Another Run up the Rockpile

On The Run


Saturday morning at 5:30, we left the valley to drive to the base of Mount Washington for the 57th running of Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.  Laura Holtby, Christine Smith, and Mike Bryan were with us and prepared to run the race and volunteer.  Sara Holtby, Brian Otis, and myself were “just” volunteering.  Even our car was being volunteered to go to the top of the rock pile to bring parking volunteers up and more runners back down. We started right in checking I.D.’s, answering questions, giving directions, and laughing a lot.  I tried charging extra for pins and Sara offered to “hold” people’s ice cream ticket. The White Mountain Milers have been working registration for about 30 years and I think we’ve got this.  Steve Dowling asks so nicely and even added hearts to his email this year, so how could we say no?  The hardest part this year was I had given up my pass to run the mountain so other Milers could enjoy the race.  Sorry friends, next year I’m looking to be running/walking to the top again.  

The first male over the finish line was four-peat winner Joe Gray of Colorado in 58:57, a 7:46 minute per mile average. First local male was Kevin Tilton of Conway in a time of 1:19:05.  First runner representing the White Mountain Milers was Scot Holt of North Woodstock in a time of 1:40:33.  First female over the line in 12th place was Shannon Payne of Colorado in 1:11:21. Leslie O’Dell of Albany was the first local woman   in 1:33:28. First White Mountain Miler Woman was HIlary McCloy of Madison in 1:38:45.   

Congratulations to Hilary McCloy and Andrew Drummond, both of Madison, as they were winners of the Clydesdale and Filly King and Queen of the race.  

Everyone at the race was once again in awe of Pennsylvania’s 97 years young, George Etzweiler.  George finished the race in 4:05:29 setting another record for the mountain race. This was his 12th trip up the Rockpile by Etzweiler and he holds the course record for the race’s 85-89, 90-94 and 95-99 age divisions.  As he’s entertained the crowd each year with his speech, he jokes, “I’m going out with a bang.  When I’m 100, in 2020, when I cross the finish line, I’m going to drop dead,” he said. “I told the race director to remember to order a hearse that year.”

Writer Dan Szczesny of Manchester had the honor of spending time with George and his family after the race.  Dan writes, “George didn’t talk about the race. Instead, he talked about his kids, and grand kids and great grand kids, many of whom were renting cabins nearby.

‘Everybody thinks I come up here each year to run up a mountain,’  he whispered, as though telling me a secret. ‘But really, it’s for this…’  He waved his sunburned hand at the people around him. Then, with a wink, he said. ‘Though next year, I’m hoping for a better time.’”

Check out full Mount Washington race results at

There’s still time to join or start your own team for the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay.  Each member of teams of ten will tackle one mile at a time for 24 hours to raise money for Kennett High and Middle School Team uniforms and equipment. Good food, great friends, typical New England weather, prizes, and lots of laughs are all on tap for the event.  Contact Steve Dowling at  or on-line at to join the fun.

The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 3 saw 86 finishers with 128 numbers taken. I worked late so didn’t get to participate, but arrived in time to help Eileen Livingston record finishers numbers. It’s not easy for the runners to speak after running a fast 5K and for some, they may not have enough oxygen to the brain to remember their race number! I think that, like in the Tough Mudder Races, we should write their numbers on foreheads!  Runners, and Kevin Callahan, I hope to see you at Whitaker Woods at 5:30 on Tuesday evening.

Before the fireworks, try a family run as Tamworth New Hampshire hosts the Ordination Rock 5K on Tuesday, July 4th.  The seventh running of a fun race in Tamworth Village celebrates Independence Day starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ordination Rock on Cleveland Hill Road, opposite the town cemetery. The route takes in the Binsack Trail, past the farm buildings, gardens, and animals of the Remick Farm and Country Doctor Museum.  After a respite in cool piney woods, runners exit onto Great Hill Road, and head downhill past the first water stop, sponsored by the Tamworth Historical Society in front of their building. Runners and walkers then turn onto Main Street and race in front of The Barnstormers Theatre, the Cook Memorial Library, the Tamworth Lyceum, and other village businesses and homes.  The course turns at the Veterans’ Memorial, passes the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, and heads west on route 113A.  The finish is at the K.A. Brett School.  Sounds like a great tour of Tamworth! All racers and race volunteers will finish in time to watch the noon parade

Race registration Forms can be picked up at Cook Memorial Library or downloaded from the website at  All proceeds will benefit the Cook Memorial Library. Call the library at 323-8510 for more information.

“You can only go as far as you think you can.”  Joseph Gray, mountain runner and 4 time winner (4-Peat) of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

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
  • 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
  • Tuesday Jul 4: Ordination Rock 5K, Tamworth,
  • 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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