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Mount Washington Road Race Pub Night

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The lottery for the Mount Washington Road Race opens on 2/17/14!

The 54th “Run to the Clouds” will take place on Saturday, June 21st, 2014. The historic all-uphill run draws thousands of runners from across New England, throughout the U.S., and from countries as close as Canada and as far away as Kenya, to make the grueling climb to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.

Please plan to join UVRC for a screening of the film "Running the Rockpile" and a Q&A session with club members who have participated in this race.

“Running the Rockpile is a short documentary tracing the history of a footrace up the tallest peak in New England-- Mount Washington. This 7.6 mile race is not unique simply because of the challenge ("It's not just uphill, every step is uphill" says race promoter John Stifler in the opening sequence of the 22-minute film). The race is unique precisely because it is common-- a footrace. So what if it is the tallest peak in New England (6,288 feet, with an average grade of 11% and over 2,000 feet elevation gain) and entirely uphill? So what if Mount Washington has a reputation for the world's worst weather (wind gusts of 231 mph recorded at the summit). So what if entry is now by lottery only because there's only so much space on the mountain and well over 1000 runners bid to chase the clouds every year? As we uncover the origins, trials, and outcomes of this 50+ year race, we find that it's not just a bunch of crazies running up a hill. It's an homage to the human spirit of creating, doing, accomplishing and not resting on past laurels. It's the story of people making things happen. It starts with us, people! People make things happen.”

You'll also have the opportunity to connect with UVRC team/volunteer organizers Mike Gonnerman and Lori Bliss Hill and learn about a limited number of UVRC race entries for those who don't gain entry through the lottery. Come join us to share a pint, enjoy some good company and learn more about this fantastic New England race!