The 16th Annual Stark Mountain Hill Climb will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Start time is 10 a.m. Registration will begin at the Mad River Basebox at 8:30. Course is runner's choice to the top of General Stark Mountain from the base at Mad River, a 2000-foot vertical climb. Duathletes are encouraged to participate in the Allen Clark Hill Climb bike race on Sunday, October 5 - visit www.achillclimb.org for more information and to register.
The weather for the 2013 Hill Climb was perfect for running with the temperatures in the mid fifties and only a hint of mist at the summit. The race got off to a fast start with most runners heading straight up the mountain and avoiding the work road. The field quickly spread out and by the mid station it was clear the competition was General Stark Mountain, and not the other runners! From the base you could see runners scrambling up Chute and reaching for the Summit.
The first male runner to finish was Peter Gurney at 27.09, a newcomer to the mountain who said he would come back to ski this year. The men’s record is 23.51 and set by Dave Dunham in 2007. The first female runner the reach the finish at the Stark’s Nest was Audrey Huffman at 32.25. Audrey’s good performance is never a surprise as she is the female course record holder at 29.40 set in 2010.
2013 was the first running of the Kids' race to the birdcage. The competition was personal and the winners were Patrick and Sadie Keiran with times of 15:05 and 16:27 respectively.