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.
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.
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 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.
Hometown: Bradford, Massachusetts
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”.
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.
Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand
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.