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Biggest challenge behind him, runner readies for Pikes Peak Ascent

By: JOE PAISLEY
August 18, 2011
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photo - William Dillon of Colorado Springs races to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak during the Ascent race Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE
William Dillon of Colorado Springs races to the summit of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak during the Ascent race Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE 

Scott Gall has already beaten Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So, he is respectful, if not exactly worried, about the challenge ahead when he competes in this weekend’s Pikes Peak Ascent.

The 13.32-mile race to the summit on Saturday morning starts a two-day event that finishes with the Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday.

Gall, 37, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, contracted the Epstein-Barr Virus, which attacked his body’s auto-immune system, and led to chronic fatigue. It forced the five-time U.S. mountain running world championship team member to quit competition for four years.

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