|Pikes Peak – Jornet and Forsberg winners|
The records stand, but new champions emerge: Kilian Jornet wins the 57th Pikes Peak Marathon, Sunday, in 3h40’26” followed by new skyrunning star, American Alex Nichols in 3h47’22” and Max King, third in 3h50’10”.
In the women’s field, the race went according to forecast with a full Salomon podium: Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg first, 11th overall, in 4h28’07”, American Kasie Enman second in 4h28’25” and Spain’s Mireia Mirò, third in 4h32’13”, 15th overall.
The men’s race saw a tight group to the summit with Jornet leading throughout. Local runner Alex Nichols is evidently getting a taste for distance and altitude after excelling in his first SkyMarathon® at the recent SkyGames® in the Spanish Pyrenees with a 5th position while Max King, after a brilliant 3rd at Speedgoat, held the pace to close 3rd. Colorado runner Marshall Thomson took fourth while France’s Greg Vollet and Oscar Casal Mir from Andorra took 5th and 6th respectively.
The women’s race was won on the descent. A downhill specialist, Forsberg was ten minutes behind at the summit and overtook Enman on the last mile to the finish. Both Jornet and Forsberg set new records on the downhill – a natural for seasoned skyrunners. Mirò’s tendon injury held off and was pleased to have finally concluded a marathon, the first this year. Michele Suszek from Colorado was 4th and Britain’s Lauren Jeska, 5th.
Jornet and Forsberg now lead the Skyrunner® World Series ranking. After just a few days’ rest and training they’ll be ready for the next challeng: the highly technical and gruelling Kima Trophy in Italy, on Sunday, where Jornet will face strong competition from top runners Tom Owens and Andy Symonds from Great Britain, Michel Lanne from France and Germany’s young Philipp Reiter.