Atop New England, runners are satisfied at the Mount Washington summit
"I'm still in high school at the time, and after running every step for three miles, I notice the course is still going up," he recalled this week. "By the time you reach the finish line, your heart is in your throat and your legs are burning. I swore after that first time, I would never run it again."
On Saturday at 9 a.m., he'll answer the starting cannon at the base of the Auto Road in Gorham for the 14th time, joining a field comprising both world-class competitors and recreational runners in the 53rd Mount Washington Road Race.
"Competing against the world's best (mountain) runners on a course which is relentless is challenging for me. It's grueling when you run it but rewarding when you finish it."
In the women's field, Kim Dobson of Denver, who has won the last two races, will not return this season.
Erholtz is four months pregnant, said race organizer John Stifler.
Even at the age of 54, Craig Fram of Plaistow continues to be one of New Hampshire's most successful runners.
Among the notable Granite Staters are New Hampton's Freeman brothers, Justin and Kris. Better known as nordic skiers — both are former national champions, and Kris is a three-time Olympian — the Freemans also are accomplished runners. Last year at Mount Washington, Justin Freeman finished 24th overall.
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