The Mt. Evans Ascent has an amazing history, attracting some of the top runners in the country for more than 40 years, however the fastest times ever have been run in recent years.
2008 was a year for the history books, as Matt Carpenter and Naoko Takahashi both broke decades-old course records! Matt ran the uphill 14.5 mile course in 1:37:01 to eclipse the 31 year old course record (1:41:35) set by John Bramley in 1977. His pace was an amazing 6:42 per mile. Naoko, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon and former marathon world record holder (2:19:46) finished in 2:06:22 - nearly a minute faster than the previous record set by J'ne Day Lucore in 1990.
2010 was another stellar year, with Kim Dobson decimating Takahashi's course record by nearly 5 minutes to win in 2:01:39 and Glenn Randall recording the second fastest men's winning time ever in 1:41:21.
2012: The women's course record goes down once again, with Stevie Kremer taking the women's record under the 2 hour mark, a full 10 minutes under Lucore's 1990 course record that stood until 2008.
2016: Kim Dobson re-takes the women's course record with a time of 1:55:38, becoming the second women to dip under the 2 hour mark.
2018 was a heart-breaker as 2017 champion Nathanael Williams set out on a solo mission to break Carpenter's course record. When he came into sight of the finish line with a quarter mile to go, it looked as if the 10 year old course record would fall, but Williams' legs tied up on the final switchback and he missed the record by seconds, clocking a gun time of 1:37:16.