World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship
Pike’s Peak Ascent, USA
Saturday 21 August 2010
Event website: www.pikespeakmarathon.org
Andrew Lee, The North Face 100 km champion and Six Foot Track place getter, is one of Australia’s fittest and toughest endurance runners. Together with Brendan Davies, runner up in the 2009 Deep Space Marathon and another top performer at Six Foot Track, Lee is representing Australia this Saturday in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship up Pike’s Peak in the USA.
The elevation gain (start to summit) is 2,382 meters; the start is at 1,920m and the summit is 4,302m. At the summit there is 40% less oxygen in the air than at sea level so pace judgment abd altitude tolerance are as important as mountain running ability. In 2006 Canberra’s Emma Murray contested the last World Long Distance Mountain Running Championship held on Pike’s Peak and triumphed, winning the world title for the second year in a row.