While not reflected on the race website yet - a significant increase in awards was announced at this morning's press conference (I was in the neighborhood and curious).
1st place (for male and female) Marathon = $3000
1st place (for male and female) Ascent = $2000
New prize awards for Ascent course records = $2000
New prize awards for Marathon course records = $2000 ($4K total if they break the Ascent CR also, while doing the Marathon
What was described as the "Ascent Bounty": $5000 to whomever (Male) breaks 2 hours, (female) breaks 2:32.
They announced the potential prize purse is $54,000 and guaranteed prize purse equals $22,000.
Potentially, the winner of the Marathon could win $14,000. (I missed the math breakdown of that part while I was trying to figure out how to shave 1 hr and 50 something minutes of my last year Ascent time to get under 2 hours - sigh, that's not happening).
Colorado Springs Gazette story (updated)
Pikes Peak Sports web story
Should likely attract some speedy runners in the years to come, beginning this year with these on the competitive entry list and past winners who have yet to commit - but still can before August 11th.