Coloradan Megan Kimmel received the summit dash to 14,115 ft (and again down) in four hours, 15 minutes, four seconds on the Pikes Peak Marathon over the weekend. And he or she broke the ladies’s course report that had stood since 1981.
All images by Philippe Reiter
Kimmel, 38, had the high-altitude conditioning required to smoke the sector. She lives and trains simply three hours away in Ridgway, Colo. The mountain city sits at 6,985 ft. The skinny mountain air fits her, she stated in a press launch.
Kimmel reached the summit of Pikes Peak in 2 hours 42 minutes. As she instructed the press, she didn’t rule out a win, however she was extra targeted on preserving a wholesome tempo. Nicely, no less than till she heard somebody say she might beat the report if she kicked up the tempo.
With 1 mile to go, Kimmel went all out and bested the longstanding report by simply 14 seconds. It was the 14th-best total time.
The feat was particularly spectacular, on condition that Kimmel had simply competed within the Swiss mountain race Sierre-Zinal the week prior. And he or she was in new sneakers. Kimmel raced in a prototype model of the S/Lab Extremely from Salomon, which sponsors her.
Laura Orgue of Spain got here in second, 15 minutes behind Kimmel. And Pikes Peak Marathon defending champion Kristina Marie Mascarenas settled for third this yr in four hours 37 minutes even. On her technique to the rostrum, Mascarenas added to the ladies’s course archives with the quickest downhill time ever run by a lady.
Downhill Historical past in Males’s Marathon Too
Dakota Jones, additionally a Coloradan, received the boys’s race in three hours, 32 minutes, 19 seconds — setting the quickest downhill time within the race’s 63-year historical past.
Jones did that after using his bike 250 miles from Durango, Colo., to the Colorado Springs race to boost funds for Defend Our Winters.
Within the press launch, he stated it was “enjoyable to return out right here as a Colorado boy and signify.”
Hats off to all of the beautiful performances at this yr’s Pikes Peak Marathon. And particular kudos to Megan Kimmel for pushing by to place her stamp on a long-standing report!
By Julie Kailus
Affiliate editor Julie Kailus has spent a profession masking folks, locations, and merchandise within the outside business. Julie could be discovered testing the most recent and biggest in her favourite actions — path working, mountain biking, swimming, snowboarding, and the underrated endurance sport of chasing two sons across the mountains.