Colorado Springs, Colo. (August 30, 2023) – Inspired by the calls of trail running athletes, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is pleased to announce a partnership with Salomon North America and the Golden Trail National Series to conduct pre-race anti-doping education and in-competition testing at the Pikes Peak Ascent and Mammoth Trail Fest this September. The partnership is an important first step in implementing robust anti-doping protocols and practices to provide trail runners with access to a level playing field.

“Trail running athletes have been calling for robust anti-doping protocols in their sport for years and we are honored to stand with them in the effort,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart. “This partnership with the Golden Trail National Series is a great step in the right direction and we hope to see more progress in the future with additional education, increased in-competition testing, and the potential addition of out-of-competition testing.”

Under the current agreement, USADA will deliver a pre-race education webinar for all athletes competing in the Mammoth Trail Fest in Mammoth Lakes, California and the Pikes Peak Ascent, where athletes will attempt to summit Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs at a grueling vertical climb of 7,800 feet. Additionally, athletes competing in these events will be subject to urine testing during the in-competition period. All testing will be conducted in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

“At Mammoth Trail Fest, we believe in with respect to the environment, competitive sport, and our community, there is no place for shortcuts or compromised ethics,” shares Mammoth Trail Fest race director, Tim Tollefson. “We remain committed to clean sport through advocacy and education. We are delighted that we now offer legitimate gold standard race-day testing at both races through USADA.”

“The Golden Trail Series brings an elevated level of competition to the Pikes Peak Ascent, and with this level of competition, we want to advocate for clean sport and enhance the future of trail running,” says Ryan Linder, Pikes Peak Marathon race director. “Overall, the Pikes Peak Marathon is thrilled to collaborate with Salomon and Mammoth Trail Fest to make this partnership with USADA possible.”

Results management will be conducted by USADA and handled according to the WADA International Standard for Results Management. As always when USADA is the results management authority, any sanctions will be published on the USADA website after conclusion of the results management process. Race organizers will withhold prize money until the results are processed.

About USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency)

USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping programs for all Olympic, Paralympic, UFC, and Professional Fighters League (PFL) athletes. USADA is an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to stand with athletes to champion their right to clean sport, inspire true and healthy sport, and promote the integrity of sport.

About Salomon:

Born in the French Alps in 1947, Salomon creates premium footwear, apparel, gear and winter sports equipment that is superior in function, radical in design and obsessive in style. At the Annecy Design Center, engineers, designers, and athletes collaborate to write the future of sports by creating products that transform outside sports experiences and enable a deeper connection with nature, allowing people to unleash the best version of themselves so that they might positively impact the world.

About Pikes Peak Marathon:

The Pikes Peak Marathon, founded in 1956, is the oldest continually held marathon in the United States, taking runners from Manitou Springs, Colorado, to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet, and back down for a total of 26.2 grueling mountain miles.

About Mammoth Trail Fest:

From world-class trail races and community focused events to free live entertainment, storytelling, and great local food, Mammoth Trail Fest is a multi-day experience designed to increase access to trail and ultrarunning through opportunity, education, and trail stewardship.


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