A classic Colorado runner with new-school tendencies and an admittedly bad Coloradan, albeit in reform, won the 2020 Pikes Peak Marathon on Sunday.
Seth DeMoor, a 35-year-old from Englewood, is the type of runner people can expect to find in Colorado. He grew up in Buena Vista watching his dad, Joe, race on Pikes Peak in the ‘90s and has a video blog dedicated to his trail running with nearly 100,000 subscribers. After finishing second in the 2019 Ascent — the 2020 race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic — DeMoor decided to enter his first Pikes Peak Marathon and won the race in 3 hours, 36 minutes and 31 seconds, a record for the 35-39 age group.
“I’ve always wanted to do the marathon. This is my first one for Pikes Peak,” DeMoor said. “I’ve done the Ascent, I think, three or four times, and it turned out to work out well because of the Ascent being canceled, and the marathon was on. So that was good.”
Brittany Charboneau, of Denver, has some Colorado credibility to gain, though her 4:25:21 finish to win in the women’s race should help her cause.
“So, I’m a native Coloradan, and I came here ... I’ve never been to Pikes Peak. Never,” she said.
“I have been the world’s worst Coloradan up until the last year and a half because I was never on trails, like (I) wanted no part of trails because I just was like afraid of nature and I didn’t like the mountains. I just started getting into trail (running) last year.”