The Golden Trail Series moves continents this weekend, with the fourth race in the inaugural 2018 programme taking place at high altitude in the USA tomorrow.
The Pikes Peak Marathon is the only Golden Trail Series league race out of Europe, apart from the Grand Finale at the Otter African Trail Race in South Africa in October.
The 42km route begins and ends in Manitou Springs, Colorado and climbs from 2,382 meters to a lung-searing elevation of 4 302 metres.
It’s also a race with seemingly unbreakable course records. The men’s record time of 3 hrs 16 min 39 sec has stood since 1991, while the women’s record of 4:15:18 was set in 1981.
With leading South African athletes, including Kane Reilly, Thabang Madiba and Megan Mackenzie, biding their time for the fifth and final league race in Scotland next month and opting instead for the local Whale of Trail, interest will focus on the Europe vs America contest which is taking on “Ryder Cup” proportions.