Pikes Peak Marathon Announces Drug Tests

First U.S. trail race with testing

Joe Spring

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Contestants in the 2013 Pikes Peak Marathon and Pikes Peak Ascent will be subject to drug testing after the event. The United States Anti-Doping Agency will randomly select six of the top ten finishers in the 26.2-mile marathon and four of the top ten finishers in the 13-mile ascent and administer tests. It is the first United States trail race to announce drug testing.

“We have some very famous records for our races, and when these records are broken, like they were last year, we want people to know they’re done legitimately,” Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent president Ron Ilgene told KRDO.

Athletes will receive their prize money after the test results have been returned, no later than six weeks after the race. The winners of the marathon receive $3,000 and the winners of the ascent win $2,000, though winners may receive higher amounts if they break course records.

“Unfortunately, when more money is involved, the suspicion does arise and people do things to make money,” three-time winner of the Pikes Peak Ascent Simon Gutierrez told Colorado Runner. “With the big prize money at Pikes Peak I think most of mountain runners will feel positive about it.”

For more, read “Pikes Peak Marathon and Ascent Will Test for Performance-Enhancing Drugs in 2013 Events” in Colorado Runner.

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