The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is this Saturday, June 20, and I’m ready to run it for the fifth time! My personal best is 1:50:51 (in 2011) for the 7.6 mile run and I’m hoping to better that result with a goal of 1:45.
At 9 am, more than 1,000 runners will tackle the Mt. Washington Auto Road with an average 12-percent grade. The final 70 yards are a challenging 22-percent grade and runners will eventually finish at the 6,288 foot summit, and will be “on top of the world,” at the highest peak in the northeast.
Northeast Delta Dental is proud to be the title sponsor of this intense athletic challenge. Our support of this race is in harmony with our mission to advance the oral health and overall wellness of our customers and the general public as half of the race proceeds will benefit Coos County Family Health Services’ oral health programs.
This year, four runners will be inducted into the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame including Eric Blake of West Hartford, Conn.; Eleonora Mendonca of Cape Cod, Mass.; Eric Morse of Berlin, Vt.; and Peter Watson (in memoriam) of Cape Ann, Mass.
You’ll see many local athletes there, including professional triathletes, Amber Ferreira of Concord, and Ryan Kelly of Bow.
Hope to see you there this weekend or at races in the future! Remember, there’s only one hill.