Courtesy of Nancy Hobbs

At today’s 55th running of the Pikes Peak Ascent, Team USA wins gold besting the other team competitors in the 7th WMRA World Long Distance Challenge, (England, Scotland, Slovenia, Germany) in spite of three of Team USA’s runners going off course approximately one mile below the A-frame water station which is approximately three mile from the summit finish line.

Brandy Erholtz, Bailey, CO, also led start to finish, but second and third-place finishers Kim Dobson, CO, and Anna Frost, Dunedin, NZ, were closing the gap in the final switchbacks on the course. The top three women finished within one minute of one another. Erholtz ran 2:41:51, Dobson ran 2:41:53, Frost was timed in 2:42:46. Frost was the only first-timer in the Ascent. Erholtz won the race in 2008, Dobson was the second place finisher in 2009.

Erholtz, just returned from Europe where she won the Mayrhofen race in Austria, and finished 4th in the famous Sierre Zinal Race. She will return to Europe at month’s end to prepare for the 26th World Mountain Running Championships to be held in Kamnik, Slovenia, on September 6.

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