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Pikes Peak Marathon

Manitou Springs, CO

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, August 20, 2017
2016: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Trail
Certified?: No

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 64°F (17°C)
Average High: 77°F (25°C)
Average Low: 50° F (10°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: N/A
Course Score: N/A

Race Size

2016: 972 Finishers
2015: 769 Finishers
2014: 697 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: N/A
2015: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Pikes Peak Marathon is the most challenging marathon in North America. The course travels from 6,300 feet to over 14,000 feet and then returns to the 6,300 feet for the finish.

The start is at 6,300' (1,920m) and the summit is 14,115' (4,302m). The elevation gain from the start to the summit turn around is 7,815' (2,382 meters). During the ascent, there are very few stretches which are not going uphill with the average percent grade being 11%.

The footing, or surface, of the trail varies. In the forested sections it is primarily decomposed rock with a mixture of dirt and loose gravel on the surface with the occasional root or rock. Above treeline, the trail is primarily loose gravel with one short section of broken rock and the section known as the 16 Golden Stairs being gravel with frequent step-ups of some 10 to 15 inches (the Golden Stairs refers to the 32 switch-backs remaining to the summit).

Marathon Rankings

The Pikes Peak Marathon was the 89th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 108th largest in 2015.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 14115 feet (4303m)
Min Elevation: 6300 feet (1920m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Pikes Peak Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2017 Pikes Peak Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Amazingly difficult but beautiful!! Small field. Good eats. Great people. A true push of endurance!!

Race Tips

Go slow and get in some downhill trail runs

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Flying horse lodge was gorgeous

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