The Pikes Peak Road Runner's hosted their second race in the four race Winter Series on Saturday in Colorado Springs. The race featured a short distance (4 mile) and long distance (8 mile) out-and-back trail run begining in El Pomar Youth Sports Park north on Sante Fe trail.
Michael Weiss arrived for the 10am start of the short course and was greeted by sunshine, mid 40s, and gusty head winds reaching 40+ miles per hour.
From the start line Michael found himself in fourth position and attacked third place runner, Robby Young, around mile 2.5 to move into third. However, the pair was not able to reach the leading runners, Robert Cheseret (the 5K US National Champion currently training for the London 2012 Olympics) and John Mickowski. Nearing the finish Young regained third position and Weiss finished in fourth with a time of 21:45, a 51 second improvement on his El Pomar race time in 2010 at same conditions.
Michael feels that the Winter Series provides optimum speed workouts for his triathlon training and is looking forward to the next off-road race on February 12th. His fourth place finish combined with January 8th's second place finish makes Weiss the current leader in the Pikes Peak Winter Series (picture: "Out There Colorado").