Fall is Marathon Time

On The Run       10/18/17

My friends father is two weeks shy of his 90th Birthday.  At 89, Bill is a very active person.  He plays golf at least 4 times per week, walks or runs daily, and still travels up here to the valley to ski.  The other day, Bill was running on the Cape Cod Rail Trail near his home. He fell hard, banged up his knees and had to visit the doctor to get five stitches for a cut on his head.  The doctor stitched him up and told Bill; “Whatever you do as a result of this accident, don’t stop running.”!

I not only want to be just like Bill when I’m 90 years young, I want Bill’s doctor!

The MDI Marathon, Mount Desert Island Marathon was run on October 15.  This was the first marathon for White Mountain Miler Ashley Benes and her friend Cheryl Regal and they finished together in 4:29:35. Ashley and Cheryl have been friends for a long time and as Ashley says, “It was a day to celebrate 25 years of friendship. Back in 7th grade at Kingswood track Cheryl and I both had no idea we would be running The Mt. Dessert Marathon together.” Ashley is already planning another marathon, threatening, “Bar Harbor, I will be back.”!  Not sure if Marc Ohlson will run this one again, but he ran a 4:17:52 in his 2nd or is it 3rd marathon this year.


Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Leslie O’Dell of Albany ran a 3:02:08 in the Hartford Marathon on October 14, placing first in the female masters division.  Fall is definitely the marathon time of year.  You have all summer and good weather to train, and usually, it’s cooler temps for marathon day.  Not so much this year, but Leslie’s time doesn’t reflect her slowing down for the weather or anything else anytime too soon.

There was a family party claiming victories and 7-Eleven Gas Cards from the White Mountain Milers this week.  The Runaway Pumpkin 10K in Laconia on saw Tim timterryLivingston take first place overall with a new course record and personal record in 33:55 and Terry Livingston Ballou took first place female in 42:01. Terry says it was “a great course, well organized, and delicious pumpkin bread!”  Terry is closing in on a new age group and this may have been her last race in the under 50 kids, so look out.  Will we see Tim racing the Half Marathon?



There’s still a need for more volunteers for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon. If you can’t or don’t want to run on race day, please consider volunteering. People are still needed to protect runners and walkers at road intersections and bicyclists are needed to lead and follow the athletes.You’ll hear, “thank you” over and over again and it never gets old.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christie Girouard at 603-447-2328 rrgccg@roadrunner.com.  


This years race features a race t-shirt, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, race awards, raffle prizes, top finishers and age group awards, Halloween costume awards, and special raffle cash prizes, and the post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company.   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! The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  Race proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  


The official White Mountain Miler Sunday Breakfast Run Season starts on Sunday, November 5, at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling.  Milers are known for their eating prowess and cooking expertise and we’ve never been disappointed.  Start looking for your recipe now! The fun run/walk starts at 9 AM and you can find directions on the White Mountain Milers Website, whitemountainmilers.com.

November 5 is also the start of Daylight Savings Time so please don’t forget to change your clocks back.  Steve and Cathy will send you out for a longer run!


Whitaker Woods Tuesday Night Fun Runs, or Running Club as I’ve heard it called, are still happening with a changing cast of characters.  I couldn’t attend this week, but my dog, Sky, ran with my daughter Sara Holtby.  Be there at 5:30 on Tuesday in Whitaker Woods.  


“You two look pathetic and I can’t even catch you!”–K-Dog calling from far far away to Rich and Donna.


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
  • Tuesdays: Group 5K Trail Run, 5:30 PM,Whitaker Woods
  • Saturday Oct 21: S.U.A.V. 1st Annual 10k, Berlin (facebook.com/suavnh)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)
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  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)


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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!


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