What a Year!

On the Run  12/30/17

Another year. A year of running, walking, fun and hopefully health. As we head into 2018, I’ve looked back on 2017 and pulled some of the highs and lows of our running year.

Last January, Steve Dowling and Terry Ballou attended and took top honors in the high jump and mile, respectively, at the Dartmouth Relays. See an invitation below and attend the Relays this year!

Vince Vaccaro of Tri Tek Events announced the Road Runners Club of America has awarded the 2017 RRCA New Hampshire State Half Marathon Championship to the 32nd White Mountain Milers Half Marathon scheduled for Oct. 29, 2017. This is an honor and a huge draw for runners to attend our half marathon.

USA Track and Field New England nominated Leslie O’Dell as female athlete of the year, and Chris Dunn and Paul Kirsch were nominated as race directors of the year. Once again the valley shows what a great collection of talented and giving people we have living here.

The White Mountain Milers Half Marathon for being named to “The Best of 2016” Half Marathons by the 100 Half Marathon Club. The 100 Half Marathons Club is a racing club that celebrates those who have achieved the accomplishment of completing 100 lifetime half marathons (or more), and encourages and supports those who are on the way to reaching this goal. For more, go to tinyurl.com/ybefcxro.

The Feelin’ Good 5K saw the first winners of the 7-Eleven $20 merchandise card offered by the White Mountain Milers and North Conway’s 7-Eleven. These cards, presented by 7-Eleven’s Nicole Milewski, went to age group and place winners who ran the race in their White Mountain Milers clothing; Darin Brown, Don Fredrikson, Annabelle Wilson and Gretchen Loeffler.  White Mountain Miler and former Conway resident John Renda crossed the finish line of his greatest race on Saturday, Earth Day, April 22. John, we miss you.

Approximately $7,000 in scholarships was awarded to deserving high school seniors by the White Mountain Milers. Over $90,000 has been awarded by the Milers from the Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Fund. Most of these funds come directly from the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.

The Division II Track and Field Championships, held at KHS in late May, was a huge success for all athletes and everyone involved in hosting the event. A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Peter Lovejoy Award to Coach Bernie Livingston by the New Hampshire Coaches Association. The award is given to a deserving Granite State coach who has coached for at least 20 years. This is only the third year of the award.

The Mount Washington Road Race took place on June 16. The first male over the finish line was four-peat winner Joe Gray of Colo. in 58:57, a 7:46 minute per mile average. First local male was Kevin Tilton of Conway in a time of 1:19:05. First runner representing the White Mountain Milers was Scot Holt of North Woodstock in a time of 1:40:33. First female over the line in 12th place was Shannon Payne of Colo. in 1:11:21. Leslie O’Dell of Albany was the first local woman in 1:33:28. First White Mountain Miler Woman was Hilary McCloy of Madison in 1:38:45.

The return of the Cranmore Hill Climb saw Tim Livingston of Conway as the first finisher on the mountain in a time of 23:41, followed closely by Andrew Drummond of Madison 24:57. Hilary McCloy of Madison was the first female finisher in 29:48 followed by Sarah Bolthrunis of Somerville, Mass. in 32:12. I was very honored and humbled to receive the Jim Soroka Spirit Award at the race. Many of us wore our straw hats as a salute to Jim and we still miss him.

The Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay took place at the Livingston Oval at Kennett HIgh School on Friday, July 28 beginning at 6 p.m. and concluded on Saturday, July 29, at 6 p.m. Thirty people circled the track for 24 hours with the “kids” team taking on 12 hours. The relay race is a fundraiser for Kennett High and Middle School Cross-Country and Track team uniforms. This 24-hour span was the best, driest and coolest evening in the four year history of the relay.

Miler Treasurer and Director of the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24 Hour Relay, Steve Dowling, presented Coach Bernie Livingston with a check for $4,280 for Kennett High School Cross-Country team uniforms.  


Dave and Kristen McDermott were together in Italy where Dave gave running the Tor de Geants, a 205-mile endurance trail run with 24,000 meters of height gain, a giant try. Dave was 192K or 119 miles into his run, finished 17K of ascent and 17.5 descent and feeling ready for some rest. Dave says, “Lots of views, lots of rocks and ultra companions.” were the highlight of his Tor. He also said it was like “running up Mount Washington every day.”

Saturday, Oct. 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 Purity Spring 5K Thanksgiving Race was once again a well attended event with 184 finishers. Malcolm Thomas of Albany was the overall winner and Leslie O’Dell, also of Albany was the first female finisher and 11th overall.

A very Happy New Year, everyone!

Don’t forget the Sunday run this week. The 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 a.m., followed by potluck breakfast. Please join us to begin the New Year. Directions and further info available at whitemountainmilers.com

The 49th annual Dartmouth Relays take place Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, through Sunday, Jan. 7. Entry deadline is Jan. 3, and feature high school, college, open and master events. The master events, open to anyone 30 or older, take place on Sunday, Jan. 7, starting with a race walk at 9 a.m. and continue through the day with 60-meter dash, 200-, 400-, 800-, and 3,000-meter runs, relays, long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put and weight throw. High school events take place on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7, and open events take place on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is still being worked on, entry deadline is Jan. 2, but check out all the events at tinyurl.com/yau9cvbw

“Set goals, not resolutions.” — unknown.

Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs

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.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31: White Mountain Miler January Breakfast Run (whitemountainmilers.com).
  • Friday-Sunday, Jan. 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, masters, high school and collegiate athletes (tinyurl.com/yau9cvbw).
  • Saturday, Jan 6: White Mountain Winter Triathlon, Jackson (tinyurl.com/yavhzzqf).
  • Saturday, Jan 13: Eighth annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale (tinyurl.com/y83m8e6a).

Check out inyurl.com/y8arwsty for all of the races in the state, especially the many Christmas-themed races.

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder and skier, with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, North Conway. 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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