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Attracting many more would-be entrants than the 152-year-old Mt. Washington Auto Road can accommodate, the "Run to the Clouds" is filled each year partly by invitations issued to elite mountain runners but primarily by a computer-generated random selection process open to all comers. The lottery will be held on March 15, and all applicants will be notified the following day as to whether or not they have gained the opportunity to run 7.6 grueling miles to the summit of the highest peak in the northeastern United States.
The race web site provides all necessary information for registering. A runner may register individually or as part of a team. In the latter case the team's captain registers the team as a unit, and the lottery then either accepts or rejects the entire team. The entry fee is $80 per person. Registrants enter their credit card numbers on line; the $80 fee is charged to the cards of all accepted applicants.
Increasingly popular despite – or perhaps because of – its ultra-steep grade and Mt. Washington's notoriously bad weather, the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race is the premier uphill running event in the eastern U.S. It regularly attracts top American and international mountain runners along with a hard core of seasoned marathoners, track and cross-country runners, Nordic skiers, snowshoe racers, triathletes and others. Former six-time World Mountain Champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand holds the men's course record, 56 minutes 41 seconds, set in 2004. The women's record was set in 2010 by the young Ethiopian runner Shewarge Amare, who made the ascent in one hour eight minutes 21seconds.
Runners whose recent performances indicate that they may be contenders for top places, or whose past participation in the race has contributed particularly to the event's charisma, can bypass the lottery and enter the race as invited runners. Entry is also guaranteed for runners who have completed the six other races in the New England "Mountain Goat" race series. All previous winners of the race may enter automatically, and the previous year's age-group winners are entitled to bypass the lottery.
The race begins at the Auto Road base on Route 16 near Pinkham Notch and climbs to the 6288-foot summit at an average grade of 12 percent and a net altitude gain of 4650 feet. The runners battle not only each other but the sheer force of gravity and Mt. Washington's famously severe winds.
Based in Concord, Northeast Delta Dental has sponsored the race up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road since 2001. The dental insurance company's President & CEO, Tom Raffio, has run the race in a personal best of one hour 50 minutes and 51 seconds. On the occasion of the 2012 "Run to the Clouds," Northeast Delta Dental increased its already strong support for the event, making it officially the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.
Fifty percent of all proceeds from the race will be donated to the of the dental programs Coos County Family Health Services. Based in nearby Berlin, this community-based organization provides innovative, personalized, comprehensive health care and social services to everyone, regardless of economic status.
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Potential candidates must have previous experience in planning, organizing, developing, and implementing programs. In addition, interested individuals should be respectful, have good communication skills, positive attitude, ability to encourage new ideas, and past experience supervising young children and teens.
This is a 40 hours per week, eight-week position responsible for daily camper supervision and activities.
Camp begins on June 26 and goes through Aug. 16.
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. For more information please contact the North Conway Community Center at 356-2096.
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The Engineers were 11-3 on the season after being Hamilton on Wednesday.
The former Fryeburg Academy standout has not played in any matches thus far this season has did see action in singles and doubles in the past for the Engineers. She was 1-0 in singles playing No. 6 in 2010-11 and also teamed with Brianna Dickie in No. 2 doubles, going 0-1.
Russell played four years varsity tennis at Fryeburg Academy where she was a two-time captain. She earned All-Conference Academic align with bin on a Raider Trader Card in 2009
While at the Academy, Russell also played four years varsity field hockey, earning All-Conference Academic. She was a four-year member of the ski team, was a team captain and an All-Conference Academic along with beubfg the recipient of the Coadris Award in 2010.
Russell was on the High Honor Roll; president of the National Honor Society; a member of the Big Band which won the State Championship in 2010. She was also in the One-Act Competition, becoming the Regional Champions in 2009 and 2010.
At Rensselaer, Russell, the daughter of Linda and Elbridge, is a Biomedical Engineering major.
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Junior shortstop Bekah Jackson (Nashua) and junior catcher Sam Hebert (Manchester) led the way for Plymouth State, both earning All-LEC First Team selection for the second straight year. The other Panther recognized was named All-LEC Second Team – Roberts, sophomore pitcher who led the team in wins.
The LEC post-season honors are voted on by the league's eight head coaches.
Roberts, daughter of Jackleen and Whipple Roberts, also of Tamworth, enjoyed an outstanding first season with PSU after transferring from Barry University. She finished with an 11-6 record with a 2.81 earned run average and one save, finishing fourth in the LEC in victories.
She posted key LEC wins for PSU over Eastern Connecticut State University and Keene State College, and was the winning pitcher in both ends of a doubleheader as PSU swept the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Roberts pitched 87.1 innings, allowing 94 hits and striking out 46 batters. She also batted .222 in 38 plate appearances with a double and five RBI.
It was another record-breaking season for Jackson, who could dominate a game at the plate or in the field. She tied or set 11 Plymouth State standards this season, including hits in a game (5) and single-season marks for hits (66), runs (57), triples (14), home runs (8), runs batted in (42), total bases (130), stolen bases (26), on-base percentage (.574), slugging percentage (1.008), and consecutive-game hitting streak (19 games).
Jackson leads the NCAA Division III in triples (14) and triples per game (0.32), and ranks among the top 15 in batting average (.512), on-base pct., slugging pct., and runs per game (1.41). She ranks second in the Little East in batting avg., slugging pct, on-base pct., runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, and total bases, and tops the LEC in triples and stolen bases. She also has outstanding range at shortstop with a strong throwing arm.
Hebert, a three-year starter and one of the top defensive catchers in the league who throws with her left hand, had another outstanding season at the plate as well as behind it. She batted .408 in 42 games with 49 hits, 20 walks, 12 doubles, one home run, and 36 runs batted in. She ranked among the top four in the LEC in batting average, walks, doubles, RBI, on-base percentage (.493). Hebert is also a two-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
The Panthers finished the season with a 25-17 overall record under 10th-year head coach Bruce Addison. This year matches the most victories in a season since the 2008 Panthers finished 25-15, and the 25-win seasons are tied for the second-most in a season in the program's history. PSU's runner-up finish in the LEC race during the regular season was the highest since 2002.
The complete All-LEC Team is available at LittleEast.com.
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