Uphill Skiing and The Blue Moon

On The Run            01/31/18

When the weather turns cold and the roads are too icy to run, where do many of the Valley Runners go?  To ski up and down Mount Washington, of course!

The First Annual M.W. Otto Rhoad Memorial saw 43 racers and over 100 of us “on tour”, skin and ski 3 miles up the Mount Washington Road on Saturday.  Originally set for a turn-around at the summit, weather played havoc with the snow conditions past the 3 mile point. I don’t think I was the only one who was happy to go three miles for this first time event.  The three mile bridge was the turn-around and is known as the Jenny Lind bridge.  Previously made famous when Opera Star Jenny Lind while touring the rockpile by stagecoach with P.T. Barnum, burst into song inspired by the beauty of that spot, it will now be forever known, in my mind, as the spot to remove my skins and ski!

A tradition at the Auto Road, Howie Wemyss began the “tourist” with the firing of a cannon.  Ten minutes later, we heard the cannon again as the racers took off after us.

As a “tourist” on this climb and downhill, I was amazed how fast the racers went by us uphill and then down.  Tele-turns, wedge turns, snowboarders, and full race tuck were the downhill methods.  The snow was packed powder so I made some nice turns coming down the three miles and heard many downhillers lament over their “sore quads”!

First place overall and for the men went to Tristan Williams in a time of 41:07.6.  Tristan claimed top prize this year at the Milers Tuesday Night Whitaker Woods Run.  

Brian Otis and Donna Cormier Skiing up and down Mount Washington Auto Road

First place for the women went to Hilary McCloy in a time of 49:51.6.

Tristan went on to win the triple crown Ski Mo by skiing Black Mountain Uphill on Friday Night, Mount Washington on Saturday, and Burke Backcountry Adventure on Sunday.  

For full racer results, go to webscorer.com. Great job and thank you to Granite Backcountry Alliance and the Mount Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails.

With hopes for more snow, the 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble was postponed from Saturday, January 13 to Saturday, February 17.  Held in Whitaker Woods, this 4 Mile Snowshoe Race is a fundraising event to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation.  Check out more information or to register, mwvskitouring.org.

Moon shadow chasers hiked with microspikes, headlamps, beverages, and snacks to share in the Super Blue Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse. Although the eclipse was not really visible here and the clouds hid the super moon, it was still a great night for a hike and the fun and laughter were in abundance!  Catherine Kyle, Joe LaRue and myself enjoyed the lights of Cranmore and a great hike.

If you’re in need of White Mountain Miler Gear, contact Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at fholmesnaep@gmail.com.  Then, wear your gear in a race, place in the race, have your photo taken with the finish information, and send it to Frank.  He will be happy to get your 7-Eleven Gift Card to you.

Don’t forget, the next White Mountain Miler Breakfast Run is set for Sunday, February 4.  What could be better than a run, any distance of your choice, followed by a potluck breakfast filled with great food, coffee, tea, laughs, and games. Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

The Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration opens on February 12 and continues through February 26 at 11:59 PM!  Don’t delay.  This is the first step in being one of the chosen to run up the rockpile. Go to mtwashingtonautoroad.com for all the info.

Save the date! The White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 6 at Tuckerman Brewing Company, 66 Hobbs Street, Conway. Social time with appetizers and Tuckerman beer deals, recap of our running year, future club planning and events, membership sign ups, and Mt. Washington Road Race slots.  Hope to see you there!

Terry Livingston and Suz Laughland took their track talents on the road again.  This time they were at University of Southern Maine where Suz ran a 1K in 3:38, and Terry ran the 600 in 1:48:48, beating her sub 1:50 goal.  Awesome job.  Terry is also looking for people to run in the Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay Race on July 20.  The proceeds from the relay go to the Kennett Running Teams and is more fun that can be explained!  Check out further information at whitemountainmilers.com.

“In my defense, the moon was full and I was left unsupervised.”  –unknown

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
  • Sunday Feb 4:  White Mountain MIlers February Breakfast Run whitemountainmiles.com
  • Monday Feb 12: Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration begins mountwashingtonautoroad.com
  • Saturday Feb 17: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html
  • Tuesday Mar 6: Annual White Mountain Milers Tuckerman Brewing Company, Conway
  • Saturday Apr 7:  2nd Annual Feeling Good 5K and Chili Cook Off whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday & Sunday May 5&6: White Lake Ultras rockhopperraces.com
  • Saturday Jun 16: Mount Washington Road Race
  • Saturday Jun 16: Chocorua Mountain Race rockhopperraces.com
  • Sunday Jul 8: Cranmore Hill Climb 5K whitemountainmilers.com

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, 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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