An adventure for all ages
Teen top man: 40-somethings lead women
By MERI-JO BORZILLERI
Colorado Springs teenager Ryan Hafer, 19, became the youngest to win the mens Pikes Peak Ascent in race history Saturday, but Lisa Goldsmith of Nederland led a trio of 40-somethings including Manitou Springs Cindy ONeill in the womens Ascents top four.
While this Ascent was one for the ages, it was also a showcase for ageless Mother Nature. A late-morning storm that dumped six inches of hail on Pikes Peak Highway stranded up to 600 people many of them exhausted runners for hours atop the 14,115-foot peak.
The misery didnt stop there. For the second straight year, the threat of lightning forced organizers to close the race course, turning back about 200 competitors just three miles from the summits finish line. Many had to walk the 10 miles or so back down the mountain to the race start.
Its been miserable for them, said Rick Johnson, Pikes Peak Highway ranger. The 50th Pikes Peak Marathon begins at 7 a.m. today in Manitou Springs. The forecast for Manitou Springs today from weather.com is 80 percent chance of precipitation including thunderstorms with a high of 72 degrees.
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