Run a Mile a Day Streak

On The Run


The Dirty Girl Race ran on Saturday, May 13.  The race runs on the trails at Tin Mountain in Albany, is only open to women runners, and yes, they do get dirty!  Winning the 10K race in a time of 1:06:44 was Sara Canney followed by 82 other runners. Sarah says, “While I was running I was thinking ‘I’m glad somebody raked this…’” and thanks Leslie for all her hard work.

Race Director Leslie O’Dell, reports it was perfect weather for the race and although some entrants were nervous about the race being 10K instead of last year’s 5K, they all seemed very happy at the end, even those who took a fall!  One of the hardest falls of the day was taken by Leslie on a bagel delivery to the water stop where her son John was working.  

Leslie was so happy with the weather and dry trails and most importantly her volunteers.  The race would never happen without their help.  Also thanks are extended to Garrison City Beerworks for complimentary post-race beer which made for a very social afternoon.  Also, thank you to Jack Pilla from Hoka One One Team New England for 4 pairs of Hoka One One Shoes given away at the race.  Leslie states, “I was so happy with how everything turned out. Happy racers means happy race director!”

Congratulations to all runners and Leslie.  Race results are posted on


I had to miss the race to travel for a non-running, non-working event in Arizona.  I got to visit my sister and her husband, MJ and Chip Britton, formerly of Fryeburg and now live in Phoenix.  We had a great visit complete with (watching) bull riding and mutton busting, including a 2 year old on the sheep, and a 2 hour trail horse ride in the desert.  We also went to Salt River to see wild horses which was amazing.  After leaving Phoenix and settling in Sedona, we headed to the Grand Canyon where we hiked down the Bright Angel Trail to the Colorado River back up on the South Kaibab Trail.  The weather was perfect and the first 9.9 miles of the hike were easy, 4,380’ elevation change all downhill, and the next 7.1 miles, 4,780’ elevation change, this was the hardest hike I’ve ever done and I’m so glad I did it!  I spoke with everyone we passed along the hike including one man with a Cape Cod Shirt who was actually from Bedford, NH.  Halfway up the Kaibab Trail, we met a hiker who had visited the valley for Ice Fest this past winter and his girlfriend is the daughter of Nick Yardley, formerly of the valley.  I love that we live in a small world and our valley reaches so far!


Run a Mile Each Day is a Facebook Site I recently found interesting.  “This page is for anyone who is interested in the challenge of running a mile each day or would like to follow those of us crazy enough to give it a go. It includes my musings on running and personal development.”  You’ll find some great inspirational quotes and ideas to help you think about doing a running streak with a minimum of one mile a day.  I tried it one year and did great until the temps hit twenty below.  Maybe it’s time to try again.


“Down is optional, going up is mandatory”  –sign posted halfway down the Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon


Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs: (Please note: All of these events listed are for runners and walkers!)


  • Every Wednesday, Breakfast Run: 6:45 a.m. walk/run and 7 a.m., with 4-mile and 3-mile loops. Meet behind the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. (
  • Thursday May 11: Solomon Spring Trail Run/Walk Series, every Thursday through June 29.
  • Saturday May 27: Division II Track and Field Meet will be held at KHS
  • Monday May 29: Race for Reading: A Color 5K,
  • Sunday Jun 4: 5K walk/run to benefit Cynthia’s Challenge.Danforth Bay 5K
  • Tuesday Jun 6: 1st in the White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30
  • Saturday Jun 10:  5K Color Run for Fun


Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at See you on the run!





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