GORHAM, N.H. — It will be an all-uphill battle as thousands of runners race to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak.

The Mount Washington Road Race gets underway Saturday morning, and participants will follow the 7.6-mile Auto Road to the summit.

The race traces its history to 1904, when George Foster is credited with making the first timed run up the mountain to impress his friends. In 1936, some of his friends organized a race in his honor, with 12 runners finishing. After some stops and starts, the race resumed in 1966 and has been run every year since.

The only time it was shortened because of weather was in 2002, when the finish line was moved to just below the halfway mark because of wind and freezing rain.

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