32nd Annual WMM Half Marathon

On The Run

11/2/17

Saturday, October 29, greeted the White Mountain Milers 32nd Annual Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K with the threat of rain. Well, that threat came true but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 124 finishers in the 5K, the youth dash, 36 Teams in the Half Marathon Relay, 294 Half Marathon Runners, and 14 Half Marathon Walkers.  Never mind the many volunteers and sponsors out there stopping traffic, giving out water, working the tent and finish line.  This race couldn’t happen without you brave and hearty souls!

The optimism of runners is amazing.  I never heard anyone complain before the race about the weather.  I heard more of, “at least it won’t be hot.” and “it could be snow”.  Runners, that’s how we roll!  Little did we know that half of the course would be closed the next day because of flooding!

The rain didn’t slow too many people down as two state records were broken during the Half Marathon Race.  Brother and sister, Tim Livingston and Terry Ballou Livingston, both broke age group records for the 13.1 mile distance, Tim in a time of 1:13:42 and Terry 1:32:15. Congratulations to these amazing runners and their families, especially their long-time coaches and parents, Bernie and Eileen Livingston.  

Overall winners in the Half were Malcolm Thomas of Boston 1:12:26 and Kathleen Horgan of New Hampton NH 1:23:43.

The Road Runner Club of America Award for Male Grand Master went to Darin Brown of Madison, 1:24:53, Female Overall Gabby Schreffier of Bethel 1:30:48, and Trish Sallinen of Chatham NH 1:31:39.     

The First Place Costume Award went to White Mountain Miler “Where’s Waldo” Team of Ashley Benes, Joe LaRue, Christine Smith, Mike Bryan and myself were “found” all over the half marathon race course.  We were “mistaken” for candy canes and Mr. Magoo (the glasses?) by a few spectators.

Michael Vesci of Newington CT did return to the 5K race this year and broke his own course record of 16:38 set last year, with a 16:13. Michael had said, “I love North Conway!” and now we know why! He was hoping for warmer weather this year and less wind.  He hadn’t asked for sun. Will Michael return next year to defend his title or try the Half Marathon Distance?  Arthur Viens, former On the Run Columnist, ran 20 minutes flat to take 3rd place overall in the 5K.  Art also outdid his last year’s time of 20:08.

Race Director Vince Vaccaro pulled bib numbers from a tumbler for cash awards.  It took about 10 minutes and about 30 called numbers before he found runners to claim the 2-$100 prizes, about 10 calls for the 1-$300 winner, and maybe two calls for the $500 winner!  People were wet and cold after the race and didn’t wait for the raffle, leaving those of us who stayed with a better chance for the money.  Congratulations to those winners.

The White Mountain Milers and Tri Tek Events did an outstanding job once again with the races.  I just heard that the Sutton SUV Limo was used to truck relay runners to the 10K hand-off area.  Now that’s amazing race organization!

Photos and full race results may be found at wmmhalf.com.

 

The Randolph Ramble also took place on Sunday.  A 10K Trail Run rated by runners as challenging, difficult, and beautiful (when the skies are clear) saw 177 finishers. Tristan Williams took first place, followed by Andrew Drummond.  I heard the rain held off until the end of the race although the course was still wet and those promised views were in full cloud cover.    Full results may be found at racesplitter.com.

Do you have your recipe and ingredients for tomorrow’s White Mountain Miler Sunday Potluck Breakfast Run?  The fun begins 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, whitemountainmilers.com.

November 5 is also the start of Daylight Savings Time so please don’t forget to change your clocks back or Steve may need your help with some wood left to stack!

The final Whitaker Woods Tuesday Night Fun Run took place on Halloween complete with a haunting. Well, only two runners, Sara Holtby and Joe LaRue were running and I was haunting.  I scared two people, not the two I intended to scare, I was “boo”’d, and Sara saw me before I could scare her. I can’t wait for spring for the 2018 Summer Series!

Don’t forget your reflective running gear and headlamp on these darkening days.

“Anyone who thinks falling leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”  –Shira Tamir

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
  • Sunday Nov 5: November Pot Luck Breakfast Run whitemountainmilers.com
  • 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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