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5 fast facts: Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon weekend

August 13, 2014 Updated: August 13, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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photo - Marcus Wilkerson, from Wichita, Kansas, scrambles over a section of rocks on the Golden Staircase section of Barr Trail as he nears the finish line of the 13.32 mile Pikes Peak Ascent race Saturday, August 17, 2013. Wilkerson finished the race with a time of 3:46:36. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Marcus Wilkerson, from Wichita, Kansas, scrambles over a section of rocks on the Golden Staircase section of Barr Trail as he nears the finish line of the 13.32 mile Pikes Peak Ascent race Saturday, August 17, 2013. Wilkerson finished the race with a time of 3:46:36. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette 

We're excited about a big race weekend in Manitou Springs, with the Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday and Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday. Here are a few quick facts to keep you in the know:

- For Saturday’s Ascent, a total of 1,940 runners are registered.

- 865 runners are participating in the Ascent for the first time

- 63 percent of the Ascent field is male.

- Last year, 1,758 runners started the Ascent.

- The starting line for both races is under the banner in the 600 block of Manitou Avenue next to Memorial Park.

Note: The Pikes Peak Ascent starts at 7 a.m. Saturday when the first wave of runners takes off from downtown Manitou Springs. The Pikes Peak Marathon starts at 7 a.m. Sunday.

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