|The facial expressions say it all photo: Joe Viger|
At the 53rd running of the Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race, Team Colorado represents...Colorado, of course!
With sunny and warm temperatures in the first half of the race, it quickly changed to blustery, cold winds as high as 50 mph in the second half of the 7.6 mile course that prides itself on containing "Just One Hill." It is a 4,727 foot climb in 7.6 miles, but, then again, it is just one hill.
|Sage taking a look back photo: Joe Viger|
Sage Canaday coming off a 2012 American record of 58:27 at Mt. Washington and only a week after winning the 50 Mile National Championship, Cayuga Trail 50, placed 3rd in 1:03:39.
|Sage enjoying the beautiful scenery...well, just trying to get tot he top, but the scenery is still there photo: Joe Viger|
Gute stalking Matt Byrne on The Wall photo: Far North
|Gute waits to out-kick the scrappy Matt Byrne of Scranton, PA (and guest star on The Office) until the 22% grade. Typical Gute! photo: Joe Viger|
|Maksimow didn't win, but he sure did have the most colorful uniform and facial hair photo: Far North|
|Maksimow scales the 22% finish pitch lovingly known as "The Wall" photo: Joe Viger|
Gute claims that he is among the American Sub-One Hour Club because he ran 28:02 for the win in 2002. He pauses before he tells you the race only finished at the halfway point due to severe weather. Such a joker!
The three amigos of Team Colorado, L to R, Maksimow playing lizard, Canaday with his new cereal bowl, Gute needing a nap after a hard race photo: Donna Garcia
After smashing the team course record in 2012 by 5 minutes 31 seconds, Team Colorado did not field a complete team this year, however, did manage to put the three that did run in the top 10 (3, 4, 9) and ahead of the winning Central Mass Striders first finisher. Not too shabby! Did I mention that it is just one hill?
On the women's side, Laura Haefeli, long-time mountain and trail runner out of Del Norte, CO won her first Mt. Washington in 1:18:05. She is following in the footsteps of Gute and proving that age (she is 45) doesn't slow her down.
|Haefeli contributes her longevity to her family-owned honey farm, www.haefelihoney.com photo: Joe Viger|
Honorary Team Colorado member Brandy Erholtz placed 2nd overall with a 1:23:48 in the women's race. The amazing part is that she carrying a 4 month of fetus in her belly!!! Regina Loicano of Gloucester, MA finished 3rd in 1:24:45. Here Brandy shows off why she should have won the 2nd and 3rd place prize money.
She's pushing it out! photo: P-Max
Canaday making his way up the mountain in black & white photo: Joe Viger
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Post race press release