Records

Over the years, the Auto Road has been the source of challenge for athletes of all kinds. Below are some of the record times posted for climbing the Auto Road, on foot, by bicycle, and in automobiles.

Mount Washington Road Race

Footrace Records, Male:

1904 – George S. Foster: 1 hr. 42 min.

Jonathan Wyatt 2004  56 min 41 sec

Jonathan Wyatt 2004
56 min 41 sec

1936 – Francis Darrah: 1 hr. 15 min. 57 sec.
1938 – Francis Darrah: 1 hr. 15 min. 27.4 sec.
1961 – John J. Kelley: 1 hr. 8 min. 54 sec.
1962 – Fred Norris: 1 hr. 4 min. 57 sec.
1977 – Robert Hodge: 1 hr. 4 min. 44 sec.
1978 – Robert Hodge: 1 hr. 4 min. 13 sec.
1979 – Robert Hodge: 1hr. 2 min. 8 sec.
1982 – Gary Crossen: 1 hr. 1 min. 40.3 sec.
1984 – Gary Crossen: 1 hr. 1 min. 13.3 sec.
1988 – Dave Dunham: 1 hr. 49.9 sec.
1990 – Derek Froude: 59 min. 17 sec.
1996 – Daniel Kihara: 58 min. 21 sec.
2004 – Jonathan Wyatt: 56 min. 41 sec.

Footrace Records, Female:

1972 – Charlotte Lettis: 1 hr. 40 min. 8 sec.
1975 – Hester Sargent: 1 hr. 31 min. 13 sec.
1977 – Ellen Mendonca: 1 hr. 30 min. 5 sec.
1978 – Ellen Mendonca: 1 hr. 28 min. 39 sec.
1979 – Martha Rockwell: 1 hr. 19 min. 14 sec.
1985 – Chris Maisto: 1 hr. 14 min. 45 sec.
1989 – Jacqueline Gareau: 1 hr. 13 min. 14 sec.
1991 – Chris Maisto: 1 hr. 12 min. 15 sec.
1992 – J’ne Day-Lucore: 1 hr. 11 min. 46 sec.
1998 – Magdalena Thorsell: 1hr. 10 min. 8 sec.
2010 – Shewarge Amare: 1hr. 8 min. 21 sec.

Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and Newton’s Revenge

Cycling the Mt.Washington Auto Road

 

Bicycle Records, Male:

1973 – John Allis: 1 hr. 15 min. 5 sec.
1974 – John Allis: 1 hr. 1 min. 39 sec.
1979 – Steve Pyle: 1 hr 1 min. 29 sec.
1980 – Dale Stetina: 57 min. 41 sec.
1997 – Mike Engleman: 53 min. 53 sec.
2002 – Thomas Danielson: 49 min. 24 sec.

Bicycle Records, Female:

1998 – Marilyn Ruseckas: 1 hr. 11 min. 38 sec.
2000 – Jeannie Longo: 58 min. 14 sec.

 

 

The “Climb to the Clouds”

Higgins, Drew, Climb to the Clouds, car race, mt washington auto road

 

Automobile Records

1899 – F.O.Stanley, Locomobile: 2hr. 10 min.
1903 – L.J. Phelps, Phelps: 1hr. 45 min.
1904 – Harry Harkness, Mercedes: 24 min. 37 3/5 sec.
1905 – W.H. Hilliard, Napier: 20 min. 58 2/5 sec.
1923 – Ralph Mulford, Chandler: 17 min. 0 sec.
1928 – “Cannonball” Baker, Franklin: 14 min. 49.6 sec.
1930 – Ab Jenkins, Studebaker: 14 min. 23 sec.
1932 – “Cannonball” Baker, Graham: 13 min. 26 sec.
1934 – Al Miller, Hudson: 13 min. 20.6 sec.
1935 – John C. Reuter, Ford Special: 12 min. 46.4 sec.
1938 – Lemuel R. Ladd, Ford Special: 12 min. 17.6 sec.
1953 – Sherwood Johnston, Jaguar: 10 min. 47.6 sec.
1954 – Sherwood Johnston, Jaguar “C”: 10 min. 44.8 sec.
1956 – Carroll Shelby, Ferrari: 10 min. 21.8 sec.
1961 – Bill Rutan, Porsche-VW: 9 min. 13 sec.
1990 – Tim O’Neil, VW Rally Golf: 7 min. 45 sec.
1991 – Paul Choiniere, Audi Quattro: 7 min. 9.61 sec.
1992 – Frank Sprongl, Audi Quattro: 7 min. 8.61 sec.
1993 – Paul Choiniere, Audi Quattro: 6 min. 46.62 sec.
1995 – Paul Choiniere, Hyundai Elantra: 6 min. 45.22 sec.
1998 – Frank Sprongl, Audi Quattro: 6 min. 41.99 sec.
2011 – David Higgins, Subaru WRX STi: 6 min. 11.54 sec.
2014 – David Higgins, Subaru WRX STi: 6 min. 09.09 sec.

Full point of view from David Higgins and Craig Drew’s record climb in 2014!