Pinkham Notch, NH — Kim Dobson, 37, of Eagle, CO, ran away from the field to win the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race in a time of 1:11:16. It is Dobson’s sixth win in six tries. Ashley Brasovan, 30, of Golden, CO, took an early lead out of the gates and pushed the pace until being passed and dropped by Dobson around the 1.5 mile mark. Dobson’s lead at the halfway mark was around a minute over Brasovan. By the five mile mark Dobson’s lead was insurmountable, and she continued to pull away until the end. Brasovan held off a late surge from Samantha Diaz, 29, of Jackson, WY, to take second place in a time of 1:14:28. Diaz finished strong with a time of 1:15:24 for third place.
Rounding out the top five was 2019 co-winner, Heidi Caldwell, 29, of Craftsbury Common, VT, with a time of 1:19:11, and Ashley Busa, 36, of Portsmouth, NH, at 1:21:34. As the first finisher from the state of New Hampshire, Busa wins the Crossan Cup. Kim Nedeau, 41, of Leverett, MA, finished sixth and won the master’s division with a time of 1:21:46. Making Nedeau’s finish even more interesting is the fact that she hasn’t run for almost 2 years and has trained almost exclusively on an elliptical machine.
However, the big star of today’s race was Mt. Washington and the famous weather. What looked like a rainy day hours before race time, turned into a mostly sunny and muggy start. During the first several miles runners were treated to relatively sheltered winds and fairly dry conditions. Dobson took full advantage of the conditions and was on a record setting pace, with a course record and a $5000 bonus in sight. As the race hit the five mile mark Dobson was still setting a record pace, but it was here that the weather took control and center stage. What was a relatively nice day was erased all at once. From mile five until the end, runners were greeted with forty to fifty mile per hour winds with gusts over sixty. If the winds were not enough, the fog was so thick that visibility was diminished to almost nothing. Dobson quipped when she was done that she was not concentrating on her times, but just running the best she could. When asked if she was ever looking over her shoulder, Dobson responded with “it wouldn’t do any good, I wouldn’t know if anyone was there.”
Sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental, the race ascends the Mt. Washington Auto Road from Pinkham Notch, N.H., to the 6288-foot summit of Mt. Washington. In addition to the unrelenting grade averaging 12%, runners face the added challenge of Mt. Washington’s famously high winds, precipitation, and unpredictable temperatures. 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.
For a full list of results, visit the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race website: https://mt-washington.com/mount-washington-road-race
Video by Running and Racing: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=168510655253718
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