Michael Selig - Pikes Peak Sub 2:30 List

Monday, August 23, 2010

“Put Me On The List!”

By Michael Selig


Those were the first words Nick Clark of Fort Collins spoke to me yesterday after finishing 5th (in a time of 4:00:35) at the 55th running of the Pikes Peak Marathon. Nick was the last runner to sneak under the 2:30 ascent barrier in what was an epic weekend of racing on Pikes Peak that yielded a heated international WMRA competition, a record breaking number of sub-2:30 ascents (16), and the 2nd best rookie performance ever at the hallowed event.


This year’s designation of the Pikes Peak Ascent as the 7th WMRA Long Distance Mountain Running Challenge was sure to draw a competitive field; despite a number of high-profile no-shows, the verdict was that it did just that. From the gun, returning WMRA champion Marc Lauenstein (SUI) and a pack of elite mountain runners were challenged by mountain running freshman Glenn Randall. Randall, a virtual unknown with only one person picking him for the win in this year’s Pikes Peak Ascent Prediction Challenge, made what looked like an amateur mistake throttling the pace from the start only to prove everyone wrong by maintaining his gap on the field and summiting the mountain in what would be the fastest ascent of the weekend (2:09:28). His time puts him at #8 on the all-time list of top Pikes Peak competitors and was the second fastest rookie performance in the history of the competition (#1 being Al Waquie’s 1981 marathon debut; a 2:05:46 ascent).

On top of Randall’s stunning performance, the remaining competition was the strongest the Ascent has ever seen with 12 competitors besting the two hour and thirty minute benchmark to the summit, breaking the previous record of 11 (2007). In addition to the twelve, four top US runners made a tragic wrong turn mid-race while holding positions 4 through 7, costing them all 15 minutes of race time. All four would have likely run sub-2:30 and elevated the total to 16. At the end of the day 6 new additions were made to the all-time sub-2:30 ascent list.

All of the excitement fueled strong women’s and international team competitions as well. Both US teams held strong on their home turf to claim victory over a tough European contingency. While hopefully one of my teammates will put together a write-up on the women’s race a detailed write-up of the international team competition can be found at http://www.wmra.info.

The record breaking weekend didn’t end with Saturday’s Ascent. Sunday morning I had the privilege of riding to the summit with Pikes Peak legend Scott Elliott, getting there just in time to cheer on the top crew as they reached the cog-rail turn around. In the front were some of the usual suspects out of Manitou Springs; last year’s champion Matt Carpenter trailed by the 2009 runner-up Daryn Parker, who reached summit just under six minutes back in a time of 2:23:23. Two more runners would complete their ascent in just under 2:30:00, Nick Clark and Spain’s Jesed Gispert, before heading for the finish in downtown Manitou. While Matt would go on to repeat last year’s victory, the gap was minimal and Daryn descended to finish only 00:01:23 behind in what was shortest spread in the marathon between anyone and Carpenter in over 15 years. The top five runners would finish within 10 minutes of each other, with four going under the 4 hour mark to match the 4 that broke the 2:30 ascent barrier. All together the weekend’s performances would produce 16 sub-2:30 performances beating the previous weekend record of 15 (1985, 1988). It was a weekend not only of fast times but a new level of depth in competition which has raised the bar for what can be expected in the years to come. It was a pleasure to be part of it all and congratulations to all that achieved their goals and exceeded their own expectations.

For those interested I have put together the current list of all runners who have dipped under the 2:30:00 over the history of the competition. Other than boredom and a love for the Pikes Peak races I take little credit for this and praise the number of devoted volunteers, particularly Matt Carpenter, who over the years have taken the time to compile, organize and make available the entirety of the Pikes Peak racing history; it was truly a pleasure to sit down and dig into the wealth of data. If I have overlooked anything or made any mistakes please post corrections on the blog.

The All-Time Pikes Peak Sub-2:30:00 Ascent List


Rank Runner Personal Best
1 Matt Carpenter* 2:01:06
2 Martin Rodriguez 2:04:51
3 Ricardo Mejia 2:05:04
4 Chuck Smead 2:05:22
5 Al Waquie 2:05:46
6 Scott Elliott 2:06:47
7 Rick Trujillo 2:09:27
8 Glenn Randall** 2:09:28
9 Michael Tobin 2:10:35
10 Chester Carl 2:10:54
11 Marty Froelick 2:11:46
12 Wes Smith 2:12:13
13 Marc Lauenstein** 2:12:19
14 David Casillas 2:12:24
15 Tim Parr 2:12:32
16 Pat Porter 2:12:35
17 Walter Sargent 2:13:12
18 Simon Gutierrez 2:13:29
19 Andy Ames 2:13:48
20 Hobie S Call 2:15:12
21 Stephen Smalzel 2:15:35
22 Ron McCurley 2:15:44
23 Dick Ledoux 2:15:58
24 Ricky Gates** 2:16:44
25 Mark Stickley 2:17:07
26 Chris Nelson 2:17:33
27 Sheldon A Larson 2:17:41
28 Stan W Fox 2:17:42
29 Gavin Sloane 2:17:54
30 Galen Burrell* 2:18:15
31 Aaron Rubalcaba-Lopez 2:18:23
32 Jim Howard 2:18:30
33 Jeremy Wright 2:18:32
34 Ken Young 2:18:32
35 Daryn Parker* 2:18:35
36 Lou Supino 2:18:45
37 Robert Weed 2:18:46
38 Daniel Vega 2:18:56
39 Paul Koch 2:19:24
40 Darrin Rohr 2:19:41
41 Tommy Manning 2:19:59
42 Ryan Hafer* 2:20:04
43 Tom Sobal 2:20:27
44 Creighton King 2:20:46
45 Chris Reveley 2:20:56
46 Alex Nichols* 2:20:57
47 Ted Castaneda 2:21:05
48 Steven Warshawer 2:21:25
49 Dale Petersen 2:21:31
50 Michael Selig* 2:21:41
51 Payton Batliner 2:21:44
52 Brent Friesth 2:21:51
53 David Herr 2:21:56
54 Andrew Peace* 2:22:00
55 Ned Overend 2:22:17
56 Harry Kent 2:22:28
57 Brent Brown 2:22:43
58 Mike Harrie 2:22:54
59 Clint Roberts 2:22:57
60 John Tribbia 2:22:57
61 Morgan Donnelly** 2:23:05
62 John Lermusik Jr. 2:23:08
63 Maclean Wilson 2:23:15
64 Steve Gachupin 2:23:26
65 Greg Burrell  2:23:28
66 John Ortega 2:23:37
67 Scott Gall 2:23:49
68 Christopher Kamper 2:23:51
69 James Lewis 2:24:01
70 Dick Wenham 2:24:02
71 Dennis Bufalry 2:24:03
72 Zac Freudenburg 2:24:12
73 Mohamed Elhajouri 2:24:24
74 Nathan Shultz 2:24:40
75 Allyn Cureton 2:24:45
76 Bob O'Connell 2:24:46
77 Mitchell Craib 2:24:53
78 Rick Lower 2:24:56
79 Matthew Cull 2:25:04
80 Keith Woodwrd 2:25:24
81 Bill Raitter 2:25:26
82 Mark Cucuzzella 2:25:33
83 Mark Blaser 2:25:36
84 John Esquibel 2:25:37
85 Michel Kloser 2:25:39
86 Joel Bratz 2:25:43
87 Paul Dewitt 2:25:43
88 Senovio Torress 2:26:01
89 Steve Blum 2:26:04
90 Robert Bunnell 2:26:16
91 Bernie Boettcher 2:26:37
92 Skip Hamilton 2:26:39
93 Peter Maksimow** 2:26:39
94 Steven Chase 2:26:43
95 Edward Boggess 2:26:46
96 Lyndon Ellefson 2:26:52
97 Hugh Symonds 2:26:57
98 Ricky Denesik 2:27:06
99 John Swartz 2:27:16
100 Matt Ebiner 2:27:29
101 Roger Billotte 2:27:37
102 Andy Dimmen 2:27:43
103 Steve Gayner 2:27:47
104 Jim Heidelberg 2:27:48
105 Michael McDonald 2:27:50
106 Michael Ramsgard 2:27:50
107 Miguel Lopez* 2:27:52
108 Craig Heacock 2:27:53
109 Robert Landis 2:28:03
110 Zach Crandall 2:28:16
111 Dave Bingham 2:28:23
112 Christopher Parks 2:28:25
113 Dave Mackey 2:28:25
114 Mike Davis 2:28:33
115 Mark Cummings 2:28:35
116 Brian Reinhold 2:28:40
117 Robert Pratt 2:28:41
118 Shane Green 2:28:48
119 Vernon Morris 2:28:54
120 Steve Mahleu 2:28:56
121 Alan Mayer 2:28:58
122 Jesed Gispert** 2:29:20
123 Dawes Wilson 2:29:21
124 Patrick Judge 2:29:23
125 Greg Birk 2:29:33
126 Timo Zeiler** 2:29:33
127 Jason Crompton 2:29:40
128 Andrew Crook  2:29:41
129 Eric Pierson 2:29:43
130 Cloefas Villegas 2:29:44
131 Nick Clark** 2:29:48
132 Tom Borschel 2:29:51
133 Pete Heck 2:29:52
134 Cornelis Guijt 2:29:53
135 Tim Mondragon 2:29:56
136 Paul Brennon 2:29:58

*Indicates sub-2:30 performance in 2010; **New to list in 2010

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