Runners who hope to join the 62nd running of the Delta Dental Mt. Washington Auto Road Race on Saturday, June 17th must register for the random selection, or lottery, between February 13th and 27th.
This race continues to be “a must run race” to runners around the world. The random selection registration opens on Monday, February 13th at 8 a.m. through the Auto Road website.
With the recent record wind chill registered at Mt. Washington of -108 degrees Fahrenheit and wind gusts up to 127 mph, it comes as no surprise that the star of this race is the mountain itself, full of mystique, intrigue, and challenge. The final coveted slots in the race will be filled by a random drawing from registrants.
Random selection registrants can register individually or as a part of a registration group. Runners registering as a group (up to 15 runners) will either all be selected together or all be turned down by the lottery. Registrations must be complete by February 27th at 11:59 p.m. Notification of acceptance or rejection by the random selection will be sent via email to each applicant on March 2nd, and the entry fee, charged only to those selected by the lottery, is $105 not including administrative fees.
In addition to the random selection registration, the charity registration, which offers 200 slots on a first come first serve basis, sold out in 40 minutes on January 11th. The eager support for this option shows the dedication and good nature of the Mt. Washington running community. As a result of the inaugural charity registration in the 2022 race, a donation of $48,807 was made to Coös County Family Health Services. Coös County Family Health Services provides vitally needed health care, social services, and dental care to the rural residents of Northern New Hampshire, care that would otherwise require travels of great distances to large regional facilities. The ability to provide high quality care and services locally, services that people in cities and larger towns take for granted, is the mission of Coös County Family Health Services.
Sponsored by Delta Dental, the race ascends the Mt. Washington Auto Road from Pinkham Notch, N.H., to the 6,288-foot summit of Mt. Washington. After a shortened race in 2022 due to hazardous conditions at the summit, runners are hoping to face the full challenge of the unrelenting grade, Mt. Washington’s famously high winds, precipitation, and unpredictable temperatures which makes this race one of a kind. Prizes include $1000 apiece for the first male and female finishers, smaller cash prizes for the next five men and women and the top three male and female masters (over 40), prizes for the first male and female finishers from New Hampshire, and a $5000 bonus for setting a new course record.