Mount Washington Road Race

Mount Washington Road Race

Mount Washington Road Race

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The Mount Washington Road Race is a 7.6 mile road running event that follows an auto road going from the base of Mount Washington in New Hampshire nearly to the mountain's summit (located at 6288 ft above sea level). The race was first held in 1936, and has been run annually since 1966. Women first participated officially in 1972. The race course rises 4650 vertical feet from start to finish. It is a steep mountain course with an average grade of 11%. Held in June each year, Mount Washington is a popular race for runners in New England, and also attracts many runners from other parts of the United States and the world. For non-elite runners, entrance is by lottery. The lottery winners are able to be among the approximately 1100 runners who partake in this annual event. The lottery is held in mid-March, with a sign-up period from March 1–15. Andy Schachat currently serves as race announcer.

The course record of 56:41 was set in 2004 by renowned mountain runner Jonathan Wyatt. The female course record was set by Magdalena Thorsell in a time of 1:10:49 in 1998. Multiple winners of the race on the men's side include Francis Darrah, Mike Gallagher, Bob Hodge, Gary Crossan, Dave Dunham, Derek Froude, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Kihara, Simon Gutierrez and Eric Blake. On the female side, Eleonora Mendonca, Cathy Hodgdon, Chris Maisto, Jacqueline Gareau, J'ne Day-Lucore, and Anna Pirchtova are multiple winners. John J. Kelley and Jacqueline Gareau are the only runners ever to...
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