Monday, March 9, 2009

Pikes Peak

The scene at the top in '08. Credit: Ted Mahon

Registration for the Pikes Peak Ascent/Marathon begins tomorrow.

From what I understand, it is as much a race to get registered as it is to run the thing. If I run it, I think I would rather do the ascent than the full to avoid hammering my body through the 13 miles and 8,000 feet of descent. However, demand for the 1,800 ascent places has been so great in recent years that it supposedly fills in minutes. If I fail to get into the ascent when registration opens in the morning it would mean trying again in the afternoon for one of 800 marathon spots when that registration comes online. I guess I'll have to make up my mind pretty quick about whether or not to register for the marathon if I fail to get into the ascent, but I think I'll just wait for next year.

Anyway, the point of the post is to remind people of the looming registration. So good luck to anyone reading and setting up to register tomorrow.

Edit: Turns out the ascent wave I is typically the last to sell out (1-2 months), and it is the marathon and wave-II-ascent registrations that require lightning-fast keyboard skills. I'm now thinking I may try and register for the marathon. Anyway, much more informed Pikes registration info here.


  1. Last year they split up registration into waves and if my memory serves me correctly, there were waves (like Ascent Wave 1 and Marathon Wave 1) that were open for days and even weeks.

    Again, if my memory serves me correctly, it was the slower groups without good qualifying times that filled up fast (the weekend warriors)...

  2. Good to know. Thanks, Brett! I kind of thought that might be the case. Hard to imagine they could sell close to 2,000 spots in a matter of minutes.

    I was browsing through the PP message board yesterday, and there are people offering registration advice that suggests a major sense of urgency. I guess if I'm committed, I should expect the worst and be ready to register at 12:30.