Weirton, West Virginia resident Jeff Fiedorczyk, 43, and his brother, Alex Fiedorczyk, 49, of Westford, Massachusetts, ran the 2013 53rd Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race, also known as “The Run To The Clouds”, in New Hampshire.
The historic all-uphill run draws thousands of runners from across New England, throughout the U.S., and from countries as close as Canada and as far away as Kenya, to make the grueling climb to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.
The Fiedorczyk brothers, avid runners, both ran track for Madonna High School. This is Jeff’s second run of the Road Race. He describes himself as a “recreational runner”.
Alex, a businessman, and formerly of Weirton, is a seasoned runner. This is his fourth time to run the Road Race. Alex ran track and cross-country for West Virginia University. He has since run in mini-triathlons, and the Boston Marathon to name a few other events.
Alex also notes:
It’s worth noting that the temperature at the peak this year was 39 degrees, with average wind speeds of 36 MPH, and gusts to 50. Temperature at the starting line was 61 degrees. Also, the race covers 4,600 vertical feet.
In order to qualify for this challenging 7.6 mile trek straight up Mt. Washington Auto Road to the summit, runners must participate in a lottery. Over two thousand people apply and this year, 1300 were chosen to compete. According to race officials:
Every year there is over two thousand runners that sign up for the lottery. Based on the overwhelming interest and our new summit parking plan we have increased the field to 1,300 competitors.
Jeff was one of only two West Virginia residents to run the race. He stated it’s an amazing experience:
When I’m running straight up that hill, I’m asking myself ‘Why the heck am I doing this?’ Then when I reach the top – it’s pretty exciting – I can’t wait to try it next year!
The race is sponsored by Delta Dental , Polartec, and Good Measures , and is managed by DMSE Sports .
Though neither placed this year, the Fiedorczyk brothers plan on running the race next year – if their numbers come up.
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