For The Love Of Mary: The Oldest Man To Run Up Mount Washington

6,289 feet at the top, 4,650 feet of elevation gained, and 7 miles. Numbers don’t matter to George Etzweiler. After losing his wife of 68 years, George did what he knew best: he ran. And he kept running, setting the record each year for the oldest participant in the annual race up New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

Heartbreaking and inspiring, watch the video to hear George’s story, and why he hasn’ t stopped running. –ML

From Sharptail Media:

The first time 97-year-old runner George Etzweiler completed the race up the northeast’s tallest peak, Mount Washington, he was 69 years old. Despite having a pacemaker, the State College, Pennsylvania resident continues to compete in the grueling 7.6-mile race up nearly 4,700 feet of paved road, breaking his own record each year for oldest finisher. In addition to his ancient, lucky, green running shorts, Etzweiler carries something else special with him: The memory of his late wife of 68 years, Mary.

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A film by Simon Perkins and Kirk Horton. Premiered at Telluride Mountainfilm 2018.

Special thanks to Delta Dental and Mount Washington Auto Road.

Soundtrack: “Walls (Acoustic) feat. Delacey” by Wingtip – buy on iTunes at