Chariots of Fire

On The Run         09/20/17

In getting ready to return home, I’ve been reading about the warmer than usual temperatures and seeing foliage and apple picking photos. We finished our 10 days of hiking Mont de Blanc in snow and I’m wearing all my coats! What an adventure this has been but there is no place like home and I’m looking forward to being there!  During our hike we made a community of our own, albeit a moving community.  We finished our hike in beautiful Chamonix, France.  A town rich in climbing history and now home to hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, and skiers, it reminds me of the Mount Washington Valley.  While having coffee in one of the many outdoor cafes, it felt like home as we talked with many of the people who had been hiking along with us.  If you put Settler’s Green next to downtown North Conway, pedestrian traffic only, countless stores especially outdoor specialists, and more outdoor restaurants, you get the idea.

Valley runners have been busy racing. Congratulations to The “Cutters” who won the Reach the Beach Relay, posting 200 miles in 19 hours and 19 minutes! This team started last because of their projected pace time, caught all 460 teams ahead of them, and Cuttersaveraged 5:33 per mile pace! Congratulations to Jim Johnson, Kevin Tilton, Andrew Drummond, Matt Veiga, Patrick Rich, Matt Garfield, Christopher Dunn, Josh Ferenc, Andrew Huebner, Shaun Donegan, Derrick Hamel, and Eric Macknight. Check out their running to the finish photo on the beach and tell me you’re not reminded of the scene from Chariots of Fire!

Many others from the valley ran the Ragnar Relay, for some an annual event, and I’m sure everyone saw runners and vans come through our roads.

Marc Ohlson ran the Sioux Falls Marathon on the 10th of September, took 3rd place in his age group with a 3:55:58 but just missed qualifying for Boston by 58 seconds. So close. I think the BAA should let you in, Marc!

This weekend, Sunday, September 24, you can run the “Beast of the East” or the “Little Beast” at  the Kismet Cliff Run, 5 miles or 13.1 miles, your choice. The race promises, “The Kismet Cliff Runs are tough, technical, beautiful trail runs in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Big climbs, bigger views!”  You’ll see a different view of the Whites for sure, if you dare to look up!  Visit to sign up.

Purity Spring is hosting a CX on Sunday October 1st. A day of bike and running races for the whole family Prizes are said to include bragging rights! for more info.

Bretton Woods is holding its Annual Fells Race on both Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, at the ski area.  Saturday is a 5K uphill only race with Sunday choices from different course lengths and categories. for more information.

Also on Sunday, October 1, there’s the 4 Miles for Eli hosted by Run for You and the Edward Fenn School in Gorham.  The race fee is a contribution to helping a young student and his family battle cancer.  

It’s not too late to sign up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.  The race date is Sunday, October 29. Net proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  This year, in addition to a race t-shirt, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, race awards and post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company, there will raffle cash prizes.  Race Director Vince Vaccaro will be pulling bib numbers from a tumbler for the money; 2-$100 winners, 1-$300 winner, and 1-$500 winner!  Anyone can win, all you need to do is register to run and be there at the finish!

Also new this year, there is a Military & 1st Responder discount of 20% and a Hand Cycle Division.  There will also be the special Halloween Themed Runner Awards.  Register before October 15 to guarantee a race t-shirt.  If you can’t run this year, please volunteer for the race by contacting Christie Girouard at  For more info and to register, go to

Tuesday night running continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles with or without Kevin Callahan.  Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to White Mountain Miler Sponsor Nicole Milewski of 7-Eleven North Conway on her 1st Anniversary. Nicole and her staff are very supportive of the Milers and we say thank you and wish her all the best in the future.

“Running is like coffee. I’m much nicer after I’ve had one.”  –anonymous

(I may and should have said this.  Let me tell you about the coffee in Italy, France, and Switzerland!)

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
  • Saturday Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (
  • Sunday October 1  for Eli
  • Sunday October 1 Purity Spring CX
  • Saturday Oct 21: s.u.a.v. 1st Annual 10k, Berlin (
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (


Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist,  avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas, contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at See you on the run!


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