Music and Running Hand in Hand

On The Run        06/14/17

Music and running always seem to go together.  Although most race entry forms state that music is not allowed for liability insurance reasons, more than a few runners are listening to music or maybe podcasts.  I remember years ago,  Bunny Brauns would run listening to notes from a nursing class she was taking.  Okay, this was back when we listened to cassette tapes, but what a way to multi task. The Rock ‘n Roll Race Series is based on music, fun, and travel for distances from the marathon to 10K distances.  Now celebrating 20 years running, the events take place all over the world and have partnered with other business to help you travel to the races and find a place to stay.  

Locally, the Cranmore Race last week was followed by post race activities at Tuckerman Brewing Company with live music by Diana Bath Salts.  Bass player Paul Kirsch was race director of Cranmore and next of Loon, is past president of the White Mountain Milers, and is a trail runner along with his two dogs.  

Recently, I caught Riley Parkhurst and her Riley Parkhurst Project at Tuckerman Brewing Company and heard from her proud Grandmother, that Riley had just run a half marathon.  I first heard Riley playing music a few years ago when she played for the residents at the Merriman House. I was mesmerized as was her audience.  Her music is heartfelt and transcends her young age.  A senior at Kennett High School, I met Riley again at the scholarship night when I represented the White Mountain Milers.  Riley spoke about being in the Kennett Drum Line and playing on the hill near the finish of the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon and how much she enjoyed seeing the runners.  I assured her that the runners were even more appreciative of the drum line’s support!

In February, Riley accompanied her Mom to Disney for the Princess Half Marathon, saw the medals for the next half, a Star Wars Medal, and signed up for the 5K that weekend. She says she, “barely finished”, but knew she wanted that next medal and signed up for the Star Wars Half Marathon-the Dark Side in April. Riley returned home and started training with a running app called Zombies Run, ran her longest 10 mile run, ran a virtual zombie 10K run, and felt ready for the half.  Riley and her mom, Lynn, ran and walked the half marathon and finished in 3:46:30. Riley got her medal and has signed up for the Princess Half Marathon 2018.  Riley says, “I find running puts me in this meditative state, where I can really think about crafting lyrics to songs or just technique about how I can be a better musician. I’ve also found that I’ve become a much better performer now that I’m in shape. I have more energy on stage and my fingers and arms feel easier to control when I play guitar.”

Check out Riley’s website and music schedule at

As I finished this article, Runner’s World posted a story of blink-182’s Drummer, Travis Barker replacing his bad addiction with good ones when he began running.  Barker started running before his son was born.  He wanted to be a good role model for his child.  In 2008, Barker suffered burns over 65% of his body and badly injured his right foot in a plane crash.  He took his injuries as a challenge and a warning to better his life, and returned to running and drumming six months later.  Travis runs stairways in concert halls and during bus breaks (he won’t fly) and says people “trip out” when he tells them he doesn’t listen to music when he runs.  He just wants to “zone out”.

The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 2 is in the books and there are 95 people signed up so far.   Many of those registered won’t be participating each week, but attend when they can.  Word is out that Solomon Shoes may be awarded at the final week.  Hope to see you at Whitaker Woods at 5:30 on Tuesday evening.

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.   This week we had 14 runners and walkers and 12 for breakfast.  Summer’s here and we hope to see you!

There were sixty-nine finishers, individual and team mates, at the Black Fly in My Eye 10 Mile Race at Great Glen Trails last Saturday.  The winner on the male side was Jeremiah Macrae­ Hawkins in 01:10:03.0, and on the women’s side, the leaving the valley to Cali, Meg Skidmore 01:24:01.0. Frank Holmes reports, “It was a perfect day on Great Glen’s roads and trails”. Congratulations to Milers  Frank Holmes 1:40, Dave McDermott 1:42, Kristine Reardon 1:43, Ashley Benes 1:45, Chris Ballou 1:51, and Bob Benes 1:53.  Be sure to check out for full results and an awesome video of this year’s race.  It should make you want to run this race next year!

As you read this on Saturday Morning, look to Mount Washington where the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race starts off at 9:00 A.M. Many of your friends and neighbors are heading up the rock pile so send them your positive thoughts and energy!

“I feel off if I don’t run.  It’s like a meal.  I need it every day.” –Travis Barker, runner and blink-182 drummer.

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-June 29: Solomon Spring Trail Run/Walk Series, every Thursday.
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods
  • Saturday Jun 17:  Mount Washington Road Race
  • Saturday Jun 17: Huckins Tri-ath-loon, Freedom,
  • Sunday Jun 25: Wildcat Mountain Trail Race
  • Saturday July 1:Beech River Run 5K & 10K, Center Ossipee
  • Sunday Jul 2: Loon Mountain Race,
  • Tuesday Jul 4:  Four on the Fourth, Bridgton
  • Sunday July 9: Cranmore Hill Climb,
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay

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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