Happy Thanksgiving

On The Run


The Holiday Season is here and I wish everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving! I asked a few runners what they were thankful for in their world of running.

Kevin Tilton, Mountain Goat who is now playing in the roads on his bicycle is “thankful for the abundance of great trails that we get to run on in the Valley!”

Theresa Ballou, a new master runner and part of the Livingston Family Running Dynasty says,  “I’m thankful that we get to live in an area that is a runner’s dream…access to rolling hills on country roads, challenging trails through national forest, dirt roads around quiet lakes, and a community track at the high school. And I’m thankful for the running community that exists here! Supportive, encouraging, and always lots of fun. We are truly lucky!”

Steve Dowling, AKA Moose and host with the most and wonderful co-host Cathy Dowling, to WMM Breakfast Runs, Thanksgiving Relay, and Christmas Run and Yankee Swap said, “I am thankful that runners never judge you.  They accept you for who you are, fast or slow, old or young, male or female. What a great community to be a part of!

Leslie O’Dell, the winningest woman runner in the valley, winning at any distance and here and away reports that, “In my running world this year, I’ve come to be so thankful for the running community that I’ve surrounded myself with in all of New England. It’s been wonderfully apparent to me this year as I’ve continued my crazy racing. I can show up at nearly any race in any State in NE and be surrounded by friends whom I’ve gotten to know through this amazing running community. I’m so thankful to have them as my surrogate family since I don’t have any family here except my son, John. I’m always thankful to have the ability to run, but for 2017, it’s mostly my running friends that I am thankful for.”

Keeping it simple and straight to the point as is his way, runner, rucker, and tracker Joe La Rue states,  “That I can.”

Kristina Folcik, mountain runner, dental hygienist, model, and adventurer, relates she is “thankful for being able to have the fitness to run the beautiful mountains we live in! Nothing makes my heart more full than spending time in the mountains with my husband, pups, family and friends!”

Darin Brown, doctor, actor, and writer shares these thoughts, “After thirty years of dealing with injuries, I find that every day I am physically able to run is a joyous occasion! And though I am very fond of age-grading, the best thing about running for me is that I can share my runs with fantastic people, especially my own children, Alex, Nick and Melissa!”

My daughter, runner, and amazing mom to a gaggle of boys Laura Holtby reports “I’m thankful for such an awesome supportive running club :)”

Another daughter, Sara Holtby, who swore she would never run liker her mother says,   “In my running world – the food and beer that often follow and the great friendships I have made within the White Mountain MIlers and all over the running community.”

Amazing valley volunteer, retired doctor, and White Mountain Miler Club President Marianne Jackson states “The Livingston’s!” are who she is thankful. How many runners have the Livingston Family coached through the years and are now on what, a third generation of family members under their tutelage?

“I’m thankful for the runners I run with! Not original but true.

I will miss tomorrow morning!”, says Frank Holmes, lamenting that he wouldn’t be at our Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club this past week.  We flounder without Frank’s words of wisdom on life and running. He also collects the money for breakfast which we can’t handle but wonder if that’s how he gets to go on vacation again?

I had the distinct privilege of volunteering at the ESSC Ski Sale, Whitaker Woods Trail Maintenance Morning, and the Vaughan Community/93.5 WMWV Food Drive and I echo all the sentiments above in the running and my whole community.  Time and time again I heard the sentiment at all of these events about how lucky, fortunate, and blessed we are to live where we live and be a part of such a giving and caring community.  There are children who wouldn’t ski without ESSC, families who would go hungry except for our food pantries, and our valley ski trails wouldn’t be used by so many, again, especially the school kids, without our community and our volunteers.  I’m thankful to all the above mentioned athletes who wrote my column this week!  I am thankful for our community and blessed that I am part of such a wonderful group of humans and, of course, their pets, too!

A huge thank you to Steve and Gwen Vosburgh for organizing a group to spread wood chips on the Whitaker Woods Trails.  Steve Dowling and his tractor, Cathy Dowling with an armload of tools, raking and bringing Stoney to clear extra branches, Sara Holtby, Brian Otis and myself to rake.  Steve and Gwen had a four wheeler and trailer to move the chips and since Steve grooms at Whitaker, he knows where the work is needed.  Next time, they have promised to get the word out earlier so we could arrange more wood chips, equipment and manpower. It should be smoother skiing this winter and new PB’s in the Summer Series!

“I’m cold. I’m underdressed. I should turn around. I’ll go 10 minutes and then turn around if I don’t warm up. It’s snowing.  It’s beautiful. Sky is running circle around me. I am so lucky to be out here. That was an awesome ten miler.  I feel great!” –me, Monday 11/12/17

Volunteers, Cathy Dowling, Sara Holtby, Steve Dowling and myself.

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
  • Saturday Nov 18: Gasping Gobbler 5K, Lovell Maine
  • Sunday Nov 19: Turkey Raffle Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)
  • Sunday Dec 10:  White Mountain Miler Christmas Party whitemountainmilers.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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