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Mount Washington Road Race

Gates triumphs for second time

Rickey Gates (left) trails Tommy Manning at this stage of the Mount Washington Road Race but emerged as the winner. Manning finished second, 10 seconds behind. Rickey Gates (left) trails Tommy Manning at this stage of the Mount Washington Road Race but emerged as the winner. Manning finished second, 10 seconds behind. (Gil Talbot/Associated Press)
Associated Press / June 19, 2011

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PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — Runners from Colorado won the men’s and women’s categories in the Mount Washington Road Race up the highest peak in the Northeast.

Thirty-year-old Rickey Gates of Woody Creek finished the 7.6-mile course yesterday in 1 hour 1 minute and 32 seconds. Gates also won in 2009 with a time of 59:58. Tommy Manning was 10 seconds behind in second place.

Kim Dobson, 27, of Denver reached the 6,288-foot summit in 1 hour 12 minutes and 11 seconds to win the women’s race.

This year’s race, the 51st, took place without either the men’s or women’s defending champion. Chris Siemers of Arvada, Colo., and Shewarge Amare of Ethiopia were not in the field.

In all, 893 runners finished. The Mount Washington Auto Road gains 4,727 feet in altitude. The final 70 yards rises at a 22 percent grade to the finish.