Posted: Jun 21, 2014 7:39 AM
Updated: Jun 21, 2014 7:39 AM
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H. (AP) Some 1,300 runners will challenge one another and gravity at the 54th annual Run to the Clouds race at New Hampshire's Mount Washington.
The race began at 9 a.m. Saturday and attracts racers from around the globe who run 7.6 miles up the Mount Washington Auto Road. It's a lung-busting climb of 4,650 feet to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast.
The top of Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet, is home to some of the worst weather on the planet. For years it held the record for highest wind speed recorded: 231 mph.
In 2002, the race was cut in half because of howling winds and freezing rain. No worries this year: The forecast is for partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s.