Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame Inauguration This Saturday, June 20th at 1 PM

Eric Morse running in a race with his dog Murdoch.

Race’s Hall of Fame honors Eric Blake (W. Hartford, CT), Eleonora Mendonca (Cape Cod, MA), Eric Morse (Berlin, VT) , and Peter Watson (Cape Ann, MA)

June 15, 2015 — Pinkham Notch, NH

Next week’s Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race has a record seven Hall of Fame members entered. Two new members will join past inductees Jacqueline Gareau, Keith Woodward, Simon Gutierrez, Dave Dunham, and Craig Fram on the starting line for the “Race to the Clouds”.

Formed in 2010 to recognize outstanding performers in and contributors to this footrace to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States, the Hall of Fame this year will pay tribute to the achievements in a ceremony at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday, June 20. The ceremony will take place after the 2015 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race which starts at 9 a.m. The race attracts 1300 runners who will make their way up the 154-year-old Auto Road.

The 2015 Mount Washington Hall of Fame inductees:

Eric Blake finishing in under one hour.
Eric Blake finishing in under one hour.

Eric Blake is a 3-time winner of the race, taking the top spot in 2006, 2008, and 2013. He owns the state record for CT (59:57) and NY (61:07) and is one of only eight people to have ever run under sixty minutes. No one has run more times under 1:02 than Eric who has done so eight times. Eric currently works as the head men’s and women’s Track & Field/Cross-Country coach at Central Connecticut State University. He resides in West Hartford CT. Eric notes that his most memorable moment at Mt Washington was his win and sub-60 minute effort in 2013. “I had my wife and a lot of friends and family there watching so it was a pretty special day”. Eric is still at the top of his game and “feel(s) I can run faster and still want a few more wins!” Tops among Eric’s many accomplishments beyond the Mt Washington road race are his world record for a marathon on a treadmill (2:21) and being a scoring member of the 2010 USA Mountain running team which took home a silver medal at the World championships. Eric has had to pull out of this year’s race due to injury but we know he will be back in 2016.

Eleonora at the 1984 Olympics Photo Courtesy Rodolfo Lucena

Eleonora Mendonca had three consecutive wins from 1976-1978. She set the course record in 1977 and again in 1978. She and Hall of Famer Chris Maisto are the only women to have set course records multiple times. She recalls “I could not pass the opportunity to do a different type of race – only one hill. I could not forget the incredible view as I approached the summit…The beauty carried me on”. She was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame in 2000. The CSU website notes “Ellie joined Cambridge Sports Union in 1974 and had an immediate impact on the women’s running scene in greater Boston by being a top finisher in road, track and cross-country races”. Her biggest accomplishment was to qualify (for Brazil) at the Los Angles Olympic Games where she ran in the first women’s marathon. Eleonora is retired and currently living on Cape Cod.

 

 

Eric Morse running in a race with his dog Murdoch.
Eric Morse running in a race with his dog Murdoch.

Eric Morse is possibly the most prolific runner to not have an overall win at Mt Washington. He has the Vermont state record for this race with his 1:01:09 from 1999. He is tied for the third most top 10 finishes with fourteen and is also tied for fourth with ten top five finishes. He ranks 14th in all-time earnings at Mt Washington taking home $4,200. He scored on course record setting teams (Central Mass Striders) an amazing nine times, setting course records five times on the open squad and four times on the masters. He has finished the race sixteen times, including three times as runner-up. Eric was inducted into athletic Hall of Fame at Harwood High School (Moretown, VT) in 2010 as “one of the most successful athletes in Harwood cross-country and track-and-field history. As a junior, he won four Vermont state championships…as a senior, Eric won two state championships… (and) was a member of the first hockey team at Harwood”. His most memorable moment at Mt Washington was the “halfway race” of 2002 where he finished in second place, 10 seconds out of the win. His many accomplishments outside of Mt Washington include being a 7-time member of the USA Mountain running team. He has quite a range of ability from a sub-4 minute mile to a 1:03 half-marathon. Eric is a graphic designer residing in Berlin, VT. In recent years he has excelled at racing with his West Highland Terrier “Murdoch”. They have won nearly every race they’ve entered and can boast personal bests of 4:59 for the mile and 16:44 for 5km. Eric is entered in this year’s race but may be hampered by a nagging injury.

Peter Watson as he nears the Wall near the finish line of the MWRR.
Peter Watson as he nears the Wall near the finish line of the MWRR.

Peter Watson – Peter, who passed away in 2012, ran the race 23 times from 1988-2011. He was the supreme organizer of Team Gloucester (TG), which annually accounts for an impressive number of runners in the field. He created the Mt. Washington Practice Run in Rockport, where he lived, and he organized it year after year. He publicized the race every way possible, from the newspapers he published to the word-of-mouth network that extended from him to thousands of people in many directions, but especially around Cape Ann, Mass. He dedicated large amounts of time and energy to promoting the race to all. He inspired, encouraged and led Team Gloucester to form as an official club. Each year he would email every runner he knew when the lottery would open. To get more runners past the lottery he offered to provide volunteers. Peter always organized and planned who would volunteer and supervised to make sure it was done well. He kept detailed records of each TG member’s races up the Mountain and compared times to previous year. He cajoled runners into competing on behalf of TG and generally orchestrated everything they did relative to the Mountain race. He is the reason for the strong TG women’s presence at the mountain to this day.

The Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame recognizes athletic performance at the MWRR or efforts to assist the Race or promote it. Consideration is given to athletes, advocates, race staff members or volunteers. Inductees are chosen by a vote of the Hall of Fame committee from a longer list of nominees compiled by December 31 of the preceding year.

The Saturday afternoon Hall of Fame induction will precede the race’s award ceremony. The induction ceremony will start at 1 p.m. in the large tent at the base of the Auto Road, on Route 16 just north of Pinkham Notch.

The public is invited.

Past Hall of Fame members:
Bob Hodge (2010)
Anna Pichrtova (2010)
Gary Crossan (2010)
Fred Norris (2010)
Mike Gallagher (2011)
Derek Froude (2011)
Daniel Kihara (2011)
Matt Carpenter (2012)
Jacqueline Gareau (2012)
Christine Maisto (2012)
Keith Woodward (2012)
J’ne Day-Lucore (2013)
Jonathan Wyatt (2013)
Bob Teschek (2013)
Simon Gutierrez (2013)
Dave Dunham (2014)
Craig Fram (2014)

Regularly updated information about the Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame is available any time on the new website at: http://mwrrhalloffame.com/

Other HOF sites include: Facebook (facebook.com/mwrrhof), Twitter (twitter.com/mwrrrecords) and the Records/Hall of Fame blog (mtwashingtonrecords.blogspot.com ). For other information about the race, visit www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees: Eric Blake, Eleonora Mendonca, Eric Morse, and Peter Watson

Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race
Mt. Washington Auto Road June 20, 2015 – 9 a.m. &
6th Annual Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame Inauguration
Saturday, June 20 — 1 p.m.

Race’s Hall of Fame honors Eric Blake (W. Hartford, CT), Eleonora Mendonca (Cape Cod, MA), Eric Morse (Berlin, VT) , and Peter Watson (Cape Ann, MA)

March 20, 2015 — Pinkham Notch, NH

Formed in 2010 to recognize outstanding performers in and contributors to this footrace to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States, the Hall of Fame this year will pay tribute to the achievements in a ceremony at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Saturday, June 20.  The ceremony will take place after the 2015 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race which starts at 9 a.m.  The race attracts 1300 runners who will make their way up the 154-year-old Auto Road.

The 2015 Mount Washington Hall of Fame inductees:

Eric Blake finishing in under one hour.
Eric Blake finishing in under one hour.

Eric Blake is a 3-time winner of the race, taking the top spot in 2006, 2008, and 2013.  He owns the state record for CT (59:57) and NY (61:07) and is one of only eight people to have ever run under sixty minutes.  No one has run more times under 1:02 than Eric who has done so eight times.  Eric currently works as the head men’s and women’s Track & Field/Cross-Country coach at Central Connecticut State University.  He resides in West Hartford CT.  Eric notes that his most memorable moment at Mt Washington was his win and sub-60 minute effort in 2013.  “I had my wife and a lot of friends and family there watching so it was a pretty special day”.  Eric is still at the top of his game and “feel(s) I can run faster and still want a few more wins!”  Tops among Eric’s many accomplishments beyond the Mt Washington road race are his world record for a marathon on a treadmill (2:21) and being a scoring member of the 2010 USA Mountain running team which took home a silver medal at the World championships.

Eleonora at the 1984 Olympics Photo Courtesy Rodolfo Lucena

Eleonora Mendonca had three consecutive wins from 1976-1978.  She set the course record in 1977 and again in 1978.  She and Hall of Famer Chris Maisto are the only women to have set course records multiple times.  She recalls “I could not pass the opportunity to do a different type of race – only one hill.  I could not forget the incredible view as I approached the summit…The beauty carried me on”.  She was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Union Hall of Fame in 2000.  The CSU website notes “Ellie joined Cambridge Sports Union in 1974 and had an immediate impact on the women’s running scene in greater Boston by being a top finisher in road, track and cross-country races”.  Her biggest accomplishment was to qualify (for Brazil) at the Los Angles Olympic Games where she ran in the first women’s marathon.  Eleonora is retired and currently living on Cape Cod.

Eric Morse is possibly the most prolific runner to not have an overall win at Mt Washington.  He has the Vermont state record for this race with his 1:01:09 from 1999.   He is tied for the third most top 10 finishes with fourteen and is also tied for fourth with ten top five finishes.  He ranks 14th in all-time earnings at Mt Washington taking home $4,200.  He scored on course record setting teams (Central Mass Striders) an amazing nine times, setting course records five times on the open squad and four times on the masters.  He has finished the race sixteen times, including three times as runner-up.

Eric Morse running in a race with his dog Murdoch.
Eric Morse running in a race with his dog Murdoch.

Eric was inducted into athletic Hall of Fame at Harwood High School (Moretown, VT) in 2010 as “one of the most successful athletes in Harwood cross-country and track-and-field history. As a junior, he won four Vermont state championships…as a senior, Eric won two state championships… (and) was a member of the first hockey team at Harwood”.  His most memorable moment at Mt Washington was the “halfway race” of 2002 where he finished in second place, 10 seconds out of the win.  His many accomplishments outside of Mt Washington include being a 7-time member of the USA Mountain running team.  He has quite a range of ability from a sub-4 minute mile to a 1:03 half-marathon.  Eric is a graphic designer residing in Berlin, VT.  In recent years he has excelled at racing with his West Highland Terrier “Murdoch”.  They have won nearly every race they’ve entered and can boast personal bests of 4:59 for the mile and 16:44 for 5km.

Peter Watson as he nears the Wall near the finish line of the MWRR.
Peter Watson as he nears the Wall near the finish line of the MWRR.

Peter Watson – Peter, who passed away in 2012, ran the race 23 times from 1988-2011. He was the supreme organizer of Team Gloucester (TG), which annually accounts for an impressive number of runners in the field.  He created the Mt. Washington Practice Run in Rockport, where he lived, and he organized it year after year. He publicized the race every way possible, from the newspapers he published to the word-of-mouth network that extended from him to thousands of people in many directions, but especially around Cape Ann, Mass.  He dedicated large amounts of time and energy to promoting the race to all.  He inspired, encouraged and led Team Gloucester to form as an official club.  Each year he would email every runner he knew when the lottery would open.  To get more runners past the lottery he offered to provide volunteers.  Peter always organized and planned who would volunteer and supervised to make sure it was done well.  He kept detailed records of each TG member’s races up the Mountain and compared times to previous year.  He cajoled runners into competing on behalf of TG and generally orchestrated everything they did relative to the Mountain race.  He is the reason for the strong TG women’s presence at the mountain to this day.

The Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame recognizes athletic performance at the MWRR or efforts to assist the Race or promote it.  Consideration is given to athletes, advocates, race staff members or volunteers.   Inductees are chosen by a vote of the Hall of Fame committee from a longer list of nominees compiled by December 31 of the preceding year.

The Saturday afternoon Hall of Fame induction will precede the race’s award ceremony.  The induction ceremony will start at 1 p.m. in the large tent at the base of the Auto Road, on Route 16 just north of Pinkham Notch.

The public is invited.

Regularly updated information about the Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame is available any time on the new website at: http://mwrrhalloffame.com/

Other HOF sites include:  Facebook (facebook.com/mwrrhof), Twitter  (twitter.com/mwrrrecords) and the Records/Hall of Fame blog (mtwashingtonrecords.blogspot.com ).

For other information about the race, visit www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com.

Dave Dunham

Hometown: Bradford, Massachusetts

Dave winning the 1989 Mt Washington Race
Dave winning the 1989 Mt Washington Race

First ran at Mt Washington in 1988, winning the race and becoming the first person to run under 1:01 with a then course record of 1:00:50. He won again the following year in what is still the closest finish in the history of the race, beating Hall of Famer Bob Hodge by one second. He won for a third time in 1994 passing the early leaders in the second half as they succumb to the scorching heat. He currently holds the single-age (35) and 35-39 age group record with his 1:00:37 run in 1999. He also holds the single-age (24) and 20-24 age group record with his 1:01:50 from 1988. He holds the age 48 single-age record, 1:08:19 from 2012. He is one of only two men who own multiple state records, with his Massachusetts record of 1:00:37 and New Hampshire record of 1:00:44. He is ranked second in sub-1:02 finishes with four and is tied with Hall of Famer Keith Woodward with the most top 10 finishes (15). He has the most top 5 finishes in the history of the race with 15. He ranks third all-time in prize money winnings with $7,650. His 24 finishes at Mt Washington ranks 35th on the “most finishes” list. In 2006 he published “Only One Hill – A history of the Mt Washington road race” and is frequently referred to as the “Mt Washington Road Race Historian”.

Craig Fram

Fram 2013 Mt WashingtonHome Town: Derry N.H.

Ran his first Mt Washington in 1995 finishing in a tie for second with teammate Dave Dunham. Two years later he won the race. He has won more money than any other person in the history of the race. He set the course record for masters (age 40+) in 2001 and again in 2003. The record he broke in 2001 had been the longest-held record in the history of the race (1962-2001). In 2009 he broke the senior (50+) age group record running a 1:06:58, taking more than 5 1⁄2 minutes off of the previous record. He is the oldest runner to break 1:10 with his 1:09:52 in 2013 at age 54. He owns three of the top eight 40-49 times and the top three times for the 50-59 age group. He has the single-age records for ages 44, 49, 50, 52, and 54. He has finished in the top five six times which ranks tied for 7th all-time. He has finished in the top ten 7 times which ranks 9th all-time. He has run nine times under 1:10 which ranks 8th all-time. He has run under 1:05 five times which ranks 7th all-time.

Search Craig’s Stats at the MWRR Race Records Site

NE Delta Dental Road Race Hall of Fame honors Day-Lucore, Gutierrez, Teschek and Wyatt

Pinkham Notch NH
Two great champions from the Rocky Mountains, the race director who brought Mt. Washington into the modern era, and the World Mountain Champion from New Zealand will be honored this summer as the newest members of the Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame. In a ceremony at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Friday evening, June 14, the Hall of Fame will induct J’ne Day-Lucore and Simon Gutierrez, each of whom won the race three times; Bob Teschek, who directed the event for 29 years; and Jonathan Wyatt, the Mt. Washington course record-holder whom many consider the best uphill runner in history.

Formed in 2010, the Mount Washington Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding performers in this annual footrace to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States. The Friday evening ceremony celebrates the folklore and history of the race while also serving as a welcome to some 1200 runners who will make the 7.6-mile ascent of the Auto Road the following morning in the 53rd running of the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race.

Votes by the Hall’s six committee members, plus the 11 honorees chosen in previous years, determined this year’s new members of the Hall of Fame:

Jonathan Wyatt

Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand

Photo of Jono from New Zealand Mountain Running Champs  c.2006.  Photo by Graeme Murray
Photo of Jono from New Zealand Mountain Running Champs c.2006. Photo by Graeme Murray

Jono first ran Mt. Washington in 2004, when he became the prohibitive favorite the moment he signed up. He had already won the World Mountain Trophy three times, was an Olympic marathoner, held course records in mountain races all across Europe, and was likely not merely to win at Mt. Washington but to break the course record. In fact he broke it by a minute and 40 seconds, running through damp fog and wind to reach the summit in 56:41, nearly seven minutes ahead of runner-up and U.S. national mountain champion Paul Low. Wyatt returned in 2007 and won again in 1:01:25, still well ahead of the field. He also won the World Mountain title three more times.

Bob Teschek

Hometown: Newport, N.H.

Bob with fellow 2013 Inductees, (l-r) Jacqueline Gareau, Bob, J'Ne Day-Lucore and Simon Gutierrez. Photo courtesy of Joe Viger.
Bob with fellow 2013 Inductees, (l-r) Jacqueline Gareau, Bob, J’Ne Day-Lucore and Simon Gutierrez.
Photo courtesy of Joe Viger.

Bob ran the Mt. Washington Road Race eight times, beginning in 1966. He became the race’s director in 1982 and turned the race into one of the best-organized events in the sport. His name is familiar to countless Mt. Washington runners, as well as to race directors across the region and farther afield who use his company, Granite State Race Services, to provide timing and finish-line management to several road races on most weekends of the year. He set his own excellent personal best time (1:15:52) for the Mt. Washington Road Race in 1977.

Simon Gutierrez

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Simon taking on the 22 percent grade of the final wall at the 2013 Race.  Photo courtesy Joe Viger.
Simon taking on the 22 percent grade of the final wall at the 2013 Race.
Photo courtesy Joe Viger.

Simon first came to Mt. Washington in 1998 and impressed everyone with a third-place finish. The following year he finished fifth — two minutes faster than in his debut. Certain he could win Mt. Washington, Gutierrez returned in 2002 and placed first in that year’s weather-shortened race, defeating the hardcore New Englanders as well as then course-record holder and Hall of Famer Daniel Kihara of Kenya. To prove he could win the race at its full distance, Gutierrez ran away from the field in 2003, then won for a third time in 2005. He is also the race’s fastest over-40 runner of all time, having broken Hall of Famer Matt Carpenter’s master’s record in 2008 by finishing fifth overall in 1:01:34, and holding six of the nine fastest master’s times ever recorded at Mt. Washington.

J’ne Day-Lucore

J’ne (pronounced “Janey”) hails from Denver, Colorado

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J’Ne (left) with fellow Hall of Famer Jacqueline Gareau after the 2013 Race. Photo courtesy Joe Viger.

She first ran Mt. Washington in 1992 and set a new course record for women in one hour 11 minutes 45 seconds. Already the record-holder for the Pike’s Peak Ascent in Colorado, she came back to the Granite State in 1993 to defend her title as Queen of the Mountain and reached Mt. Washington’s 6288-foot summit seven minutes faster than her nearest challenger. She won again in her third Mt. Washington appearance, 1995, before an injury restricted her running and she turned to triathlons. Even so, she returned to Mt. Washington in 1998 and finished second only to Sweden’s Magdalena Thorsell, who broke the course record that year. Returning in 1999 at the age of 38, Day-Lucore placed fourth, and in 2001 here she was ninth woman overall, second in the master’s division behind only Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson.