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On The Run

04/25/18

If you are reading this column on Saturday morning before 10 AM, you still have time to get to Albany for the 2nd Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run.  This race benefits the White Mountain Waldorf School. On Sunday, April 29,  you can run the 10th Annual Running Rascals 5K Race in Effingham.  Go to whitemountainmilers.com for more info.

Congrats to Ryan Welts of Rockhopper Races and Tamworth who placed 4th overall in the 50K Hyner Challenge in 4:57:27.  Rockhopper Races is busy with an upcoming White Lake Ultra on May 5, and Chocorua Mountain Race 25K on June 16. Go to rockhopperraces.com for more info.

A speedy recovery wish to Kevin Tilton who showed folks how an endo is supposed to be done at the Rasputitsa Gravel Road Race in East Burke, VT.  Kevin broke his collarbone and a vertebra in his back.  Kevin is on the mend and many of us are thinking he needs to get back into his running shoes!  

The Mount Washington Valley and The White Mountain Milers were well represented at the Muddy Moose Trail Race in Wolfeboro last Sunday. The 4 Mile Mud Run was embraced by Ryley Tinkham of Albany 31:00, Masey Bernier of Albany 34.27, Vikki Tinkham of Albany 34:33, Frank Holmes of Eaton Center 34:35, Corey Reardon of Meredith 55:48, and WMM Kristine Reardon of Meredith 55:50.

The 13.1 mile part of the trail race welcomed runners not only to mud but a hip deep water crossing!  Austen Bernier of Albany 1:52:28, Leslie O’Dell of Albany was 1st female finisher in 7th place overall 1:53:40, Madison’s Hilary McCloy 1:55:36, John Lamneck of Intervale 2:09:28, Ashley Benes of Center Harbor 2:38:35, Maya Bernier of Albany 2:40:28, Tom Zotti of Wolfeboro 2:50:31, and Bob Benes of Stow 2:56:08.  So, what’s going on in Albany? The population is only 735 and they know how to run!

If you have ever wanted to run or walk a road race but weren’t sure where to start, then the “No Pain All Gain, an Injury Free 5K Workshop” is perfect for you!

Using Chi Running Techniques, the 9 week workshop will take place every Wednesday beginning on May 16th through July 11 at 5:30 PM.  Graduation from the Workshop will be the Tunnel to Towers 5K taking place on Saturday, July 14 in North Conway. Registration includes the 9 week class plus a t-shirt, entry to the race, and fun and support the whole way. The workshop is open to all ages and abilities and starts at the Outpatient Building 2nd floor before moving out to pavement and trails.  Contact Vince Vaccaro, chinewengland@gmail.com or 603-520-8268, or Heather Phillips, hphillips@memorialhospital.org, 603-356-5461 x2187.

There will be a free information session on Wednesday, May 2 @ 5:30 at the Outpatient PT Bldg at Memorial.

It’s time to start your hill work if you’re running in the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.  We have plenty of choices in hills in the valley and with the continued snow cover, I think uphill skiing will count as some of my training. New to the race this year, and a sign of the times, race officials have announced their drug policy and will institute drug testing.  According to the race website, mountwashingtonroadrace.com,

“The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race has a strict policy against the use of prohibited substances listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency website (www.wada-ama.org). The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race (MWRR) reserves the right to conduct a post-competition urine analysis on any athlete that competes at the MWRR.
Don’t forget the White Mountain Milers Trash Pick-Up Day is planned for Wednesday, May 2nd.  Trash Queen Catherine Kyle will award gloves, trash bags, and your very own section of her kingdom to clean.  Meet at First Bridge starting at 6:45 AM and be prepared to join the Wednesday Breakfast Club for a breakfast fit for our Queen!

Volunteers are still needed for one home Kennett Track and Field Event on Tuesday 5/8 @ 4pm. Kennett is also hosting the Division 2 State Track Championship once again, this year on Saturday 5/26. If you can help at any of these events, please contact Bernie Livingston at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  

Contact Clothing Czar Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at fholmesnaep@gmail.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.

“With self discipline, all things are possible.” –Theodore Roosevelt

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 carolviens@me.com
  • 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
  • Tuesday Jun 12: Start of the WMM Summer Trail Race Series, 5:30, Whitaker Woods.
  • 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Rucking, Boston, Track and Trash

On The Run

04/18/18

On Saturday, April 14, three of us Brian Otis, Joe LaRue, and I, finished the Tough Ruck Marathon in Concord, MA.  The weather on race morning was cool with a promise of some sunshine later followed by cooler temps and wind in the afternoon.  The best news was it was going to stay dry!

 

There were 739 Tough Ruck Athletes: 397 Lightweight Civilians (15 pound minimum backpack), 144 Heavy Weight Civilians (35 pound minimum pack) and 154 Heavyweight Military (Active Duty, Reserves, National Guard and Retirees),and 44 Military Lightweight.  Anyone in the military category had to comply with AR-670-2, which means they had to wear the appearance of Army Uniforms and insignia or equivalent for branch of service. This meant there were 198 Tough Ruckers in full military uniforms, including their boots!  

This ruck takes place along the Minuteman Path and being Patriots Weekend, we were witness to reenactments of the fight for freedom, complete with horses, muskets, fife and drum corps, and cannons.  The course circles around so you get to see the historical sites at least 4 times and the other ruckers 4 times. You feel like friends by the last lap!

For my ruck, I carried 22 pounds in my pack which they weighed before the start and after I finished.  I felt really good and managed a 6:11 finish time, a good 30 minutes faster than last year and good for 17th overall, 4th female, 1st in 61+ age group. All finishers receive a Boston Marathon Medal and the apres-run party was fun with food, beer, music, massages, and I won a cannon!

Boston Marathon Monday was not so lucky with the weather, unfortunately.  Rain, coming down so hard with wind, was living up to it’s 1-2” prediction. I believe it’s going down in history books as the worst weather ever for this 122 year old event.

I caught up (never can do this running!) with Linda Parrish who, in spite of the weather, managed to finish in a net time of 4:19:28!  Parrish finished 7th in her age group and will receive a special top 20 age group finishers t-shirt.

When headed to the start in Hopkinton, which turned into mud football like experience, Linda wore lots of layers, including two rain ponchos, a garbage bag, a headband, a duct-taped ball cap (duct tape made it waterproof), tights, and plastic bags to keep her feet dry. Linda felt many marathoners just did not respect the weather and did not dress accordingly.  At about 4 miles, Linda tossed the poncho and garbage bag and felt comfortable for most of the race. At mile 23, Linda’s family gave her a much needed boost sharing their love and cheering her on. She felt her nagging ankle injury was back but not too bad. Coming down to the finish line, Linda became very emotional when she heard the announcer call her name, “Linda Parrish, Albany, NH, finishing her 29th Boston Marathon”!

Congratulations, Linda. Here’s looking toward your 30th in 2019!

For the tenth year, I volunteered by giving massages at the finish of the marathon.  We had 51 tables set up and when the first finishers appeared in their Boston Marathon Heat Sheet Blankets, I thought we were in trouble. Volunteers gave the runners hot broth which they had trouble holding and drinking because they were shivering so badly.  Many of the runners did not have dry clothing with them so we wrapped them in mylar, massaged them to get their blood flow going, and then had to send them back out into the weather to their hotels and homes. Some runners were sent to the medical area for more help than we could give them.  According to the BAA, more than 2,500 runners, including 25 elite athletes, received medical treatment, and eighty-one runners were taken to the hospital.

I met runners from all over the world, including one gentleman who was part of the QCC, Quarter Century Club with Linda Parrish for his 34 year Boston Streak.  I also met 82-year-old Tony Cerminaro, Sr. of PA, who had to abandon his Boston at 20 miles because of the cold. I helped Tony to call his family who came to the massage area to pick him up.  Tony had run a 4:14:10 in the 2017 Boston Marathon at age 81, and had hoped to keep his first place in the 80+ age group. Next year, Tony. The massage team worked with 455 marathoners on Monday and I’m proud to be a part of this team.

The White Mountain Milers Trash Pick-Up Day is planned for Wednesday, May 2nd.  Trash Queen Catherine Kyle will award gloves, trash bags, and your very own section of her kingdom to clean.  Meet at First Bridge starting at 6:45 AM and be prepared to join the Wednesday Breakfast Club.

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 bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  

Contact Clothing Czar Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at fholmesnaep@gmail.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.  

You may want your new clothing for the 2nd Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run in Albany on Saturday April 28.  This race benefits the White Mountain Waldorf School. Go to runreg.com.  On Sunday, April 29,  you can run the 10th Annual Running Rascals 5K Race in Effingham.  Go to whitemountainmilers.com for more info.

“Every runner has a story, and on Marathon Monday we get to share the start line and the road and move together forward.”  –Des Linden, first American Female Winner of the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

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 carolviens@me.com
  • 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
  • Tuesday Jun 12: Start of the WMM Summer Trail Race Series, 5:30, Whitaker Woods.
  • 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Inferno and Boston Bound

On The Run

04/11/18

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 bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  

 

Contact Clothing Czar Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at fholmesnaep@gmail.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 carolviens@me.com
  • 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Easter Running

On The Run

04/04/18

If you’re reading this column on Saturday morning, there’s still time to get to North Conway and sign up to run/walk the 2nd Annual Feelin’ Good 5K Run.  Not only do you get to run a 5K with awards, but you receive a discount for the 15th Annual Chili Cook Off. Runners may use their bibs for the Red Hot Chili Stroll and take part in discounts and special offers from participating businesses in the village.  Teams or individuals and a special family entry rate are available for the race. Register at Schouler Park beginning at 8 AM. All proceeds from the race go to the White Mountain Milers Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Fund.

The final breakfast run of the 2017-2018 winter was on Easter Sunday, April Fool’s Day, April 1. The April Fool’s Joke is on me. There will be another breakfast run on Sunday,May 6, at the Dowling’s Home on Wallis Way.  This past Sunday, everyone showed up in their Easter colors for the breakfast run/walk. It wasn’t planned but it was

wonderful to see everyone dressed so brightly. There were also three “Easter Bunnies” in attendance, usually referred to as rabbits in the the running world, these bunny eared ladies certainly set the pace.  As always, the food was delicious and plentiful although maybe more carbs than usual in the form of muffins, and the laughter was infectious.IMG_1528-ANIMATION

Coach Bernie is still 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 once again, this year on Saturday 5/26/18. If you can help at any of these events, please contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  

Another reminder for local high school students.  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 is April 13 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.

Terry Ballou is looking for more teams or solo runners to join the Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay.  The relay happens Friday July 20 through Saturday, July 21. Soloist, teams of 10, runners, walkers, one mile legs, music, t-shirts, tenting, RVing, and lots of fun.  This year there will be a cash prize of $1000 for the top team and $250 for the top soloist. By top, this means the most miles run in the 24 hour period. Sign up now and check out further info at whitemountainmilers.com or contact Terry at therese.ballou@gmail.com.

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.  This program is working well as shown when some Milers have to go to Fl to race and win 7-Eleven Gas/merchandise cards. Dave Drach, formerly of Madison, took second place in his age group at Sebring International Raceways’,  Run the Track 3.74 mile race.

Frank has worked very hard on this program and it’s working!  

“The Secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative stay smiling and keep running.”—Fauja Singh, the “Turbaned Tornado” and oldest marathon runner.

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 7:  2nd Annual Feeling Good 5K and Chili Cook Off North Conway 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 carolviens@me.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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Spring, St Patty’s Day, and Spring?

On The Run    03/21/18

Happy Spring Everyone!  Usually for the first day of Spring, I would celebrate by going for a bike ride or a long run.  This year I went for a ruck, a long walk with a weighted backpack. The walk was 15 miles and the pack weighed about 18 pounds. The weather didn’t feel very spring-like, cold enough that the hose to my camelback froze.  I was out there long enough that it actually defrosted again. The birds seemed to have read the calendar as I saw Robins, Chickadees, and a huge Pileated Woodpecker. I’m once again doing a 26.2 mile ruck in April to honor and in memory of our Fallen Service Members, Police, Firefighters and EMTs, while raising funds to support military families in times of need.  This will be my 29th marathon.  I’m now thinking, where should I go for my 30th?  It should be somewhere special and , of course, fun! 

Donations to the Tough Ruck may be made at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/team-east-branch/donnacormierIMG_1421.JPG

I “raced” in the final Meister Race of the season and then went to the Cranmore Meister’s Party this evening.  I am amazed at how fast many of these skiers can ski. As this 10 week race series is a citizens race, the participants are like any road or trail running race.  There are men and women, fast and faster, all different ages and walks of life and a love of the outdoors and life. The final race also saw the option to race as many times you wanted on two different courses for a fee.  That fee, a donation based payment, was collected for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation and $1600 was raised. Thank you to all the hard work of Ray Gilmore and his Cranmore Team for a great season.

A few Milers travelled to Salisbury, MA, to run/walk in the St Patty’s 5K/10K and Pub Crawl on Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.  In spite of the wind, they said it was a fun race with lots of green! There were 350 10K Runners and 439 5K Runner/Walkers including 49-year-old Erin Go Bragh!   Mike Bryan finished in 34:16, Christine Smith 35:29, Matt Gavett walked in at 46:38, and Laura Holtby in 46:40.

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Terry Ballou recently competed in the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Wayne K. Curry Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.  The championship took place over March 16-18 and Terry competed with the Athena Track Club.

Terry finished third in the 400 meter run in 66:23, 2nd place in the 800 meter run 2:30:65, and her team took first place in the 1600 meter Women’s Relay in 4;54:45 and 12th place team in the overall standings.

Before leaving for the Nationals, Terry reported that she “Tapered today for Indoor Nationals.  And by tapered I mean I only did 3 loads of laundry, walked the dog a mile, cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. Oh, and ran 3 miles.”  The life of a runner is just so glamorous!

Have you ever thought about coaching?  Running is so much fun and sharing the love of running with kids makes it even better.  The Lovell Maine Rec Department is looking for one or two track coaches for their spring track program.  Coaches receive a $100 stipend, lots of fun, and the admiration of many parents. Lovell Rec Director Meg Dyer will help in any way she can, but the practice schedule is up to the coaches.  Please email Meg at lovellrecdirector@gmail.com

 

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 once again, this year on Saturday 5/26/18. If you can help at any of these events, please contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  

The Salomon Spring Trail Running/Walking Series at Great Glen Trails starts Thursday, May 10.  Start anywhere between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM and try the short, long or mini courses. An 8 week series where you must finish 6 of the 8 weeks to be eligible for prizes.  Check out info at greatglentrails.com.

If you love trail running, the White Mountain Milers Julbo-Salomon Summer Series in Whitaker Woods starts on June 12 at 5:30.  This one is a mass start and is also an 8 week series. Check out info at whitemountainmilers.com.

 

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 Milers Scholarship Program is such a huge part of the club and we look forward to hearing from our college bound students.

 

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!

 

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’” –Robin Williams

 

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 North Conway 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 carolviens@me.com
  • Saturday & Sunday May 5&6: White Lake Ultras rockhopperraces.com
  • Thursday May 10: Salomon Spring Trail Running/Walking Series greatglentrails.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 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Boston, Mount Washington, and Snow

On The Run     03/14/18

Just two weeks ago I noticed the shoulders of our roads were getting wider and, in spite of winter frost heaves and potholes, running along the roads was getting easier.   I was thinking that winter was coming to an early close for an early spring. Now, not so much. It’s not breaking my heart to keep skiing but it does make training for the Boston Marathon for some and training for the 3rd Annual Tough Ruck in Concord for me just a bit difficult.  Alpine and Nordic skiing are great cross training but true running is necessary for marathon day. I’m not sure who is running Boston but I wish you luck and I hope to hear from you soon. I will be volunteering at the Post Massage Area at the Marathon again this year and look forward to greeting the athletes and fellow massage therapists.  

Billed as “The Toughest 10K in North America”, the Ski, Shoe, & Fatbike to the clouds took place on Sunday, March 4, and The White Mountain Milers and local athletes represented very well.  Tristan Williams took the Nordic Division in 49:47.2, Other skinny skiers were Steve Piotrow 1:00:54, Meredith Piotrow 1:05:04 2nd female finisher, and Sue Wemyss 1:05:34. There were 16 Nordic finishers.  The Fat Bike Division saw 52 finishers including Darren Piotrow 56:21,and Kevin Tilton 58:10. The snowshoe division saw 68 finishers including Annabelle Wilson 1:16:12 (first female finisher), Kyla Brustin 1:23:14 (2nd female), Andrea Leonard  1:27:55(3rd female), Kristine Reardon 1:34:08, Frank Holmes 1:38:26, Thomas Zotti 1:40:52, Bob Benes 1:42:39, and Rich Leonard 1:47:39. There were 45 snowshoe finishers. Racers claimed it was a perfect day with some flat work before heading up the auto road.  I heard a few folks wondering why they have signed up for the June Mount Washington Hill Climb! For full results, see racesplitter.com.

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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 once again, this year on Saturday 5/26/18. If you can help at any of these events, please contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.  

If you can’t wait until June 12 for the start of the Julbo-Salomon Summer Series in Whitaker Woods, you can check out the Salomon Spring Trail Running/Walking Series at Great Glen Trails starting Thursday, May 10.  Start anywhere between 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM and try the short, long or mini courses. An 8 week series where you must finish 6 of the 8 weeks to be eligible for prizes. Check out info at greatglentrails.com.

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 Milers Scholarship Program is such a huge part of the club and we look forward to hearing from our college bound students.

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!

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 North Conway 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 carolviens@me.com
  • Saturday & Sunday May 5&6: White Lake Ultras rockhopperraces.com
  • Thursday May 10: Salomon Spring Trail Running/Walking Series greatglentrails.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 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting

On The Run    03/06/18

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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

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  • 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!

 

Disney, Trails, and the Rockpile

On The Run    02/28/18

The Cranmore HIll Climb, originally set for June 8 has been changed to Sunday, July 1.  The Loon Mountain Race will be run on July 8 and the    Cranmore Mountain Race will be June 3. That’s a great calendar of mountain running hosted by the White Mountain Milers and Acidotic Racing.  Check out further info at whitemountainmilers.com and acidoticracing.com.

Congratulations to Riley and Lynn Parkhurst of Conway on completing the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K and the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World Florida this past weekend.  Completing both races earned the mother-daughter runners their 5th Anniversary Disney Fairy Tale Challenge title and finisher medals.  Net times for the races was 1:38 and 3:52.  

Mark your calendar and set your alarm.  The next White Mountain Miler Breakfast Run is set for Sunday, March 4.  You can pick a distance to run, walk, ruck, or opt for a nordic ski in Whitaker Woods,  I’ve even just driven over for the breakfast!  The festivities start at 9:00 and the potluck breakfast which follows is filled with great food, coffee, tea, laughs, and games. Check out whitemountainmilers.com or contact Steve and Cathy  356-6177 cathy.dowling@gmail.com stevedowling86@gmail.com for further info.

You may have noticed recently that many of the photos with my column have been taken by Kristine Reardon. Who is Kristine Reardon?  Well, Kristine is a wonderful new addition to the White Mountain Milers Family.

“I have to say, the WMMilers are the nicest group of people I’ve ever met! I’m glad I’m getting more involved, but wish I lived closer.“, says Kristine.  Working as a Vet Tech at the Meredith Animal Hospital, a job she loves and finds very rewarding, Reardon keeps very busy.  Running found her in 2010 and she liked the way it cleared her mind of worries. Half marathons and the Eastern States 20 Miler were her first and longest road races.   Running the roads soon led to trail running and sprint triathlons. The swimming was her least favorite part of the triathlon, so the trails won her heart. Kristine feels she’s gotten faster and has now run four 50K (30 mile) trail and mountain races.

Trails are my favorite. There’s something soothing about being surrounded by trees, water and mountains. There are so many trails in NH and I love exploring and learning new to me trails. It’s just so beautiful out there!”

Kristine adds, “I also LOVE LOVE hiking. My dogs are my life, so I bring my younger one, Rogan, everywhere I go and my older one, Drexel, when I do easy short hikes.  I love long days on the trails where we can do 20-30 miles in a day. I’ve hiked all the NH48, VT5 (Vermont 4k’s) and just recently decided to finish the Maine 4k’s and have 2/13 there.”

Somewhere in her busy life, Kristine also gets on her road bike. “You can go so much faster and rack up way more miles than running.”  

Kristine says the running community is also what makes running so great. “I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and made a few new friends that’ll always be a part of my life.”

“When I’m not doing any of the above, I grab my crochet hook and crochet what I call dog scarves and headbands. I make them for my dogs and for all my friends’ dogs. I love making these as they are so easy to make, plus they make any dog look very fashionable…haha!”  

Hopefully Kristine will be at the Sunday Breakfast Run and we can run and get to see her dog fashions in person.  I think Sky would love a headband!

 

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.  He will be happy to get your 7-Eleven Gift Card to you.  Frank has a stock of hats, singlets, t-shirts, and hoodies.

March 1st has come and gone.  Did you hear from the Mount Washington Auto Road Race selection committee?  Are you one of the thousand lucky enough to be invited to run up the rockpile? Has your credit card been charged?  Let the training begin.

If you were not chosen, don’t despair.  You have one more chance to receive a race number for the race.  The White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 6 at Tuckerman Brewing Company, 66 Hobbs Street, Conway. Start time is 6:00 PM.  Social time with appetizers and Tuckerman beer deals, recap of the running year, future club planning and events, membership sign ups, Miler Running Clothing, and the all important, Mt. Washington Road Race slots.  The White Mountain MIlers receive spots as volunteers for the past 30 years.  We park cars, we host runners, provide rides down the hill, and we work from o-dark thirty to give out t-shirts and bibs on race morning.   Preference is given to people who have and will volunteer at Miler Events, Race Directors, and Present and Past Club Officers. Bring a copy of your rejection letter from Mount Washington, too.  Ashley Benes is still looking for Mount Washington Volunteers, so please sign up to help at this race or one of our many others. Hope to see you at Tucks!

“The Secret to a long and healthy life is to be stress-free. Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative stay smiling and keep running.”—Fauja Singh, nicknamed the Turbaned Tornado for his running, completing his last marathon at the age of 100.

 

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
  • Monday Feb 12-26: Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration begins mountwashingtonautoroad.com
  • Sunday Mar 4:  White Mountain MIlers February Breakfast Run whitemountainmiles.com
  • 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:
  • Saturday Jun 2:  King Pine Tri & Duathlon tritekevents.com
  • Saturday & Sunday Jun 9&10:  Moe Z Moose Challenge
  • Saturday Jun 16: Mount Washington Road Race
  • 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!

 

Snowshoes, Mount Washington, Spring Races

On The Run    02/21/18

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.  Over 35 racers took to the trails including many local folks usually seen running the trails.  Patrick Rich of South Hamilton, MA took first place in a time of 26:10 followed by Albany’s Kevin Tilton in 28:50.  Timothy Charboneau of Center Conway took 4th in 30:12.  Kyla Brustin of North Conway was the first female and 6th overall in 34:39, followed by Bethany Mayo of Center Conway in 35:21.

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Rich Leonard, Thomas Zotti, Andrea Leonard, Frank Holmes, Ashley Benes and Bob Benes at Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Race

White Mtn Milers taking third in their respective age groups were Andrea Leonard of Framingham MA 40:32 and Ashley Benes of Center Harbor 41:14. Andrea and Ashley both won 7-Eleven Gas Cards for racing and placing while wearing their White Mountain Miler Gear.

Check out all the results at mwvskitouring.org.

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.  He will be happy to get your 7-Eleven Gift Card to you.

Monday, February 26, 11:59 PM  is the deadline to register for the 2018 Mount Washington Hill Climb.  If you have always wanted to run the rockpile, you must sign up for the lottery.  If you are lucky enough to be chosen by the computer, you will hear from the road crew on March 1st that you have been selected. Your credit card will be charged and then the training begins.  

However…if you are not chosen, you have one more chance to receive a race number for the race.  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 the running year, future club planning and events, membership sign ups, and the all important, Mt. Washington Road Race slots.  The White Mountain MIlers receive spots  as volunteers for the past 30 years.  We park cars, we host runners, provide rides down the hill, and we work from o-dark thirty to give out t-shirts and bibs on race morning.   Preference is given to people who have and will volunteer at Miler Events, Race Directors, and Present and Past Club Officers. Bring a copy of your rejection letter from Mount Washington, too.  Hope to see you there!

Race Director Joann Daly is looking for runners and walkers for the 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off 5K. The race is set for Saturday, April 7th, at the North Conway Rec Center. Registration starts at 8am.  Walkers will start at 9am, runners at 9:30am.  The first 75 participants who register on line will receive a special gift.  

Daly is looking for a big turnout this year.  “We had 75 runners last year and hoping for over 100 this year. “

The race will start near the rec center, loop around the park, up Kearsarge and make the loop around Cranmore.  We are encouraging businesses to create teams of 4 or more (max 8) to compete.  Race fee is $25 for adult, $15 for youths, family rate of $60.  Prizes for Top 3 men and women runners & walkers.  Participants bibs will allow them to get discount pricing into the 15 Annual Chili Cook Off and at participating stores on the Chili Stroll.  Reg online at www.whitemountainmilers.com or stop into Soyfire Candle on Main Street, North Conway Village.

Registration for White Lake Ultra Races is open and closes on Friday, April 20.  You can run 2.4 miles for 6, 12, or 24 hours, solo or as a team relay.  There will be camping, an aid station, chip timing, prizes, and more. See full details and sign up for this race and others at rockhopperraces.com

Tritek Events with Vince Vaccaro have a full slate of events this year starting with the 12th Annual King Pine Tri and Duathlon on June 2 in Madison followed by the first annual Moe Z. Challenge on June 9 and 10. This new event to be held at Chocorua KOA Camping Area features .Off Road Challenges include triathlons and trail runs that can be completed as an individual or team and open to everyone ages 6 and up. Proceeds from this year’s Moe Z. Moose Challenge will benefit KOA Care Camp.and Camp Sunshine in Casco ME. Camp Sunshine provides free of charge retreats for children and their families with life-threatening illnesses.

For full details for all Tritek Events, check out tritekevents.com.

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.

The next White Mountain Miler Breakfast Run is set for Sunday, March 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 Olympic Games are nearly over and the dedication of all the athletes is just amazing and inspiring.  Congratulations to all who took part in this wonderful event, especially our own Sean Doherty.

“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” –Matt Biondi, American former competition swimmer, eleven-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in five events.snowshoe

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
  • Monday Feb 12-26: Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration begins mountwashingtonautoroad.com
  • Sunday Mar 4:  White Mountain MIlers February Breakfast Run whitemountainmiles.com
  • 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:
  • Saturday Jun 2:  King Pine Tri & Duathlon tritekevents.com
  • Saturday & Sunday Jun 9&10:  Moe Z Moose Challenge
  • 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!

 

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.  

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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!