Park Rapids native Aaron Pike concluded the 2021 Summer Paralympic Games at Tokyo, Japan, by placing sixth out of 16 wheelchair racers in the marathon on Sept. 5.
The 35-year-old finished the race in the T54 category in 1:29.85. Japan’s Marcel Sui Hug won the gold medal with a winning time of 1:24:02.
Pike also competed in three track events in his third appearance at the Paralympic Games, placing ninth in both the 1,500-meter and the 800-meter wheelchair races and 11th in the 5,000-meter race.
In the 5,000 on Aug. 27, Pike finished fifth in his heat and 11th out of 17 competitors in 10:16.48. Sui Hug led the field in 10:29.90. In the 1,500 on Aug. 30, Pike finished fifth in his heat and ninth out of 19 competitors in 2:57.49. Sui Hug took first in 2:49.55. On Sept. 2, Pike placed third in his heat and ninth out of 16 competitors in the 800 in 1:36:48. Sui Hug also won that race in 1:33.68.
In his previous two Paralympic Games, Pike finished 13th in the 1,500 in 3:14.04, 16th in the marathon in 1:36:26 and 23rd in the 5,000 in 11:33.74 at the 2012 London Games and followed by placing 10th in the marathon in 1:30:13 and 21st in the 1,500 in 3:09.84 at the 2016 Rio Games.