Race #4 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit ("Mountain Goat" Series)Cranmore is a very steep mountain, and the course follows a tricky, technical trail. But what makes this race so challenging is that you have to run it twice. Up to the summit (which is very hard!)...then down a steep rocky trail to the start of the race. (Even harder!) Then you have to do it AGAIN! Even on the first ascent, you can see that no one is running here:
Cranmore is Race #4 in the six-race USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the Mountain Goat Series.) If you finish all six races, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year. So it didn't matter what Cranmore had in store. I intend to run Washington next year, so I had to reach the finish line at Cranmore.
I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the "Play" button below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Cranmore Mountain Race in North Conway, NH: