Summer Series Grand Finale

On The Run


The Whitaker Woods Summer Series concluded on Tuesday, August 15, with awards, a run, and a very special surprise guest. Director and Coach Tim Livingston can’t remember if the series has been happening for 12 or 13 years, but we had 204 people signed up for the summer. The series awards were announced and thank you to Salomon Shoes and Julbo for sponsoring the series and supplying Trail Shoes and Sunglasses to the age group winners and fastest time winners.  Sorry, Kevin Callahan did not win this year. Winners and their average times were, ages 15-19, Nick Brown 18:38, 20-29 Brian Fitzgerald 25:23 and Vicky Weigold 25:15, 30-39 Tristan Williams 17:18 and Ashley Benes 27:16, 40-49 Dean Rifenburg 24:50 and Leslie O’Dell 21:20,  50-59 Darin Brown 20:43, 60-69 Paul Bazanchuk 21:23 and Kathleen Johnson 32:35,, and 70+ Frank Holmes 31:51 and Overall walker was, me, 25:25!   Fastest running times for the summer were posted by WinnersTristan Williams 17:09 and Abby Livingston 20:40 over the 5K course, and 25:12 on the 2 mile walkers course by, me.  There were no winners in the 10 and under or 11-14 male or female, and no female winners in the 50-59 or 70+ age groups. Remember for next year, you need to run or walk in 6 out of the 8 Tuesday Nights to be eligible for prizes.

Thank you to Tim, Kim, Eileen, and Bernie Livingston for their continued hard work during the series.  Not to be forgotten, if you’re still looking to run on Tuesday Nights in Whitaker Woods, you won’t be alone.  Whitaker Woods run starts at 5:30.

Miler Treasurer and Director of the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24 Hour Relay, Steve Dowling, presented Coach Bernie Livingston with a check for $4,280 for Kennett High School Cross Country Team Uniforms.  Bernie expressed his thanks as they have just ordered 80 SteveBernieProceedsuniforms for the teams and have already seen 61 athletes in preseason running.  “This is a young team as we saw a lot of our team graduate last year, and I am looking forward to working with this group”, Bernie exclaimed.  

The special guest at the run was Center Conway’s Biathlon Olympian Sean Doherty.  Sean will be competing for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea. SeanDoherty2017 Sean spoke about his training and hopes for the coming biathlon season.  Great Glen Trails, along with the White Mountain Milers, Big Dave’s Bagels and Julbo, invite everyone to Great Glen Trails on Sunday, August 20, to run or walk in the Second Annual Great Glen 7km Trail Race to help defray the training costs for Sean.The race will take place on the beautiful single-track of Great Glen Trails at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

“The whole event is really about coming out and showing support for Sean. It’s an Olympic year as well so there is even more focus on supporting him. He’s an inspiration to a lot of us here in the Valley with his hard work to be at the top level of his sport”, noted Paul Kirsch, Race Director for the event.  100% of the race proceeds will go to Sean to support his training. As a member of the US Biathlon Team, much of Sean’s training is covered, but some of his travel and other training equipment expenses are covered through fundraising efforts like this race. The race costs $20 to enter or $50 for a family. Online registration is available along with more information at and day of registration will also be available. The race starts at 9 AM and  Doherty will be at there and is always happy to meet people, sign fan cards and talk about the sport he loves. To learn more about Sean, visit his website at  For more info, contact Paul Kirsch, 603-398-1852

It’s not too early or too late to sign up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Miler Half Marathon.  The race date is Sunday, October 29. Net Proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  There is a Military & 1st Responder discount of 20%.  The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  This year there is also prize money, t-shirts, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, and post race celebration with live music at Sea Dog Brewing Company. Register before September 1 when entry fee goes up and before October 15 to guarantee race t-shirts. For more info, go to

Don’t forget 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 for further info.

Bradbury Mountain Breaker 9 Mile Trail Run in Pownal, Maine, saw Milers Frank Holmes of Eaton finish in 1:50:11 for first in his age group, and Kevin Callahan also of Eaton finished in 2:23:03.

Albany’s Leslie O’Dell ran the Ragged 75 Stage Race at Lake Sunapee and tied for second place overall in a time of 17:31:34.00, running 25.3 miles in 5:01:00.00 day 1,  22.7 miles 5:17:52.00 day2, and 33 miles 7:12:42.00 day 3. In the 50K Race (33 miles), it was Madison’s Andrew Drummond in 5:31:56.55 for 4th place, and 11th overall and 1st female, Madison’s 105 Hilary McCloy 6:48:25.21.  Leslie also took 2nd place female.  Mt. Kearsarge, Mt. Kearsarge and Mt. Ragged were all submitted at least once during the three days.

“Draw a map, find a path, draw a breath, and run.”  –anonymous

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 or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details.
  • Tuesdays: Group 5K Trail Run, 5:30 PM,Whitaker Woods
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid)
  • Sunday Aug 27:  Ron and Raylene’s 2017 Summer Party
  • Tuesday Aug 29:  Cross Country Challenge, Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M.,
  • Monday Sep 4:  Memorial Hospital Maine Health Fun Run at Storyland
  • 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 (
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (

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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