On The Run
The USATF Mountain Running Championships took place on Saturday, June 3, at Cranmore. The damp weather we’ve been having made for a wet course and after one lap, parts of the course became a mud bath. Mountain runners wouldn’t have it any other way!
The Men’s Race was won by Joseph Gray of Colorado Springs with lap times 22:31 and 23:19, finish time 45:49, a 7:23 pace. Joe also has won the Mount Washington Road Race three times and will return again this year.First local finisher was Jim Johnson of Madison, 25:43, 27:07, 52:49 at 8:30 pace.
First White Mountain Miler was Frank Holmes, Eaton Center 41:18, 43:58, 1:25:15 pace 13:44. There were 200 male finishers.
On the woman’s side, first place was won by Addie Bracy of Longmont CO with a 26:36 first lap, 27:20 2nd lap, for 53:56 finish at a pace of 8:41.
First local finisher Leslie O’Dell, Albany in 31:01, 32:45, 1:03:46,10:16
First White Mountain Miler, Andrea Leonard of Framingham, 40:29, 42:26, 1:22:54, 13:21. There were 100 finishers on the women’s side. Congratulations to Race Directors Paul Kirsch and Chris Dunn, Volunteers, Cranmore Mountain, Tuckerman Brewing Company and Diana’s Bath Salts for putting together a great race.
Check out coolrunning.com for complete results.
The Eleventh Annual King Pine Tri, Duathlon, Aqua Bike, Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance, and Relay took place on Saturday June 3rd in Madison. I still don’t know how Race Director Vince Vaccaro and his Team keep track of all these athletes and events, but they do, and from what I hear, they do an amazing job. Congratulations to all. Find results on coolrunning.com.
The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series had a very wet start on Tuesday Night. It didn’t just rain, it poured, but 71 hardy souls came out to run and walk the muddied course! On the up side, because of all the rain, there were no bugs! Tim Livingston won the night and special thanks to Bernie, Eileen and Julianna Livingston, for registering and timing and Steve Dowling for registering new Milers, the Milers for the Tent, and Frank Holmes for bringing his motor home for some dry cover under his awning! Hopefully next week the trails will be drier and my trail shoes will be, too!
There are a few more chances for “hill” work coming up . Wildcat Mountain is hosting a 5 mile and a 5K race on Sunday, June 25th. There’s a BBQ and beer garden on the deck after the race and discounts on the zip rider and gondola. All proceeds go to scholarships for the Wildcat Mountain Alpine Education Foundation. Wildcatmountaintrailrace.com
On July 2nd, head on over to Lincoln for the Loon Mountain Race. According to the race page; “The reputation as one of the region’s toughest races is due in large part to the kilometer ascent of North Peak via the black diamond trail known as Upper Walking Boss. ‘The Boss’, as it’s affectionately known, is roughly a kilometer of grassy slope with angles that exceed a dizzying 40% grade!” acidoticracing.com
For a cool down from Loon, be sure to sign up early for the July 9th Cranmore Hill Climb. Going back to its roots, the race is only a 5K “up” on the access road with granola served at the finish line! Walkers and runners are invited and there is a commemorative “Jim Soroka” pint glass to the first 100 entrants, and a chair lift ride down after the race. Whitemountainmilers.com for more information and to sign up.
The Wednesday Breakfast Club is still meeting in the parking lot behind the Chamber each Wednesday from 6:45 to 7:00 AM. Run or walk 2 to 4 miles and then meet up for breakfast. Or, if you need to start earlier, meet at Cranmore Fitness Center on Friday Mornings at 6:00 AM for a fast hike or run up to the Meister Hut. What a way to start the day.
If all this race info and results are getting you excited to sign up for a race, go to the websites and to whitemountainmilers.com to find out more. Remember, register early for your race to save time, money and schwag. And, if you can’t race, please think about volunteering your time. You will be so appreciated.
“Runderful (adjective) How you feel the minute after you finish your run” –worrylessdesign.co.uk
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 whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
- Thursday May 11-June 29: Solomon Spring Trail Run/Walk Series, every Thursday. Greatglentrails.com
- Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
- Saturday Jun 10: 5K Color Run for Fun, Fryeburg facebook.com/events/1292549160842161
- Saturday Jun 10: There’s a Black Fly in my Eye, 10 Mile & Relay, Great Glen Trails greatglentrails.com
- Saturday Jun 17: Mount Washington Road Race mtwashingtonautoroad.com
- Saturday Jun 17: Huckins Tri-ath-loon, Freedom, tritekevents.com
- Sunday Jun 25: Wildcat Mountain Trail Race wildcatmountaintrailrace.com
- Saturday July 1:Beech River Run 5K & 10K, Center Ossipee tritekevents.com
- Sunday Jul 2: Loon Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com
- Tuesday Jul 4: Four on the Fourth, Bridgton fouronthefourth.com
- Sunday July 9: Cranmore Hill Climb, whitemountainmilers.com
- Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com
Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo, where White Mountain Milers receive a discount. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org See you on the run!