Run or Volunteer or Both

On The Run

If you’re reading this column on Saturday, October 28, you still have time. You can still do it. You can still sign up to run a 5k, a relay half marathon, or a half marathon on Sunday, October 29, at the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.. Registration will be available if the race hasn’t filled and number pick-up begins at 4:30 through 6:30 PM on Saturday, October 28, under the “Big Top” in Schouler Park in North Conway. Race number pick-up continues before the race at 7:00 AM again under the tent. Don’t forget your ID, no ID, no race number. I’ll be there on Sunday morning at the race number table. Be sure to say “hello”! You may not recognize me as my team once again goes for the group costume prize.
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 other jobs.You’ll hear, “thank you” over and over again and it never gets old. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christie Girouard at 603-447-2328

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.
Michael Vesci of Newington CT is returning to the race this year. Michael reports, “I Love North Conway! Travel up there every year for New Years! Started adding a weekend trip last year for this race! Hoping to defend last year’s win and course record! Hoping it will be a little less windy and warmer too! “ Michael won the 5K race last year in 16:38, 5:22 minute miles.

Start looking for your recipe now for the official White Mountain Miler Sunday Breakfast Run Season starts on Sunday, November 5, at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling. ! The fun run/walk starts at 9 AM and you can find directions on the White Mountain Milers Website,
November 5 is also the start of Daylight Savings Time so please don’t forget to change your clocks back or Steve and Cathy will send you out for a longer run!

Only one runner this week on Whitaker Woods Tuesday Night Fun Runs. I know it was raining pretty hard at my house and that’s my excuse! Maybe next week, 5:30 at Whitaker Woods. Head lamps are recommended.

Leslie O’Dell of Albany ran a 3:07:42 in the BayState Marathon in Lowell, Mass on Sunday, October 22. Two marathons in one week for Leslie. Superwoman much? Remember when they said one day off for each mile for recovery? Tim Livingston and Darin Brown ran in the Granite State 10 Miler in Concord on Sunday. Tim finished in 56:20 for 2nd place overall and top male master. Darin ran a 62:47 for 5th master and 16th overall. Congratulations are also in order for Darin and the publication of his first book, The Sight of Demons. Darin reports that the only running in the book is; “during the prologue where Hunter breaks his ankle doesn’t make for good press for the running world!” You can order a copy of Dr. Darin’s book at He will probably be happy to autograph your copy if you can catch him during a race!  FullSizeR (1)
Stand Up Androscoggin Valley 10K Berlin to Gorham Race saw Eaton’s Frank Holmes 50:52, Suz Laughland of Silver Lake 41:45 first place female and Michele Henley of East Madison 44:33, first in her age group and received $20 7-Eleven Gift Cards for their race finishes while sporting White Mountain Miler Clothing. Also running: 51:20 Whitney Brown Jackson, 52:12 Clay Vetter Intervale, 54:39 Alana Scannell Jackson, 1:00:12 Patrick Murphy Kearsarge,1: 03:31 Christine Thompson Jackson.

Trash Queen Catherine Kyle gathered her royal subjects for a River Road Clean-up on Wednesday morning. Catherine, Jean Brauel, Gretchen Loeffler, Chuck Kyle, and myself cleaned up trash and then dined at the Stairway for breakfast. Good times.

Gossip. Lies, Rumours, and Truths: I’ve learned some people do not want their real names used and from now on some names will be changed to protect the guilty. Is it true that a marathoner in Maine took a knee at the start of a marathon or was he just tying his running shoe?! I heard that Martha Stewart was the official starter of the MDI Marathon as she has a home in the Bar Harbor Area. I also heard that she was not allowed to use the usual “starter’s pistol” because of her past record, and we’re not talking about her running record. Disney Orlando had to cancel races recently because of hurricane season. Lynn and Riley Parkhurst had to cancel their plans to run and opted to travel to DisneyLand in CA instead. Now, DisneyLand has cancelled their 2018 races because of construction the park. I hope to see the Parkhurst Ladies in North Conway at the White Mountain MIler Half Marathon this weekend.
The acorns are so heavy this year you need a hard hat under the trees and you may feel like you’re running on marbles.
Don’t forget your reflective running gear and headlamp on these darkening days.

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” –unknown

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 Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (
•Sunday Nov 5: November Breakfast Run, Kearsarge
•Thursday Nov 23: PSR5K East Madison, NH (

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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