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Pikes Peak Marathon group to start drug testing, 'integrity' the goal

By: News services
June 7, 2018 Updated: June 8, 2018 at 7:17 am
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Runners look back after a false start and subsequent restart of the Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday, August 20, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

In the interest of fair play and clean sport, Pikes Peak Marathon Inc. announced it will conduct independent drug testing at its 2018 running races. Testing will begin Sunday at the 42nd running of the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile &10K Run.

"We want to ensure the integrity of our races, as well as our iconic course records," says Ron Ilgen, president of Pikes Peak Marathon Inc. "With the rapid growth of mountain running, along with providing substantial prize money awards, it is important to provide drug-free competition."

Runners may also be tested at the Summer Roundup Half Marathon, the Barr Trail Mountain Race and Pikes Peak Ascent. As part of the new Golden Trail Series, testing at the Pikes Peak Marathon will be handled by Salomon, race sponsor and Golden Trail Series organizer.

Racing clean has been a priority for Pikes Peak Marathon Inc., which in 2013 contracted with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to become one of the first mountain races to test for performance-enhancing drugs.

Pikes Peak Marathon Inc. is fortunate to have forged a partnership with Any Lab Test Now from Colorado Springs, making it possible to host cleaner competitions.

"Ensuring that local events maintain the highest standards of fair play and healthy competition is of utmost importance to us," says Amy Neary, owner of Any Lab Test Now.

The tests will look only for performance-enhancing drugs as outlined by USADA, and results will be reported exclusively to Pikes Peak Marathon Inc., and tested competitors. A positive test will result in disqualification and a lifetime ban from Pikes Peak Marathon Inc., events. The decision has been received positively by the running community, the group said.

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