Shea & Cogburn unbeaten at Newton’s Revenge

July 4, 2014 – PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. Marti Shea of Marblehead, Mass., has competed six times in Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile bicycle race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and six times she has won. Cameron Cogburn of Arlington, Mass., has raced in Newton’s Revenge just once, in 2012, when he won the men’s division of this all-uphill race handily. Having each been absent from the race in 2013, Shea and Cogburn will return to try to keep their undefeated records intact when the 2014 Newton’s Revenge hits the Auto Road on Saturday, July 12. The first riders of the day take off at 8:40 a.m.

Newton’s Revenge is the sibling race to the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, which is contested each August. The 41st Hillclimb is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 16. In case severe weather should make the course unmanageable on race day, the weather postponement date for each race is the next day: Sunday, July 13 for Newton’s Revenge and Sunday, Aug. 17 for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb.

The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.  Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.  On-line registration for Newton’s Revenge closes at noon on July 10, but last-minute entrants can still register in person on Friday evening, July 11, at the Mt. Washington Auto Road.  Registration for the Hillclimb is closed. Since winning the 2012 Newton’s Revenge, Cogburn, now 28, went on to win the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb the following month. He missed Newton’s Revenge in 2013 but then successfully defended his Hillclimb title later last summer by riding up the Auto Road in the second-fastest time ever recorded on this course, 50 minutes 48 seconds.   An unabashed fan of these steep bicycle challenges up the Auto Road, he said recently of Mt. Washington, “It’s in a league of its own,” he said. “Definitely, there’s nothing like it. It’s basically as pure an athletic race as it gets, I think.”

Besides having won Newton’s Revenge six times, Shea, now 51, won the Hillclimb three straight years from 2010 to 2012. In her 2012 Hillclimb victory, she put up her best time ever – and the second best of any woman ever on the mountain, 1:03:14. Jeannie Longo of France holds the women’s record of 58:14, which she set in 2000.

Coaching and bicycle tour guiding duties in Europe kept Shea away from the Mt. Washington races in 2013. This year she is entered in both races.

Last year’s Newton Revenge winners, Lea Davison of Jericho, Vt., and Dereck Treadwell of Topsham, Maine, have not entered this year. However, Silke Wunderwald, 42, of Hopkinton, R.I., and Eric Follen, 39, of Sanford, Maine, will be among those looking to challenge Shea and Cogburn.

Wunderwald won the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb last year in a time of 1:09:56. Follen turned in a 58:18 in Newton’s Revenge to finish four seconds behind Treadwell.

Cogburn plans to take a shot at the Mt. Washington record  – which can be set in either Newton’s Revenge or the Hillclimb – held by Tour de France racer Tom Danielson of East Lyme, Conn. Danielson conquered the Hillclimb in 2002 in a time of 49 minutes, 24 seconds.

Cogburn has improved his times on the mountain by large chunks each time out. He won Newton’s Revenge in 55:29 in his 2012 debut, clocked 52:28 for the Hillclimb the next month, and made the ascent in 50:48 in the Hillclimb last year.

Cogburn was off his bike for the first two weeks of June because of tendinitis and is hoping that doesn’t affect his shot at a win or the record.

“The weather has to cooperate, too,” he said. Mt. Washington’s summit is famous for high winds, clouds and drastic temperature drops.

Record or no record, Cogburn, a professional racer with Team Smartstop who is taking a break from his PhD studies at MIT, loves the challenge of the races up the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

“I always look forward to it,” he said. “I would say it’s the hardest hour, or however long it takes you to go up it, possible. From a racing perspective, it’s perhaps the quintessential climb. It’s so steep and so long. If you go over your limit, you can crack.”

Going out too hard, too early, can be a problem.

“Basically, you go over your lactic threshold for too long, you’re done,” Cogburn said. “On the perfect ride up there, you’re right on the edge, one you know you can hold for 50 minutes or more. You’re kind of playing a game of chicken with yourself. You can have a perfect ride, but it’s very hard. You don’t want to go over that edge. You’ve really got to be focused.”

One of the most focused cyclists in the field will be 15-year-old Mt. Washington veteran Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., who was nine years old the first time he competed in this race. Thompson finished last year’s Newton’s Revenge in 1:15:25, placing 23rd overall in the field of 170 finishers.

Bicycle racing began on Mt. Washington in 1973 with the Mount Washington Invitational Hillclimb sanctioned by the Amateur Bicycle League of America. In 2006, responding to the excess demand for entry to the Hillclimb, the Mt. Washington Auto Road company created Newton’s Revenge as an additional bike race on the same course.  While the newer race precedes the Hillclimb by several weeks, registration for Newton’s Revenge opens only after the Hillclimb has reached its capacity of 600 riders.

In 2007, the Mt. Washington Auto Road management and race organizers were forced to cancel that year’s Newton’s Revenge on account of horrible weather.  Fog, severe winds gusting to 72 mph. and temperatures hovering around freezing hammered the mountain on race day morning, and the following day’s weather was just as bad.  In an impressive display of bad luck, nearly identical conditions the weekend of the Hillclimb canceled that race as well. Since then, both races have taken place as scheduled.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as B.U.M.P.S. The series includes Mt. Ascutney in Vermont, Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

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Payne and Gray take top honors in the 2014 Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race

PINKHAM NOTCH NH – Veteran mountain runner Joseph Gray had tried and come so close each of the last three years.

Shannon Payne, a newcomer to running the hills, was giving the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race her first shot.

The two runners from Colorado Springs, Colorado, broke through in a major way on Saturday and won the men’s and women’s titles at the 54th running of this grueling all-uphill race in impressive fashion on a decent, but windy and chilly, day for racing.

Temperatures were in the high 40s at the base at the 9 a.m. starting time, and at the summit it was in the mid-30s, with winds gusting from 20 to 35 miles per hour.

Gray, 30, looked strong from the start and pulled away from defending champion and three-time winner Eric Blake of West Hartford, Connecticut, just past the halfway mark of the 7.6-mile trek up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the highest peak in the Northeast.

Gray finished in a time of 59 minutes and nine seconds. Blake, 35, the cross country and track and field coach at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, finished in 1:00:01, four seconds slower than his winning time last year.

Payne, 28, had run her first mountain race at the Black Canyon Ascent in Colorado only last month. She was a little wary of the Mt. Washington course when she got her first look at it on Friday by car on a tour conducted by 2012 winner Sage Canaday.

“Driving up, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this looks brutal,’” Payne said. “People run up this? All the way?”

She did. And fast.

She turned in a time of one hour, ten minutes and 12 seconds to edge Valentina Belotti, 34, of Italy by more than a minute and a half.

Both Payne and Gray turned in the fifth fastest times ever in their respective races, and each collected $1,000 for the win. Gray got an extra $500 for breaking an hour.

It was the first time since 2010 and only the second time since 1997 – when Craig Fram of Plaistow, N.H., and Cathy O’Brien of Durham, N.H. were victorious – that both the male and female races crowned a first-time winner.

Gray lined up his fist pump even before he got to the finish line and then let it go, wearing a huge smile, as he broke the tape.

He was fourth in his Northeast Delta Dental debut in 2008, third in 2009 and 2010 and runnerup in each of the last two years.

This year’s race was all his.

“It was tough,” said Blake, who won this race in 2006 and 2008 as well as last year. “I had been running real well and was in good shape. Joe’s strong. He took off pretty hard and I couldn’t stay with him after the first half. He put on a little surge and broke me.”

Last year, Gray, who has been splitting his time between Washington State and Colorado Springs, led Blake for much of the race but could not hold him off and had to settle for second.

“Today I felt pretty good and pretty comfortable,” Gray said. “Eric’s a very experienced runner,  and I knew if I was running with him that late in the race, we must be on a pace to run a solid race. . . . Eric never drops off. He’s always testing you. He pushes you. It makes you nervous to have him behind you.”

Gray kept him there this time.

Canaday, 28 of Boulder, Colorado, was third in 1:01:30. Two newcomers to the race, Zach Miller, 25, of Manitou Springs, Colorado, and Ryan Bak, 32, of Bend, Oregon, were fourth and fifth.

Belotti, 34, and her husband, Emanuele Manzi, 36, are both world class runners and were at the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race for the first time.

Manzi finished eighth in 1:06:27.

“We don’t have any races like this in the Alps,” Manzi said. “It’s different from our mountains, very steep. It’s a fantastic race.”

Brandy Erholtz, who won the race in 2008 and 2009, was third on the women’s side in 1:15:38.
Kasie Enman, 34, of Huntington, Vt., and the World Mountain Trophy winner in 2011, was fourth in 1:17:12.

Denise Sandahl, 33, of Bow, N.H., was fifth overall in 1:17:21 in her first Mt. Washington and won the Crossan Award as the first female from the state.

Larissa Dannis, 26, of Strafford, last year’s top New Hampshire runner, was a spot behind Sandahl in sixth. Dannis finished in 1:22:00, beating her time from last year by almost five minutes. Diana Davis was the third place female from New Hampshire in 1:24:39 and was eighth overall.

Justin Freeman, 37, of New Hampton was the top New Hampshire male for the third time and second year in a row. His time was 1:06:29 and he turned back a New Hampshire challenge from Brandon Newbould, 32, of Nottingham, N.H., near the finish. Newbould was 11th in 1:07:07.

Kris Freeman, 33, of Thornton, Justin’s brother and a 2014 Sochi Olympian in cross country skiing, was 15th overall and the third New Hampshire male in 1:09:28 .

The day’s events also included the induction of Fram and three-time Mt. Washington winner Dave Dunham into the race’s Hall of Fame. Dunham, running out of Lowell and then Londonderry, won the race in 1988, 1989 and 1994.

He beat Hall of Famer Bob Hodge of Lowell by one second in 1989 in a time of 1:02:59. In 1988, he was the first to finish the race in a time of less than 61 minutes with a 1:00:50.

Fram, 55 now, was 19th last year in a time of 1:09:52 and Dunham, 50, was 22nd in 1:10:44.

Neither runner ran this year. Both runners hold several age group records.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 north of Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet.  The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously severe winds. 

Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men’s course record at Mt. Washington: 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004.  The women’s record was set in 2010 by the 23-year-old Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight minutes 21 seconds.

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Past two years’ male winners Blake and Canaday take on Joe Gray

Pinkham Notch, N.H. – The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race has seen a couple of race-to-the-wire finishes in recent years, but more often the eventual winner has broken away from the field somewhere on the windswept upper slopes of the highest peak in the northeastern United States and finished all alone in front. Next Saturday’s 54th edition of this all-uphill footrace could well be the scene for close finishes, as three well-matched men battle each other for the third time in as many years and a two-time women’s Mt. Washington champion faces a challenge from a former world mountain running champion.

In the men’s race, defending champion Eric Blake of West Hartford, Connecticut, and 2012 winner Sage Canaday of Boulder, Colorado, will have to match their best-ever Mt. Washington performances if they expect to hold off Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gray, who finished second here in both 2012 and 2013, was the top American male last fall at the World Mountain Championships in Poland and placed fourth in the USATF cross-country national championships in February.

Having won the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race in 2006 and again in 2008, in one of the closest finishes ever, Blake won again last year by running his personal best time for the course last year, 59 minutes 57 seconds. Canaday’s winning time of 58:27 in 2012 was the third-fastest ever recorded in this race, and his third place finish here last year came one week after he won a major 50-kilometer trail race. Canaday and Blake are two of only seven people ever to run up the up the 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road in under one hour; Gray could become the eighth this year.

Brandy Erholtz of Evergreen, Colorado, winner of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race in 2008 and 2009, was a particularly impressive runnerup in 2013; four months pregnant at the time, she beat all other women in the field except fellow Coloradan Laura Haefeli. Haefeli recently withdrew from this year’s race and so will not be on hand to defend her title.

Another recent withdrawal is that of Morgan Arritola of Idaho. Arritola, who placed third in the 2012 World Mountain Running Championships and won the U.S. National Mountain Championship a year later, was a possible co-favorite in what would have been her Mt. Washington debut.

Erholtz must still contend with Valentina Belotti, who won the women’s World Mountain Running Association championship in Italy in 2009 and was runnerup in that race in 2010 and 2012. Belotti will be running up Mt. Washington for the first time.

While the men’s field looks like a three-way race, two newcomers may break up the favored trio. Belotti’s countryman Emanuele Manzi will bring considerable mountain-running experience to his Mt. Washington debut. A protégé of Italian mountain running legend Marco de Gasperi, Manzi run on the Italian national team in six World Championships.

The other strongest threats from first-time competitors here come from Ryan Bak of Bend, Oregon, and Zach Miller of Manitou Springs. Colorado. Bak, who expected to compete at Mt. Washington in both of the last two years but had to withdraw each time, has run a 2:14:17 marathon – a time resembling the marathon bests of several previous Mt. Washington winners. Miller, a member of the Nike Trail Elite Team, won the 2013 JFK 50 Miler and has set course records in several other ultramarathons this year.

As usual, nobody can ignore Simon Gutierrez, of Colorado Springs. Winner of this race in 2002, 2003 and 2005, Gutierrez holds the course record for masters (over 40) runners, a time of 1:01:34, which he ran in 2008. Gutierrez placed fifth in 2005 and last year was fourth after Blake, Gray and Canaday.

For that fourth place finish in 2013, Gutierrez had to outduel Matt Byrne, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the final 50 yards. Byrne, who claims several top-five finishes, returns to Mt. Washington for another attempt.

Two or three other women are possible dark horses in this year’s race. One is Kasie Enman, of Huntington, Vermont, who in 2011 became the first American woman to win the World Mountain Running Championship, and who placed third at Mt. Washington in 2011 and 2012.   Enman woud be a co-favorite with Erholtz and Belotti, except that her mountain running strength is greater on uneven terrain than on an all-uphill grade.

Another contender may be Carolyn Stocker, of Westfield, Mass. In 2011, at the age of 18, Stocker placed seventh here, breaking the course record for juniors (19 and under).  She lowered that record while placing fifth in 2012. Having missed the race last year because of an injury, she returns with deeper experience in mountain running, two more seasons of competing in cross-country and track at the University of Maine, and superior winter conditioning from snowshoe racing.

An intriguing unknown in this year’s race is how well Shannon Payne, of Boulder, Colorado, will fare against the rest of the field on Mt. Washington’s 12 percent grade. A late entry into the race, Payne beat Erholtz by four minutes recently at the Black Canyon Ascent in Colorado and came close to the course record set there by two-time Mt. Washington champion Lisa Dobson (who will not be in next Saturday’s race).

Each year’s race includes prizes for the first male and female New Hampshire finishers.  This year’s men’s race is a copy of the past several, as brothers Justin Freeman, of New Hampton NH, and Kris Freeman of Thornton will bring their Olympic Nordic skiing strength to the race again. Last year brother Justin won the prize while placing eighth overall.

The women’s race for first Granite Stater will be exciting, as it pits last year’s winner Larisa Dannis, of Strafford, against Diana Davisof Exeter and Abbey Woods of Laconia.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 north of Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet.  The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously severe winds.

Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men’s course record at Mt. Washington: 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004.  The women’s record was set in 2010 by the 23-year-old Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight minutes 21 seconds.

Based in Concord, NH, Northeast Delta Dental has sponsored the race up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road since 2001. The health company’s CEO, Tom Raffio, has run the race in a personal best of one hour 50 minutes and 51 seconds. In 2012, Northeast Delta Dental increased its already strong support for the event, making it officially the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

Fifty percent of all proceeds from the race will be donated to the Coos County Family Health Services for their oral health programs. Based in nearby Berlin, NH, this community-based organization provides innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

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Three Races up Mt. Washington this Summer

Pinkham Notch NH - The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is the well-known footrace up the 7.6-mile Auto Road, to the summit of Mt. Washington.  It is held every year on the third Saturday in June.

Newton’s Revenge, held annually in early July, is the first of two bicycle races on the same 7.6-mile course.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is a bike race identical to Newton’s Revenge except that it is the older event, and it is the primary annual fundraising event for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in nearby Albany, New Hampshire.

Registration for the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race and for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb in August is now closed.  Cyclists who wish to compete in Newton’s Revenge can still register for that event at www.newtonsrevenge.com.

The 2014 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Raceon June 21 features the country’s best mountain runners, elite runners from abroad, and many other endurance and multi-sport athletes.  Numbering upwards of 1300 in all, they will race to the 6288-foot summit of New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeastern United States.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race is sponsored by Northeast Delta Dental, which has its headquarters in Concord, N.H.  Entry is by lottery or, for elite athletes, by invitation. Lottery entries were selected in March. Starting time is 9 a.m.

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On July 12, the Auto Road will welcome more than 200 cyclists to the 8th annual Newton’s Revenge, the first of two bike races held each summer on the Auto Road.  The race attracts amateur cyclists across the northeastern United States, Quebec and Ontario, with the occasional professional cyclist coming to test his or her hill-climbing ability.

Newton’s Revenge starts at 8:40 a.m. on July 6, when the Top Notch group – the first and fastest wave of riders — begin the climb.  Three other groups, including junior riders, tandems, and others by age group, follow at five-minute intervals.  Finishing times are adjusted for the gap in starting times.

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The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is exactly the same race as Newton’s Revenge, but with a larger field — for two reasons. First the Hillclimb was established in 1973 and so, with a longer history, is better known.  Second, it is the principal annual fundraising event for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, N.H.  Registration for Newton’s Revenge opens only after the field registered for the Hillclimb has filled to its limit of 600 cyclists.

The 2014 Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb will take place on August 16. Riders start in five waves, beginning with the Top Notch group at 8:35 a.m. and continuing with the others at five-minute intervals.

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Mountain’s Unusual Ascent Day draws cast of characters

Article from the Union Leader

A group of colorful characters – some straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon – made a decidedly unusual ascent early Saturday morning of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

By JOHN KOZIOL
Sunday News Correspondent
May 24, 2014

GREEN’S GRANT - A group of colorful characters – some straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon – made a decidedly unusual ascent early Saturday morning of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

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Participants in Saturday’s fourth annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day at the Mount Washington Auto Road take to the starting line. From left are Andrew McLeod, who walked up while operating a remote-controlled truck; runner Paul Kirsch, with his two dogs; hand-pedal cyclist Erik Kondo; carrots Andrew Donohoe and Madeline Elmms; Bugs Bunny, aka Jesse Lyman; pogosticker Hans Bauer; and jester-clad unicyclist Dennis Johnson. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)

Their trek was inspired by and in homage to the late Alton Weagle, who made the trip in a variety of ways, including blindfolded, walking backward and pushing a wheelbarrow full of sugar.
The oldest manmade tourist attraction in North America, the 7.6-mile auto road – originally known as the Carriage Road – to the summit of the 6,288-foot Mount Washington first opened to visitors in 1861.

Over its history, the road has seen its share of unique events and individuals, Weagle among them, and when general manager Howie Wemyss and his staff sat down in 2010 to lay the plans for the auto road’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2011, they decided to go big.

The celebration included the return of horses and horse-drawn carriages to the auto road, a Roaring ’20s event, a re-creation of what it was like to clear snow from the road by shovel, an Old Home Day with old-fashioned games and, finally, the first of what is now the annual Alton Weagle Unusual Ascent Day.

“We thought Alton Weagle was an interesting piece of history,” said Wemyss, and “we decided to do first ascents.

“Since the inception of Unusual Ascent Day, the ascenders have included a “Star Wars” scout trooper, the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street,” car-top kayakers, stilt walkers and a firefighter in full turnout gear.

This year, gathering at 6 a.m., the participants were Bugs Bunny, who was accompanied by two carrots; a runner who brought along his two dogs; a pogo-sticker; a hand-pedal bike rider; a unicycling jester; and Otok Ben-Hvar, who, sitting astride a red rocket that shot out sparks, flames and green and purple smoke, was dressed in a green fatigue jump suit, wore roller skates and a leather aviator’s helmet and carried an American flag.

Known for riding a lawnmower from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, to Los Angeles and for driving around the country in a van – one that he bought from the auto road – onto which he spliced a phone booth, Ben-Hvar is a true son of Alton Weagle, said Wemyss.

A former U.S. Army paratrooper who served during the Korean and Vietnam wars, but did not see combat in either, Ben-Hvar now calls Berlin and Port Richey, Fla., home.

In 2013, Ben-Hvar, who was born Ben Garcia but changed his name to honor the Croatian island of Hvar, came to Unusual Ascent Day tucked inside a group of inner tubes and attempted to roll his way to the summit.

The year before, to celebrate earning a degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., Ben-Hvar crawled up the auto road and had Wemyss present him with his diploma along the roadside.

Ben-Hvar also was gathering sticks that he then used to make a primitive American flag that greets visitors to the Mount Washington Auto Road Lodge.

Saturday, Ben-Hvar again lived up to his billing, delighting fellow unusual ascenders and a small group of supporters with a pyrotechnic display.

With help from Wemyss, who used a small torch to ignite a rocket, Ben-Hvar made like the Statue of Liberty, complete with a multi-colored fireworks torch, telling onlookers “I’m smiling, you’re laughing.”

A woman who was videotaping the display answered back, “I got up at 3:20, and this was worth it.”

Bugs Bunny, who the rest of the year goes by the name of Jesse Lyman and is a teacher at Lafayette Regional Elementary in Franconia, came to the auto road with students Andrew Donohoe and Madeline Ellms, who were dressed as the aforementioned carrots.

This was the second group of students Lyman brought to the auto road, the first was in 2013 when he was the Cookie Monster and the students were decked out as giant chocolate-chip cookies.

The first person to go up the auto road on in-line skates, Lyman said Unusual Ascent Day is something he hopes to make a tradition for himself and his students.

Wemyss echoed the sentiment, saying he would like Unusual Ascent Day to continue to grow and become an unofficial kick off to the Memorial Day weekend and summer.

Asked whether Alton Weagle would be proud of his successors, Wemyss smiled and replied without hesitation, “I think he would.”

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Newton’s Revenge registration still open

May 21, 2014 – Pinkham Notch, N.H. Cyclists hoping for the opportunity this summer to pedal to the top of the highest peak in the northeastern United States can still register for the 9th annual Newton’s Revenge, a 7.6-mile all-uphill bicycle race from the base to the summit of New Hampshire’s 153-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road. Newton’s Revenge will take place this year on July 12. Registration is available on line now at http://newtonsrevenge.com/race-details/registration.

Riders who sign up before June 15 can make this grueling climb twice – once in the race itself, once in the Practice Ride, held the morning of Sunday, June 15. The race starts at 8:40 a.m. (Note: In the event of severe weather on July 12, the race may be postponed to July 13, with the same start time.)  In the June practice ride, cyclists may start any time between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Further information is available at http://newtonsrevenge.com.

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Newton’s Revenge is the first of two bike races held on the Mt. Washington Auto Roadeach summer. The other, the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, takes place this year on August 16.

First held in 1973, the Hillclimb has attracted Olympians, professional cyclists, and thousands of rugged amateur riders and all-round extreme sports enthusiasts for 42 years. By the beginning of this century, demand for the opportunity to climb to Mt. Washington’s 6288-foot summit on a bicycle eventually became so great that the Mt. Washington Auto Road and its facilities could not accommodate all would-be entrants to the Hillclimb. To open the mountain to more cyclists, in 2006 the Auto Road management created Newton’s Revenge as a second race on the same course.

Registration for Newton’s Revenge opens each year as soon as registration for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb has closed. Registration for the 2014 Hillclimb opened on February 1 and closed on February 7, when the field reached its capacity of 650 entrants. Anyone else still hoping to compete in the Hillclimb can join the waiting list at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/22208.

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Welcoming both professional and amateur riders, Newton’s Revenge and the Hillclimb are recognized by cyclists as more difficult than the most arduous Alpine climbs in the Tour de France.  The Mt. Washington Auto Road’s average grade of 12 percent, along with Mt. Washington’s famously unpredictable weather and unusually high winds, makes finishing either race a mark of pride for any athlete.

Newton’s Revenge features many of the same professional cyclists and highly-ranked amateurs who have ridden in the Hillclimb. The favorites in Newton’s Revenge this year will be two past champions who missed the 2013 race but are likely to be in front again in 2014.

Marti Shea of Marblehead, Massachusetts, won the inaugural Newton’s Revenge in 2006, and she has won it each year since then with two exceptions. In 2007, the weather on Mt. Washington’s summit was so forbidding – ice on the road, fog, 70-mph. winds and a dangerous wind chill – that the race was canceled. In 2013, Shea’s coaching obligations and her work leading scenic rides in Europe caused her to miss the race.

A former All-American distance runner at Boston University, Shea expects to compete at Mt. Washington in 2014, and the fact that she is now 51 years old is unlikely to make anyone underrate her chances of winning again. Her winning time in 2012 was one hour 5 minutes 23 seconds; a month later she also won the Hillclimb, in a personal best of 1:03:14. The only other woman who has ridden Mt. Washington in a comparable time recently is U.S. National Mountain Bike Champion Lea Davison of Vermont, who won Newton’s Revenge last year in Shea’s absence, in 1:05:54. Davison is not entered in Newton’s Revenge this year.

On the men’s side, 28-year-old Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., seems capable of handling any competition that comes to the mountain. Cogburn first raced in Newton’s Revenge in 2012 and won impressively in 55:59. Like Shea, he improved on that time in the 2012 Hillclimb, clocking 52:28 to win the August race. Last year he missed Newton’s Revenge but won the Hillclimb decisively, pedaling away from the field to a finishing time of 50 minutes 48 seconds. That time is within sight of the course record 49:24, set in 2002 by Tour de France racer Tom Danielson.

The Newton’s Revenge Practice Ride appeals to race entrants as an opportunity to gauge not only their own fitness but the effectiveness of the gearing on their bicycles. Cycling up the Auto Road requires a much lower gear ratio than most cyclists ever use anywhere else, and professional riders have been surprised by the difficulty of making the ascent in their usual lowest gear. The Practice Ride helps a racer learn what adjustments to make.  It also prepares the rider for the mental demands of concentrating non-stop on pedal cadence and balance on a course that goes constantly uphill without a moment’s respite.

The size of the field for both the Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge is limited by the ability of the road crews and race officials to monitor the safety of all participants and by the number of vehicles that can be parked at the summit to bring cyclists back down the hill after the race.  The Hillclimb is filled to capacity every year; Newton’s Revenge typically draws between 250 and 350 riders.  The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club.  Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.    There is no additional fee for the practice ride, but the number of riders is limited to 300, and the ride is open only to riders who are already registered for the corresponding race.  Registered participants will receive Practice Ride registration instructions via email.

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The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as BUMPS. The series includes Mt. Ascutney in Vermont, Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

 

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Blake and Haefeli Return to Defend Titles

Pinkham Notch, N.H. – April 28, 2014

Defending champions Eric Blake of Connecticut and Laura Haefeli of Colorado will lead some 1,300 runners to the starting line of the 54th Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race on Saturday, June 21. The annual lottery to fill the majority of the spots in the race this year attracted more than 1,900 entrants. Elite runners and last year’s age-group winners are among the runners who help fill out the field for the grueling 7.6-mile test up the Mount Washington Auto Road to the 6,288-foot summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States. 

New this year, 20 spots will be awarded to top fundraisers through a charity fundraising component. More information on the fundraising program is available at the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race web site at www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com/charity.

Blake beat Joe Gray of Renton, Wash., and 2012 winner Sage Canaday of Boulder, Colo., to the finish line last year and became a three-time champion of the race. The cross country and track and field coach at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain won in a time of 59 minutes, 57 seconds and added the title to ones he collected in 2006 and 2008.

Haefeli, who lives in Del Norte, Colo., turned in a time of 1:18:05 to finish more than five minutes in front of runnerup Brandy Erholtz of Evergreen, Colo., and win her first women’s title. Regina Loiacano of Gloucester, Mass., finished third.

There promises to be plenty action at the front of the pack in this year’s race. Gray and Canaday both return for another shot at the title on the men’s side and Erholtz and Loiacano are in the women’s field.

New contenders taking their first shot at the mountain include Morgan Arritola of Ketchum, Idaho, who was third at the World Mountain Running Championships in 2012 and has beaten  Haefeli and Erholtz; and Cynthia Arnold of Polson, Mont., third in the USATF 10k trail championship in 2013.  

For the men, Ryan Bak of Bend, Ore., who has run a 2:14:17 marathon, and Andrew Benford of Austin, Tex., who has a 1:05:35 half marathon personal best, are in the field.

The premier mountain-running event in the eastern U.S., the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race attracts top American and international mountain runners along with seasoned marathoners, track and cross-country runners, Nordic skiers, snowshoe racers, triathletes and others. Since the number of serious athletes wanting to run this race is much greater than the 153-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road can accommodate, the “Run to the Clouds” is filled each year partly by invitations issued to elite mountain runners but primarily by a computer-generated random selection process open to all comers. This year the registration window for this lottery opened on February 17 and closed on Saturday, March 15.

Runners whose recent performances indicate that they may be contenders for top places, or whose past participation in the race has contributed particularly to the event’s charisma, can bypass the lottery and enter the race as invited runners. Entry is also guaranteed for runners who have completed the six other races in the New England “Mountain Goat” race series. All previous winners of the race overall may enter automatically, and the previous year’s age-group winners (individual and teams) are entitled to bypass the lottery.

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 north of Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet.  The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously severe winds. 

Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men’s course record at Mt. Washington: 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004.  The women’s record was set in 2010 by the 23-year-old Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight minutes 21 seconds.

Based in Concord, NH, Northeast Delta Dental has sponsored the race up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road since 2001. The health company’s CEO, Tom Raffio, has run the race in a personal best of one hour 50 minutes and 51 seconds. In 2012, Northeast Delta Dental increased its already strong support for the event, making it officially the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

Fifty percent of all proceeds from the race will be donated to the Coos County Family
Health Services for their oral health programs. Based in nearby Berlin, NH, this community-based organization provides innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.

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42nd Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb Fills-Newton’s Revenge Opens

Pinkham Notch, N.H.- On February 6, less than a week after on-line registration opened for this year’s Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, 635 cyclists had filled the field for this all-uphill bike race to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. Since registration for the Hillclimb is now closed, anyone else hoping for the opportunity to race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road this summer has two choices: sign up for the Hillclimb waiting list, in case a space opens sometime between now and August 16, or register now to ride in Newton’s Revenge, the other annual race on the same course, held this year on July 12.

Registration for Newton’s Revenge opens as soon as registration for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb has closed. On-line registration for Newton’s Revenge is at http://newtonsrevenge.com/race-details/registration. The Hillclimb waiting list is accessible at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/22208.
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Registration for the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb opens each year at 8 a.m. on February 1. Over the years, the race has attained such popularity that no one is surprised by how quickly the race fills to capacity. Welcoming both professional and amateur riders, the Hillclimb is recognized by cyclists as more difficult than the most arduous Alpine climbs in the Tour de France. The 153-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road (originally called the Mt. Washington Carriage Road) rises for 7.6 miles at an average grade of 12 percent, with the added challenge of Mt. Washington’s famously unpredictable weather and unusually high winds, all of which make finishing this race a mark of pride for any well-trained cyclist, triathlete, or extreme sports enthusiast.

In 2006, to accommodate the exceptional demand for the opportunity to pedal up this historic and daunting road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road company created Newton’s Revenge as a second race on exactly the same course. Attracting increasingly larger fields each year, Newton’s Revenge has featured many of the same professional and highly-ranked amateur cyclists who have ridden in the Hillclimb.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are especially notable because each race is an open event, in which amateur riders can compete along with professionals. The course record-holder is Tom Danielson, who in 2011 was the first American finisher in the Tour de France. Danielson clocked a time of 49 minutes 24 seconds when he made his debut ascent in the Hillclimb in 2002, then finished just eight seconds shy of that mark in 2010, when he won Newton’s Revenge. The women’s course record-holder is French cycling legend Jeannie Longo, who in 2000 pedaled to the summit in 58 minutes 14 seconds.

The size of the field for both the Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge is limited by the ability of the road crews and race officials to monitor the safety of all participants, and by the number of vehicles that can be parked at the summit to bring cyclists back down the hill after the race. The Hillclimb is filled to capacity every year; Newton’s Revenge typically draws between 250 and 350 riders.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is the principal annual fundraising event for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, an educational non-profit organization in Albany, N.H., that offers classes, workshops, excursions and other lessons in the workings of the natural world. Most of the $350 entry fee goes to support environmental programs through Tin Mountain; the rest covers the cost of substantial logistical support, food, commemorative shirt and other expenses involved in staging the event. For more information see www.tinmtn.org.

The entry fee for Newton’s Revenge is $300, of which a portion supports the activities of the Mt. Washington Valley Bicycling Club. Riders who are already registered for the Hillclimb may enter Newton’s Revenge for $150.

Entrants in either race may also register for its corresponding practice ride. These are held on June 15, for Newton’s Revenge, and July 20 for the Hillclimb, with riders beginning the ascent any time between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. There is no additional fee for the practice ride, but the number of riders is limited to 300, and the ride is open only to riders who are already registered for the corresponding race. Registered participants will receive Practice Ride registration instructions via email.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge are two of ten events in the Bike Up the Mountain Point Series, familiarly known as BUMPS. The series includes Mt. Ascutney in Vermont, Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts, Whiteface Mountain in New York State, and other uphill races. For further information see www.hillclimbseries.com.

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SnowCoach Tours Begin for the 16th Season on Mt. Washington

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH— Winter on the Auto Road is officially underway with one of the earliest starts ever to the SnowCoach season. The four massive treads of the unique vehicle easily gripped the fresh snow that covers the Mt. Washington Auto Road, offering a surprisingly smooth surface up to treeline for day one of the 2013 season.

1st SnowCoach SC-lower rezThe three SnowCoaches have a team of specially trained drivers, who surely have one of the most unique jobs in the United States—a sentiment echoed by passengers as they rode up and the northern Presidential Range revealed itself. Among the passengers for the inaugural ascent were father and son Peter Reddy, 71, and Patrick Reddy, 39 of Bristol, Connecticut, who cross country skied their way back to the base lodge from treeline. “These mountains are just magnificent and the opportunity to take the SnowCoach up with my Dad and ski down is something not to be missed,” Patrick said. “I’ve been here many times, winter and summer and it is always amazing.”

First SnowCoach & Skiers 2013The SnowCoach is indeed a unique way to travel. These custom built four wheel drive Chevy passenger vans ferry guests up the Auto Road in summer, albeit with four tires instead of the winter treads. Capable of carrying up to 9 passengers, each trip up the road in a SnowCoach can be as unique as a snowflake, depending on the always interesting weather.

“What’s really terrific about the SnowCoach is that we can take anyone, at any age, into an alpine environment they might never see otherwise. It really is a comfortable adventure for the whole family, in an unforgettable place,” said Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and Auto Road General Manager, Howie Wemyss.

The SnowCoach tour up Mt. Washington takes approximately 1 ¼ hours and departs daily, weather permitting, on a first come, first served basis. The price for adults is $45, $30 for kids ages 5-12. A Total Trails Ticket ($69) includes a SnowCoach tour as well as an all day trail and tubing pass at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, as well as snowshoe and/or ski rentals. For more information call the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails at (603) 466-3988 or online at www.greatglentrails.com

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2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb Welcomes the Rally America National Championship

UP TO 20 OF RALLY AMERICA’S TOP TEAMS WILL COMPETE AT NORTH AMERICA’S OLDEST HILLCLIMB

Pinkham, Notch, NH – Sports Car Club of New Hampshire officials, working closely with representatives from Rally America, Inc., announced today that the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb taking place at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH June 26-29, 2014 will also serve as a full-points round of the 2014 Rally America National Championship.

“We’re excited to welcome Rally America and its national championship teams to the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb”, stated Sports Car Club of New Hampshire President, Terry Murphy IV. “This hillclimb has a tremendous history that includes rally teams since the hillclimb returned in 1990. Having up to twenty of Rally America’s top national teams competing for national championship points here next June will not only provide for some great competition in the Rally America National Championship, but provide a great opportunity for spectators to watch these extremely talented teams test their skills at what is referred to by many as the most technical automotive hillclimb in the world.”

Although the Rally America teams will be competing for traditional hillclimb awards at Mt. Washington, the recorded times the rally teams post in the two half-course timed sessions on Friday and again on Saturday, as well as the two full-course timed runs they post on Sunday, will be combined to provide them with a total of six “competition stages”– just like a regular Rally America National Championship event where the lowest combined times after completing a series of competition stages determines the class winners. Rally America officials will use the times their teams post on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to determine placement in the four Rally America National Championship classes which include Open, Super Production, 2-Wheel Drive and B-Spec.

“The 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will infuse more excitement into the Rally America National Championship,” added Bill Fogg, Sr., Rally America President. “It’s a varied format from our traditional rally, a new event, a new challenge for our top national teams who want to add this one-of-a-kind accolade to their rally racing resumes. I attended this hillclimb in 2011 and saw firsthand how wildly competitive it can be. I am very excited to have Rally America as a part of Mt. Washington’s amazing history and to include our drivers in this storied competition.”

The 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will consist of seventy five teams competing for bragging rights in a total of eight separate classes June 26-29, 2013 – the top class being the Open Class where high horsepower and creativity will play a key factor. The field of eight classes will also include two rally classes for the Rally America invitational teams – one class for 2-wheel drive cars and one class for all-wheel drive cars – four distinct hillclimb classes (H1, H2, H3 & H4) which will be filled with a variety of highly skilled drivers and specialized race cars, primarily from the New England Hillclimb Association. In addition, a group of up to ten invited drivers competing in rare vintage race cars, many with a history of competing at Mt. Washington and other well-known venues from around the world will round out the seventy five car field.

In 1904, the first year of the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, F.E. Stanley from Newton, Massachusetts, co-creator of the famous Stanley Steamer, drove his 6-horsepower, 800-pound steam-powered car to the summit of Mt. Washington only to be beaten by Harry Harkness from New York. Driving a 40-horsepower Mercedes that weighed 2,200 pounds, Harkness posted a winning time of 24 minutes, 37 and 3/5 seconds in 1904.

Since that first year of competition, many well-known drivers have competed and won the Climb to the Clouds such as “Cannonball” Baker in 1928 & 1932 and the legendary Carroll Shelby in 1956. Driving a Franklin in 1928, Baker raced to a time of 14:49.6 seconds. Carroll Shelby, driving a specially prepared Ferrari 375 Grand Prix roadster in 1956, posted a record-setting run of 10:21.8 on his way to victory. In 1961 Connecticut racer Bill Rutan drove his Carrera-powered Volkswagen to another new record time of 9:13.0 that would stand for 29 years – until the return of the race in 1990 when Tim O’Neil, a Rally driver from Franconia, NH drove his 300+ horsepower all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Rally Golf to the summit in a time of just 7 minutes and 45 seconds.

Following the return of the Mt. Washington Hillclimb in 1990 after a 29-year hiatus, the event was run annually as part of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s summer event schedule until 2001. During that time, several new records were shared between 7-time Sports Car Club of America National Rally Champion Paul Choiniere from Shelburne, VT and multi-time Canadian Rally Champion Frank Sprongl from Mississauga, Ontario. Sprongl set a record time of 6:41.99 in 1998 driving his 500 horsepower Audi Quattro S2 that would stand for 13 years until 2011.

In 2011, Subaru Rally Team USA driver and multi-time Rally America Overall Champion David Higgins from the Isle of Man came to Mt. Washington for the very first time. Driving a Vermont SportsCar-prepared 2011 Subaru WRX STI all-wheel-drive rally car in the Open class without the aid of a co-driver, Higgins set a new overall course record of 6:11.54 – smashing the previous Mt. Washington Hillclimb record time set by Sprongl by more than 30 seconds!

“Sometimes the biggest battle is against the other drivers”, stated 5-time Rally America Overall Champion and current Mt. Washington Hillclimb Record Holder David Higgins recently, “but racing up the Mt Washington Auto Road is very different. The road itself is the biggest battle and one I can’t wait to fight again. The Mt. Washington Auto Road has it all; Tarmac, gravel, fog, crazy weather and not to mention the scenic drops! It is an immense challenge that is also steeped in history.”

Organized and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will take place at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH on June 26-29, 2014. The window for accepting entry applications from potential competitors will open at 12:01am on December 1, 2013 and close at midnight on December 31, 2013. Further information regarding the 2014 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb is available at www.climbtotheclouds.com.

 

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Factory Scion xD team driver Andrew Comrie-Picard with co-driver Jeremy Wimpey shown competing at the 2013 Oregon Trail Rally for Rally America’s 2-wheel drive championship in 2013. Photo Credit: Aaron Kathman

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Five-Time Rally America Overall Champion and current Mt. Washington Hillclimb record-holder David Higgins from the Isle of Man and co-driver Craig Drew driving their 2013 Subaru WRX STI at the 2013 New England Forest Rally which is based in Newry, Maine. Photo Credit: Alex Haugen

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Longtime Rally America competitor and Gymkhana legend Ken Block with co-driver Alex Gelsomino driving their 2013 Monster Energy-backed Ford Fiesta to victory at the 2013 New England Forest Rally. Photo Credit: Alex Haugen

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ABOUT THE SPORTS CAR CLUB OF NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Established in 1955 by a group of longtime sports car enthusiasts from New Hampshire, the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire (SCCNH) is a non-profit 501c3 organization open to any individual who is interested in automobiles or automobile-related activities – whether they are a New Hampshire resident or not. Driver and motor vehicle safety as well as the improvement of driving skills are the primary focus at all SCCNH events. For more information regarding the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, upcoming events or membership, be sure to visit www.sccnh.org

ABOUT SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC.:
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.

“Subaru”, “WRX STI”, all model names, and the Subaru logo are registered trademarks of the Subaru subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd, Japan. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

ABOUT THE MT. WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD
The Washington Auto Road is considered by many hillclimb racers to be extremely technical with a narrow road surface that averages just over 20 feet wide. In addition to being very narrow with steep drop-offs that vary from side to side, the road is also incredibly steep, with an average 12% grade and gaining slightly more than 4,600 feet in total elevation change from the starting line to the finish line. The surface of the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is mostly tarmac with approximately one mile of gravel and contains well over 150 turns and switchbacks as the road winds its’ way to the 6, 288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak.

First opened in 1861 as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the country’s oldest manmade attraction. Located on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, just north of the Mt. Washington Valley and minutes south of Gorham, the Auto Road has a long and winding history, much like its 7.6 mile trip up to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. For more information, visit www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com or call 603-466-3988.

ABOUT RALLY AMERICA, INC.:
Based in Williston, VT, Rally America, Inc. sanctions the Rally America National Championship, which consists of eight national-level events in 2014 located at a variety of venues across the country, from Portland, Oregon to Newry, Maine. Top competitors in the Rally America National Championship reach speeds of well over 100 mph driving highly modified street cars such as Mitsubishi Evolutions, Subaru WRX STI’s, Ford Fiestas, Honda Fits and Scion xD’s on natural-terrain courses consisting of gravel, dirt, ice or snow. For more information regarding Rally America’s National Championship or the sport of performance rally, visit www.rally-america.com.

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