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Manitou Incline to close Sunday for Pikes Peak Marathon

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 13:56:06-04

MANITOU SPRINGS — The new reservation system for the Manitou Incline will not offer Sunday reservations for hikers due to the Pikes Peak Marathon taking place, according to the City of Colorado Springs.

It was announced in June that the Pikes Peak Marathon on Aug. 23 would continue with COVID-19 modifications, including no fanfare or spectators.

Social distancing requirements will also be enforced at the start and finish, and some aid stations may be eliminated. As for the race itself, runners will start in small waves, down from the usual 100-person waves. Masks or cloth face coverings will be required before and after the race and at packet pickup.

The Marathon is the "second-oldest continually held marathon in the United States" where participants run from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak and back, totaling 26.2 mountain miles.

The Incline reopened earlier this month after its closure in March due to COVID-19 and many meetings regarding the reservation system. When hikers check-in at the base of the Incline, they are given a wristband that must be worn the entire time they are on the property.

All users are asked to also follow current local recommendations for COVID-19, which will be available on the Incline website. Right now in Manitou Springs, that includes the use of a face covering, both indoors and outdoors, when a distance of 6-feet cannot be maintained, according to the city.

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