Saturday, December 26, 2015

Nominees for the 2016 Mt Washington Road Race Hall of Fame

Only few days left to send in nominations for the 2016 HOF.  Send nominations to:

dave.Dunham@comcast.net

Here are the nominations so far:
Sumner Brown – has a long history at Mt Washington, he has been highly successful over 25 years in various age groups and has a life time PR of 1:10:53.  In 1989 he set the then 45-49 AGR of 1:13:00 and in 1990 he lowered his record to 1:11:41.  He set an age group record in 1994 when he placed 18th overall in 1:12:27 which topped the 50+ age group. That record stood for 15 years.  He set the 55-59 AGR in 1999 running a 1:17:59.  In 2004 broke into the 60+ age group with the then 2nd fastest time.  In 2009 he set the 65-69 AGR (1:34:36).  He currently holds the single age records for age 63, and 65 and the AGR for 65-69.  He finished the race 25 times from 1984-2010 which ranks tied for 32nd all time.  He has run under 1:20 sixteen times which ranks tied for 10th and under 1:15 eleven times which ranks tied for 11th. He ranks 28th all-time in prize money winnings.  He holds four of the top 31 times in the 45-49 aged group, four of the top 27 times in the 50-54, two of the top 10 times in the 55-59, and four of the top 20 times in the 60-64 age group.

 

Philip S. Campbell - considered his record in the Mount Washington Road Race the pinnacle achievement of his running career in his eighties.  In 1998, he set the still standing Mount Washington course record for Men 80-84 with a time of 2:19:48 beating the previous record by almost 17 minutes. This record remains one of the longest-standing, unbeaten marks in any age category. Five years later at the age of 85 he set a new course record for Men 85-89 with a time of 3:03:18. From 1998 to 2003 he ran the Mount Washington Road race four times finishing first in his age category each of those years while setting three course records.  He was an early and passionate advocate for age categories for senior runners in road races and played an integral role in the growth and success of the New England 65 Plus Runners Club serving as club president from 1994 through 1997.

 

John Cederholmwon the race in 1973 in his first attempt, and went on to finish five times in the top ten from 1973 to 1978.  His five top 10 overall finishes ranks 15th all-time. He has run the race 32 times which ranks 13th all-time and has a PR of 1:08:26.  He has run four times under 1:10.  He has run sixteen times under 1:20 which ranks tied for 10th and under 1:15 ten times which ranks tied for 11th.  In 1973 he set the then AGR for 30-34 (1:08:26).  In 1988 he set the then AGR for 45-49 (1:15:05).  At age 60 he set a then top ten age group time of 1:31:07.  His 1:44:55 in 2008 ranks 31st fastest person in the 65-69, and his 1:52:59 in 2013 ranks 10th fastest person in the 70-74. 

 

Francis Darrahwon 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 one of the three people in the history of the race to set the course record multiple times.

 

Kim Dobson – a three time winner of the race.  She holds two single age records Age 27 (1:12:11) and Age 28 (1:09:25). Her 2012 time set the 25-29 AGR.

 

Brandy Erholtz – a two time winner of the race, she has raced seven times with a PR of 1:10:53.  She has the single age records for age 30 (1:11:08) and 31 (1:10:53).  She ranks 9th on the prize money list with $6,766.  She has five of the top 14 times in the 30-34 AG.  Her eight top 10 finishes ranks tied for 2nd.  Her five sub-1:15 finishes ranks 2nd all time.  She has run under 1:20 seven times which is tied for 1st and seven times under 1:30 ranks 9th.

 

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 AGR (2:33:20), 90-94 AGR (2:48:25) and 95+ (3:28:41) age group records.

 

Cathy Hodgdonhas three consecutive wins from 1980-1982.  All three times were under 1:30 averaging 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).

 

Barbara Robinson - currently holds two 5-year age-group records (65-69 & 70-74).  Her 1:46:03 from 1999 is the 65-69 AGR and she set the 70-74 age group record with a 2:00:42 at age 70.  She has the single age records for age 65, 70, 71, 76, and 78.  She has two times in the top 10 for the 65-69 and four in the top 8 in the 70-74 age groups.  Her 2:11:11 at age 75 is the second fastest in the 75-59 AGR. She holds three of the top five times in the 75-79 age group.

 

Donna Smyers – has 20 finishes from 1993-2014 which ties her for 5th most for women (and 63rd overall) and has a PR of 1:22:37.  She has taken the senior title (50+) four times and was runner-up twice.  She has run seventeen sub 1:30 times which ranks first and has eight top 10 finishes which ranks 2nd.    She holds four single age records, 50 (1:28:19), 51 (1:28:01), 53 (1:29:25), and 56 (1:27:59).  She has three of the top 30 times in the 35-39, five of the top 29 times in the 45-49, five of the top 12 in the 50-54, and the 2nd fastest 55-59 (trailing only HOF member Jacqueline Gareau – by 1 second).  She was on the record setting Central Vermont 50+ team in 2008. 

 

Suzie Westleads the top 10 finish list with nine all-time and ranks 2nd all-time with fourteen sub 1:30 finishes.  She has the age 48 single-age record with her 1:23:19 from 2011.  She was top master once and runner-up three times and was senior champion once.  She was part of the record setting CSU team in 2013 setting the 50+ CR, and was also on the CSU masters team that set the CR three times (2003, 2007, and 2008).  She has three of the top 46 times in the F35-39 including the 19th fastest ever with her 1:20:40 from 1999. She has three of the top 25 times in the F40-44 including the 13th fastest all-time with 1:20:18 from 2003.  She has five of the top 23 times for F45-49 including the 6th fastest all-time with her 1:23:19 from 2011.  She ran the 7th fastest all-time for F50-54 with her 1:28:22 in 2013.  She ranks 36th in all-time earnings at Mt Washington.  In 2015 she ran the 2nd fastest time in the 50-54 age group (1:25:57).

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