Cranmore Hill Climb – 2013 USA & NACAC Championships

The 2013 Cranmore Hill Climb, presented by Northeast Delta Dental

Host of the 2009, 2011 & 2013 USA Mountain Running Championships and the 2013 NACAC Mountain Championships




Bib Number Pickup will be available from 12-3 on Saturday July 20th at Cranmore in the main parking lot (Look for the tent).  Save yourself the wait in line on Sunday morning.  Pre-reg price of $22 will be honored on Saturday as well.

Sunday race registration is in the Eating House at Cranmore.

Note:  Runners will receive a free ride on the chairlift to the race start.  It takes about 10 minutes to get to the summit so plan accordingly to make your race start time.

Updated race FAQ is here

Thanks to our sponsors:

Northeast Northeast Delta Dental


USATF New England

Hammer Nutrition Products

World Fellowship Center


RunReg Online Registration.



Cabot Cheese of Vermont


Tuckerman Brewing Company

Sunday July 21st
8:15 AM Start for Women, 9:15 AM start for Men.  Chairlift to the top will start at 7AM as race will start at the top of the mountain this year.

Registration will be from 6:30-7:45 at the resort.  You can also pick up your bib on Saturday the 20th from 12-3PM at a pop up tent in the main parking lot.

Cranmore Mountain Resort

1 Skimobile Road

North Conway, New Hampshire 03860

Click for Directions

Registration at the Eating House at Cranmore

Course Information

The 2013 Cranmore Hill Climb will serve as the USA Mountain Running National Championship as well as the NACAC (North American, Caribbean, Central American) Mountain Championships.  We are still finalizing the course and waiting for confirmation from the World Champs in Poland for 2013 to see what course will need to emulate.  At this stage we do know that it will be a Down-Up course instead of the usual Up-Down as this is plan for the WMRC in Poland.   Men will do three laps and women will do 2 laps.

Course Map and Course Photos available on our Facebook Page

There will be water & Heed Sports Drink available at the bottom and the top of the mountain.

Is this a change from the 2012 Course?

Why, yes it is. The course has had some change to it every year since 2004.  That’s what makes it fun!  What other race do you always set a new PR at every year?

Registration Information

Registration Online (opens on February 21)
Cost:  $22.  Online Reg closes on July 17th.  Day of Registration is $30.  T-Shirts available to the first 150 participants, courtesy of Inov-8.  Register early to guarantee a tshirt.

For Elite Athletes looking to make the 2013 US Mountain Running Team, there are free race entries available.  For more information, please contact Race Director, Paul Kirsch at

The top 6 US Men (who are USATF Members and US Citizens) and the top 4 US Women (who are USATF Members and US Citizens) will qualify for the Mountain Team.  More info on the Team can be found at


Kasie Enman, 2011 USA Mountain Running Champion, crossing the finishing line

Awards to first place in the men’s and women’s 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over divisions. Awards provided by CW-X, Sporthill, Hammer Nutrition Products & Julbo.

$4000 in cash prizes, courtesy of Northeast Delta Dental (Prize breakdown to be finalized).

Race Videos, Race History & Results

The 2010 edition of the race was the the 23rd Annual Cranmore Hill Climb. Originally starting as a “pick your own way to the summit” ascent-only race in the 80s, the race evolved to a 3 mile uphill-only race up the mountain service road.

In 2005 the course was changed to an up-down format so that it could serve as a qualifying race for the US Mountain Running Team. Since then, the race has continued to be an up-down race, becoming part of the Inov-8 USATF-New England Mountain Running Circuit in 2005 as well. Tradition since then has been that the course has changed each year since then, exploring new sections of the mountain and giving local mountain runners something new to talk about each year.

The 2007 race served as the USA Mountain Running Champs and had the most challenging course of the race history. With the goal of mimicing the steep downhill at that year’s World Mountain Running Trophy, the course descended at a 20% grade down the face of the mountain, receiving the label as “toughest race ever” by self-proclaimed New England Mountain Running Historian, Dave Dunham.

The 2008 race saw a less difficult course than 2007 but had the added challenge of a strong rain and thunderstorm at the beginning of the race.

Running Raw racer Tim VanOrden made videos of the 2007 and 2008 Cranmore races. See below to watch the videos:

Running Raw: Cranmore Hill Climb – 6/29/08

Running Raw: US Mtn. Running Championships 6/24/07

2007 Race Results | 2007 Race Report & Photos

2008 Race Results | 2008 Race Report & Photos

If you have a race report you’d like to share, email the link to pkirsch at

2009 Photos
Scott Mason (1) Scott Mason (2)
Mike Brown-Dowling
Richard Bolt
Ken Skier

2011 Results & Photos





2010 Results & Photos


Scott Mason’s Photos

2009 Results

Men Women

2009 Various Race Reports
Race Director’s Report
Dave Dunham
Jim Johnson

Joe Gray
Jim Pawlicki
Paul Bazanchuk
Trail Pixie

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