Malcomb tops Whiteface Uphill Footrace field

WILMINGTON – Jacob Malcomb of Canton reached the top of Whiteface Mountain faster than any of the other 86 racers in the field last Saturday in the Whiteface Uphill Footrace held on the Veterans Memorial Highway.

Malcomb, 26, completed the 8-mile course that started at the intersection of state Route 86 and 431 in Wilmington and climbed the highway to just below the 4,867-foot summit in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds. Jeremy Drowne of West Chazy was second in 1:03:20 and John Spinney of Waterbury, Vt. was third in 1:05:17.

Erin Rasco of Cadyville was the top female. She finished 12th overall with a time of 1:17:57. Cassie Sellars of Plattsburgh was the second woman across the line in 1:21:23 and Louise Voghel of Quebec was third in 1:23:48.

Jan Wellford of Keene was the top local finisher with his fourth-place overall placing in 1:08:47. Bob Tysen of Lake Placid finished ninth in 1:14:33. Nancie Battaglia of Lake Placid finished in 1:49:39.

It was the 36th running of the Uphill Footrace that follows the switchbacks of the toll road with an average of an 8 percent grade and an elevation gain of more than 3,500 feet.