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Fitness Tip#217 - October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

MOUNT WASHINGTON ROAD RACE

It’s only 7.6 miles, but mile for mile the “Run to the Clouds” might be the toughest and most scenic running event anywhere. Runners climb 4,727 feet on an average grade of 12 percent to reach the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast, located in New Hampshire. The race has its origins in 1904 when George Foster, a medical student, completed the route in 1 hour, 42 minutes to impress his friends. In 1936, some of Dr. Foster’s friends organized a race in his honor and now the mid-June event, held annually since 1966, attracts 1,000 runners, though at least that many are turned away by the race’s lottery entry process.


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