Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon 2019: An Epic Race In Colorado’s Mountains Manitou Springs in Colorado is renowned for for its laid-back ambiance and natural healing mineral waters, but there’s another reason why pro athletes and hardcore hikers frequent this part of the country: the rugged mountainous terrains and high altitudes are the perfect destination […]Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon 2019 Manitou Springs Colorado USA
Manitou Springs in Colorado is renowned for for its laid-back ambiance and natural healing mineral waters, but there’s another reason why pro athletes and hardcore hikers frequent this part of the country: the rugged mountainous terrains and high altitudes are the perfect destination for marathons that will test your endurance. And among them, Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon is king; since 1956, the late-summer event has inspired elite runners to compete in a once-in-a-lifetime race. The nature of the marathon in itself will test even the world’s best athletes; natural obstacles, including dirt trails and jagged rocky roads on high altitudes combined with unpredictable weather makes this a bucket-list worthy race. All this and more, in one of the most beautiful natural trails in the entire world.
Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon is the ultimate adrenaline-pumping adventure for runners who want to experience the thrill of a lifetime.
According to locals, Manitou translates to “great spirit,” and there’s no doubt that you will experience it first-hand, especially when in the company of other passionate marathoners. In order to qualify for the run, runners are required to complete a qualifying event prior to registration. Both the ascent and marathon part of the event will offer interested runners to qualify in several different ways.
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The program of events for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon begin on August 22 at the Memorial Park of Manitou Springs. The feeling of victory is already in the air, as everyone joins in on the fun with beer gardens, food trucks, live music, and activities for all ages. Also at Memorial park on August 23, runners will be joining the Elite Athlete Press Conference as well as the Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner. The race begins on August 24 at the Memorial Park Start Line, and ends on August 25 at the Soda Springs Park, where award presentations and post-race celebrations take place as well.
Spectators can cheer family and friends on at a few locations: 600 Manitou Avenue to see them off, and Manitou Avenue to see the finish of the race. You can also watch the Ascent by driving the toll road headed for Devil’s Playground, located around 3 miles away from the summit. Shuttle vans will be available to take spectators over to the summit conveniently.
Manitou Springs is a gorgeous town that’s easy to get around by bicycle or on foot. Most of the tourist attractions such as bars and restaurants, galleries, and shops are all found within the main street or within walking distance. You can also hire cab services and car rentals to get around further distances.
Manitou Springs is a tourist town, which makes finding accommodations within your budget and near the trails easy. No matter what your budget is, you’ll find it here.
Manitou Springs is a haven for adventure and outdoor lovers; it would be a crime to miss out on the famous Mineral Springs. The historical Manitou Springs Mineral Springs is world renowned for its healing waters. It’s also a hotspot for creative minds and artists. There is more art here than you can shake a stick at, so be sure explore the galleries and boutiques. Manitou Springs is also home to excellent local breweries, so be sure to check them out.
Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon takes place next on August 24 and 25, 2019.
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