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Pike's Peak Marathon

Sunday August 25th, 2019
Manitou Springs, Colo
Distance: Marathon

In 2018, international short distance trail champions ran five of the most prestigious trail races of the year, The Golden Trail Series.

In 2019, it becomes the Golden Trail WORLD Series. The five races will still occur as well as a a sixth one : the Dolomyths Run Skyrace in Italy.

The Grand Final will this year be held at the Annapurna Trail Marathon in Nepal and will reach an altitude of 4,122 meters.

A Journey to the Top and Perhaps Back The Pikes Peak Ascent® and Pikes Peak Marathon® will redefine what you call running. Sure, they start out like a lot of races on Any Street, USA. But your first left turn will have you turning in the direction of up! During the next 10 miles, as you gain almost 6,000 vertical feet, your legs, lungs, heart and mind will be worn to a ragged nothingness. But it won’t be until the next three miles, with still over 2,000' of vertical to go, that you will realize where the Marathon got its moniker —America’s Ultimate Challenge.

There’s a reason trees don’t bother growing above 12,000' on Pikes Peak. They can’t! Makes one wonder if trees are smarter than runners. Above treeline most runners take 30 minutes or more, some much more, just to cover a mile. What little air remains can’t satisfy the endless stream of zombies hoping only to survive their next step. It’s a death march right out of a scene from Dawn of the Dead. Adding insult to injury it might start to snow.

It’s at this point if you are on the deluxe tour you must turn around and run back down the mountain for the second half of the Marathon. Along the way protruding rocks and roots are waiting to send you crashing to the ground mangling flesh and only temporarily masking the pain of blood filled blisters. Meanwhile, the temperature has often risen by more than 30 degrees since the start of the race. After all, it’s always best to cook raw meat.

Because the Ascent and Marathon are so unique and so physically demanding when compared to other half-marathons or marathons, having a general understanding of the courses is the key to planning your training.

The Ascent or ascent portion of the Marathon can take as long, or longer, than a full flatland marathon. In fact, many flatlanders find that it can take much longer! On the other hand, if you have trained in high altitude, it is possible to go a little faster than your flatland marathon time during the Ascent.

In general, if you live at altitude, go with your flatland marathon time. Otherwise, add 1/2 hour to your flatland marathon time. The average descent time is about 63% of the runner's Ascent time. In other words, the downhill is not free, and there are even a few ups on the way down!

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Race Date: 08/19/2018 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 3:32:19 Dakota Jones 27 Durango, CO
2nd Male 3:37:19 Oriol Cardona Coll 23 Banyoles, ESP
3rd Male 3:37:34 Darren Beck Thomas 24 Colorado Spgs, CO
4th Male 3:37:48 Stian Angermund-Vik 31 Bergen,NOR
Female 4:15:04 Megan C Kimmel 38 Ridgway, CO
2nd Female 4:30:52 Laura Orgué 31 Igualada, ESP
3rd Female 4:37:00 Kristina Marie Mascarenas 29 Colorado Spgs, CO
4th Female 4:44:45 Emily Elizabeth Schmitz 37 Wauwatosa, WI
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 4:43:59 Mark D Torres 42 Lakewood, CO
M 50-59 5:18:42 Paul Joseph Hooge 55 Boulder, CO
M 60-69 6:15:30 Michael S Donovan 66 Rio Rancho, NM
M 70+ 7:04:22 Clyde L Landry 71 Colorado Spgs, CO
F 40-49 5:32:08 Wendy L Stalnaker 40 Colorado Spgs, CO
F 50-59 5:19:50 Anita M Ortiz 54 Eagle, CO
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