Ascent Day Schedule

Sunday, August 8th (2018 Schedule)

2:00AM – 2:30AM

Athletes & mules for early teams – Teams David, Erik, & Walking Strong (Jesse, Marsha, & Marie) arrive and check-in at the base of the Auto Road. Early morning safety personnel and support crew members, you are expected at this time as well.  Only pre-registered mules, athletes and those pre-assigned to drive the various support vehicles will be permitted on the road!


Early teams – Teams David, Erik, & Walking Strong (Jesse, Marsha, & Marie) depart along with the early safety & support crews.

3:00 AM

Team Vince: Please plan to arrive at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road at 3:00AM to check-in for your 3:30AM departure. Only pre-registered mules, athletes and those pre-assigned to drive a support vehicles will be permitted on the road!

4:00AM – 4:30AM

Remaining athletes and mules (Teams Babsie, Bex, Charlie, Chester, Martin, Sasha, & SooSoo) arrive and check-in at the base of the Auto Road. Everyone MUST check-in even though you have pre-registered. We need the final head count and your team may not depart until everyone is checked-in and accounted for.

4:30AM – 5:00AM

Remaining Safety personnel, the 2 Pit Stop crews, event photographers, and pre-identified athlete support vehicles depart to their designated stations along the Road or at the summit.

After all vehicles have passed through the gate the remaining teams begin their ascent. Teams may not depart until all mules have checked-in. If you are late and your team has decided to leave without you, you will not be permitted to participate. No stragglers or late arrivals are permitted beyond the gate.

5:00AM – 10:00AM

All teams will make their ascent arriving at the summit by 10:00AM. Everyone must have completed their ascent by 10AM, there will be no exceptions. Team members must stay together while on the Road. A team may only progress at the rate of their slowest member. If you find you are unable to keep up with your team, please accept the ride offered to you in one of the support vehicles.

Note to All Teams: Please do not rush and arrive at the summit prior to 9:00AM. The summit buildings do not open until 9:00AM and you will be stuck outside in what is likely very unpleasant and potentially dangerous conditions.

9:00AM – 9:15AM

Roadrunners arrive and check-in with Sunrise Ascent staff directly at the Toll House.  This is a new check-in location for this year. You will be given final instructions, a placard for free entry to the Auto Road, and a special thank you gift.

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Roadrunners PLEASE be at the Toll House by 9:30AM. Then enjoy your trip to the summit! There is no need to rush… It is VERY likely that you will encounter the back of the ascending athlete teams and be asked to wait, this is for everyone’s safety. PLEASE be patient and stay to the right on the road forming a single file lane of traffic. This is important as there may be State Park and Auto Road vehicles needing to pass.


Pre-registered Brunch Bunch members arrive with food and prepare for the athletes and mules to arrive from the summit. If you have not pre-registered as a Brunch Bunch Volunteer we do appreciate your offer to help the morning of . . . please do not be disappointed if we do not have a job for you. Those who have pre-registered as volunteers for this role are coming and have been instructed on necessary tasks.

10:00AM – 10:30AM

Team summit photos, then please find the Road Runner(s) designated to transport your team back to the base of the Auto Road for our grand celebratory brunch, awards, and joyful sharing of our morning’s adventure. If you would like to hike down you may do so, but not via the Road. PLEASE let event staff know your plans to hike rather than ride… it is important that we know this!

10:30AM – 12:00PM

Celebratory Brunch & Awards Ceremony held at the base of the Auto Road.


Head home, with a big smile on your face, for a much needed nap in your own wonderful bed!