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Colorado Springs resident Joseph Gray defends Pikes Peak Ascent title; Ethiopian runner wins close women's race

August 19, 2017 Updated: August 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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photo - Joseph Gray, left, and Touru Miyahara atop Pikes Peak after taking the first two places in the men's Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday. Gray won in just over 2 hours, 8 minutes. Photo by Vinny Benedetto, The Gazette
Joseph Gray, left, and Touru Miyahara atop Pikes Peak after taking the first two places in the men's Pikes Peak Ascent on Saturday. Gray won in just over 2 hours, 8 minutes. Photo by Vinny Benedetto, The Gazette 

Colorado Springs resident Joseph Gray defended his Pikes Peak Ascent title with his second win in as many years Saturday.

Gray reached the summit in just over 2 hours, 8 minutes, finishing roughly seven minutes off the course record.

Touru Miyahara, of Japan, finished second in 2:18:29, while Seth James DeMoor took third in 2:21:45.

Ben Payne (2:23:06) and Jan M Margarit Solé (2:25:39) rounded out the men’s top five.

The women’s race featured a tighter finish.

Ethiopian Serkalem Biset Abrha won with a time of 2:42.19 in her first ascent. Anna Mae Flynn (2:43:14) finished less than a minute later, while Addie Bracy rounded out the women’s top three in 2:47:55.

Shannon Payne (2:53:27) and Kathryn Ann Ross (2:54:58) rounded out the women’s top five.

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