Keith Woodward

Hometown: Stowe, Vermont

Keith won the Mt. Washington Road Race just once, but no one has run this race more often or more consistently. Woodward won in 1983 with a time of 1:06:38, and 28 years later (2011) he set a new age group record for men 60-64, with a time of 1:21:29. Between 1973 and 2011, he has completed the race 36 times, the most finishes by anyone ever. He has finished under 1:10 on sixteen different occasions, the second most in that category in the history of the race, and fifteen times in the top ten overall. His personal best was a 1:03:06 in 1985, when he finished second.  In 1977, when he placed third in 1:08:15, he led the  North Country Athletic Club team to the first sub-6 hour team finish (five runners’ combined times) at Mt. Washington.

Christine Maisto

Christine was a librarian in New Jersey and a strong track and road runner when she came to Mt. Washington in 1985 and won decisively in 1:14:44. With that time she set a new women’s course record for the Auto Road, and she successfully defended her title in 1986. Absent for a few years, she returned in 1991 and took the record back from Jacqueline Gareau, winning in 1:12:15 and becoming the first three-time women’s winner in the history of the race.  In a race that had historically attracted far more men than women, her 1985 victory made Maisto the first woman to finish among the 50 runners, as she placed thirty-first overall. She now lives in Colorado.

 

Jacqueline Gareau

Hometown: Sainte-Adele, Quebec

Jacqueline made her Mount Washington Road Race debut in 1989, on a day so thick with fog that runners could barely see the road. She ran to the summit in one hour 13 minutes and 13 seconds – a new record for women in the race. She won again in 1994, on a scorching hot day, and once more in 1996. In those second and third victories, she was also the first female finisher over the age of 40. In 2000 she returned again and finished second – at the age of 47.  She still holds the Canadian women’s record on Mt. Washington and has held course records here in the masters age group and the 50-54years category. In the 2011 race, she set a new record for women in the 55-59-year-age group. A massage therapist, Gareau has been renowned in marathon running since 1980, when she won the Boston Marathon. She is the only woman ever to have won both the Boston Marathon and the Mt. Washington Road Race.

 

Matt Carpenter

Hometown: Manitou Springs, Colorado

First came to Mt. Washington in 1992 and handily defeated defending champion Derek Froude of New Zealand, who two years earlier had become the first person to run this 7.6-mile race in under one hour.   Carpenter won again the following year and then, after four years away from the race, returned to win it a third time in 1998. In 1999, after leading nearly the entire way, he finished second to Kenyan Daniel Kihara.  In that race, Carpenter also ran his fastest-ever time at Mt. Washington, 59 minutes 16 seconds, and joined Kihara as the only two runners to break one hour at Mt. Washington more than once.  His 59:16 is also the fastest non-winning time ever recorded. Returning in 2005, Carpenter broke the existing record for masters runners, in 1:02:12, a mark that stood for three years. Widely known for his ability to run hard where the air is thin, Carpenter holds records in marathons and 100-mile races in the Rockies and Himalayas.