Rain clears just in time for Sprint to the Summit

Monday, June 26, 2017 9:26PM

The third annual Sprint to the Summit charity 1-mile hill climb up Crotched Mountain on Saturday drew nearly 30 runners and walkers who watched heavy rains clear for a dry start under cloudy skies. 

The annual charity race up the 1,000 feet access road serves as one of the main fundraisers for the New Hampshire 501(c)(3) organization Live Free and Ski, Inc., whose mission is to put under-served ConVal School District students on the slopes at the resort. 

Race organizers awarded prizes and medals to the top three male and female runners along with one youngster in the 16 and under category. Prizes included $25 gift certificates to Runner’s Alley of New Hampshire, Shaw’s gift cards, and day vouchers to Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride. 

The USATF-certified course that wound up the resort’s access road, drew dozens of participants of all ages, including from as far away New York. Rains stopped shortly before 8 a.m., erasing race organizers doubts about whether they would be able to hold the race. 

Staff Development for Educators (SDE) of Peterborough, Runner’s Alley stores and Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride provided sponsorship, while Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride ski patrol stood ready to provide medical assistance from the summit. The resort’s marketing director, Andy Gendron, provided critical assistance in months leading up to the race. 

 “We were pretty nervous about the weather, but were pleasantly surprised. It was a good turnout given the circumstances,” said Beecher Clifton-Waite, 19, of Temple, the charity’s founder and President. 

“Hopefully, next year we can see the weather cooperate a bit more and see an even larger turnout,” said Clifton-Waite. “Still, we saw an increased number of serious runners, which I think indicates that this race is drawing some followers among trail runners.” 

Live Free and Ski handled the electronic timing itself this year, using software from RaceWire of Massachusetts.

The charity funds after-school passes, lessons, and equipment as requested by under-served ConVal students in grades 6-12. During the past two winters, Live Free and Ski has funded scholarships for a total of 16 students from Great Brook School, South Meadow School, and ConVal High School.

Applications for scholarships will be available in September at the three schools. School guidance officials will once again be assisting in the applicant selection process.

The organization’s Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/livefreeandski while its website is accessible at www.livefreeandski.org.


1. Christopher St. John, 12:28

2. Christopher Williams, 12:50

3. Dylan Pearse-Theroux,  12:55

4. Christopher Wondoloski, 13:08

5. Stanislav Trufanov, 13:27

6. Sean Radcliff, 13:31

7. Michael Robidoux, 13:35

8. Zach Allen, 15:07

9. Jeff Maher, 16:40

10. John Paul, 17:49

11. Luis Figueroa, 18:02

12. Jeffrey Jordan, 18:16

13. Amy Jordan, 18:19

14. Libby Twitchell, 19:11

15. Cynthia Pearse, 19:16

16. Margaret Dineen, 19:20

17. Judy Heddy, 20:06

18. Paul Clifton-Waite, 20:10

19. Greg Robidoux, 20:35

20. Rocco Lazzaro, 20:57

21. Michael Lazzaro, 21:01

22. Juniper Christgau, 21:58

23. Greg Neilley, 22:38

24. Tracy Ouellette, 23:04

25. Ellen Neilley, 26:23

26. Lisa Federico, 26:26

27. Christine Robidoux, 28:57