The Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent are arguably the world's most elevating marathon and half marathon races.
First held in 1956, the Pikes Peak Marathon is the third longest-running marathon in the United States and the oldest continually held marathon in the nation. The race is also widely regarded as the most challenging marathon in the United States.
Runners have the unique opportunity to race 13 miles up the Barr Trail to reach the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, only to circle back for a complete and arduous 26.2 mile journey. The Pikes Peak Ascent, hosted the day before marathon, is an atypical, challenging half marathon that sees participants run along 1.5 miles of road before beginning the vertical climb — with 7,800 feet of elevation gain — along the Barr Trail to the summit.
For those simply wanting to congratulate the race finishers, you can drive up part of Pikes Peak Highway and free shuttles will take you to the summit. Find sponsor and vendor displays and stock on race essentials the days before the race at the Pikes Peak Marathon Expo. For qualification and entry information, click here.