Midnight Owls and Summer Running

On The Run


From the First Family of Running in the Mount Washington Valley, Coach Bernie Livingston would like to express his gratitude to those running the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24 Hour Relay.  

“On behalf of all the track and cross country runners at KHS, I would like to personally thank all the sponsors and participants in the ‘Bucks for Bernie’s Kids’ 24 hour relay. Their fundraising efforts continue to financially support the uniform and equipment expenses for the Kennett High School running programs.”

After pop-up showers during the day, the Midnight Owl 15K Prediction Run saw clearing skies and a nearly full moon for its annual running.  Over 100 people registered for the run.  I always find myself calling this the “Midnight Oil” Race…remember that band, from Australia, “Beds are Burning”?  

John Hancock, Mary Nagel, and Margie Riforgiato at the start of the Midnight Owl 15K


The prediction part of the race is based on your best guesstimate on your pace, and everyone is aiming to finish at midnight, or just after.  

I don’t know what it is about this race, running at night, estimating your running/walking pace, residents of the house along Westside Road who were cheering and blinking their porch and yard lights off and on, meeting local people and those just visiting as in, “I’m from Ireland and decided to run this race instead of hanging in the pub tonight”, people beeping their car horns and calling encouragement or some not so encouraging words, the support at the water and gatorade stops, the police at the road crossings, or the man asking, “how far are you people running?” and after hearing 9.3 miles responded, “I could never run that far!”, that makes this race so much fun!

This year’s best guesser was Zsuz Laughland who finished at exactly the midnight hour!  Next finishers were Michelle Henley and Theresa Struble at 12:00:01, Kristen Frechette, Morgan Orcutt, and Eben Bragg in 12:00:02.  That’s amazing guessing and or practice in knowing your own pace.  Amanda Nusbaum received the Early Bird Award for first to register for the race, Abigail Desmarais was the Owlet, youngest participant, Jason Millar was the Furthest Migrator (UK), and Wisest Owl went to me, and I’ll be wearing and reminding people about that title until at least next year’s race! What a hoot!

There were also special prizes for Super Owls, fourteen Midnight Owlers who ran one of the other races held on Saturday as a warm up to the midnight run, the Dole 3 Mile Race in Fryeburg, Freedom Old Home Week 5K, or the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth Maine.

Congratulations to Race Director  Madeleine Ryan and her volunteers from the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club on a great race.  Go to mwvsc.org for full results.

The Dole Three Miler Race saw 73 finishers in their race over on the rec trail in Fryeburg.  Nathan Buck of Portland won the race in 16:20 and first local finishers were Gabe Flanders in a time of 18:09, followed closely by his son Luke Flanders in 20:44.  Kristen Charette of Fryeburg was the first female in 22:02.  The man of the hour, 86 year old George Dole, finished in 36:15 good for 54th place and he was followed by 90 year old John Crowe of Sweden, Maine in 64th place in 48:32.  

George Dole is an amazing person who ran the track with Sir Roger Bannister in his bid to be the first human to break the 4 minute mile back in 1954.  Bannister broke the record in 3:59.4, and George finished in 4:25.  Full race results may be found on coolrunning.com, and see full stories of George Dole including footage of the 1954 race on youtube.

There was no Summer Series Run in Whitaker Woods this past Tuesday as runners headed to Madison for Old Home Days Jim Wellinghurst 5K. The race broke attendance records with 111 finishers.  Congratulations to Overall winners – Nick Brown(15:48) and Terry Ballou(19:13). 12& under Owen Gibbs(33:04) and Katie Brooks(26:47) 13-19 Colin Morefield(18:18) and Melissa Brown(21:02) 20-29 Matt Wales(20:55) and Vicky Weigold(22:02) 30-39 Andrew Drummond(16:21) and Stacy Eibel(23:47) 40-49 Tim Livingston(15:59) and Michelle Henley(21:34) 50-59 Tim Charboneau(19:15) and Claire Huntington(26:20) 60-69 Paul Bazanchuk(19:25)  and Laurel Sue Smith(37:50) 70-79 Frank Holmes(23:46) 80 + Dieter Brill(43:48)Walkers Rick Wales(37:31) and Judith Yeary(38:43) Judy Yeary and Tim Livingston also both received 7-Eleven Gift Cards for placing while wearing their White Mountain Miler Shirts! Thank you to Bernie Livingston for race results and congratulations to Race Director Cathy Shackford.

The Whitaker Woods Summer Series concludes this Tuesday, August 15, with a run and awards.  Not to be forgotten, if you’re still looking to run on Tuesday Nights in Whitaker Woods, you won’t be alone.  The run always begins at 5:30 and takes place rain or shine with or without Kevin Callahan.

The Prediction I’ll Be Dipped 5K was held last Thursday at the Silver Lake Home of Dave, Kerry, and Sophie Oedel.  As reported by Bernie Livingston, “We had 21 runners compete the 3.1 mile course and along with good food and great companionship and a good time was had by all.  Darin Brown was 1st male with a time differential of 4 seconds and daughter Melissa Brown was first female with a two second differential. Steve, the former moose, Dowling was 3rd overall with a 7 second differential. Once again, thanks to the Oedel’s for hosting such an enjoyable event.”  Thanks Bernie for the report!

On Tuesday, August 29, the Cross Country Challenge will once again take place at Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M.  This 5K trail race pits teams from Kennett High School, Kennett Middle School, Fryeburg, Academy, and the White Mountain Milers against each other for bragging rights and the coveted massive bags of chocolate from Coach Tim Livingston. If you don’t win the chocolate, you can enjoy the post race Subway Subs and desserts.  The entry fee for the race is free but potluck desserts will get you lots of thanks!  Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

“Since I was forty and definitely slipping, I have won seven full marathons, got second six times, and third four times…. I’m wondering what I can do after I’m fifty. –Clarence DeMar, winner of seven Boston Marathons, Bronze Medalist 1924 Paris Olympics, nicknamed Mr. DeMarathon.

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. Always followed by breakfast.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Aug 13: Danforth Bay 5K to benefit Cynthia’s Challenge  603-539-2069
  • Tuesday Aug 15: Awards Night at the White Mountain Miler Summer Series 5:30 PM, Whitaker Woods (whitemountainmilers.com)
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Aug 27:  Ron and Raylene’s 2017 Summer Party whitemountainmilers.com
  • Tuesday Aug 29:  Cross Country Challenge, Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M., whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.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. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!


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