2012 Mount Washington PreviewRunners at Saturday’s Mount Washington Road Race in New Hampshire will climb, and climb … and climb. The first six men to finish will qualify for the 2012 United States Mountain Running Team.
Photo by Joe Viger
The 52nd running of the Mount Washington Road Race, which sets off Saturday morning in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is grueling. And this year, the normally tough competition will be fiercer than usual, as the race doubles as the qualifying trials for the U.S. Men’s Mountain Running Team (USMRT). The first six men across the line will represent the United States at the World Championships in Italy this September.
“We’ve seen really fast road guys show up to try and qualify who can’t handle the mountain well,” says USMRT team leader, Richard Bolt. “The wildcards are the ones who haven’t raced Mount Washington. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.”