel has been designed to enhance everyone’s overall race experience.
Please be sure to join us for our prerace expo and festivities beginning on Wednesday, September 14, at Red Leg Brewing Company’s new location. We will kick off the race week with the tapping of a special Pikes Peak Marathon beer. Then, join us on Thursday for our race expo and that evening for our traditional Run Fest celebrating Pikes Peak running, with live music in Memorial Park. Friday’s all-day expo will include the opportunity to hear from over 50 international elite athletes. Afterwards, we encourage you to join an easy, self-paced community run starting from the expo at 5:00 p.m. in partnership with Salomon and Mountain Chalet. Recover during happy hour afterwards while listening to our Pioneers of Pikes Peaks Peak presentation for a bit of history and recommendations regarding Pikes Peak running.
For last-minute updates and more information, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page.
The race staff and volunteers hope you enjoy your time in Manitou Springs and while running on Pikes Peak, and we wish you the best on race weekend. And when preparing for race day, remember a longtime adage regarding Pikes Peak: The mountain always wins.
Live to run!
Ron Ilgen,Race Director
Jordan Linder, Assistant Race Director – Pikes Peak Ascent
Ryan Linder, Assistant Race Director – Pikes Peak Marathon
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