55th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race
· Joe Gray doubles up with 2nd fastest time at Mt. Washington
· Kim Dobson returns to the mountain with a bang
· Colorado runners shine again
· Freeman, Sandahl repeat as first New Hampshire finishers
Pinkham Notch, N.H. ÛÓ June 20, 2015
Joe Gray did it again ÛÓ and he did it in dominating fashion.
The mountain-running standout from Colorado Springs crushed it in the 55th
Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race on Saturday, setting
an American record for the race on the way to a repeat title. His time
of 58 minutes and 15 seconds was the second fastest in the history of
and Kim Dobson, who made a triumphant return to the mountain, led
another Colorado assault on New Hampshire and the grueling 7.6-mile,
all-uphill Mt. Washington Auto Road course.
runners are 31 and both cruised to triumphs on a glorious, sun-splashed
day on the highest peak in the Northeast. Temperatures were in the low
40s and climbing and there was not a lot of wind when the first runners
reached the peak and finish line at about 10 a.m.
of Colorado Springs, Colo., finished nearly three minutes ahead of his
nearest competitor, fellow Coloradan Andy Wacker, and had no one to
push him for most of the race.
Dobson was almost four minutes in front of Brandy Erholtz, a two-time winner of the race.
left me at about the two-mile mark and after that it was almost like a
time trial for both of us,” said Wacker, who was running his first
Mount Washington Road Race. “It was incredible he was able to do that
time running by himself.”
Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand owns the course record of 56:41, set in 2004.
Gray was excited about his win and his time, but was hoping to take a shot at Wyatt’s mark, too.
wasn’t focused on my pace well enough to get the overall mark,” he
said. “But I’m definitely very, very happy with the day. I’ve had an up
and down season so far. I came back and wanted to defend my title and
run a better time than last year.”
He did both ÛÓ convincingly.
the first repeat winner of the race since Simon Gutierrez, who was
sixth Saturday at age 49 in 1:04:02, won in 2002 and 2003.
a series of runnerup and third-place finishes, Gray won his first
Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race last year in a time
of 59:09. Gray is one of eight runners who has completed the race in
under an hour, and the only one to do it twice.
26 of Boulder, finished second in 1:00:59 and was well in front of Zach
Miller, 26, of Manitou Springs, Colo., in 1:03:15. Luca Cagnati, 25, of
Italy was fourth in 1:03:40.
won this race in 2011 and 2012. She was entered for the first time
since then. Dobson broke away early as well and finished in 1:11:39.
Erholtz, who won the race in 2008 and 2009, finished in 1:15:34.
Dobson’s time fit between her winning times of 1:09:25 in 2009 and 1:12:11 in 2011.
days you hit it right,” she said. “I remember in 2009 getting to the
first mile and thinking it didn’t feel like a hill. Some days you feel
spunky and some days you feel average. Today it felt like a hill. I
guess it should.”
47 of Del Norte, Colo., who won the 2013 race, was third in 1:17. Katie
Misuraca, 34, of Gloucester, Mass., was fourth in 1:17:37.
the second year in a row and fourth time in the last five years,
Colorado runners won both the men’s and women’s races. In addition,
runners from Colorado swept the top three positions for both men and
women Saturday. Colorado men grabbed six of the seven top spots in the
George Etzweiler of State
College, Pa., was the final of 1,052 finishers in the race in 3:28:41.
He’s 95 years old and was making a comeback. Etzweiler was unable to
compete last year because of illness.
Freeman, 38, of New Hampton was eighth overall in 1:05:55 and was the
first finisher from New Hampshire for the third straight year and
fourth time in the last five.
Freeman took nearly 30 seconds off his personal best mark in the race.
was a perfect day,” Freeman said. “I decided to run with no shirt. It
was fairly warm at the bottom. There was a bit of a headwind near the
top, but it was certainly not as windy as some years.”
Sandahl, 34, of Bow was fifth overall in 1:18:42 in the women’s race
for the second consecutive year and also repeated as the top New
Hampshire woman. Sandahl was hoping to better her 1:17:21 of a year
part of the day’s festivities, four runners ÛÓ Eric Blake, Eleonora
Mendonca of Massachusetts, Eric Morse of Vermont and the late Peter
Watson of Massachusetts ÛÓ were inducted into the Mount Washington Road
Race Hall of Fame during the post-race celebration.
of West Hartford, Conn., is the head men’s and women’s track &
field/cross country coach at Central Connecticut State University and
won the race in 2006, 2008 and 2013. He was excited about a chance to
challenge Gray and the field again Saturday, but was a late scratch
because of injury.
is retired and living on Cape Cod, won the race three straight times
from 1976-78; Morse has been among the Top 10 finishers in the race 14
times and three times has been the runnerup; and Watson, who died in
2012, ran Mount Washington 23 times from 1988-2011. He was the
organizer of Team Gloucester, which regularly sends an impressive
number of runners to the race.
Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race begins at the Auto
Road base on Route 16 north of Pinkham Notch and climbs to the
6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude
gain of 4650 feet. The runners battle not only each other but the
sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously severe winds.
six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds
the men’s course record at Mount Washington: 56 minutes 41 seconds, set
in 2004. The women’s record was set in 2010 by the 23-year-old
Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight
minutes 21 seconds.
Northeast Delta Dental has sponsored the
race up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road since 2001. The dental
insurance company, headquartered in Concord, N.H., with sales offices
in Saco, Maine, and Burlington, Vt., provides dental benefits to more
than 800,000 people in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, including
individuals and families, and organizations of all sizes. Northeast
Delta Dental’s President & CEO, Tom Raffio, has run the race in a
personal best of 1:50:51. In 2012, Northeast Delta Dental increased its
already strong support for the event, making it officially the
Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
of all proceeds from the race will be donated to Coos County Family
Health Services for their oral health programs. Based in nearby Berlin,
N.H., this community-based organization provides innovative,
personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to
everyone, regardless of economic status.
55th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race
2015 7.6 Miles – Base
Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH
Granite State Race Services
**** MEN’S RESULTS ****
Div Time Pace Name
Age Sex City/state
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1 1/68 M3034 58:15
7:40 Joseph Gray
31 M Colorado Springs
CO 1 CLUB NORTHWEST,
2 1/54 M2529 1:00:59 8:02 Andy Wacker
26 M Boulder CO 5
3 2/54 M2529 1:03:15 8:20 Zach Miller
26 M Manitou Springs
4 TEAM COLORADO
4 3/54 M2529 1:03:40 8:23 Luca Cagnati
25 M Italy
5 1/94 M3539 1:03:55 8:25 Peter Maksimow
36 M Manitou Springs
7 TEAM COLORADO
6 1/107 M4549 1:04:02 8:26 Simon Gutierrez 49
M Colorado Springs CO
6 TEAM COLORADO
7 2/68 M3034 1:05:25 8:37 Rickey Gates
34 M Woody Creek
895 TEAM COLORADO
8 2/94 M3539 1:05:55 8:41 Justin Freeman
38 M New Hampton
9 3/94 M3539 1:06:34 8:46 Josh Whitehead
36 M Madison AL
85 NEW BALANCE / SWIFTWICK
10 4/94 M3539 1:08:31 9:01 Daniel Princic
35 M Reading MA
10 WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM
11 3/68 M3034 1:08:41 9:03 Drew Best 33
M Amherst MA
19 ACIDOTIC RACING
12 4/68 M3034 1:08:52 9:04 Kris Freeman
34 M Thornton NH
13 4/54 M2529 1:09:36 9:10 Jason Dedonato
29 M Newmarket
14 1/11 M2024 1:09:48 9:12 Greg Krathwohl
23 M Ipswich MA
15 5/68 M3034 1:09:54 9:12 Ryan Kelly
33 M Concord NH
16 5/54 M2529 1:10:05 9:14 Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot 26 M Brooklyn NY
13 THE FIRM PROJECT
17 1/82 M4044 1:10:39 9:18 Matthew Byrne
40 M Scranton PA
14 SCRANTON RUNNING CO.
18 2/11 M2024 1:10:55 9:20 Ian Lutz
22 M Leeds MA
889 RUNREG / RUN
19 1/90 M5054 1:11:35 9:26 Dave Dunham
51 M Ward Hill
25 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
20 6/68 M3034 1:12:08 9:30 Kevin Tilton
33 M North Conway
18 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
21 2/90 M5054 1:12:19 9:31 Francis Burdett 50
M Worcester MA
22 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
22 3/90 M5054 1:12:20 9:32 Erik Vandendries 50 M Chestnut Hill MA
737 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
23 7/68 M3034 1:12:30 9:33 Patrick Ard
31 M Raymond NH
40 WHIRLAWAY RACING
24 2/107 M4549 1:12:55 9:36 Todd Callaghan
45 M Beverly MA
45 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
25 8/68 M3034 1:12:57 9:36 David Savard Gagnon 33 M Baie-St-Paul QC
26 3/11 M2024 1:13:00 9:37 Alex McGrath
24 M Marlborough
11 WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM
27 6/54 M2529 1:13:20 9:39 Scott McArthur
25 M Somerville
784 THE FIRM PROJECT
28 7/54 M2529 1:13:56 9:44 Sam Wood
28 M Laconia NH
37 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
29 2/82 M4044 1:14:25 9:48 Fergus Cullen
43 M Dover NH 32
30 8/54 M2529 1:14:31 9:49 Matthew Veiga
28 M Lynn MA &nbs