Christmas Wishes for Others

On The Run    12/20/17

Flying Granny?  Yup.  Not my title; this one belongs to Canadian Betty Jean McHugh.  Betty registered for the 45th Honolulu Marathon in spite of a year-long injury and planned to walk the race. Betty felt pretty good on race morning and finished in 6:47:31, breaking the 20-year Road Racing Record for 90-year-old women in the marathon by over 2 hours!  Betty set a world marathon record at 88 in Honolulu, running 6:31:32 in 2015. A family affair, Betty’s son and 2 grandchildren also ran the marathon.  McHugh wrote a book in 2011, “My Road to Rome – The running Times of BJ McHugh.” I think it’s time for a sequel.

I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.  My Christmas Gift arrived early in the form of backcountry ski gear!  Most runners love to cross train by cycling, hiking, nordic skiing, core work in the gym, yoga, and anything else that keeps us moving and not falling on the winter ice.  Skiing uphill is an amazing workout and is a fast growing sport here in the Whites.  Black Mountain is featuring a $99 Uphill Season Ski Pass and you can ski from sunrise until 4:00 P.M. or $10/visit, Wildcat has a $10/day Uphill Ski Pass, as does Cranmore for $20.  Many areas restrict you to certain trails but if the snow keeps falling, you’ll find more skiers in the real backcountry.  Check out your favorite ski areas for their deals and where Andrew Drummond has equipment for sale and rent and EMS for rentals.

I asked Milers for Christmas Gift Ideas for other runners and received some great gifts with only a few not fit for print!  

Santa should definitely leave some running shirts under Kevin Callahan’s Christmas Tree and in his stocking. St. Nick would fulfill many a runners Christmas Wish with this one!

Catherine Kyle hopes Santa brings some new shoes to Jenny Burkett.  Seems Jenny’s new puppy loves shoes!  Catherine also thinks Sara Holtby should get a puppy in her stocking and some other little ones, too!  (I’m just passing the word!)

Frank Holmes needs another car for the Holidays or maybe another motorcycle, or perhaps a sherpa to carry Miler Clothing!

Sara Holtby is hoping Santa brings Bob “Barf” Benes some Hershey Kisses.  

Joe Fay sends this along:  “This gift is a serious one;  to send well wishes to Marianne (Jackson)…she had a bad bike accident when visiting friends in North Carolina. Yesterday she had a second operation on her right leg, they put pins, plates and bolts in place but did not find any soft tissue tears or other damage[good news] to the knee. She will be released from the hospital today and is staying with good friends, close to the hospital This accident happened two weeks ago …. she will not be able to return to the valley until sometime around the middle of Jan.”  

We all wish Marianne a quick and speedy recovery and to come home soon.

Steve Dowling has a lot of wishes in his Santa Letter:

“Dear Santa…

Bring Linda Stetson some precooked suppers as she recovers from open heart surgery.

Bring Marianne Jackson some crutches as she recovers from a broken leg.

Bring Terry Ballou some competition in her new age group.

Bring Nancy and Dave Drach back from Florida for a visit.

Bring Gary Howard and Pat Frye down from Lubec for a visit.

Bring Frank Holmes more 7/11 gas cards to give away.

Bring more Bucks for Bernie’s kids.

Bring Dave “Ultra-man” McDermott a new pair of trail running shoes.

Bring Mary Nagel and her sister Margie Riforgiato name tags so we can tell them apart.

Bring Vince Vaccaro a trophy for all he has done for the Half Marathon.

Bring Tim Livingston anything he asks for.

Bring back the Milers we have lost for one more run:  Al Hatch, Gretchen Hatch, Dave Sporcic, Jim Berry, John Chandler, Earl Stetson, Kathy Etter, Paul LeTarte, Jim Soroka, Jim Cataldo, Maggie Solomon, Richard Solomon, Bill Murphy, Bob Fisher, and Eric Pendleton.”  

Well done, Steve and thank you.


The next food and fun filled Milers Event will be the January Breakfast Run which is being held on Sunday, December 31. The run/walk begins at 9:00 AM, followed by potluck breakfast. Please join us to begin the New Year.We hope to see you there and bring a friend!    Directions and further info available at

It’s not too late for Miler Clothing Christmas Gifts. The club has wonderful Milers’ clothing for that outdoors person in your life for sale. We have ball-caps, sweatshirts, singlets and “T” shirts. Contact Frank Holmes at or call 447-4365. And yes, we ship and take credit cards!  

I hear that Steve Dowling, Terry Ballou, and Suz Laughland are travelling to Dartmouth for the relays.  I’m still asking, how about trying something new and different to start 2018?  Steve 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, College, 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, entry deadline is January 2nd, but check out all the events at

“Action is worry’s worst enemy. ”— American Proverb

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 31:  White Mountain Miler January Breakfast Run
  • 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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