MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. - The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon is happening in Manitou Springs this weekend, so expect to experience traffic and parking troubles in that area.
This is the 62nd year for the event that is billed as America's Ultimate Challenge.
The Pikes Peak Ascent will be on Saturday, starting at 7 a.m. Around 1,800 runners will start at the corner of Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard to race up Pikes Peak to complete what is considered to be a half-marathon.
Next, on Sunday, the Pikes Peak Marathon will also start at 7 a.m. It will include 800 runners and will begin at the corner of Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard near the Manitou Springs City Hall. It will end at the corner of Ruxton Avenue and Manitou Avenue.
Parking will be difficult on race mornings so plan your time accordingly.
Manitou Avenue will be closed near the starting line by 5 a.m.
There will be no parking on Manitou Avenue between the start and Ruxton Ave.
Parking is permitted on most other streets but make sure to keep an eye out for "NO PARKING signs."
Vehicles in violation of the notices will be towed by police.
For those wanting to visit the Manitou Incline, it will be closed for the race. It will not reopen for the rest of 2017 due to maintenance and repairs.