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The lecture will cover the 60 year history of the Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent, highlighting the races many distinctions. This race is the 2nd oldest marathon, the first to have a women enter and finish a marathon, and the first of its kind mountain race. From its beginnings as a challenge between smokers and non-smokers mixed with the pioneer spirit of the wild west, the race has evolved from 14 men lining up at the start in 1956 with no aid-station support, to now being an international world-class mountain race, included on many marathoner’s bucket list. I will also cover the challenges of staging a race on a 14,000 foot mountain along with the extreme weather challenges experienced during my 22 years with the race organization.
Ron Ilgen, President of the nonprofit, Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc. and race director for the Pikes Peak Marathon and the PikesPeak Ascent. Having grown up 30 miles from Pikes Peak, the mountain has always been a part of my life. I ran the Ascent in 1993, fell in love with the race and then ran the Marathon in 1994 and 1995. I first volunteered for the race organization in 1994 and have held various positions each year until becoming the race director in 2001.