Pinkham Notch, NH — The 52nd Mt. Washington Road Race saw a first-time mountain racer Sage Canaday, 26, Boulder, CO, run away from the field to post a time of 58:27, the third fastest time in the history of this 7.6-mile unrelenting climb of New England’s tallest mountain.

Canady’s time was nearly two minutes faster than second-place finisher Joseph Gray, 28, Newcastle, WA, who crossed the line in a person best of 1:00:33. Two-time winner Eric Blake, 33, New Britain, CT, finished in third outsprinting Glen Randall, 25, Mesa, CO, by a mere four seconds. Blake’s time of 1:00:54 was his second-best effort on the course. In fifth place was six-time World Mountain Running Champion Marco DeGasperi, 35, Bormio, Italy, who finished in 1:01:38. Tommy Manning , 36, Colorado Springs, CO, finished in sixth position in 1:01:52, Tim Chichester, 23, Mount Morris, NY finished seventh in 1:02:06, Max King, 32, Bend, OR, was eighth, masters runner and three-time winner Simon Gutirrez, 46, Colorado Springs, CO finished in ninth, and Alex Nichols, 27, also of Colorado Springs, rounded out the top 10.

With his win, Canaday, becomes the U.S. Mountain Running Champion and also makes his first U.S. Mountain Running Team.

Mount Washington was the sole selection race for this year’s men’s mountain team, (the U.S. women’s team will be selected at the Loon Mountain Race on July 8) which will represent the U.S. at the World Mountain Running Championships in Italy on September 2. Joining Canady on the team will be past team members Gray, Blake, and Manning. Newcomers to the team will be Randall, and Chichester.

In the women’s race, last year’s Mount Washington winner Kim Dobson, 28, Denver, CO, led from the start to post a person best of 1:09:25. Two-time winner Brandy Erholtz, 34, Evergreen, CO, finished second in 1:12:27, and Kasie Enman, 32, Huntington, VT, rounded out the top three in 1:14:55. Top masters finisher was 44-year-old Laura Haefeli, Del Norte, CO, who ran a time of 1:15:10.

The weather, notoriously fickle on Mount Washington, was picture-perfect with temperatures at the 9:00 a.m. start hovering in the 60s and summit temperatures in the 40s with no wind.

This was arguably one of the deepest men’s fields in the history of Mount Washington. According to self-proclaimed race historian Dave Dunham, “The most guys under 1:05 was 8…prior to this year’s race. An amazing 14 men dipped under today.”

For a complete list of results visit, www.mountwashingtonroadrace.com. USA Mountain Running Championships results will be available at www.usatf.org. To follow the U.S. Mountain Running Team visit www.twitter.com/USMRTand www.usmrt.com.