Race Info > Rules and Cutoff Times

Race Rules:

  • Runners may not start before their assigned wave.
  • Entries or Bibs may not be transfered to anybody else.
  • Headphones AND external speakers are prohibited in the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.
  • Headphones are prohibited! (We mean it!)
  • You must be at least 16 years old on race day to compete.
  • Poles, walking sticks, and such are prohibited. An allowance will be made for visually impaired athletes to use a pole as an assistive device to gage the depth of step ups and downs.
  • Trash, cups, gel packets, etc. must be disposed of within the trash zones at the aid stations.
  • Do not run or walk abreast in pairs or groups when it will impede other runners.
  • No dogs, horses, or animals of any type are permitted.
  • Slower runners must stay on the uphill side of the trail so faster runners may pass.
  • In the marathon, downhill runners have the right of way — uphill runners must yield to downhill runners.
  • In the marathon, runners may change apparel/gear at the summit. However, the race committee will not and can not be involved in providing or transporting the apparel/gear.
  • As a participant in the Pikes Peak Ascent and/or Marathon, you are subject to drug testing pursuant to USADA standards and procedures, and you acknowledge this notification and your willingness to be so tested.
  • The Race Director, may, at his discretion, grant exceptions to any of the above rules to account for unusual or extraordinary circumstances.

Things that will earn you a Disqualification (you really don't want that):

  • Starting in an earlier than assigned wave.
  • Using a race number assigned to another person. Both the runner and the person who gave away their number will be banned from future races!
  • Wearing headphones or making use of external speakers attached to an MP3 or similar device (iPod, Smartphone, walkman, etc)
  • Failing to submit to drug testing if requested.
  • Un-sportsmanlike conduct.
  • Verbal abuse of other runners or volunteers.
  • Completing only the ascent portion of the Marathon.
  • Failing to comply with directives of race officials.
  • Cutting switchbacks on Barr Trail.
  • Taking oxygen prior to the completion of the race (even if medically necessary).
  • Throwing trash, cups, gel packets, etc. on or off the trail outside of the trash zones at the aid stations.

Cut-Off & Finish Line Closing Times

Intermediate Cut-Offs:

For your safety and the safety of the race support personnel, there are cut-off times (mandatory turnaround times) at Barr Camp, the A-frame, and, for the Marathon, at the summit. If you do not make the cut-off times, you will not be allowed to continue the race. There are no exceptions!

On-Course cutoff times are based on the time of day and are NOT adjusted for a runner's assigned start wave.

Finish Line Closing:

Any one who does not cross the finish line by the closing time will not be counted or listed as a finisher. No exceptions! Closing times are as follows:
Ascent: 6h30m from starting time (e.g. 1:30pm for Wave 1 starters, 1:52 for wave 22)
Marathon: 10 hours from wave starting time (e.g. 5:00pm for Wave 1 starters, 5:10 for wave 10)

Cut-Off Times and Locations
10:30 amBarr Camp10:15 am
11:45 amA-Frame 11:30 am
6:30:00 from startSummit1:15 pm
Times may be moved up at the Race Director's discretion if he feels that the safety of the participants is at risk.