Registration for Pikes Peak races goes smoothly

March 11, 2009

Two years after a crashed server turned Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon registration into a nightmare, runners had no problems Wednesday signing up for the Aug. 15-16 races.

Everything went according to plan at, with 2,053 of 2,600 public spots, including 94 percent of the Marathon draw, filled as of 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

There were 533 of 850 spots claimed in Wave 1 and 804 of 990 taken in Wave 2 of the Ascent, a 13.32-mile race from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak. In the Marathon, which stretches 26.21 miles up and down the mountain, 364 of 375 spots were snatched in Field 1 and 352 of 385 were grabbed in Field 2.

Only 44 of 310 spots remain for the Triple Crown of Running Series - the Pikes Peak races, the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run on June 14 in Manitou Springs and the Summer Roundup Trail Run 12K on July 5 in Colorado Springs.

Former Ascent and Marathon champions receive free entries. Award registration begins noon Wednesday, with 64 free spots and 64 half-price spots for top finishers from last year's races and 2008 TCR Series winners. Race director Ron Ilgen will grant free entries to 40 people based on biographical applications that are due July 17.



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