Mount Washington Road Race

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The Mt. Washington Road Race has an 11% grade, averaged over 7.6 miles.

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%, all uphill after the first few hundred yards. 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.

Competitors running on the upper portion of the auto road, well above tree line

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 Pichrtova are multiple winners. John J. Kelley and Jacqueline Gareau are the only runners ever to win both the Boston Marathon and the Mount Washington Road Race. Kelley won the former in 1957 and the latter in 1961. Gareau won Boston in 1980 and won Mt. Washington in 1989, 1994 and 1996.

In addition to having a steep road race course, Mount Washington is home to extremely unpredictable weather. Winds have been known to top 200 mph at the summit. Although the race has never been run in such extreme conditions, factors like snow, ice, fog, wind, rain and cold, added to the steep climb, can make the race exceptionally challenging for those who run it. It is not uncommon for temperatures at the foot of the mountain to be warm at the beginning of the race, but for runners to encounter wintry white-out conditions at the summit, even in June. In an attempt to create some levity out of the difficult conditions, race organizers have often used the slogan "only one hill" as the event's official motto.

Winners[edit]

Year Men Time Women Time
2013 9Blake Eric Blake -3- 0:59:57 059:57 9Haefeli Laura Haefeli (USA) 1:18:05
2012 9Canaday Sage Canaday (USA) 0:58:27 058:27 9Dobson Kim Dobson -2- 1:09:25
2011 9Gates Rickey Gates -2- 1:01:32 9Dobson Kim Dobson (USA) 1:12:11
2010 9Siemers Chris Siemers (USA) 1:00:22 9Amare Shewarge Amare (ETH) 1:08:21
2009 9Gates Rickey Gates (USA) 0:59:58 059:58 8Erholtz Brandy Erholtz -2- 1:10:53
2008 8Blake Eric Blake -2- 1:00:39 8Erholtz Brandy Erholtz (USA) 1:11:08
2007 8Wyatt Jonathan Wyatt -2- 1:01:25 4Pichrtova Anna Pichrtová -6- 1:12:53
2006 8Blake Eric Blake (USA) 1:01:09 4Pichrtova Anna Pichrtová -5- 1:11:18
2005 7Gutierrez Simon Gutierrez -3- 1:00:54 9Moon Melissa Moon (NZL) 1:10:11
2004 8Wyatt Jonathan Wyatt (NZL) 0:56:41 056:41 4Pichrtova Anna Pichrtová -4- 1:12:19
2003 7Gutierrez Simon Gutierrez -2- 1:02:54 4Pichrtova Anna Pichrtová -3- 1:12:50
2002 7Gutierrez Simon Gutierrez (USA) 2:00:00 028:02[1] 4Pichrtova Anna Pichrtová -2- 2:00:00 032:32[1]
2001 6Kihara Daniel Kihara -4- 1:00:06 4Pichrtova Anna Pichrtová (CZE) 1:13:48
2000 6Kihara Daniel Kihara -3- 0:59:24 059:24 9Muriithi Alice Muriithi (KEN) 1:17:26
1999 6Kihara Daniel Kihara -2- 0:59:03 059:03 9Remmers Barbara Remmers (USA) 1:13:52
1998 7Carpenter Matt Carpenter -3- 1:00:24 9Thorsell Magdalena Thorsell (SWE) 1:10:09
1997 9Fram Craig Fram (USA) 1:04:48 9Obrien Cathy O'Brien (USA) 1:12:24
1996 6Kihara Daniel Kihara (KEN) 0:58:21 058:21 7Gareau Jacqueline Gareau -3- 1:17:15
1995 9Mutisya Gideon Mutisya (KEN) 1:01:42 7Day J'ne Day-Lucore -3- 1:17:29
1994 7Dunham Dave Dunham -3- 1:03:22 7Gareau Jacqueline Gareau -2- 1:16:16
1993 7Carpenter Matt Carpenter -2- 0:59:49 059:49 7Day J'ne Day-Lucore -2- 1:12:59
1992 7Carpenter Matt Carpenter (USA) 1:00:43 7Day J'ne Day-Lucore (USA) 1:11:46
1991 8Froude Derek Froude -2- 1:00:35 7Maisto Christine Maisto -3- 1:12:15
1990 8Froude Derek Froude (NZL) 0:59:17 059:17 9Brown Lynn Brown (USA) 1:19:57
1989 7Dunham Dave Dunham -2- 1:02:59 7Gareau Jacqueline Gareau (CAN) 1:13:13
1988 7Dunham Dave Dunham (USA) 1:00:50 9Aiello Janine Aiello (USA) 1:20:48
1987 3Hodge Bob Hodge -7- 1:01:14 9Donovan Peg Donovan (USA) 1:15:05
1986 6Crossan Gary Crossan -4- 1:02:10 7Maisto Christine Maisto -2- 1:19:26
1985 3Hodge Bob Hodge -6- 1:01:31 7Maisto Christine Maisto (USA) 1:14:44
1984 6Crossan Gary Crossan -3- 1:01:13 9Haydock Betsy Haydock (USA) 1:20:46
1983 9Woodward Keith Woodward (USA) 1:06:38 9Sonnerup Anna Sonnerup (USA) 1:22:19
1982 6Crossan Gary Crossan -2- 1:01:40 7Hodgdon Cathy Hodgdon -3- 1:22:40
1981 6Crossan Gary Crossan (USA) 1:02:51 7Hodgdon Cathy Hodgdon -2- 1:22:57
1980 3Hodge Bob Hodge -5- 1:04:29 7Hodgdon Cathy Hodgdon (USA) 1:26:44
1979 3Hodge Bob Hodge -4- 1:02:08 9Rockwell Martha Rockwell (USA) 1:19:14
1978 3Hodge Bob Hodge -3- 1:04:13 7Mendonca Eleonora Mendonça -3- 1:28:39
1977 3Hodge Bob Hodge -2- 1:04:44 7Mendonca Eleonora Mendonça -2- 1:30:05
1976 3Hodge Bob Hodge (USA) 1:05:31 7Mendonca Eleonora Mendonça (BRA) 1:35:05
1975 9Johnson Gary Johnson (USA) 1:06:01 9Sargent Hester Sargent (USA) 1:31:13
1974 9Capezzuto Jim Capezzuto (USA) 1:07:58 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1973 9Cederholm John Cederholm (USA) 1:08:26 9Demers Lise Demers (CAN) 1:51:51
1972 9Cormier Roland Cormier (USA) 1:09:16 9Lettis Charlotte Lettis (USA) 1:40:08
1971 6Gallagher Mike Gallagher -4- 1:07:27 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1970 6Gallagher Mike Gallagher -3- 1:09:06 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1969 6Gallagher Mike Gallagher -2- 1:06:44 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1968 6Gallagher Mike Gallagher (USA) 1:06:13 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1967 9Wooten Angus Wooten (GBR) 1:12:43 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1966 9Carroll Leo J. Carroll (GBR) 1:07:31 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1962 9Norris Fred Norris (GBR) 1:04:57 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1961 9Kelley John J. Kelley (USA) 1:08:54 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1938 8Darrah Francis Darrah -2- 1:15:27 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1937 9Donato Paul Donato (USA) 1:16:24 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---
1936 8Darrah Francis Darrah (USA) 1:15:50 9ZZ --- 3:00:00 ---

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  1. ^ a b 3.8 Miles - Base to 1/2 Way