Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mount Washington - Top Finishers Video - 1988-1990

I'll refer to this batch of videos as "The Dunham Dynasty". Featured here are snippets from the years 1988, 1989, and 1990. 1988 and 1989 were the two years that dd won back-to-back and 1989 was the year he nipped Hodgie at the line by 2 seconds. DD loaned me a video he made, of the top 10 or so finishers from each year, and with race director Bob Teschek's permission, I ripped them onto the computer and labelled each finisher with name, age, place, and time. We'll include the top 10 or so finishers (some will be a little more). The full videos from each year can be purchased here.
(**Once you start playing the video, press the HQ button to enable High Quality playback...Considering this was from a VHS cassette that was a copy of a copy of a copy, it won't be that great as far as quality goes, but it's better than the standard playback quality.)

1988 - Top 10 Finishers

Featured finishers in this video:

1Dave Dunham24Lowell MAGLRR1:00:50
2Jay Johnson28Boulder CO 1:03:09
3Sheldon Larson27Boulder CO 1:04:25
4Martin Kryska23Hanover NH 1:06:11
5Keith Woodward37E Corinth VT 1:06:40
6John Fiola25Arlington MA 1:07:53
7Sean Hanley27Sharon MA 1:08:46
8Mike Casner 26Bristol NHCNE1:09:00
9Joseph Stanley Jr.35Prospect CT 1:09:08
10Steve Peterson22Lowell MAGLRR1:09:11

From dd's book:

June 18, 1988
800 Finishers

Temperatures of 70 degrees at the base and 47 at the summit with winds a mild 25 mph...

1989 - Top 23 Finishers

Featured finishers in this video:

1Dave Dunham25Lowell MAGLRR1:02:59
2Bob Hodge33Clinton MAGLRR 1:03:01
3Keith Woodward38E Corinth VT 1:06:57
4Sean Hanley28Sharon MA 1:07:05
5Sheldon Larson28Boulder CO 1:07:56
6Chris Cameron22Methuen MA 1:09:10
7Joel Somerall27W Townsend MA 1:09:59
8Jeffrey Robie32Kingston NH 1:10:45
9John Fiola26Arlington MA 1:11:23
10Rick Stuart31Phoenix AZCMeS1:12:25
11Paul Shepardson32Pittsfield MA 1:12:41
12Paul Merrill35Portland ME 1:12:54
13Sumner Brown45Belmont MACSU1:13:30
14Jacqueline Gareau36St Bruno CAN 1:13:13
15Joe Stanley36Prospect CT 1:13:16
16Peg Donovan34Auburn NHGLRR1:13:26
17Bern Kohler25Cambridge MA 1:13:41
18John Swartz41Breckenridge CO 1:13:43
19Arthur Demers28Pelham NHGLRR1:13:53
20Peter Gallenz24Hanover NH 1:14:23
21David Johnston35Brattleboro VT 1:14:36
22Bill O'Mara31Acushnet MA 1:14:40
23Stephen Peterson23Lowell MAGLRR1:14:53

From dd's book:

June 17, 1989
820 Finishers

The weather was 50 degrees at the base and rain and fog for the last two miles...

1990 - Top 15 Finishers

Featured finishers in this video:

1Derek Froude31Boulder CO (NZL) 59:17
2Dave Dunham26Londonderry NHGLRR 1:01:37
3Scott Elliott26Boulder CO 1:01:53
4Brian Reinhold36Akersberga SWE 1:05:36
5Keith Woodward39E Corinth VT 1:06:12
6Erich Wilbrech28Jackson WY 1:06:26
7Joel Somerall28W Townsend MAGCS 1:06:32
8Matthew Cull29Bristol VT 1:07:22
9Peter Heesen35Bethlehem PA 1:07:24
10Bob Hodge34Clinton MAGLRR1:07:35
11Daniel Verrington27Bradford MAWCRC1:07:58
12Peter Farwell39Williamstown MABRR1:08:49
13John Fiola27Arlington MA 1:08:58
14Stephen Peterson29Lowell MAGLRR1:09:08
15Brent Brown35Durango CO 1:09:11

From dd's book:

June 16, 1990
839 Finishers

The weather was a bit warm in the early stages of the race, with temperatures in the 70s. It cooled to 54 at the summit and winds were only 2-3 mph...


  1. Thanks for posting these! It is pretty cool to see guys I see around here from back in their hey day - Jay Johnson (who runs the Fleet Feet I now run for) and Scott Elliott (who won Pikes Ascent 8 times). Thanks again! Great stuff!

  2. You got it...I got lots more comin'....

  3. That '88 finish is precious. I love DD's reaction when Petey finishes in 10th!

  4. "89 was better which featured Arthur Demers tossing his cookies at the feet of the newest member of the UMass Lowell hall of Fame, George Davis!

  5. I also like how he goes from being 23 in 1989 to 29 in 1990...I did a copy/paste job from the results on Mt. Wash's page... I also checked DD's book at it says '29' in there's just one of MANY typos, falsehoods, misquotes, and nefarious lies that can be found in the pages of that thing....

  6. Petey aged as well. He went from 22 to 28 in 1 year. At that rate he should be in his 90's now.
    JJ, nice workout today i wish I could have joined you.

    PS '89 was the year I missed the start by about 30 minutes. I still ran up and timed myself in 1;09 although DD doesn't believe me.

  7. Wait 'til you see the chapter that includes fake quotes from double-j after his finish last year. I may even use the picture of me blowing by jj at 4 miles on the new cover of the book.

  8. again, the most incredible thing about your post was that you submitted it at 7:35pm. What are you still doing up in the middle of the night?

  9. Hey I just got back from my daughter Elizabeth's CCHS
    graduation! Two nights in a row up past midnight. I am considering Wachusett tomorrow, too. Good night.

  10. Thanks! My old friend Martin Kryska is shown finishing 4th--and shirtless--and, I think, looking fresh and like he sprinted for the line. He was a marathon-distance cross-country ski racer at this time. Great man, great athlete, great friend. Gone too soon in 1992 in an auto accident out west.