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Qualifying

Because the Ascent and Marathon are so unique and so physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons, all runners must first complete a qualifying event before registering.

If the qualifications you provide can’t be confirmed, you will be removed from the race and forfeit your entry fee! You will not be moved to another race, nor will you be allowed to transfer your entry to another person. This is a very expensive mistake, so please avoid it.

Pikes Peak Ascent

For 2017, runners will be assigned to a starting wave based on their qualification time.

Notice to folks wishing to double (enter both the Ascent and Marathon): Only Peak Veterans who have completed either the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon in the past 3 years (2014+) may register for both races.

There are three ways to qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent:

Peak Veterans

Anybody who has completed the Pikes Peak Ascent, Pikes Peak Marathon, or the Barr Trail Mountain Race in the past 3 years (2014+) is considered a Peak Veteran, and is automatically qualified to enter this years race(s).

Note that if you are a Peak Veteran who has finished the PPA/PPM in the past 3 years, you must register using your PPA/PPM results as your qualifier. (This makes the registrar's life a bit easier.)

Peak Rookies

Anybody who has not run either the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon in the past 3 years (2014+) is considered a Peak Rookie for registration purposes.

To qualify, you must have completed a half-marathon or longer race in under 2:25:00 or a marathon or longer race in under 6:00:00.

Any full or half marathon run in the past 2 years (Jan 1st, 2015+) may be used. Splits from longer races, triathlons, ultras, etc, may be used if they are explicitly listed on the race results page. You can use either your "Gun" or "Chip" time.

TCR Series

This option is for runners who wish to use the Garden of the Gods 10m as their qualifying race. Runners will be seeded into the appropriate wave in the Ascent based on their performance during the Garden of the Gods 10m and Summer Round Up Trail Run.

You must complete both of these races, and you must finish the Garden of the Gods race in under 2:10:00, or your entry to the Pikes Peak Ascent will be pulled.

Pikes Peak Marathon

For 2017, runners will be assigned to a starting wave based on their qualification time.

Notice to folks wishing to double (enter both the Ascent and Marathon): Only Peak Veterans who have completed either the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon in the past 3 years (2014+) may register for both races.

There are two options to qualify for the Pikes Peak Marathon:

Peak Veterans

Anybody who has completed the Pikes Peak Ascent, Pikes Peak Marathon or the Barr Trail Mountain Race in the past 3 years (2014+) is considered a Peak Veteran, and is automatically qualified to enter this years race(s).

Note that if you are a Peak Veteran who has finished the PPA/PPM in the past 3 years, you must register using your PPA/PPM results as your qualifier. (This makes the registrar's life a lot easier.)

2018 PPM Qualification Change

For the 2018 race, the qualifications for Pikes Peak Veterans will change. Starting in 2018, runners using the Pikes Peak Ascent as their qualifier must have completed the Ascent in under 6:00:00.

Peak Rookies

Anybody who has not run either the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon in the past 3 years (2014+) is considered a Peak Rookie for registration purposes.

To qualify, you must have completed a marathon or longer in under 6:00:00.

Any full marathon run in the past 2 years (Jan 1st, 2015+) may be used. Splits from longer races, triathlons, ultras, etc, may be used if they are explicitly listed on the race results page. You can use either your "Gun" or "Chip" time.

Registration/Qualification FAQs

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Q: What information do I need to provide in order to register?
A: Recent (2014+) Peak Veterans just have to check the box that says that they are a recent Pikes Peak Veteran. For all other runners, in addition to the usual details (Name, age, city/state/country, etc, etc.), you will also need to provide the following:

  1. The name of the event ("American Discovery Trail Marathon," etc.)
  2. The year you ran your Qualifying Race (2015, 2016, or 2017)
  3. Your results.
  4. A link to the results page (e.g., "http://www.pikespeakmarathon.org/race_results/2014_pikes_peak_ascent.htm")

Q: What happens if I register and my qualifications do not check out for what I signed up for?
A: You will be pulled from the race, and you won’t receive a refund! All qualifications will be checked. Do not assume that because your time is only a few minutes or even seconds outside of the qualifiers you will be accepted — you won’t. Note, you will only get pulled for not having the qualifications for what you signed up for. Things like typos in your name, birthday, qualification link, etc. can be fixed.

Q: Where is the list of accepted 1/2 or full marathons that can be used as qualifiers?
A: There is no list because any 1/2 marathon race or full marathon race will work so long as the results are online and you meet the times/dates listed.

Q: I train a lot and/or know I can do it and/or the race I did was on a very tough course and/or I am competitive in some other sport. Can I get into the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon?
A: Generally speaking, no. You must run an accepted qualifier before you register! The only exception will be for runners who enter through the Competative Entry Process and can demonstrate that you have a shot at the top 10 _overall_ (e.g., you are a world class cyclist.)

Q: Can I use a split from a longer race?
A: Yes, as long as the split is explicitly listed on the official race results.

Q: Can I use the 1/2 marathon or marathon leg of a triathlon?
A: Yes as long as the split is explicitly listed on the official race results. (Usually not an issue with a triathlon.)

Q: Can I use the 1/2 marathon or marathon leg of relay?
A: Yes, so long as your name and time are listed in the results.

Q: Can I use a longer race as long as my overall time is under the cutoff? (e.g., 50K under the Marathon Qualifying time.)
A: Yes, but we will not make any adjustments for the fact that you ran further. Furthermore, you will be placed in a "slower" starting wave and we will not bump you up.

Q: What day does the qualification window go back to?
A: The qualification window goes back from the first of the year. For Peak Veterans, you can use any peak time from 2014, 2015, or 2016. For Peak Rookies, you can use any race run on or after January 1st, 2015.

Q: I will be running a race after registration starts. Can I sign up and then use those results as a qualifier?
A: No. You must run your qualifier before you register. There are no provisional qualifications. The only exception is for those WITHOUT qualifications who sign up for the TCR / Pikes Peak Ascent without Qualifications option in which case you will become qualified once you finish the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run and the Summer Roundup 12k. Your Garden 10 Mile Run time will determine your Wave placement and must be run in under 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Q: I will be traveling/at work/in the hospital/etc. during registration. What can I do?
A: You will need to have someone you trust register you. On this note, you should take the time to spell it out for them because this is where the majority of the “I am in the wrong race!” e-mails come from and there is no fix for that and it is a colossal waste of your money.

Q: Can I use my chip time instead of my gun time?
A: You can use whichever you prefer so long as it is listed in the results.

Q: Where is the link to register for the Double?
A: There is no link. Just select both races when registering.

Q: Do the results I link to have to display only my name and results?
A: No, but double check that the link you supply actually works. Try to at least link to the results page with everyone’s results or the results search page where we will enter your name. Please do not just link to the race’s home page.

Q: I have changed my name since I ran my qualifier. How do I register?
A: Register with your new name. If you are a Peak Veteran, use the contact page to let the registrar know to update your past results to match your current name. If you are not using the Peak as your qualifier, when asked for the qualification race on the entry form, enter your old last name after the race name. For example if you ran Boston and your old name was Smith put “Boston Marathon as Smith.”

Q:I signed up for the wrong race or changed my mind about which race I want to or can do. Can you switch me?
A: No, and as stated in the refund policy, we do not offer refunds for people who sign up for the wrong race. You can switch yourself by signing up and paying AGAIN for what you want to run IF what you want to run is still open.

Q: How are Pikes Peak DNFs handled?
A: If you have no Peak finishes in the last 3 years, you will need to follow the "Peak Rookies" qualification standards listed at the top of this page.

If, however, you do have at least one Peak finish in the past last 3 years, then you can brush off the DNF and try your best to not repeat it this year.

In either case, Ascent times from Marathon DNFs may not be used.

Q: Why don’t you have a TCR Series Marathon without Qualifications option like you do for the Ascent?
A: We don’t feel a 10 miler is a very good indicator of how you will do in the Pikes Peak Marathon. This is also why there is no 1/2 marathon qualification option for the Pikes Peak Marathon.