Twin Peaks for Erholtz and Randall
Glenn Randall and Brandy Erholtz took dramatic wins at Saturdays classic Pikes Peak Ascent race. The US athletes won the race to the top of this 14,000ft plus brute of a hill, which also included the World Long Distance Mountain Running championship event…
Though their wins were equally dramatic, it was that of Erholtz which was fought right the way to the top of the mountain. Having won the Harakiri Berglauf some three weeks previously Erholtz was obviously in good form, and having also won the race in 2008 the Evergreen runner had a mere 13 seconds in hand over fellow American Kim Dobson.
Ascent first-timer Anna Frost came home a very strong third, declaring that her “head was spinning at the top, plus my feet were cramping, other than that loved the race and very pleased with my run”.
There were no such dramas in the men’s race for Randall though, as he won by a clear 2 min 51 secs, covering the 13.32 mile climb in 2:09:28. Marc Lauenstein was second, with Ricky Gates making up the podium.
Further down the field there was a storming run by former international mountain biker Mike Kloser. The 50 year-old Vail resident utterly smashed the men’s over-50 age group record, as he carved a full 8 minutes off Dale Peteren’s record!