Small World!

On The Run      09/13/17

Fryeburg Academy first home cross country meet took place on Friday 9/15 at 5 p.m.

Saturday 10/17 will be Kennett Eagles first home meet.

The Millen Mile took place last Friday and Terry Livingston Ballou ran 5:42 for first woman and  Zac Swetaj took first in the male division in 4:36.  Congratulations to all participants who ran under the Friday Night Lights at the KHS Eagles first home game.

As of this writing, Dave and Kristen McDermott are together in Italy where Dave gave running the Tor de Geants, a 205 mile endurance trail run with, if I’m translating this right, 24,000 meters of height gain, a giant try.  Dave was 192k or 119 miles into his run, finished 17k of ascent and 17.5 descent and feeling ready for some rest. Dave says “lots of views, lots of rocks, and ultra companions” were the highlight of his Tor. Rest up, Dave!

Meanwhile, Brian Otis and I are halfway through our Tor de Mont Blanc hike, and have had sun, rain, sleet and snow for an amazing adventure. We were commenting about the people we’ve met from all over the world, making this a truly international hike. IMG_0558Monday, when carrying our adult beverages outdoors at the Italian Rifugio Bonatti, named for Italian mountaineer and adventurer Walter Bonatti, we ran into valley neighbors Missy and Carl Nelson, Carrianne Bradley, Bob Hull, Kim Lambert and Mike Dupuis! It truly is a small world!  

Congratulations to Tim Livingston for placing 2nd overall and 1st in his age group at the Run to Fall 5k in Northwood. Tim won a gift card for 7-Eleven for placing while wearing his White Mountain Miler Singlet! Don’t forget to send your winning photos to Frank Holmes

I hope you signed up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon but if you haven’t there’s still time. 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 and post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and race awards, 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

Kevin Callahan has been wondering where you are on Tuesday nights as running continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles.

Congratulations to Terry Ballou for her double win at the Gaige McCue Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 3.  Terry won the race and also a $20 Gift Card to 7-Eleven North Conway for racing in her White Mountain Miler Singlet.  Don’t forget to send your race photo and place results to

Also congratulations to my daughter Laura Holtby who took on the Pitch Pine Challenge with teammate Helen Moody for a top, in the money, finish. I can’t get enough internet service for full results while hiking.

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” –Steve “Pre” Prefontaine, American record holder in 7 different distances.

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
  • Friday Sep 8: Seventh Annual Gary Millen Mile,  Football Half-Time-KHS
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Saturday Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (
  • 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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