Team Colorado's Justin Ricks regained his American Discovery Trail Marathon title on Labor Day, running 2:36:12.
He set the course record back in 2009 with a 2:32:30, but that was broken by fellow TC teammate Alex Nichols the next year in 2:30:32. Ricks finally returned to race, which starts at Palmer Lake and runs south along the Santa Fe Trail culminating at America The Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs, after a two year hiatus and a whole lot of miles and races in his legs.
Ricks high-fiving his cheering son Malachi along the course Photo: Denise Ricks
He recently competed in the Speed Goat 50K at the end of July, then ran the 6-day, 120-mile Gore-Tex Trans Rockies Run in mid-August. So, taking the altitude and terrain into account, Justin really ran a marathon time of 1:53:13 if you use the reliable Paul Ryan Time Calculator.
Ricks takes a Puebloan West shower after the race Photo: Denise Ricks
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Yeaaaah, that's a nice shower!