Pikes Peak Ascent And Marathon To Impact Parking, Travel In Manitou

Pikes Peak Ascent starting line, Aug. 17, 2013

Runners are taking over Manitou Springs and the Barr Trail this weekend for the annual Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.

More than a thousand runners will be racing to the top of Pikes Peak Saturday, and hundreds more will be running up and down the mountain Sunday. The city has already advised hikers trying to get in one last trek up the Incline to do it by Friday to keep unnecessary traffic off the Barr Trail during the weekend races.

But what about those wishing to visit Manitou over the weekend?

The city remains open for business, but parking is going to be tricky. Most of the parking spaces in the heart of Manitou will be off limits Saturday morning and all day Sunday. Drivers just passing through could be stopped while the race is going on.

Both the Ascent and the marathon start on Manitou Avenue next to Memorial Park. The Ascent finish line is on the Pikes Peak summit, but the marathon will finish at Ruxton and Manitou Avenue, and can take runners as much as nine or 10 hours to complete. Those traveling into Manitou Springs should expect the most congestion and parking/road restrictions during Sunday's race.

Here is what to expect on each day:

Saturday (Ascent race) from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m., parking will be off-limits for most of Manitou Avenue, Ruxton Avenue and several area side streets.

Sunday (marathon) from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be no parking on sections of Manitou Avenue, Ruxton Avenue, Winter Street and Osage Avenue. With the race finishing in Manitou Springs, you can expect heavy foot traffic from spectators.