Proof that glamour is rarely the end goal of my endeavors: today I completed my first full marathon! Not only that, but it was the grueling Pikes Peak Marathon, which ascends and then descends over 7,000 feet in altitude in each direction. I was absolutely weepy at the finish line, realizing that I did something I didn’t even fully believe I could do. Then I drank all the craft brews. Yep, corset loving folks are SOOO unhealthy.


Spectacular views, cold mornings, tired runners, and plenty of Gatorade! Summer may be winding down, but for this August weekend, Manitou Springs warms up to welcome runners from around the world to compete in the weekend’s challenging race. Welcome to race weekend, welcome to the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon!



Doubler (those crazy enough to complete the Ascent & the Marathon!):

  • Male: Dave Mackey (A): 2:34:17 (M): 4:01:59 (Overall): 6:36:16
  • Female: Connilee Walter (A): 2:58:45 (M): 5:10:31 (Overall): 8:09:16

Congratulations to all of these adventurous, tough, inspiring, and a little crazy, runners! Looking forward to seeing you next year