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
Thanks to our sponsors:
Sunday July 21st at 8:00 AM
Starts near Skimobile Station Building (main Entrance).
Cranmore Mountain Resort
1 Skimobile Road
North Conway, New Hampshire 03860
Note: Registration location this year will be at the Arlberg Children’s Center (formerly North Base Lodge, for you old-timers) building at Cranmore: 7:00-8:00 AM. If you are looking at the mountain, Arlberg is way down to the left past the maintenance garage and snowmaking pond. It’s where the old pre-2005 Cranmore Hill Climb used to start.
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 to be Posted Here One Poland has been finalized
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 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 a limited number of homestays and free race entries available. For more information, please contact Race Director, Paul Kirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 usmrt.com
$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:
If you have a race report you’d like to share, email the link to pkirsch at roadrunner.com