Hiking the Manitou Incline once in a day is quite the workout. But for one Colorado Springs resident, one trip wasn't close to enough.
Starting on the Fourth of July, ultra runner Brandon Stapanowich completed 22 round trips on the Incline within 24 hours - what he called the "UltraInclinathon."
"Two years ago, I came up with the 'Inclinathon,' which was 13 laps on the Incline," he said, a distance that closely equates to a marathon's 26.2 miles. "When I turned 30 last September, I knew I wanted to do something bigger."
The Incline gains more than 2,000 feet in less than a mile, which means that in 24 hours, Stapanowich climbed more than 44,000 feet, or more than 8 vertical miles.
"It helped to break it down into chunks," he said. "The advantage you have with something like this is that you can make it how you want to make it."
Stapanowich might have set the record for elevation gained in one day, but it's hard to say. Although the Guinness Book of World Records has an entry for most vertical feet run in 24 hours - 59,337 feet, 7 inches, which Stapanowich shattered - there is no entry for elevation gain in one day.
Stapanowich maintains it's more about the accomplishment than breaking records. "Running is an expression of freedom; it's when I have my best thoughts and it's when I'm the happiest," he said. "And it's just nice to be outside and enjoying the outdoors."