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49th Mount Washington Road Race
by Michael Pelletier
Saturday, June 20, 2009

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH - Last weekend, five Striders competed in the Mount Washington Road Race, a 7-mile torturous run up the highest Mountain in the East.

Layce Alves for several years has split her time between the NS Striders and Team Gloucester and is a regular on the Team Gloucester Women's Open Team for Mount Washington. Vicky Yee and Lee Benton were recruited by Team Gloucester for their Women's Teams for Mount Washington and were loaned to Team Gloucester for "future considerations." Judging by their outstanding performances, the future considerations we receive should be quite lucrative.

In the team competition, running for Team Gloucester, Layce Alves and Vicky Yee were one and two on the 12th place Women's Open Team. (12/17 teams). Vicky and Lee Benton were one, two respectively on the Team Gloucester Women's Masters team which finished 10th of 12 teams. Mary Stevens was the designated driver, bringing Vicky and Lee safely down the Mountain (The drive down is scarier than the run up) and then driving them home.

In the Women's rankings, Layce Alves was 17th Woman Overall; Vicky Yee was 101st Woman Overall; Lee Benton was 157th Woman Overall. Two Hundred and Fifty-seven women finished the race to the top of Mount Washington.

Dave Jefska and Steve Weitzler, both experienced mountain climbers and veterans of the Mount Washington Race, also ran up Mount Washington, competing for the North Shore Striders.

Former Strider Gus Saulnier, now 73 years old and patched together with steel rods in his back after a car accident some years ago, also competed, finishing in 2:43:39

Individual Finishers:

O'All Division/Total Age Name Time Pace
146 6/57 29 F Layce Alves 1:31:45 12:05
519 18/45 45 F Vicky Yee 1:55:14 15:10
682 28/45 48 F Lee Benton 2:04:53 16:26
866 99/106 53 M Dave Jefska 2:26:21 19:16
875 100/106 51 M Steve Weitzler 2:28:40 19:34

Full results at Cool Running.


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