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Blake Wins Mount Washington Road Race For Third Time

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Mount Washington is the highest peak in New England. (Credit: nhstateparks.org)

Mount Washington is the highest peak in New England. (Credit: nhstateparks.org)

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PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Mountain runner Eric Blake of New Britain, Conn., has reclaimed the champion’s title in a race up the road of Northeast’s highest peak.

Organizers say Blake, who had won the 7.6 mile race up the auto road of Mount Washington in 2006 and 2008, had his fastest time ever on Saturday at 59 minutes, 57 seconds.

On the women’s side, Laura Haefeli of Del Norte, Colo., won the event. The 45-year-old finished in 1 hour, 18 minutes, and 5 seconds.

Complete race results

About 1,300 runners from 34 states and two Canadian provinces participated in the race.

The summit of Mount Washington is 6,288 feet above sea level.

The Mount Washington Auto Road was opened in 1861. It is one of the country’s oldest man-made tourist attractions.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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