White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting

On The Run    03/06/18


The White Mountain Miler Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 6 at Tuckerman Brewing with about 60 members dining on pizza, sampling beer, and chatting with other new and old members.

Club President Marianne Jackson, still recovering from her bicycling accident, showed mad skills on her wheelie walker while running the meeting.  The highlight of the night was hearing from all the race directors about what races are on tap for 2018.

Joanne Daly spoke about the upcoming Feelin’ Good 5K and Chili Cook Off being held April 7.  Joann is hoping for 100 runners and walkers this year and has a special pricing for families and has a special team event. Register for this race early for a special prize. Stop in and sign up with Joann at Soyfire Candle on Main Street North Conway, contact Joann at  info@soyfirecandle.com, 603-662-8198.


Liz Goerss is the new director of the Cranmore Hill Climb. Thank you to Steve Dowling for his expertise with this event.  New to race directing, Liz has worked to set the date of the Climb, which will be on Sunday, July 1. This race is also a tribute to Jim Soroka and nominations are being taken for the recipient of the Jim Soroka. This award will be given to the person who most exemplifies the spirit, zest for life, volunteerism, coaching, encouragement, and joy that was Jim. Nominations can be made to club president Marianne Jackson, mjaxnmd@gmail.com.  Joe LaRue is also taking orders for the Soroka t-shirt that he designed.  Contact Joe at hikefishbike@gmail.com for all the “Jimspiration” you will need, Thanks, Joe.  Thank you, Liz, for stepping up to the race director challenge. You know Milers will be happy to help you where we can.  

Terry Ballou has stepped up to take over the Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay Race from Steve Dowling,  and she is hoping to add more teams and competition to the race. One way to achieve this is the offering of cash prizes and inviting more solo runners/walkers.  More race information will be posted soon on the Milers Website.

Terry took the floor again to speak of the Student Running Camp hosted by White Mountain Milers and  Tim Livingston. The camp prepares runners for their fall cross country season and helps to develop teamwork and more running fun.  Contact Tim at kimtimliv@yahoo.com for more info.

 Tim is also the director of the White Mountain Milers  Julbo-Salomon Whitaker Woods Summer Series. The 5K Series begins on Tuesday, June 12, and will be held every Tuesday at 5:30.  

More from the First Family of Running, the Livingstons, Coach Bernie is looking for volunteers for two home Kennett Track and Field Events on Tuesday 4/24/18 @ 4pm and Tuesday 5/8/17 @ 4pm. Kennett is also hosting the Division 2 State Track Championship on Saturday 5/26/18. If you can help at any of these events, please contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  Did you know Bernie has been coaching since Dinosaurs roamed the earth?  (Not my words!)

Vince Vaccaro of TriTek gave an update of his race schedule along with the addition of an event to the White Mountain MIlers Half Marathon scheduled for October 28.  The Half of the Half is the length for those who have, had, or will sign up to run a half marathon but “forgot to train”! Vince hopes to see the return of the very popular Limo Service for Relay Runners for the relay and half of the half.  

A new race for TriTek Events is the Tunnel to Towers 5K set for Saturday July 14, an event that is close to Vince’s heart and supports our first responders and military who make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.

Carol Viens spoke to the meeting about coaching a group of students at the Effingham Elementary School and invited everyone to run or walk in the 10th Annual Running Rascals 5K on Saturday, April 29.  The race proceeds buy running clothing and equipment for the program.

Madeleine Ryan announced the date of the 5th Annual Midnight Owl 15K is July 28.  Dubbed an “Equal Opportunity Event” the prediction race proceeds to to the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club and runs from North Conway to Ham Arena in Conway.  Madeleine also directs the October 13 River Fire 5K in Berlin, with proceeds supporting Response: A Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Center.

Heather Burnell of White Mountain Waldorf School reported the students have been maintaining the trails around the school and can’t wait to show them off at the 2nd Annual 2nd Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run on Saturday April 28 and promises a flatter course than last year and a health and wellness tent, great snacks and prizes!

Chris Perley of the White Mountain Milers Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Committee reported 7 scholarships were awarded in 2017 to a total of $9,000 to deserving students at Kennett and Fryeburg.

New for 2018, the Milers have developed their own scholarship application which is available at the schools or you may download the app at whitemountainmilers.com

Christie Girouard reported the club is supporting the Rec Path which plans to run from Cranmore to Hemlock . Members are urged to also pledge a donation and be sure to designate your Miler Membership.

The Milers Board has grown with two new members, Ashley Benes and Terry Ballou.  Thanks for volunteering!

Remember, if you’re in need of White Mountain Miler Gear, contact Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at fholmesnaep@gmail.com.  Wear your gear in a race, place in the race, have your photo taken and with the finish information send it to Frank.  Frank has worked very hard on this program and it’s working!

The final order of business was the awarding of the coveted Mount Washington Road Race Entries.  The club earns these entries for volunteering the day of the race and anyone who lost out on the lottery, has volunteered for a Miler Event, and still wants to run up Mount Washington, can apply to receive one of these entries. The 20 spots were spoken for quickly and now the training begins.  Ashley Benes took over the volunteer job of herding volunteers from Steve Dowling. Steve did an outstanding job for many years and the club thanks him. Ashley is still looking for volunteers for the race, please message the milers if you can help.

Thank you to Tuckerman Brewery and their Servers for hosting the meeting and to EMS, Tuckerman, 7-Eleven, and Donna Cormier Therapeutic Massage for the ever popular raffle prizes!

Phew!  This is one hard working club!  All events and information can be found at whitemountainmilers.com.  Please be sure to sign up early for all events and please consider volunteering.

“However ordinary each of us may seem, we are all in some way special, and can do things that are extraordinary, perhaps until then…even thought impossible.” ― Roger Bannister, first athlete to break the 4 minute mile barrier, who we bid goodbye at the age of 88.


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 Apr 7:  2nd Annual Feeling Good 5K and Chili Cook Off whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Apr 28: 2nd Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run


  • Sunday Apr 29: 10th Annual Running Rascals 5K Carol Viens 539-6032 or carolviens@me.com
  • Saturday & Sunday May 5&6: White Lake Ultras rockhopperraces.com
  • Saturday Jun 2:  King Pine Tri & Duathlon tritekevents.com
  • Saturday Jun 9:  Black Fly in My Eye greatglentrails.com
  • Saturday & Sunday Jun 9&10:  Moe Z Moose Challenge Tritekevents.com
  • Saturday Jun 16: Mount Washington Road Race mountwashingtonautoroad.com
  • Saturday Jun 16: Chocorua Mountain Race rockhopperraces.com
  • Sunday Jul 1: 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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