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.