Mount Washington Road Race lottery registration open through March 15
Posted Monday, 12 March, 2012
Pinkham Notch, N.H. – With its headquarters in the Granite State’s capital and its eyes on the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern
United States, Northeast Delta Dental now has its name on the premier running event in New Hampshire. This week,
the dental insurance company has raised its already well-known support for the historic race to a new level, as officials
at the Mt. Washington Auto Road confirm that the race to the top of Mt. Washington will now be called the Northeast
Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
Northeast Delta Dental has been the primary sponsor of the Mount Washington Road Race since 2001, when
the company first linked its professional interests in healthcare to one of New England’s most celebrated challenges to
human fitness. The company’s President & CEO, Tom Raffio, made a very respectable ascent himself last year,
reaching the 6288-foot high finish line in one hour 50 minutes and 51 seconds. On the occasion of the 52nd “Run
to the Clouds,” Northeast Delta Dental assumes a new level of commitment to the race, which every year attracts
a thousand runners to the Auto Road and its relentless 12 percent grade.
With this significant increase in support, this year the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race
will contribute half of the race’s net proceeds to the Coos County Family Health Services. Based in nearby Berlin, NH,
this community-based organization provides personalized, comprehensive health and dental care and social services to
everyone, regardless of economic status.
Since 1995, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation has funded over $45,000 to support the center’s school-based oral health education, fluoride rinse, and preventive dental services. The center’s status as the new beneficiary of the race is a reminder of the Auto Road’s and Northeast Delta Dental’s extensive ties to the region, and to the race’s commitment to the well-being of the larger community. The race expects that this year’s funding will be used especially to enhance the Coos County Family Health Services’ oral health programs.
The 1000-runner field for the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is filled by means of an online lottery. Anyone wishing to compete in this year’s race can register for this lottery at www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com any time through 11:59 p.m. on March 15.
The drawing of names in the lottery will take place on March 16. Notification of the results will go to all applicants by March 18.
Held three times in the 1930s, then organized on an ongoing basis in the 1960s, the footrace up the Mt. Washington Auto Road has a long history. Its popularity surged in the 1980s and has grown continuously since then, along with the global growth of the sport of mountain running. The 2012 race will serve as the qualifying event to select the six men who will make up the U.S. National Mountain Running men’s team that will compete in the World Mountain Championships in September in Ponte di Legno, Italy.
Originally called the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, the road to the summit of Mt. Washington was completed in 1861. Rising through several different climate zones, and offering stunning views of the White Mountains, Vermont, Maine and southern Quebec, the Auto Road is one of New England’s most spectacular attractions.
The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 near Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet. The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington’s famously unpredictable weather. Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men’s course record, 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004. The women’s record was set in 2010 by the young Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, a time of one hour eight minutes 21seconds.