It is hard to imagine in this beautiful summer weather, but just three weeks ago I was one of more than 1,000 runners who tackled the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road for the 54th annual Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race. With the harsh winds and chill of mid-30 temperatures at the nearly 6,300 foot summit, I am thankful to be back and running in sub 90 degree weather.
This year’s winners of the male and female titles were Joseph Gray and Shannon Payne, both of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dave Dunham of Billerica, Massachusetts and Craig Fram of Plaistow, New Hampshire were inducted to the Hall of Fame for performing exceptionally well in previous Mount Washington Road Races. Dunham first ran (and won) in 1988 and won again in 1989 and 1994. His course record is one hour and 50 seconds. Fram won the race in 1997, holds many age group records, and has finished in the top ten seven times. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Dave and Craig.
As the most trusted name in group and individual dental insurance in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, we are pleased that half of all proceeds from the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race are contributed to Coos County Family Health Services for their oral health programs. Based in nearby Berlin, New Hampshire, this community-based organization provides innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.
Thank you to the runners, hundreds of volunteers, and the Mt. Washington Auto Road staff who work tirelessly to make the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race a success every year. I look forward to 2015.
Watch the race re-cap video by Salmini Films here: