Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile Planned

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 8, 2013
  • Updated Jul. 8, 2013 at 9:09 AM UTC

The inaugural event will take place at 14,000 feet.

This August, some of the best altitude runners will assemble in Colorado to tackle one serious challenge: the Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile. According to a report posted on Running USA, competitors will be running at inaugural Pikes Peak’s 14,115-foot summit with 43 percent less oxygen than is available at sea level.

“We think the Pikes Peak High-Altitude Mile will be the highest competitive mile race ever contested in the United States and possibly the world,” said Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc. President Ron Ilgen. “And we intend to fill this race with the best runners we can find.”

Apparently, all sorts of elite runners will be invited to take part — from classic track middle-distance aces to mountain competitors.

The fields will be 15 to 20 runners

Automatically entered, but yet to officially accept, are the Bristol Mile winners (in Colorado Springs), Dey Dey (3:54), and Katie Rainsberger (4:38).

As an incentive, the men’s and women’s winners will each receive $1,000.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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