|Pikes Peak Marathon – records may fall|
All eyes will be on Kilian Jornet at Sunday’s Pikes Peak Marathon after his controversial win at the Speedgoat 50k in July. Recent interviews with the skyrunning star underline the difference in both style and terrain between European racing and American trail running.
The long-standing 3h16’ 39“record on the Marathon course will be challenged not only by Jornet, but by Americans Max King, 2011 World Mountain Running Champion, and Rickey Gates – 2nd at Speedgoat, assuring a very fast field. Gates will also take part in Saturday’s Ascent.
The women’s record could also take a beating with Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg looking very strong. She has been training on the course since her incredible win in the Dolomites SkyRace® last month where she sliced four minutes off the previous record.
American Kasie Enman, 2011 World Mountain Running Champion, won the recent Giir di Mont SkyMarathon® in Italy and is strongly tipped for the podium. Spain’s Mireia Mirò could also be among the top finishers if her injury holds out on the descent and Britain’s Lauren Jeska, currently ranked 7th is aiming for a top position. The women’s record stands at 4h15’18”.
The zig-zag trail which ascends to the 4,299m summit of the mountain favours marathon and mountain runners, while the fast downhill will be a chance for athletes with skyrunning experience to show their skills. 800 runners will be at the start-line on Sunday’s 57th Pikes Peak Marathon, a race where marathon, trail, mountain and skyrunners will unite and the best man and woman win!