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Runners break several Pikes Peak Marathon records

By: Kristina Iodice kristina.iodice@gazette.com
August 18, 2013 Updated: August 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm
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photo - Stevie Kremer of Crested Butte was the first place finisher for women at the Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, August 18, 2013.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Stevie Kremer of Crested Butte was the first place finisher for women at the Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, August 18, 2013.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) 

Records were broken Sunday morning as those in the Pikes Peak Marathon streamed back into Manitou Springs.

Stevie Kremer of Crested Butte had led the women throughout the race. She was the first woman to cross the finishline in Manitou, and set two records.

At 4:17:10, she set a new course record for her age group. The previous Record of 4:21:09 was set in 2006.

Kremer, 29, also set a new record for the descent in her age group that was set only last year.

On Saturday, runners tackled Pikes Peak, but only in one direction. Sunday they run up and then head right back down. The fastest runners arrived back in Manitou Springs about 10:45 a.m., after starting off at 7 a.m.

Touru Miyahara took first the Pikes Peak Marathon, with Alex Nichols mere seconds behind him.

About 800 runners are registered for the marathon. They head up Barr Trail to the summit, then return to the finish line at the corner of Ruxton and Manitou Avenue.

The Pikes Peak Marathon dates back to 1956, making it the third-oldest marathon in the United States behind only Boston and Yonkers.

Top Marathon Finishers:
1 - Touru Miyahara of Gotemba-shi, Shizuoka, Japan, at 3:43:23
2- Alex Nichols of Colorado Spgs at 3:43:46
3 - Jason Delaney of Polson, Mont., at 3:53:45
4 - Galen Burrell of Mill Valley, Ca. at 3:56:11
5 - Cameron Clayton of Boulder at 4:00:46
6 - Dave Mackey of Boulder at 4:01:59
7 - Jokin Mitxelena of Urnieta, Autonomous Community of Basque Country, northern Spain., at 4:02:59
8 - Eric D Martin of Castelltercol, Spain at 4:13:59
9 - Gary Gellin of Menlo Park, Ca., at 4:14:10
10 - Oscar Casal Mir of Andorra at 4:14:51
11 - Marco Zuniga of Durango at 4:15:50
12 - Stevie Kremer of Crested Butte at 4:17:10

Top women:
1 - Stevie Kremer of Crested Butte at 4:17:10
2 - Salynda Fleury of Conifer at 4:46:32
3 - Laia Trias of Spain at 4:49:54
4 - Karoline Dohr of Voitsberg, Austria at 4:51:54
5 - Michele Yates of Littleton at 4:56:09

Mackey was the first "Doubler" of this year's event. He ran the Ascent Saturday with a time of 2:34:17. His combined time for both events - two trips up the America's mountain and one trip down - was 6:36:16.

Dohr, 55, broke three records with her time.

She set a new course record for her age group; the previous record was set in 2005. Dohr also set new age-group records for her ascent and descent, breaking records set in 2012 and 2005, respectively.

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