Aritz Egea and Eli Gordón, 4th and 5th at Pikes Peak
The fifth round of the Golden Trail World Series has led the Salomon Iati runners to Colorado. Aritz Egea and Eli Gordón signed a great race, entering the 4th and 5th goal respectively in a race where the victory was for Kilian Jornet (3h27’28 ’) and Maude Mathys (4h02’45’). The Swiss also achieved the test record.
The Pikes Peak marathon, with 42.18km and 2,382m of positive slope and ascending to 4,302m of altitude, has been held since 1956 in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This is the oldest mountain marathon in the United States and the third in marathon type, just behind the urban Yonkers and Boston. In addition, in its fourth edition, in 1959, Arlene Pieper went down in history as the first woman to complete a marathon in the US.
This Sunday at 7 o’clock in the morning (Spanish 15h) a new edition with Egea and Gordón started among the participants. The Basque runner of the Salomon Iati Team would complete a great test, recovering sensations and running from you to you with Jornet, Sage Canaday or Marc Lauenstein, second and third respectively. Egea would cross happy goal in 3h45 ’.
“It has been a very suffered race. From the first kilometers I thought about retiring because neither the legs nor the head wanted to continue. But after 2 weeks of training and having the opportunity to run Pikes Peak, I couldn’t give up. I leave very happy with the result. ” This was Eli Gordón expressing herself after completing Pikes Peak in fifth position, with only four runners ahead: Mathys, Yngvild Kaspersen, Meg Mackenzie and Amandine Ferrato. The Salomon Iati Team runner would suffer but would be able to run at a good level to reach the finish line in 4h43.
Pikes Peak has been the fifth event of a Golden Trail World Series that will live two more tests: the Ring of Steall Skyrace and the grand finale, the Annapurna Trail Marathon. Egea and Gordón remain in the top 10 of the general ranking, both occupying the ninth position, so they continue with options to qualify for the grand finale to be held in October.
Photos: Philipp Reiter/GoldenTrailSeries/Salomon Running