It was once again a strong weekend for Team Gloucester at the 52nd annual Mt. Washington Road Race. Team Gloucester, which is comprised of several Cape Ann residents, has seen countless runners run up the 6,288 foot summit of Mt. Washington for the last three decades.
Team Gloucester's mountain running women's team placed second of 16 teams competing in Saturday's race to the 6,288 foot summit. The team was comprised of Layce Alves (1:25:44), Regina Loicano (1:26:14), Jenn Brooks (1:39:05) and Katie (Taormina) Misuraca (1:53:48).
The TG masters' male team (over 40) and the seniors' male team (over 50) were 4th and 3rd in their respective competitions. Matt Curran finished first among the 18 Cape Ann/ Team Gloucester runners, placing 94th of the 950 finishers with a time of 1:24:19. Loicano (2nd) and Carrie Parsi (1st) also won age category individual awards.
92 year old George Etzweiler of State College, PA, running with the Nittany Valley Track Club and the oldest finisher ever to complete Mount Washington, crossed the line in 2:52:35. At the awards ceremony, Etzweiler said he planned to run the race until 100 when he would cross the finish line and then drop dead. Etzweiler's 65-year old son would finish some 25 minutes after his father.
Other Cape Ann finishers at Mt. Washington were Bob Gillis (1:31:12), Steve Whittey (1:33:55), Mike Gillis (1:41:22), and Peter Vadala (1:53:46).