Posts By: Peter Maksimow

Stories from the 2023 Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon

The Impossible Record…Broken The 68th running of the Pikes Peak Marathon & Ascent (PPM & PPA)  took place during the second weekend of September. The race dates were moved two years ago–from the middle of August to the middle of September–because of the volatility of the Colorado monsoon season and the unpredictable weather it could… Read more »

Pikes Peak: Welcome to the WTF Marathon

This wild and wacky event on Pikes Peak is not for the weak or weary. WTF Marathon No, it’s not what you are thinking, but now that I have your attention, let me tell you about the brainchild of Manitou Springs, CO-based Brandon Stapanowich, who is also known for such exploits as PU: The Stank… Read more »

Dobson and Gray Take Down Records at Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top

The 57th edition of the Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top will go down in history as the most competitive race of all-time because not one, but two, decades-old records were broken in a span of 10 minutes and 25 seconds. The motivation: a $3,000 course record premium for both male and female participants if they broke the… Read more »

Independence Day Kick-off at the Dynafit Vail HillClimb

It’s July and that means trail, mountain and ultra running are in full swing both nationally and internationally! On July 2nd on the U.S. east coast, the USATF Mountain Running Championships at Whiteface Mountain in New York’s Adirondack Mountains decided the US Mountain Running Team, as Tabor Hemming and Andy Wacker captured national championship titles…. Read more »

Living it up at the Catalina Island Marathon

Catalina Island Marathon

There were three situations that initially introduced me to Catalina Island: a high school running camp, Mike Shafai and the Eagles song “Hotel California.” I was first introduced to the island when I attended a Runner’s Workshop cross country camp the summer before my senior year of high school. The diverse beauty and challenging terrain… Read more »

First Golden Tickets of 2022 Earned at the Bandera 100K


A light rain fell over Southern Texas’ Hill Country State Nature Area as chilly temperatures in the low-40s greeted runners on the morning of Saturday, January 7 for the HOKA Bandera Endurance Trail Run 100K. It was not the most extreme weather the race has ever witnessed, as past races have included sleet, snow, intense… Read more »

12th Annual ElliptiGo World Championships & Rally Weekend Recap


This past Fall, the elliptical bike community descended on the epicenter of all-things ElliptiGO–Southern California’s headquarters in Solana Beach–for the 12th Annual ElliptiGO World Championships and Rally Weekend. The three-day gathering in late October included a competition, group rides, social gatherings, and an awards ceremony which showcased ElliptiGO enthusiasts from all over the world. The marquee… Read more »

The Running Event 2021: In Person Once Again

The Running Event

Trail running shines at The Running Event with exciting new tech, discussion of emerging trends, light-hearted entertainment and an increasingly diverse community. After a cancellation in 2020 due to the global pandemic, The Running Event (TRE) returned to Austin,Texas November 30 through December 2, to an enthusiastic group of attendees. Established in 2006, TRE is… Read more »

Mark Tatum: The Rise of a Dipsea Champion

Mark Tatum

On November 7, 2021, I sit in the very tiny Phyllis’ Giant Burger in Mill Valley, CA and share a meal with Mark Tatum and Wes Thurman, when Thurman, with an excited laugh, shows us his phone from a local news outlet with a banner headline reading: “BREAKING NEWS: 61-year-old Colorado Springs man wins the… Read more »

Mt. Baldy Run-to-the-Top: One of America’s Classic Mountain Races

Mt Baldy

In my first experience with the ominous, towering mountain that I could see to the northeast  of my college dorm, our coach at Whittier College casually told our cross country team, “We are going to do this race as a training run before the season starts.” Coach Phillips tended to underestimate things…or, perhaps, he secretly… Read more »

Lincks and Gray Take Broken Arrow Skyrace 23K Titles

Broken Arrow Skyrace

The American Trail Running Association is a World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) media partner and will be providing coverage of all sixteen events in the 2021 Mountain Running World Cup. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is a member of the WMRA Council. Photos: Peter Maksimow. Sunday, October 3, was the final day of the three-day Broken… Read more »

Mountain Outpost goes Live at 2019 The Running Event

“This is the craziest sh*t to happen in running this week.” This is the line Jamil Coury (Jam Jam) begins each episode of his iconic Mountain Outpost News and he did so again as he presented a live edition of Mountain Outpost News at the 2019 The Running Event (TRE) in Austin, Texas. For the… Read more »

The Rise of Spartan Trail

Photos and article by Peter Maksimow. Spartan Trail and Altra are American Trail Running Association switchback corporate members. Spartan Race. You have more than likely heard of this brand name in the context of obstacle course racing (OCR). The stereotype of Spartan participants is they are muscular, athletic human specimens; half-clothed, scaling walls, tossing spears,… Read more »

Untold Stories from the Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon

Peter Maksimow is ATRA’s Outreach & Partnership Specialist and lives in Manitou Springs, CO. He is also an elite trail runner, plogger and member of the silver medal winning US team at the 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. Photos by Peter Maksimow. The recent Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon in Manitou Springs, Colorado… Read more »