Rebecca Stockdale-Woolley, 68, of Chaplin Conn., ran the race 16 times between 1998 and 2018, regularly dominating the competition in her age group. She set the record for the 45-49-year age group in 1998 and again in 1999 (1:23:54), and for ages 50-54 in 2001, 55-59 in 2006, and 60-64 in 2011 and 2012. She holds the record for the 65-69-year age group, which she set in 2016 at 1:40:29 and then broke in 2018 with her time of 1:40:26. She also holds the single-age records for ages 55, 64, 66, and 67. Of the 16 times she raced, she placed first in her age group 13 times, finishing second twice to three-time Mt. Washington champion and Hall of Fame member Jacqueline Gareau (2000, 2005) and once to Gareau’s fellow Canadian and top age group runner Louise Voghel (2015).
Fred Ross III, 71, Vernon Vt., has recorded the most finishes of anyone in the history of the race with 42, and he became the first member of the race’s 300-Mile Club. Ross also has the longest active streak of consecutive finishes with 41. In 2017 and 2018 he was the top finisher in the 70-74-year age group. He has also directed races including the Mt Equinox race, which was held in the 1970’s and gave runners a chance to tune up for Mt Washington. Fred’s connection to the race (and the mountain) run deep. He proposed to his wife at the finish of the race, and they later married at the Tip Top House, at the mountain’s summit. Fred is also a multi-time participant in Alton Weagle Day that takes place each Memorial Day weekend at the Auto Road.
Sumner Brown, 75, of Belmont, Mass., has been highly successful in his long history at Mt Washington and has clocked a lifetime personal best for the race of 1:10:53. He set the age-group record for men ages 45-49 in 1989, lowed it the next year, and then smashed the age 50-54 record in 1994 when he placed 18th overall in 1:12:27 – a record that stood for 15 years. In subsequent years he set the 55-59-year age group record, ran the second-fastest time ever in the 60-64-year age group, and, in 2009, broke the record for the 65-69-year age group. He holds the single-age record for age 63 and the fourth fastest time ever in the highly competitive 65-69 age group. Between 1984 and 2010 he finished the race 25 times. Most impressively, he has recorded eleven finishes on Mt. Washington in under 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Charlotte Lettis (Beaverton, OR) was the first official women’s finisher in the race. She won Mt. Washington in 1972, making the 7.6-mile ascent up the Auto Road in one hour 40 minutes 8 seconds. In 1975, she ran again, placing second in 1:46:40. In addition to her groundbreaking performance at Mt Washington, she was a national class runner in the mile and the 1,500, qualifying for the 1976 Olympic trials. An early leader in the movement to recognize women’s running not only as a fitness exercise but as top-level athletic competition, she produced a 2005 documentary about how women’s distance running had evolved over the last 50 years.
Joseph Gray (Age 34, Colorado Springs, CO) is a four-time winner of the race, having taken the top spot in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. He holds the state record for both Colorado (58:15, in 2015) and Washington (60:33 in 2012). He set the single-year records for age 30, 32, and 33 with times of 59:09, 58:17, and 58:57. All of his finishes have been in the top five: four first, two second, two third, and one fourth place. His 2016 time stands as the American men’s record for the race. In addition to his impressive performances at Mount Washington Gray has been a 19-time U.S. Mountain team member and an 11-time national champion. In 2016, he won the World Mountain Running Championships in Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria.
John T Cederholm – Has not only won the race but shown incredible longevity. He won the race in 1973 in his first attempt, and went on to finish five times in the top ten from 1973 to 1978. His five top 10 overall finishes ranks 15th all-time. He has run the race 33 times which ranks 14th all-time and has a PR of 1:08:26. He has run sixteen times under 1:20 which ranks tied for 10th and under 1:15 ten times which ranks tied for 15th. In 1973 he set the then AGR for 30-34 (1:08:26). In 1988 he set the then AGR for 45-49 (1:15:05). At age 60 he set a then top ten age group time of 1:31:07. His 1:44:55 in 2008 ranks 34th fastest person in the 65-69, and his 1:52:59 in 2013 ranks 10th fastest person in the 70-74.
Cathy Hodgdon – had three consecutive wins from 1980-1982. Her three times averaged 1:24:07. Cathy holds the single age record for age 22 with her 1:22:57 in 1981. That record is the second oldest women’s record in existence. In 1980 she set the 20-24 AGR (1:26:24) which she lowered in 1981 (1:22:57) and lowered again in 1982 (1:22:10).
George Etzweiler – is the oldest finisher (95 in 2015), and finished eight times between the age of 85 and 95. All of his times rank between 7th and 34th for 80+ runners. He is the only runner over age 88 to finish the race. He currently owns eight single-age records (85,86,87,89,91,92,93,95). He also holds the 85-89 Age Group Record (AGR) (2:33:20), 90-94 AGR (2:48:25) and 95+ (3:28:41) AGR.
Francis Darrah – won the race in the first two years it was held (1936 & 1938). He broke his own course record in 1938 running a 1:15:28. He is one of only nine people who have ever held the course record at Mt Washington. He is also one of the three men in the history of the race to set the course record multiple times, the others Hall of Fame members Bob Hodge and Gary Crossan.
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.