On The Run
As you’re reading this column, The Tuckerman Inferno Race is happening in the valley. The Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon, based on the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930’s, now consists of an 8.3-mile run, a 6-mile kayak race down the Saco River, an 18-mile bike race north through Pinkham Notch, and a 3-mile run/hike up the Tuckerman Trail to Mount Washington’s Tuckerman Ravine. The final leg is a climb up the ravine wall and a ski down a designated giant slalom alpine ski route. Conditions permitting, skiers will finish at the AMC base at Pinkham Notch. There are teams, and solo Tuckerman and Tuckerwoman competitors. I love this event. I’ve competed with teams twice, on the bike leg, a few years ago. The weather, the competitors, supporters, sherpas, and volunteers made it so much fun. Check out info at Friendsoftuckermanravine.org and be sure to cheer on any of the athletes you see on the roads or in the river!
Linda Parrish of Albany is set to run her 29th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16. This will be Linda’s 29th consecutive Boston Marathon, which is an amazing race streak. When I spoke with LInda, she was entertaining her 6 month old grandson, a new joy for her after retiring from a long career in nursing. Most recently, Linda worked for Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and I know my mom loved meeting with Linda.
Parrish says her training has been different this year as she has been caring for an ankle injury. Although Linda is no longer running 7 days a week, more like 3 or 4, I’m sure you’ve seen her out on her long runs of 20 miles. Linda and husband Bob Parrish have 4 children, 3 grandchildren and another due in October. Most of the family will be cheering for her on the marathon route in Brookline and she knows that seeing them will give her a much needed energy boost.
Once again, her White Mountain Miler Singlet with “Linda” written in bold letters will be her uniform. The lettering used to use electrical tape but LInda found that after 18 miles people were cheering for “inda” and “Ind” as the letters fell to the wayside! At age 65, Linda hopes to come in to the Boylston Street Finish Line in 4 hours, faster than the age 65+ qualifying time of 4:40 for the 2019 Boston Marathon, although she doesn’t need to qualify any longer. Since this is her 29th consecutive Boston, she has earned a place in the Boston Marathon Quarter Century Club, or QCC. This is an informal club and to qualify you have to finish 25 Boston Marathons in a row. The reward for this feat is early marathon registration, no qualifying time needed, and a starting place in Hopkinton with the 2nd wave of runners. (The second wave people have a 3:29 qualifying time.) The only stipulation to stay in the club is to finish in 6 hours or less, which is a new rule set by the BAA this year. The change could affect some of the streakers at the top of the list. Ben Beach, 66, who tops the list with 48 consecutive finishes, ran 5:42.57 in 2015. Timothy Lepore, 70, who has 47 consecutive finishes, ran 6:52:24.
For my part, I’ll be rucking 26.2 miles along Concord and Lexington for the Tough Ruck Marathon for Military Friends Foundation. We will ruck in honor and in memory of our Fallen Service Members, Police, Firefighters and EMTs, while raising funds to support military families in times of need.
The ruck is held on some of the Minuteman Path and being that it’s Patriots Weekend, we get to hear fife and drums, cannons, muskets, and see reenactments of battles. I’ll be conducting my own battle to get my 15 pound pack and myself to the finish line! This event is held in conjunction with the Boston Marathon and each finisher receives a Boston Marathon Medal. This will be my 12th Boston Medal, but not consecutive. I just did the math and if I had continued my original 10 Boston Streak, I’d only be at my 24th this year! Still not a member of the QCC! Should I start over?
On Marathon Monday, I’ll once again be at the finish line working with over 100 other massage therapists as part of the BAA Finish Line Team. This will be my 9th year with the BAA after one year with the Dana-Farber Marathon Team. Here’s hoping the wind is at the backs of the runners and the weather stays dry.
There were about 70 runners and walkers in this years Feelin’ Good 5K. The un-Spring-like weather kept some people away; nothing like a few inches of snow followed by wind for a great run!
Austen Bernier was the first male runner in 20:22, first female was Sam Donohue 23:37 and first walker, Rhonda Aubin-Smith 47:09. First finisher with a goat was walker Jo Whittington, 59:48…
Many of the volunteers and racers tried the many varieties of chili from the Chili Cook Off for post-race fun.
Three of my grandsons, Dylan, Kaleb, and Bentley manned a water stop at the race with their Mom, my daughter, Laura Holtby. From what they said, they had fun and did a great job except Kaleb was very upset that people would drink their water and throw their cups on the ground. Then he realized it was his job to pick up after giving out water. He’s been working Valley Pride Day since he could walk, and this deliberate throwing of trash was overwhelming!
I volunteered at the Wild Corn Shindig at Black Mountain on Saturday. Over 300 people attended to ski, race, visit vendors, eat, and listen to music. In this second year, the Granite Backcountry Alliance was very happy with the turn out. Like my grandsons train of thought however, I couldn’t understand how I could sell raffle tickets all day to people and not win one prize myself!
Kennett and Fryeburg High School Seniors and their parents are urged to obtain the new 2018 White Mountain Milers scholarship application which is available at your school or you may download the app at whitemountainmilers.com. The deadline for applying for Fryeburg students of April 13 has gone by and Kennett’s deadline is April 19th. The Milers Scholarship Program is such a huge part of the club and we look forward to hearing from our college bound students.
Volunteers are still needed 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 once again, this year on Saturday 5/26/18. If you can help at any of these events, please contact Bernie Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Clothing Czar Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at email@example.com for all your White Mountain Miler Gear. Wear your gear in a race, place in the race, have your photo taken and with the finish information send it to Frank for a $20 7-Eleven Gas/Merchandise Card.
“There is a unique energy surrounding the Boston Marathon that you can’t help but feel. It includes every runner and every person along the course. It brings every person there together as one.”
–Amy Hastings Cragg, Marathoner and 10,000 meter US Olympian.
Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs: (Please note: All of these events listed are for runners and walkers! Sign up early for extra savings on many races.)
- Every Wednesday, Breakfast Run: 6:45 a.m. walk 7am run, 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 28: 2nd Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run Albany runreg.com
- Sunday Apr 29: 10th Annual Running Rascals 5K Effingham Carol Viens 539-6032 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wednesday May 2: White Mountain Milers Road Trash Pick-up whitemountainmilers.com
- Sunday May 6: White Mountain Milers Breakfast Run. whitemountainmilers.com
- Saturday & Sunday May 5&6: White Lake Ultras rockhopperraces.com
- Thursday May 10: Salomon Spring Trail Running/Walking Series greatglentrails.com
- Saturday May 26: Race for Reading, A Color 5K, believeinbooks.org
- 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 Tamworth 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
- Sunday Jul 14: Tunnels to Towers 5K North Conway tritekevents.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 email@example.com See you on the run!