George Etzweiler, 97 and Still Climbing

June 22, 2017 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

George Etzweiler made history over the weekend, becoming the oldest person to ever complete the Mount Washington Road Race. Etzweiler ’49, a former engineering professor at Penn State, has run the race 12 times and is a member of its hall of fame.

He’s 97 years old.

Courtesy Mt. Washington Auto Road

The 12.2K race presents unique challenges for runners—Mount Washington is the tallest mountain in the northeastern part of the country at 6,288 feet, and according to Running Magazine, the average incline of the road is 12 percent.

Etzweiler holds a number of records for the race. He boasts the course record for three different age groups (85-89, 90-94, and 95-99), and is the only person above the age of 88 to run the entire course. This year, he finished the race in 4:05:29.

You can watch a clip of Etzweiler’s climb up the mountain here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

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