The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon have been drawing fans and athletes to the region for decades (those events started in 1956). However, there are other options if an athlete feels like charging up a peak.
The Calgary Herald in Canada shared a story about other options.
The story points out that many of the ultra-running events aren’t limited to running, since some mountains have very difficult terrain. When Spanish ultrarunner Kilian Jornet took on Mont Blanc between France and Italy on his own, he packed climbing gear.
Click here to read a first-person account of the Pikes Peak Ascent. It was the first attempt for Gazette Reporter Daniel Chacon.
Here are some other stories from the 2013 Pikes Peak events:
Marathon notes: Cameron Clayton is bloodied, but not beaten
Japanese runner stands tall at first Pikes Peak Marathon
Familiar faces repeat feats on Pikes Peak