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Up for the Challenge?

The Triple Crown of Running is now the Garden to Peak Challenge. Any runner who completes the Garden 10-Mile, the Barr Trail Mountain Race, and the Pikes Peak Ascent or Marathon will be entered in to the series and eligible for prizes. Only the ascent portions of the BTMR and the Pikes Peak Marathon will be counted for scoring purposes, but racers must complete complete the events within the published cutoff times to be listed in the series results. ALL runners who register for all three races online will be automatically entered into the challenge. For more information on the BTMR cutoff times, check out the race website

He's back, baby

Kilian Jornet-Burgada, winner of the 2012 and 2019 Pikes Peak Marathons, will return in 2020 to challenge "The Impossible Record" set by Matt Carpenter. In the meantime, Kilian, last year's champion of the Salomon Golden Trail World Series, plans to race hard on skis and visit the lofty peaks of the Himalaya. 
Partner Corner
Jennifer Peterson, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, shares some information about her organization and their ongoing projects. RMFI is instrumental in caring for our beloved trails and open spaces, and Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc., makes a donation to their organization each year.
RMFI is a near 40-year old nonprofit environmental stewardship organization based in Colorado Springs. Each year, we actively educate and engage thousands of community volunteers through the completion of hands-on trail and restoration projects that help to conserve and protect our region’s treasured and iconic public natural landscapes. We believe strongly in engaging the community in the work that we do as a way to help foster an ethic of environmental responsibility and stewardship now and for future generations.
 
RMFI’s work can be seen all over the Pikes Peak Region. From our burn restoration work in Waldo Canyon and Black Forest; our trail work in our region's beloved parks and open spaces like Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, Palmer Park, and Ute Valley; our habitat restoration work in Bear Creek to protect the threatened greenback cutthroat trout; to our high alpine work on Pikes Peak and Kit Carson: RMFI’s work helps keep Colorado's great outdoors great. 
 
Our work benefits all trail users including runners, hikers, and cyclists. Through a long-standing partnership with the PPM, for example, RMFI has been able to make significant improvements to highly used sections of Barr Trail, making the trail more durable, safe, and sustainable for everyone. Our field season will kick off in early April, and we’ll have hundreds of opportunities for trail users to volunteer at a variety of project locations. Check us out at www.RMFI.org and sign up to volunteer today!

 Jennifer Peterson

Once more, with feeling

If you haven't already, get registered! The Pikes Peak Marathon is full, but some spots remain for the Ascent. Or, try out something different with the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile & 10k Run or the Barr Trail Mountain Race. Both are unique events with beautiful courses and plenty of challenge.

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