Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  06/19/2011
Modified:  03/27/2012
Date Climbed:   06/18/2011
Author:  dehrlich101
 Mt. Evans Ascent  

A Co-Worker of mine asked if I wanted to do the Mount Evans Ascent which is America's highest road race. Image The race is put on every year in June by Racing Underground and begins just in front of the pay station by the Echo Lake Lodge Image
Packet Pick-up
and ends 14.5 miles at the top. On the morning of the 18th we were optimistic for a really nice day at first then we had some really dark clouds roll in just before starting at 7:30 and had a little bit of snow.

We began running up Mount Evans Road and just a half a mile into the race people were breathing heavy which wasn't unexpected due to the starting altitude of 10,690. The three Mile mark was around the Mount Goliath Natural Area where you get to see the bristle cone trees. I learned on the way down the mountain that some of these trees are over 1,000 years old.

As we continued forward, we started to get strong wind gusts. At some points it was hard to walk into the wind much less run. The race directors require all participates to wear either a jacket or a long sleeve shirt because of the rapid changes in the weather on the Mountain. I am glad I brought gloves, jacket, and a hat because it was became even colder as we gained altitude.

At mile 9 and around 12, 800 ft, we reached Summit Lake. Image If a runner does not make this point in two and a half hours they are not allowed to continue and will be disqualified. Summit Lake is a beautiful mountain lake and is complemented by Mount Spalding behind it. Mount Spalding still had a lot of snow on it and it looked like a few brave skiers had made the hike to the summit for the quick ride down to the edge of the lake. Image

After Summit Lake my pace slowed due to the high winds and some leg fatigue. The wind was coming in gusts of up to 45 mph, and was constant from this point forward. I would run when the wind wasn't blowing too hard or when it was against by back. The last four miles was difficult because of the steep grade of the road and the wind.

I started running with another guy at around mile 12.5. We pushed each other the last couple of miles to the finish line and finished at 3 Hours and 5 Minutes. Image All in all, it was a tough race but not impossible to do. Image This year there were 355 finishers, with a winning time of 1 Hour and 50 minutes, and the last person finished at 4 hours and 23 minutes. If you are interested in participating next year the web site for the race is Mount Evans Ascent Website All in all, it was a great race with amazing views, and would be perfect for those that enjoy climbing 14ers and running. Image

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

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 Comments or Questions

Great job man!
06/21/2011 01:35
I ran this race also. Was my first time running it but I ran the course 2 weekends prior to the race. I really enjoyed it but the wind did kind of suck. But hey, whats climbing a 14er without wind! Congrats again! 8)

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