Valley Running in Runner’s World

On The Run   09/27/17

I had heard the rumour, but when I opened my copy of the September issue of Runner’s World, it was confirmed.  There on page 9 was a two page spread of our own Kevin Tilton running on Foss Mountain in Eaton. Joe Klementovich/Aurora took the photo, Big Dave’s Bagels was mentioned as Kevin’s favorite post-run fare, and the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon was listed as the local race. You can go to to download the photo for your computer’s wallpaper! Congratulations to Kevin and Joe.

The “Beast of the East” or the “Little Beast”,  the Kismet Cliff Run, 5 miles or 13.1 miles, saw a record number of runners and record heat for the race.   Former race director Gabe Flanders spoke to the group of runners and spectators before the start, admitting 38B4A2DF-98D1-4B4A-B4A5-0004B247E9DEthis was the first time we would run the half marathon distance of the race since its beginning because, “why would I?”!  In spite of this admission, Gabe placed fifth overall and first in his age group with a 2:45:40.  There were 46 finishers in the 5 mile race with Nathan Marcinuk 54:07 and Dawn Heinrich 1:04:25 finishing first male and female.  The half marathon distance saw 113 finishers with Tristan Williams taking 1st in 2:16:48 and Haley Heinrich 3:10:28, 1st female. Jeff White of Brownfield tells me he wouldn’t call his five mile event “running” but two hours into it he had an “incredible experience when I heard footsteps coming behind me on the rocky trail and watched as the guy who turned out to be the winner of the race (Tristan Williams) go flying by me hopping rock to rock. I’d never seen anything like that.”  Jeff finished in 2:18:58. Congratulations to all finishers.

Go to for full results.

Over 150 individuals and teams took part in the 100 Acre Challenge Conquering Obstacles for Literacy this past Saturday and winners were Bethany Mayo of Center Conway 33:28.1, first overall and first female, and Jamie Gillon of Pembroke 35:31.3.  Jo Whittington along with Joann Daly, Charisse Hirschfeld, and Cameron Leavitt formed the team,  Nice Young Man Helps 3 Old Ladies Cross an Obstacle Course, reports this is her Niceyoungman2nd year doing the race, the obstacles were just tough enough, and the food truck at the finish was a nice touch.  “We had the longest team name and we weren’t last” reports Jo.  Check for full resutls at


A big weekend for running and cycling in our area is here again.

Bikes for Books is happening on Saturday. A fund raiser for the North Conway Library in its 16th year, the bike tour provides different trails all around the valley for beginners to experts, snacks along the way and post race pizza, soup, desserts, and coffee.  Sign up at the Whitaker Woods Homesite.  Check for more info.

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. See 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.  Check out info at

Good luck to many locals who are headed to Portland for the Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay on Sunday, some to run their first marathon. Hopefully the weather comes in more like fall weather for the race.

Sunday, October 29 is the date for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.. 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!  Oh, and don’t forget your Halloween Theme Costume for another prize division.  

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

The Tuesday night running scene at Whitaker Woods is pretty sparse but this week, K-Dog, aka Kevin Callahan, was there along with Sara Holtby, Joe LaRue, and Roger Marcoux.  Why were there more people there with the heat wave?  Join in next Tuesday for informal and fun running with a group at 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles.  Hope to see you there!

“Our running shoes have magic in them.  The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.” –Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl

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 Sept 30:  Bretton Woods Fell Race (
  • Sunday Oct 1 Bretton Woods Fell Race (
  • Sunday Oct 1  King Pine XC (
  • Sunday Oct 1  4 Miles for Eli Gorham,
  • Sunday Oct 1 Purity Spring CX (
  • Sunday Oct 8:  18th Annual Waterford 5K, Waterford, ME (
  • Saturday Oct 14: RiverFire 5K Run/Walk – takes place in Berlin, NH on 10/14/17 (
  • 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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