Photo by Dan Houde/Mt. Washington Auto Road
95-year-old George Etzweiler became the oldest person to complete the 12KM course at the Mount Washington Road Race last Saturday (June 20) when he crossed the finish-line with a time of 3:28:41
12KM might sound like a short distance but race course for Mount Washington Road Race consist of a single hill (up-hell) and has an elevation gain of 4,727 feet and has an average grade of 12 percent. The official cut-off time for the course is 3:02, but the organizers have recently relaxed that requirement for older runners in recent years.
2 Years ago, Etzweiler also holds the record for the oldest person to complete the race at age 93 with a race time of 3:15. Despite the slower time, Etzweiler is already planning his training to improve his time next year.
This year’s race marked Etzweiler’s 10th time completing the Mount Washington Road Race. “My plan is to run it until I’m 100, and when I cross the finish line I’m going to drop dead,” Etzweiler said. “That would make a splash.”
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