The 47th running of the Mount Washington Road Race drew 1000 of the toughest and fittest athletes from around the world. Mountain runners, marathoners, triathletes and cyclists come to test themselves on the highest peak in the northeastern United States. A mountain that has a reputation for being one of the deadliest in North America, and for having the world’s worst weather.
The men’s race was won by New Zealander Jonathan Wyatt, the 5 time world champion, Olympic marathoner and course record holder. On the women’s side, Olympic marathoner Anna Pichrtova of the Czech Republic claimed her 6th straight victory on the mountain, only months after being in a crippling car accident that nearly ended her elite running career.
I definitely knew who my daddy was when I completed the mother of all mountain races. The time and place that I had hoped for may have eluded me, but nonetheless, I left with the result I wanted – To have a powerful experience, race my hardest, and spread the raw word to the best of my ability. Next year I will be better prepared.
Here is an interview with the race winner Jonathan Wyatt – The greatest mountain runner in history.