It has been observed that “Nothing worth doing is easy.” By that benchmark, The Pikes Peak Marathon is very, very worth doing. I have a shiny new personal worst marathon time (8:22) but I had a great day, had a heck of a challenge, and got to hang with the likes of Jim Fisher, Tom Craven, and Halbert Walston. Fun fact: The US Board on Geographic Names, which governs place names in the United States, does not like apostrophes. As a result the peak named for Zebulon Pike is Pikes, not Pike’s. Bonus fun fact: Pikes Peak Marathon, the third oldest in the nation, was created in 1956 as a challenge to smokers and non-smokers to climb up and down the peak for the 150th anniversary of its discovery. 13 people accepted the challenge, 3 of them smokers. None of the smokers finished.