2016 Class inducted into the Hall of Fame

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George Etzweiler

The 2016 Mount Washington Hall of Fame inductees:

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.

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.

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).

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.

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:

3rd Annual Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame Inauguration

Pinkham Notch, NH
The world record-holder for marathons at extremely high altitudes, a Boston Marathon champion, a classics scholar who twice broke the women’s course record, and a veteran New England runner with decades of racing success have been selected as the four new members of the Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame. Formed in 2010 to recognize outstanding performers in 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 of Matt Carpenter, Jacqueline Gareau, Christine Maisto and Keith Woodward in a ceremony at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road on Friday, June 15. The next morning, the 2012 Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race will start at 9 a.m., as 1200 runners make their way up the 151-year-old Auto Road.

Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Announced

Pinkham Notch, NH
Derek Froude, the first person to run up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in under one hour, joins four-time Mt. Washington champions Mike Gallagher and Daniel Kihara this year as the 2011 inductees to the Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame. These three extraordinary runners will be honored this summer in a ceremony held at the base of Mt. Washington on Friday, June 17, the evening before the 51st running of this all-uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame Initial Inductees Announced

Pinkham Notch, NH
On the eve of the 50th running of the Mt. Washington Road Race, four of the greatest runners in the race’s history will become the first members of the new Mt. Washington Road Race Hall of Fame. Bob Hodge of Massachusetts, Anna Pichrtova of the Czech Republic, legendary English coal-miner-turned runner Fred Norris, and the late Gary Crossan of New Hampshire have been chosen by a committee made up of the race’s organizers. These runners, each with an outstanding history at Mt. Washington, were selected from a larger list of nominees with exceptional accomplishments in this all-uphill race to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.