Thanksgiving Thanks

On The Run

Leslie O’Dell running in the PSR5K Thanksgiving Race. Joe Viger Photo



My Thanksgiving Day on the Cape was a beautiful day for a run on the beach followed by cooking and dining.  I always feel better anytime I can run early in the day, but pre-Thanksgiving Feast is the best!

 The Purity Spring 5K Thanksgiving Race was once again a well attended event with 184 finishers.  Malcolm Thomas of Albany, NH was the overall winner and Leslie O’Dell, also of Albany, was the first female finisher and 11th overall.  Full results and photos are available at

Next on the agenda is the Annual Christmas Party, Run, and Yankee Swap.  Once again, this will be a potluck turkey dinner preceded by a run/walk of your favorite distance, and then the drawing of numbers and trading of the gifts, $15.00 limit.  The fun begins at high noon on Sunday, December 10. The majority of White Mountain MIlers are now searching for the best recipe for a dessert or side dish to share at the Party.  More importantly, the real competition starts now in finding the best Yankee Swap Gift.  Do you want to bring a nice gift?  A funny gift?  Decisions, decisions.  See you at the Dowlings on Wallis Way.  

Interested in trying indoor track events?  Steve Dowling has been travelling and participating in the Dartmouth Relays in January and would love some company.  The 49th Annual Dartmouth Relays take place Friday, January 5 through Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Entry deadline is January 3rd, and feature, High School, Open and Master Events. The Master Events, open to anyone 30 or older, take place on Sunday, January 7, starting with a race walk at 9 A.M. and continue through the day with 60 meter dash, 200, 400, 800, and 3000 meter runs, Relays, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, and Weight Throw. High School Events take place on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, and Open Events take place on Saturday and Sunday.  The schedule is still being worked on, but check out all the events at

Winter is coming and runners continue to run, ski, and hike through the winter months.  The snow brings out winter footwear to keep you from slipping and sliding on your runs.  Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are  great cross training for running.  Many people are skinning up the ski slopes and backcountry to earn their turns and get in some aerobic training.  The snowmobile trails make great running trails, sharing the terrain with skiers, snowmobilers, and even dogsleds.  Of course, there are indoor activities like swimming, spinning, and the dreadmill, er treadmill.  Whatever your choice, keeping active, especially in the White Mountains, is the best choice.

“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week.  It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.”  –Richard O’Brien, runner, musician, actor, writer, best known for “Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  

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.
  • Sunday Dec 10:  White Mountain Miler Christmas Party
  • Friday-Sunday, Jan 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, Masters, High School, and Collegiate Athletes.
  • Saturday Jan 6: White Mountain Winter Triathlon, Jackson
  • Saturday Jan 13: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale

Check out for all races in the state, especially the many Christmas themed races.  

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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