MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. — The 68th annual Pikes Peak Marathon saw familiar faces at the finish line, as Jonathan Aziz and Kristina Mascarenas successfully defended their titles. Both runners overcame physical challenges and stiff competition to secure their victories on another busy weekend of competition.
A Battle of Endurance and Will
Jonathan Aziz, who completed the marathon in 3 hours, 43 minutes, and 45 seconds, had to fight through minor injuries. A fall around Barr Camp briefly halted his race, but he managed to regain his rhythm.
Aziz also had to fend off Seth DeMoor, who remained close throughout the 26.2-mile course. The two exchanged leads multiple times, but Aziz ultimately pulled ahead to secure his win.
Personal Bests and Celebrations
Kristina Mascarenas set a personal record with a time of 4:31:33, beating her previous best of 4:37:34. Despite sporting blisters on her feet due to a new pair of shoes chosen for better grip, she crossed the finish line and celebrated with a cartwheel.
“I did gymnastics for a decade, so a cartwheel is something I can still do,” Mascarenas said.
Both Aziz and Mascarenas bore the physical toll of the race. Aziz had bandages on his right kneecap and wrist, while Mascarenas revealed a dark red, quarter-sized blister on her big toe.
“I will be paying greatly for this,” Mascarenas commented, referring to her shoe choice.
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