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Qualifying

The course for the Ascent and Marathon are unique and very physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons. For this reason, 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.

Qualifying races must be from an organized and officially timed race. Results from Strava, self-timed events, or personal/group training runs can not be accepted.

Pikes Peak Ascent

There are several ways to qualify for the 2019 Pikes Peak Ascent:

Recent Pikes Peak Veterans

Anybody who has completed the Pikes Peak Ascent, Pikes Peak Marathon, or the Barr Trail Mountain Race in the past 3 years (2016+) with a time under the cutoff is considered a Peak Veteran, and is automatically qualified to enter this years race(s). Cutoff times are 6:30:00 for the Ascent, 10:00:00 for the Marathon, and 3:30:00 for the BTMR.

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.

Half Marathon or Marathon

To qualify, you must have completed one of the following in the past 2 years (Jan 1st, 2017 or newer)

  • A half-marathon or longer race in under 2:25:00
  • A marathon or longer race in under 6:00:00.

Any half marathon or marathon that you have completed on or after Jan 1st, 2017, 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.

Ultras and High-Altitude Trail Races

To qualify, you must have completed one of the following in the past 2 years (Jan 1st, 2017 or newer). The cutoff is 2.5 times the overall winners time for your qualifying race.

  • Any race 50k or longer
  • Any race 25 miles long or longer that has a point over 9,000ft
  • Any race 12 miles long or longer that has a point over 12,000ft
  • Any race over 13 miles long that gains at least 4,000ft between the lowest point to the highest point.

TCR Series Qualifier

This option is for runners who wish to use the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile (NOT 10k) and Summer Roundup Half Marathon (NOT 10k) 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 10 Mile and Summer Roundup Half Marathon.

You must complete both races, or your entry to the Pikes Peak Ascent will be pulled. If you are unsure about your ability to complete all of the races, please do not use this option.

Pikes Peak Marathon

There are three ways to qualify for the 2018 Pikes Peak Marathon:

Recent Pikes Peak Veterans

Anybody who has completed the Pikes Peak Ascent in under 6:30:00, Pikes Peak Marathon in under 10:00:00, or the Barr Trail Mountain Race in under 3:30:00 in the past 3 years (2016+) is considered a Peak Veteran, and is automatically qualified to enter this years race.

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.)

Marathon

To qualify, you must have completed one of the following in the past 2 years (Jan 1st, 2017 or newer)

  • A marathon or longer race in under 6:00:00.

Any marathon that you have completed on or after Jan 1st, 2016, 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.

Ultras and High-Altitude Trail Races

To qualify, you must have completed one of the following in the past 2 years (Jan 1st, 2017 or newer). The cutoff time is 2.5 times the overall winners time for your qualifying race.

  • Any race 50k or longer
  • Any race 25 miles long or longer that has a point over 9,000ft
  • Any race 12 miles long or longer that has a point over 12,000ft
  • Any race over 13 miles long that gains at least 4,000ft between the lowest point to the highest point. (Not cumulative)

Registration/Qualification FAQs

Q: How will 2018 Ascent times be handled?
A: A 2018 Ascent time will be treated like any other Ascent finish. For wave placement purposes, we will double your 2018 time to produce an "estimated" summit time.

Q: What information do I need to provide in order to register?
A: Recent (2016+) 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 (2017, 2018, or 2019)
  3. Your final time (chip time preferred).
  4. A link to the results page (e.g., "https://pikespeakmarathon.org/race_results/2015_pikes_peak_ascent.htm")

Q: My Qualifying time is slower and I fear it will put me in a later wave. What can I do?
A: We automatically take the following into consideration for wave placement purposes:

  1. Your qualifying time
  2. Your times from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ascent and/or Marathon
  3. The time from the 2019 Garden of the Gods 10 Mile run
  4. The time from the 2019 Summer Roundup Trail Half Marathon
  5. The time from the 2019 Barr Trail Mountain Race
  6. Any email sent to registrar@pikespeakmarathon.org that provides a solid argument that you will be able to place in the top 20 for your gender in the 2019 race.
Note that once you register we will not "swap" your qualifier for a faster one.

Q: I have a race that claims over 4,000ft of elevation gain, but the difference between the highest and lowest points is way less than 4,000ft. Can I use that race?
A: No. There are lies, damn lies, and elevation gain stats. The Summer Roundup Half Marathon has a gain of about 1,500ft. But if you pull the course into an application like Google Earth, it claims that is is over 2,600ft of gain. Even the Garden of the Gods course is shown as over 1,250ft of gain when it is closer to 900ft. For this reason we will just look at the lowest point to the highest point. Just like how we list the elevation gain of the Ascent as 7,815ft and not a bit over 9,000ft like some of the elevation profile applications claim.

Q: I am a transgender / transsexual athlete. Which gender should I register under?
Participants are encouraged to register with the gender that they identify with. In cases where Overall, Masters, or Age Group awards are at stake, the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon will follow the currently applicable USATF policy.

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 Competitive 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: 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 Half Marathon. Your combined time from the Garden 10 Mile Run and Summer Roundup Half Marathon will determine your Wave placement.

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.

Q: Can I use my chip time instead of my gun time?
A: We prefer it if you use the chip time. It saves the registrar the trouble of fixing your qualifying time when they verify your results.

Q: Do the results I link to have to display only my name and results?
A: No. Try to at least link to the results page with everyone’s results or the results search page where we will enter your name.

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.

Q: How are Pikes Peak DNFs handled?
A: It depends. 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 again.