Getting High at the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb

In the entire continental US, there is only one continuous uphill climb that has more vert than the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb (Pikes Peak Ascent). And while the Ascent might have more, Ashland is a lot closer for most of us than Colorado is. Besides, the elites show up for the Mt. Ashland race too!

The great Camelia Mayfield owns the women’s CR, while local legend Max King maintains the men’s record. The race has been around since 1978 and has seen many big names race to the top.

And while seeing the elites fly by is fun, organizers point out that this race if for everyone. Participants can challenge themselves by hiking to the top, given the kind cutoff times.

As for the course, it starts in Lithia Park on pavement, but quickly moves onto dirt fire roads and steeper inclines. After 12 miles, you pass the final aid station at the lodge and hop on a single-track trail across the mountain to the summit, which will most likely be covered in snow. When you reach the top you will have climbed more than a mile of vert.

Your reward? Run back down to the lodge and enjoy some food and beverages while cheering everyone on!

When: Saturday, June 17th. Race starts at 7:30am
Cost/Register: $25 (18-under)/$50 (Adult). Register online at UltraSignup

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