Monday, March 10, 2008
Three days to Pikes Peak sign-up
I ran to Barr Camp yesterday (very snowy above No Name Creek) and talked for a few minutes with caretakers Teresa and Neal. They weren't the first to tell me stories of being left out by the new registration criteria for the Ascent. Basically, you have to have a qualifying time in the race in the last five years, or in another marathon or half marathon. Neal is a superb ultra-runner. He has placed in the top 10 in the Hardrock 100, the toughest race in the state. But he hasn't run the Ascent or any marathons or half marathons in the last five years, so he doesn't qualify for the race. The new regulations were designed to cut less ambitious runners from flooding the race sign-up. We'll see how well it works, but it's too bad it inadvertently kept out some folks who would more than qualify in terms of fitness.
Posted by Dave Philipps at 6:55 AM