The Manitou Incline
The Incline is located in Manitou Springs, just outside of Colorado Springs. It is what is left of an old funicular railway whose tracks were lost in a rockslide in 1990. The Incline starts at 6600 feet of elevation and gains over 2000 feet of vertical in less than one mile. The steepest part of the incline has a 68% grade. Notably, the Empire State Building Run-Up (from the ground floor to the 86th floor observation deck) gains 1050 feet of vertical.
Starting on July 4th, Brandon Stapanowich took 22 round trips of the incline in a 24-hour period. In other words, he covered 44,000 feet of vertical – over 8 miles – in one day.
“Running is an expression of freedom; it’s when I have my best thoughts and it’s when I’m the happiest. And it’s just nice to be outside and enjoying the outdoors.” – B.S.
In other incline news (seriously), Kevin Bacon tackled the incline the same week Brandon made his 22 round trips. He wrote on Facebook that it almost killed him. Kevin finished the incline in 54:02.
Notable Incline Accomplishments
– the fastest incline ever was done by Mark Fretta (16:42)
– Apolo Anton Ohno completed the incline in 17:45
– Pikes Peak running legend Matt Carpenter “ran” the incline in 18:31
– Greg Cummings was the first person to complete more than 500 ascents in one year
– in 2013, Roger Austin went up the incline 719 times
– Ed Baxter is the first known person to “run” a marathon on the incline – he made 13 consecutive up/down trips in just over 13 hours
Do you think you would try the incline?
***The incline will be closed from August to November for repairs***