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Barr Trail Mountain Race Merges With Pikes Peak Running Series

Barr Trail Mountain Race has always been a Pikes Peak training race.

The 12.6-mile Barr Trail Mountain Race, one of the top mountain running races in the U.S., is merging with the Triple Crown of Running, a series of four other heralded races held on and around Pikes Peak near Manitou Springs, Colo.

Founded in 2000 by Matt Carpenter, a 12-time winner of the Pikes Peak Marathon, and Nancy Hobbs, executive director for the American Trail Running Association, the BTMR quickly developed a reputation as a hard and very authentic mountain race. It has always been a training tune-up race for many runners competing in the Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent, which is part of the reason why it’s an ideal complement to the Triple Crown of Running. To complete that notable series, participants must run the Garden of the Gods 10-Mile Run, the Summer Roundup Trail Run and either the Pikes Peak Ascent or Pikes Peak Marathon.

Team Colorado, a nonprofit organization of elite trail runners, inherited the management of the Barr Trail Mountain Race in 2014. Under the new agreement, Team Colorado will continue to produce the event, with team president Peter Maksimow serving as race director, while the Triple Crown of Running will provide long-term financial stability and proven race operations support for the BTMR.

“This is an obvious and natural fit between our two organizations, as both have provided many years of challenging and iconic mountain races,” said Ron Ilgen, president of Pikes Peak Marathon, Inc., which oversees the Triple Crown. “The synergies gained from a race organization perspective are many, but even more so for Pikes Peak runners.”

The Barr Trail Mountain Race, which will be held on July 19, has a registration cap of 400 runners. Held on Barr Trail, just like the Pikes Peak races, the 12.6-mile BTMR starts on Ruxton Avenue in front of the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs. From there, runners begin a tough 3,360-feet ascent to Barr Camp (at 10,200 feet above sea level), where they make the turn and charge back to Manitou Springs.

“Team Colorado is giddy with excitement with the merger of the Barr Trail Mountain Race and the Pikes Peak Marathon and the Triple Crown family of races,” Maksimow said. “The fit is perfect as these races share the same ideals, love of the sport, community and worldly following.”

The Barr Trail Mountain Race annually attracts some of the best trail runners in the country. Carpenter won multiple times and formerly held the course record (now held by Ryan Hafer in 1:29:05), while Brandy Erholtz, a two-time Pikes Peak Ascent champion and women’s overall record-holder at BTMR (1:47:57), competes in the race nearly every year.

“I love the BTMR,” Erholtz said. “It’s a great excuse to train on Barr Trail for Pikes Peak. The aid stations are awesome, and if you do well, there is prize money! Not to mention you are in downtown Manitou Springs where you can get good grub, craft beer and soak in the river. It’s fun for the entire family.”

Registration is open for both the July 19 Barr Trail Mountain Race and the Aug. 15-16 Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon.