Mount Washington Auto Road, Gorham NH

Course Details 

Subject to Change due to COVID19 Race Guidelines

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RACE DATE and TIME

Women - Saturday - June 19, 2021  8:30 am

Men - Sunday - June 20, 2021  8:30 am


START LOCATION
Base of the Auto Road on Route 16, between Jackson and Gorham, NH. Directions>>


COURSE LENGTH
7.6 Miles


VERTICAL GAIN
4,650 feet


GRADE
Average 12%, multiple lengths of 18% sustained, last 50 yards at 22%.


SUPPORT DRIVER 

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is not your average road race. The race ends at the top of the highest mountain in the northeastern United States and the summit is the "home of the world's worst weather" as recorded by the Mt. Washington Observatory. It is your responsibility to secure a ride DOWN the mountain on race day. Your support driver should have a bag of warm, dry clothes for you and snacks to hold you over until the feast at the base of the mountain.

 

You need to PRE-PURCHASE your Auto Road Ticket for your support driver. And share the Support Driver Information with your ride! 

 

TIME LIMIT

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race is a competitive mountain running race and has an official time limit of 3:05 from the time you leave the start mat. Official timing ends at 3 hours and 5 minutes after the start of the last runner (around 12:20 PM). Please do not enter if you suspect you are unable to complete the course in that time. All runners still on course past this time will be untimed as they finish.

All race winning times for all groups, overall winners, age group, records, and teams will be based on chip time for 2021. 

 

AGE LIMIT

The minimum age for participation is 14 years of age on the date of the race.

ANTI-DOPING POLICY

The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race (MWRR) reserves the right to conduct a post-competition urine analysis on any athlete that competes at the MWRR. The list of substances that will/can be analyzed for are found on the World Anti-Doping Agency website. Additional information can be found here. Athletes, check your medications!

 

WATER/AID STATIONS

There will be ONE water refilling station 1/2 way up the mountain. Runners will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Water will be provided at the summit. 

 

FIRST AID

Emergency Medical Services will be available at the base, halfway, and at the summit. The medical team will be in contact with aid stations via Auto Road stages and HAM radio operators. If you need assistance, please seek the nearest race staff, volunteer or HAM radio operator.

 

WEATHER PRECAUTIONS

The weather on the mountain can be extreme, even in June. BE PREPARED! Due to the extreme exposure above treeline, consider bringing extra clothes (mittens, windbreaker, hat, etc.) when you run. Send warm clothes to the summit with your support driver to wear after you cross the finish line. To better inform your clothing decisions visit the Mt Washington Observatory’s Higher Summits Forecast, the evening before the event (summit forecasts for Mt. Washington are only available 24 hours in advance).

 

SUMMIT INFORMATION

Runners should plan for NO access to the Sherman Adams summit building. Due to COVID restrictions, the capacity in the summit building is extremely limited. Portable toilets, water, commemorative fleece blankets, and first aid will be provided at the summit, at the finish. You should prepare for your support driver's car to be your BASE LODGE. Plan ahead and be prepared to retrieve necessities from your support car. Support Driver Information>>

 

 

BAG DROP

In 2021 we are initiating a bag drop for racers who plan to walk / run down the mountain after the race. We'll transport the bag to the summit for you, but ask that the bag is secure (ie, zipper closure versus an open tote), and is visibly labeled with your name and bib number, and that you carry it with you for the descent. The Mt. Washington Auto Road is not responsible for lost, stolen or misplaced belongings.

 

TRAFFIC ON COURSE

Runners may encounter a limited number of number of vehicles on the course during the race. This includes Auto Road stages, EMS Staff, and HAM radio communications staff. Drivers are instructed to use extreme caution.

 

EAR-BUD/HEADPHONE USE

For your safety, it is our recommendation that you do not run with ear-buds or headphones on course during the race, as there are a number of vehicles that you could encounter (Auto Road vehicles, EMS staff, HAM radio operators, photographers and videographers).

 

BABY STROLLERS

Baby strollers of any kind are not permitted on the Mt. Washington Auto Road at anytime during the course of the event.

 

PET POLICY

NO dogs will be allowed into the race area. This includes the start area. Dogs are allowed on the summit but must be on leashes at all times. Your dog must be in a summit-bound vehicle in order to be allowed. 

 

ATTENTION COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Commercial Photography on the Mt. Washington Auto Road and at Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center is strictly prohibited unless advance permission has been granted. Please contact the Event Director for further information. This applies to all activities and events taking place on the property. Violators will be prosecuted.