Shewarge Amare tops in Mt. Washington race – By From Staff And Wire Reports (MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H.)

June 20th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

A 23-year-old woman from Ethiopia, who had to borrow running shoes just before the start of the race, set a record yesterday in the 50th Mt. Washington Road Race.

Shewarge Amare, who lives and trains in New York City, raced up the 7.6-mile course to the summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak in 1 hour 8 minutes 21 seconds, shattering the women’s mark by 1:47.

Amare, who was 19th overall, realized her shoes and running clothes were locked in a car whose driver was away. She quickly borrowed items from another runner and competed with no further worries.

“I always think I will win,’’ said Amare, who had never seen the steep auto road and its 12 percent grade before yesterday. “Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t get it.’’

She got it — as well as $2,000 for finishing first and $5,000 for setting the record.

Chris Siemers, of Arvada, Colo., was the first of 916 people to make it up the mountain, finishing in 1:00:22 and winning $2,000.

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