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Non Skyrunner links:
Incline Club The club that took home 5 top 10s in the 1997 and 1998 Pikes Peak races, 7 in 1999, 10 in 2000 and 2001, 7 in 2002, 6 in 2003, 7 in 2004, 5 in 2005 and 10 in 2006! Thats 72 total!!! They train like they are crazy because they are!

Pikes Peak Road Runners One of the largest and oldest running clubs in America right here at the foot of Pikes Peak.

Triple Crown of Running The “official site of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.”

News and Press
Press Archives 1997 - 2009
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2002 Archives
2001 Archives
2000 Archives
1999 Archives
1998 Archives
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Pikes Peak Cams and Pictures
City of Colorado Springs 9 Summit Cams
COG Railway Yard/Incline Cam Live shot Cog Railway Depot / Manitou Incline

Looks like some Ascenters knew where to stand
to get on the Pikes Peak Summit Cam.

Any Questions?
2005 Pikes Peak Ascent snow

Side Trips
Oil Creek Tunnel
Pikes Peak book collection
Pikes Peak medal collection
The Truck in the Bottomless Pit
Watch the Snow Melt

Non Skyrunner links
Barr Camp’s website
COG Railway
El Paso County Search and Rescue Check out the August rescues!
Friends of the Peak
Trails & Open Space Coalition

Ascent and Marathon Stories

347 PPA/M things done right, things done wrong stories

First person race accounts
Learn before you burn!
Mike Anderson’s
2001 Ascent
It was agonizing. I was delirious from oxygen deprivation.
Brian Berliner’s
1999 Ascent
Zombies are the ones that went out too fast and aren't enjoying the race.
Gary Cehelsky’s
2001 Marathon
It inspires me and gives me courage. It must be that darn mountain.
Christoph Eick’s
1998 Ascent
It makes your brain dizzy and even the simplest things seem to take for ever.
Jill Gainer’s
2000 Marathon
There was no stopping Sunday from coming.
Jill Gainer’s
2001 Ascent
I guess altitude and I are never going to be friends.
Patrick Hollenbeck’s
2000 Ascent
My heart rate alarm was really starting to bug me.
Ron Horton’s
2000 Marathon
When your knuckles turn blue, the color matches your running outfit.
Bob Huerter’s
1981 Ascent
I thought I was getting the hang of it, and then they cut the oxygen off.
Paul Kirsch’s
2001 Ascent
At mile 4, I started to get a burning feeling in my lungs...
Billy D Lese’s
2003 marathon
I passed ten miles and the tree line, I was more dizzy/dazed and confused.
Fred Maas’s
2005 Ascent
I said, "no worries. That lightning was below us!" (Run, you fool).
Matt Mahoney’s
1993 double
After I turned around, air was no longer a problem.
John Moha –
1997 spectator
I was surprised at the blood and guts.
Dr. Richard Marsh’s
1981 Ascent
It's not written in the stars that I have to be climbing this stupid mountain...
Mike Perry’s
2001 Marathon
She removed a 3"x4" blister from my heel and congratulated me on having "the blister of the day."
Jeff Reed’s
1995 Ascent
The race began a constant search for a good "sitting rock."
Jeff Reed’s
1996 Marathon
There is no rest, no recovery. You go hard, even while walking.
Tim Roden’s
1988 & ’89 Ascents
What do they call someone who runs the entire way up Pikes Peak?
Steve Sargeant’s
2001 Marathon
I was pushing just to get the hell out of the blast furnace I was running through.
Dave Sorenson’s
1997 Marathon
I realized that I would have to qualify for Boston during another race.
Cate Terwilliger’s
1999 Ascent
Inevitably, some runners get into trouble.
Bill Wright’s
2000 Marathon
“Cut me, Mick” said Rocky to his trainer.
Bill Wright’s
2001 Marathon
I think I'll go back to sport climbing. I suck at that also, but it doesn't hurt so muchÖ
Bill Wright’s
2002 Marathon
I canít believe it worked out this perfectly, but it didnít come easy.
Bill Wright’s
2003 Double
What the heck was I thinking? This is a stupid idea!
Paula Vaughan’s
1997 Ascent
Dizzy. Depleted. Deadass tired. I will NEVER do this again.
Jonathan Vigh’s
2003 Marathon
Although it looks like I'm in agony, I was just hamming it up for the camera.
Hans Zimmermann’s
1996 Marathon
They asked me if I was OK. I lied and said yes.

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