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Summer Series Grand Finale

On The Run

08/09/17

The Whitaker Woods Summer Series concluded on Tuesday, August 15, with awards, a run, and a very special surprise guest. Director and Coach Tim Livingston can’t remember if the series has been happening for 12 or 13 years, but we had 204 people signed up for the summer. The series awards were announced and thank you to Salomon Shoes and Julbo for sponsoring the series and supplying Trail Shoes and Sunglasses to the age group winners and fastest time winners.  Sorry, Kevin Callahan did not win this year. Winners and their average times were, ages 15-19, Nick Brown 18:38, 20-29 Brian Fitzgerald 25:23 and Vicky Weigold 25:15, 30-39 Tristan Williams 17:18 and Ashley Benes 27:16, 40-49 Dean Rifenburg 24:50 and Leslie O’Dell 21:20,  50-59 Darin Brown 20:43, 60-69 Paul Bazanchuk 21:23 and Kathleen Johnson 32:35,, and 70+ Frank Holmes 31:51 and Overall walker was, me, 25:25!   Fastest running times for the summer were posted by WinnersTristan Williams 17:09 and Abby Livingston 20:40 over the 5K course, and 25:12 on the 2 mile walkers course by, me.  There were no winners in the 10 and under or 11-14 male or female, and no female winners in the 50-59 or 70+ age groups. Remember for next year, you need to run or walk in 6 out of the 8 Tuesday Nights to be eligible for prizes.

Thank you to Tim, Kim, Eileen, and Bernie Livingston for their continued hard work during the series.  Not to be forgotten, if you’re still looking to run on Tuesday Nights in Whitaker Woods, you won’t be alone.  Whitaker Woods run starts at 5:30.

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.  Bernie expressed his thanks as they have just ordered 80 SteveBernieProceedsuniforms for the teams and have already seen 61 athletes in preseason running.  “This is a young team as we saw a lot of our team graduate last year, and I am looking forward to working with this group”, Bernie exclaimed.  

The special guest at the run was Center Conway’s Biathlon Olympian Sean Doherty.  Sean will be competing for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea. SeanDoherty2017 Sean spoke about his training and hopes for the coming biathlon season.  Great Glen Trails, along with the White Mountain Milers, Big Dave’s Bagels and Julbo, invite everyone to Great Glen Trails on Sunday, August 20, to run or walk in the Second Annual Great Glen 7km Trail Race to help defray the training costs for Sean.The race will take place on the beautiful single-track of Great Glen Trails at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

“The whole event is really about coming out and showing support for Sean. It’s an Olympic year as well so there is even more focus on supporting him. He’s an inspiration to a lot of us here in the Valley with his hard work to be at the top level of his sport”, noted Paul Kirsch, Race Director for the event.  100% of the race proceeds will go to Sean to support his training. As a member of the US Biathlon Team, much of Sean’s training is covered, but some of his travel and other training equipment expenses are covered through fundraising efforts like this race. The race costs $20 to enter or $50 for a family. Online registration is available along with more information at whitemountainmilers.com and day of registration will also be available. The race starts at 9 AM and  Doherty will be at there and is always happy to meet people, sign fan cards and talk about the sport he loves. To learn more about Sean, visit his website at seandohertybiathlete.com  For more info, contact Paul Kirsch, pkirsch2@gmail.com 603-398-1852

It’s not too early or too late to sign up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Miler Half Marathon.  The race date is Sunday, October 29. Net Proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  There is a Military & 1st Responder discount of 20%.  The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  This year there is also prize money, t-shirts, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, and post race celebration with live music at Sea Dog Brewing Company. Register before September 1 when entry fee goes up and before October 15 to guarantee race t-shirts. For more info, go to wmmhalf.com

Don’t forget on Tuesday, August 29, the Cross Country Challenge will once again take place at Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M.  This 5K trail race pits teams from Kennett High School, Kennett Middle School, Fryeburg, Academy, and the White Mountain Milers against each other for bragging rights and the coveted massive bags of chocolate from Coach Tim Livingston. If you don’t win the chocolate, you can enjoy the post race Subway Subs and desserts.  The entry fee for the race is free but potluck desserts will get you lots of thanks!  Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

Bradbury Mountain Breaker 9 Mile Trail Run in Pownal, Maine, saw Milers Frank Holmes of Eaton finish in 1:50:11 for first in his age group, and Kevin Callahan also of Eaton finished in 2:23:03.

Albany’s Leslie O’Dell ran the Ragged 75 Stage Race at Lake Sunapee and tied for second place overall in a time of 17:31:34.00, running 25.3 miles in 5:01:00.00 day 1,  22.7 miles 5:17:52.00 day2, and 33 miles 7:12:42.00 day 3. In the 50K Race (33 miles), it was Madison’s Andrew Drummond in 5:31:56.55 for 4th place, and 11th overall and 1st female, Madison’s 105 Hilary McCloy 6:48:25.21.  Leslie also took 2nd place female.  Mt. Kearsarge, Mt. Kearsarge and Mt. Ragged were all submitted at least once during the three days.

“Draw a map, find a path, draw a breath, and run.”  –anonymous

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
  • Tuesdays: Group 5K Trail Run, 5:30 PM,Whitaker Woods
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Aug 27:  Ron and Raylene’s 2017 Summer Party whitemountainmilers.com
  • Tuesday Aug 29:  Cross Country Challenge, Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M., whitemountainmilers.com
  • Monday Sep 4:  Memorial Hospital Maine Health Fun Run at Storyland believeinbooks.org
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Midnight Owls and Summer Running

On The Run

08/09/17

From the First Family of Running in the Mount Washington Valley, Coach Bernie Livingston would like to express his gratitude to those running the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24 Hour Relay.  

“On behalf of all the track and cross country runners at KHS, I would like to personally thank all the sponsors and participants in the ‘Bucks for Bernie’s Kids’ 24 hour relay. Their fundraising efforts continue to financially support the uniform and equipment expenses for the Kennett High School running programs.”

After pop-up showers during the day, the Midnight Owl 15K Prediction Run saw clearing skies and a nearly full moon for its annual running.  Over 100 people registered for the run.  I always find myself calling this the “Midnight Oil” Race…remember that band, from Australia, “Beds are Burning”?  

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John Hancock, Mary Nagel, and Margie Riforgiato at the start of the Midnight Owl 15K

 

The prediction part of the race is based on your best guesstimate on your pace, and everyone is aiming to finish at midnight, or just after.  

I don’t know what it is about this race, running at night, estimating your running/walking pace, residents of the house along Westside Road who were cheering and blinking their porch and yard lights off and on, meeting local people and those just visiting as in, “I’m from Ireland and decided to run this race instead of hanging in the pub tonight”, people beeping their car horns and calling encouragement or some not so encouraging words, the support at the water and gatorade stops, the police at the road crossings, or the man asking, “how far are you people running?” and after hearing 9.3 miles responded, “I could never run that far!”, that makes this race so much fun!

This year’s best guesser was Zsuz Laughland who finished at exactly the midnight hour!  Next finishers were Michelle Henley and Theresa Struble at 12:00:01, Kristen Frechette, Morgan Orcutt, and Eben Bragg in 12:00:02.  That’s amazing guessing and or practice in knowing your own pace.  Amanda Nusbaum received the Early Bird Award for first to register for the race, Abigail Desmarais was the Owlet, youngest participant, Jason Millar was the Furthest Migrator (UK), and Wisest Owl went to me, and I’ll be wearing and reminding people about that title until at least next year’s race! What a hoot!

There were also special prizes for Super Owls, fourteen Midnight Owlers who ran one of the other races held on Saturday as a warm up to the midnight run, the Dole 3 Mile Race in Fryeburg, Freedom Old Home Week 5K, or the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth Maine.

Congratulations to Race Director  Madeleine Ryan and her volunteers from the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club on a great race.  Go to mwvsc.org for full results.

The Dole Three Miler Race saw 73 finishers in their race over on the rec trail in Fryeburg.  Nathan Buck of Portland won the race in 16:20 and first local finishers were Gabe Flanders in a time of 18:09, followed closely by his son Luke Flanders in 20:44.  Kristen Charette of Fryeburg was the first female in 22:02.  The man of the hour, 86 year old George Dole, finished in 36:15 good for 54th place and he was followed by 90 year old John Crowe of Sweden, Maine in 64th place in 48:32.  

George Dole is an amazing person who ran the track with Sir Roger Bannister in his bid to be the first human to break the 4 minute mile back in 1954.  Bannister broke the record in 3:59.4, and George finished in 4:25.  Full race results may be found on coolrunning.com, and see full stories of George Dole including footage of the 1954 race on youtube.

There was no Summer Series Run in Whitaker Woods this past Tuesday as runners headed to Madison for Old Home Days Jim Wellinghurst 5K. The race broke attendance records with 111 finishers.  Congratulations to Overall winners – Nick Brown(15:48) and Terry Ballou(19:13). 12& under Owen Gibbs(33:04) and Katie Brooks(26:47) 13-19 Colin Morefield(18:18) and Melissa Brown(21:02) 20-29 Matt Wales(20:55) and Vicky Weigold(22:02) 30-39 Andrew Drummond(16:21) and Stacy Eibel(23:47) 40-49 Tim Livingston(15:59) and Michelle Henley(21:34) 50-59 Tim Charboneau(19:15) and Claire Huntington(26:20) 60-69 Paul Bazanchuk(19:25)  and Laurel Sue Smith(37:50) 70-79 Frank Holmes(23:46) 80 + Dieter Brill(43:48)Walkers Rick Wales(37:31) and Judith Yeary(38:43) Judy Yeary and Tim Livingston also both received 7-Eleven Gift Cards for placing while wearing their White Mountain Miler Shirts! Thank you to Bernie Livingston for race results and congratulations to Race Director Cathy Shackford.

The Whitaker Woods Summer Series concludes this Tuesday, August 15, with a run and awards.  Not to be forgotten, if you’re still looking to run on Tuesday Nights in Whitaker Woods, you won’t be alone.  The run always begins at 5:30 and takes place rain or shine with or without Kevin Callahan.

The Prediction I’ll Be Dipped 5K was held last Thursday at the Silver Lake Home of Dave, Kerry, and Sophie Oedel.  As reported by Bernie Livingston, “We had 21 runners compete the 3.1 mile course and along with good food and great companionship and a good time was had by all.  Darin Brown was 1st male with a time differential of 4 seconds and daughter Melissa Brown was first female with a two second differential. Steve, the former moose, Dowling was 3rd overall with a 7 second differential. Once again, thanks to the Oedel’s for hosting such an enjoyable event.”  Thanks Bernie for the report!

On Tuesday, August 29, the Cross Country Challenge will once again take place at Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M.  This 5K trail race pits teams from Kennett High School, Kennett Middle School, Fryeburg, Academy, and the White Mountain Milers against each other for bragging rights and the coveted massive bags of chocolate from Coach Tim Livingston. If you don’t win the chocolate, you can enjoy the post race Subway Subs and desserts.  The entry fee for the race is free but potluck desserts will get you lots of thanks!  Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

“Since I was forty and definitely slipping, I have won seven full marathons, got second six times, and third four times…. I’m wondering what I can do after I’m fifty. –Clarence DeMar, winner of seven Boston Marathons, Bronze Medalist 1924 Paris Olympics, nicknamed Mr. DeMarathon.

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 Aug 13: Danforth Bay 5K to benefit Cynthia’s Challenge  603-539-2069
  • Tuesday Aug 15: Awards Night at the White Mountain Miler Summer Series 5:30 PM, Whitaker Woods (whitemountainmilers.com)
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Aug 27:  Ron and Raylene’s 2017 Summer Party whitemountainmilers.com
  • Tuesday Aug 29:  Cross Country Challenge, Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M., whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24 Hour Relay 2017, Run and Done

On The Run   08/02/17.  BucksforBerniesKids2017

Where do you begin to write about 24 hours of running, cheering on runners, calculating mile times, counting laps, trying to sleep, trying to eat, staying warm, keeping hydrated, running to good and bad music and trying not to get too carried away with the giggles, all while raising money for a good cause?

The Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay took place on Friday, July 28 beginning at 6 PM, and concluded on Saturday, July 29, at 6 PM.  Thirty people circled the track for 24 hours with the “kids” team taking on 12 hours. The relay race is a fund raiser for Kennett High and Middle School Cross Country and Track Team Uniforms and took place at the Livingston Oval at Kennett High School.  This 24 hour span was the best, driest, and coolest evening in the four year history of the relay. Steve Dowling moved the race from August to July and couldn’t have picked a better weekend.

The race has progressed from it’s earlier times when we had multiple tents set up, a grass track, and luminaries, coleman lanterns, and flashlights at the old Kennett HIgh School Track.  We still have some tents, but the parking lot at the new high school housed a half dozen campers complete with additional changing rooms, lights, music, and a real track!  We had costume, tutu, wigs, and a Jim Soroka Mile complete with straw hats.

Team Night Eaglez and their fastest mile split were Chloe VanDyne 6:40, Taylor Pettelle 6:55, Kaitlyn Fay 6:09, Logan Hagerty 5:38 the fastest mile time after midnight be a male runner, Brianna Desharnais 6:46, Andy Belle Isle 6:37, Mike Bowles 6:56, Kim Bowles 6:37, Celia Lynn 7:40, Abby Desmarais 7:39, Grace Perley 7:39, and Nadia VanDyne 8:57.  

Team Bernie’s Babes were Michelle Henley 6:45, Sherri Desmarais 9:56, Kim Proulx 6:49, Cathy Livingston 7:09, Steph Miller 7:58, Kim Stephen 6:55, Kathleen Murdough 9:31, Rachel Miller 7:38, Terry Ballou 5:55 fastest women’s mile after midnight, and Suz Laughland 6:35.

Team Do the Math, Kathy Johnson 8:45, Katja Fox 6:38, Theresa Struble 9:15, Mary Nagel 8:19, Margie Riforgiato 9:01, Mike Bryan 8:23, Meghan Breton 8:08, Ruth Hamilton 8:47, Matteo Lentini 8:45, and Bride-to-Be Mamie Dowling 8:57.

Team Maniac Milers Isaiah Johnson 7:30, Donna Cormier 8:57, Bob Benes 8:34, Ashley Benes 7:45, Matt Gavett 9:10, Laura Holtby 7:57, Andrea Leonard 6:54, Rich Leonard 9:12, Ewa Johnson 7:10, and Christine Smith 9:20.

Thank you to the Livingston’s for their support, especially Eileen’s musical talents, and to the “kids” parents who stayed through the night keeping an eye on all of us. A special thank you to Big Dave’s Bagels and Deli, and Starbucks North Conway for providing breakfast to all the relay runners and walkers on Saturday morning, and to Profile Subaru for sponsoring the high school team of runners.

Over 200 runners and Kevin Callahan signed up for the Julbo and Salomon Sponsored White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series this year.  This was the final week for scoring, with over 80 runners and walkers and according to Tim Livingston, many prize winning places were still in contention. The series awards night will be on Tuesday, August 15.  Although the summer series will end, the walking and running Tuesday nights will continue throughout the summer and fall until the light fails us.  No timing will be offered except by self timing   

Good luck to everyone running today, August 5th.  You may be running the         Midnight Owl 15k Prediction Run in North Conway, the George Dole 3 Miler in Fryeburg or the Freedom Old Home Week in Freedom. Don’t forget to wear White Mountain Miler Clothing and if you place, send a photo with your place and time along to Frank Holmes at fbholmes2008@gmail.com to collect your 7-Eleven Gas Card. Happy racing!

On Tuesday, August 29, the Cross Country Challenge will once again take place at Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M.  This 5K trail race pits teams from Kennett High School, Kennett Middle School, Fryeburg, Academy, and the White Mountain Milers against each other for bragging rights and the coveted massive bags of chocolate from Coach Tim Livingston. If you don’t win the chocolate, you can enjoy the post race Subway Subs and desserts.  The entry fee for the race is free but potluck desserts will get you lots of thanks!  Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

I, and the running community, would like to offer condolences to the families of Eric Pendleton and Yan Tatkhin.  Both of these men were part of our running family and will be missed.  When checking over the times of the original Buck for Bernie, I remembered Eric was on my Team, Team One or maybe we were Team Two, way back when.  We made history those many years ago, and now that tradition continues. Yan was a smiling face welcoming people at the top of the Rockpile when we finished the Mount Washington Road Race and he attended many of the Tuesday Night Summer Series Runs. Run well.

“In the beginning it is very hard to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners.  Eventually you will realize that the competition is against a little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”  –anonymous

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 Aug 5: 4th Annual MIdnight Owl 15K Prediction Run, North Conway, racemenu.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3 Mile Road Race, dole3miler.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 13th Annual OHW 5K Road Race Freedom NH, freedomoldhomeweek.net
  • Tuesday Aug 8: Madison Old Home Week 5K
  • Tuesday Aug 15: Awards Night at the White Mountain Miler Summer Series 5:30 PM, Whitaker Woods (whitemountainmilers.com)
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Tuesday Aug 29:  Cross Country Challenge, Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M., whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)

 

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

24 Hour Run for Bernie’s Kids

On The Run

07/27/17

The Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay is in full swing if you are reading this column before 6 P.M. Saturday, July 29.  The relay race is a fund raiser for Kennett High and Middle School Cross Country and Track Team Uniforms and takes place at the Livingston Oval at Kennett High School..   If the temps are high, we would love to see you and some kind of ice cold something.  If it’s raining, you could just drive by the parking lot and honk your horn to keep us going.  No matter what, we would love to see you support us at the track anytime during the 24 hours.  We really appreciate snacks, drinks, and smiling faces!  Donations are always welcome for the uniform fund, too. I’m sure there will be some photos posted to the White Mountain Milers Facebook Page throughout the event.  The relay happens rain or shine, hopefully, this year, there’s more shine and if it does rain, there’s no thunder and lightening. !  A special thank you to Big Dave’s Bagels and Deli, and Starbucks North Conway for providing breakfast to all the relay runners and walkers on Saturday morning, and to Profile Subaru for sponsoring the high school team of runners who will be joining the relay for twelve of the twenty four hours.  

In other High School Sports News, Coach Bernie Livingston reports that Kennett High School has been approved for hosting the Division II Championships next year! Put Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. on your calendars. Coordinator Ellen Lauria Caputa promises that she “won’t start bothering people about it until next February.”  Again, Saturday, May 26, 2018, volunteers needed.

The Julbo and Salomon White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 7, the final week for scoring, saw over 80 runners and walkers on Tuesday.  After a quick swim in the river, some headed over to Flatbread Pizza for the Jen’s Friends Fundraiser.  Great post-race pizza and beverages for a great organization.  Next week will be the series awards night, but there will still be an informal run for anyone interested every Tuesday at 5:30 PM.  These walking and running Tuesday nights will continue throughout the summer and fall until the light fails us.  No timing will be offered except by self.  This is when Kevin Callahan sets astonishing PR’s.

The Millen Mile will be run on the Livingston Oval again this year at the Varsity Football Game halftime, on Friday, September 8.  Coach Bernie Livingston is looking for runners to toe the line under the lights.  Please contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.

It’s a busy week coming up for racing and prediction runs.  The I’ll Be Dipped Prediction Run on Thursday, August 3 in Madison, and on August 5 the Midnight Owl 15k Prediction Run in North Conway, the George Dole 3 Miler in Fryeburg and the Freedom Old Home Week in Freedom. Happy racing!

“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”, 106 year old runner and first marathon finisher at age 100 in a time of 8:11:06.

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
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Aug 3:  I’ll Be Dipped Prediction Run, Silver Lake whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 4th Annual MIdnight Owl 15K Prediction Run, North Conway, racemenu.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3 Mile Road Race, dole3miler.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 13th Annual OHW 5K Road Race Freedom NH, freedomoldhomeweek.net
  • Tuesday Aug 8(?): Madison Old Home Week 5K
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway lightboxreg.com
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon wmmhalf.com

 

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Summer Running

On The Run

07/20/17

The USATF Mountain Ultra Trail executive committee has selected some of the nation’s top junior cross country, track, mountain, and trail runners to compete at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy on July 30. Junior athletes range from age 16 to 19 and hail from Colorado, Utah, and Nebraska and will compete for Team USA.  Trail runner, Madison resident, and Past White Mountain Miler President Paul Kirsch will be supporting the team as Manager as he has done the past 4 years.  

Paul states in American Trail Running Association; “We have had Junior medals 3 out of the last 4 years and this is a great opportunity for a junior athlete to represent their country.  I am very thankful to have the support of more and more coaches who really see the value in providing their athletes the chance to compete in a World Championship event.”  Go Paul and Team USA!

Not much time left but you could still start your own team for the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay of July 28 and 29. The relay race is a fund raiser for Kennett High and Middle School Cross Country and Track Team Uniforms and takes place at the Livingston Oval at Kennett High School..  Can’t get a team together?  You could run solo.  Or, you could come and support us at the track anytime during the 24 hours.  We really appreciate snacks, drinks, and if it’s hot, popsicles are amazing!  Contact Steve Dowling at stevedowling86@gmail.com or sign up on-line at whitemountainmilers.com to join the fun.  The relay happens rain or shine.

The Julbo and Salomon White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 6 saw over 80 runners and walkers on Tuesday.  The evening was another warm one and a lot of people headed for the river after the race.  Highlight of the race for the youngest racer, Jack Church, was the train running alongside the running trail.  I am walking the two mile course this year where you skip the first running mile and head up the hills.  The fastest runners like Tristan Williams, Tim Livingston and about 15 other runners  are catching me on the course and I’m starting to be able to tell who is coming up behind me by the sound of their foot fall and with some, their breathing. It makes me want to run again when they go past, but I’ve never been able to run that fast.  But, we’re all out there, together, running and walking, all ages, all abilities and paces, all enjoying the trails and each other.

Next week is the 7th of 8 official races and anyone who has run six of the eight races is eligible for prizes, Race time is 5:30 and everyone is encouraged to head over to Flatbread Pizza for the Jen’s Friends Fundraiser and rumor has it that Callahan is buying!  Hope to see you Tuesday!

The Millen Mile will be run on the Livingston Oval again this year at the Varsity Football Game halftime, on Friday, September 8.  Coach Bernie Livingston is looking for runners to toe the line under the lights.  Please contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com

Congratulations to Terry Livingston Ballou of Center Conway on her first place female in the Lovell Old Home Days 5K held on Saturday.  Terry finished the race in 19:45. Chatham’s Silas Eastman won the race in 15:48. This was the 13th running of the Lovell Race and there were 105 finishers.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”  John Muir

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
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday July 23: Tri for the Y, / tritekevents.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Aug 3:  I’ll Be Dipped Prediction Run, Silver Lake whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 4th Annual MIdnight Owl 15K Prediction Run, North Conway, racemenu.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3 Mile Road Race, dole3miler.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 13th Annual OHW 5K Road Race Freedom NH, freedomoldhomeweek.net
  • Tuesday Aug 8(?): Madison Old Home Week 5K
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway lightboxreg.com
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon wmmhalf.com

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

In Memory of Jim, and Why I Now Have to do a Triathlon

On The Run

07/13/17

Beautiful blue skies and perfect temperatures on Sunday, July 9, saw the return of the original White Mountain Milers Cranmore Hill Climb 5k. Ninety five runners and walkers finished the 3.1-mile climb celebrating the life of our friend and fellow White Mountain Miler,  Jim Soroka,  who was a great inspiration to all who knew him. Tim Livingston of Conway was 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, MA in 32:12.

I am so honored to have received the Jim Soroka Spirit Award at the race Sunday.  The Award, presented by Marianne Jackson and the White Mountain Miler Board, took me totally by surprise.  Margie Soroka set up the award by remembering Jim’s first foray into the racing world.  He was recruited to take on the swim in a trialthlon relay team, even though he hadn’t swum since high school and he was now 58 years young.  At the finish of his swim, Margie recalls him panting and prone on the beach and she wanted to get EMT’s to help him.  He shooed her away, saying he was fine, and when he regained his breath exclaimed, “That was so much fun!”  Little did they know that was the beginning of Jim’s new passion for triathlons and his completing the Kona Ironman.

Go to coolrunning.com for complete race results.

Looks like Jim Johnson of Madison is back from an injury, running a 35:34 in the Beech River 10K Race on July 1, in Ossipee.  Erin Yelle of Center Conway was the 2nd female in a time of 46:35.  Check out Tritrekevents.com for results and future races, including triathlons, duathlons, and the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon set for October 29, this year.

The 2017 Ordination Rock 5K was run on Tuesday, the 4th of July in Tamworth with a record 143 participants.  First runners over the finish line were Zachary Switaj 16:56 and Leslie O’Dell in 19:40 with Gretchen Loeffler walking her winning 38:43.  This race is growing and sounds like a lot of fun. Checkout full results at tamworthlibrary.org/

Sunday, September 3, is the date of the Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race on the Fryeburg Mountain Division Trail, Route 302, at the Visitors Center. Proceeds from this race go to Gaige McCue Memory Scholarship which is awarded to a Fryeburg Academy Senior Alternative School Graduate and to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Race info and application may be found at Gaige McCue Memory Scholarship on Facebook.

There’s still time to join or start your own team for the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay of July 28 and 29. Contact Steve Dowling at stevedowling86@gmail.com or on-line at whitemountainmilers.com to join the fun.  My team’s name is the Maniac Milers and we’ll be wearing the blue shirts this year.  Don’t forget, the relay happens rain or shine.

The Julbo and Salomon White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 5 saw nearly 100 runners finish the courses.  The temps were high late in the day, but didn’t discourage anyone.   There are only three more weeks to go in the official series.  Anyone who has run six of the eight races is eligible for prizes, even Kevin Callahan.   Hope to see you there this Tuesday, 5:30 P.M.

Kristina Folcik of Tamworth NH, by luck of the lottery, ran the Mt Marathon 3 mile race in Seward, Alaska on July 4th.  If there’s any question to the steepness of this race, their logo shows a runner with a mountain goat, all volunteers are encouraged to bring plenty of warm clothing and everyone on the mountain should bring their bear spray. A 3022 ft elevation gain, 34 degree average slope steepness, the Mount Marathon Race is believed to be oldest mountain race in the United States, started in 1915.  In 1963, the race allowed women into the race, nearly a decade before the Boston Marathon allowed women to enter.

Now, take into account Kristina’s flying 26 hours of round trip for the 3 mile race.  We used to complain about a 2 hour drive for a 5K!

Steep, slippery, muddy, possible snow and ice, wood, brush, loose rock, dust, cliffs, and waterfalls, are just some of the race features. Folcik admits she’s a trail runner but really loves running rocks and climbing and the Kismet Cliff Run, or Beast of the East, is one of her favorite local races.  Kristina finished 44th of 279 women finishers and 12th of 86 in her age group, in a time of 1:08 on the Alaska Mountain and plans to go back to Mt. Marathon.  “I thought I was a mountain runner, the truth is that I am not yet a true mountain runner!  This race was inspirational and gave me the kick in the pants to really get myself in shape for this stuff!  

Read more about Kristina’s adventures in her blog, dangergirldh.com/ and her guiding business, redlineguiding.com

Looking at the race calendar below, looks like Saturday, August 5 is the big day for racing in the valley.   The Freedom race is 7 AM, the Fryeburg race is at 8 AM, and the Midnight Owl is whatever time you want to start to finish a 15K at midnight.  Not sure if you can get from Freedom to Fryeburg in time but a morning race and an evening race should work!  Midnight Owl Race Director Madeleine Bedard Ryan would like to remind everyone to sign up by July 23 to save a few dollars and insure getting a race t-shirt.

“The five S’s of sports training are: Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit;  but the greatest of these is Spirit.”  —Ken Doherty, Irish professional snooker player, commentator and radio presenter.

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. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday July 23: Tri for the Y, / tritekevents.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 4th Annual MIdnight Owl 15K Prediction Run, North Conway, racemenu.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3 Mile Road Race, dole3miler.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 13th Annual OHW 5K Road Race Freedom NH, freedomoldhomeweek.net
  • Tuesday Aug 8(?): Madison Old Home Week 5K
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 9:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway lightboxreg.com
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon wmmhalf.com

 

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!
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Summer Racing

On The Run      07/6/17

Happy Summer Happy Fourth of July!  There’s a lot of racing going on and a lot more on the agenda.

Sunday, July 9, is the return of the Original White Mountain Milers Cranmore Hill Climb 5k. This year’s 3.1-mile climb celebrates the life of the late Jim Soroka. Jim was an inspiration to anyone who knew him.  Always quick with a joke, smile, and trash talk, he is sorely missed.

All proceeds from the climb will be donated to the Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Fund.  This fund awarded $9,000 in scholarship Monday to six Kennett High School Seniors just this month, and has awarded over $50,000 in the past 10 years.

Registration and check-in opens at 7:30 AM at the Cranmore Arlberg Lodge and race time is 9 AM.  Awards will be given to age group winners for both walkers and runners. The first 100 entrants receive commemorative pint glass.  Post-race festivities include a breakfast of homemade granola with freshstrawberries, and an award ceremony featuring presentation of the first annual Jim Soroka Spirit Award. Information may be found at whitemountainmilers.com and there is day of race registration.  Come out and run in Jim’s Memory and though Jim’s hat of choice, straw hats are optional.

There’s still time to join or start your own team for the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay. Contact Steve Dowling at stevedowling86@gmail.com  or on-line at whitemountainmilers.com to join the fun. The team I’m on just signed up it’s 10th member and we are deciding on a name and a “what to bring” list. Tops on my list are a good lounge chair for napping. We’re hoping for good weather, of course, but the relay happens rain or shine.  The proceeds from this relay go toward buying new uniforms for our local middle and high school running teams.

The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 5 returns this week, Tuesday, July 11.  Runner and walkers of all ages are invited to join the fun at Whitaker Woods at 5:30 race time.  Oh, and Kevin Callahan, you’re invited, too.  Hope to see you there.

The Spring Salomon race Series at Great Glen Trails concluded last week.  This is an 8 week series where you can run your choice of course lengths anytime on Thursdays between 3:30 and 6:30 PM.  The series winners were:  Tristan Williams and Margaret Graciano, open long course, Kolbe Delafontaine and Alyssa Delafontine, junior long course, Odd Bersvendsen and Laura Brocket, master long course.  If you are wishing you had run in the series, don’t despair.  Your can join in the Salomon Fall Trail Running/Walking Series, starting Thursday, September 7 through October 12 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.  For more information and full race series results, go to greatglentrail.com

The Loon Mountain Race took place this year on Sunday, July 2, and once again, its reputation as one of the region’s toughest races was met.  Not only was the Walking Boss Trail still steep, it was very slick after the torrential rain of Saturday evening.  First place, first male was Noah Hoffman of West Lebanon in a time of 57:22. Local finishers were Andrew Doherty of Center Conway 1:09:42, Kevin Tilton, Conway  1:11:16, Austen Bernier, Albany, 1:12:26, Leslie O’Dell, Albany, 2nd female 1:17:38, Daniel Doherty, Center Conway 1:24:09, Scot Holt, North Woodstock, first declared White Mountain Miler 1:26:52, Michael St. Hilaire, Freedom, 1:31:18, Andrea Leonard, Framingham and Glen, 1:35:12, Ewa Johnson Sweden, ME, 1:38:13, Frank Holmes, Eaton 1:43:01, Victoria Weigold, Glen, 1:43:21, David McDermott, Fryeburg, 1:44:05, Bob Schor, Conway, 1:51:19, David Oedel, Macon, GA, and Madison, 1:52:37, Kerry Oedel, Macon and Madison, 1:58:16, Michelle Collier, Bedford 1:58:25, Rich Leonard Framingham and Glen, 2:01:38

There were 462 finishers in the race, and White Mountain Milers Men took fourth place in the team division, and Frank Holmes received a cash payout for his first place in his age group. I think Frank should buy breakfast at the Wednesday Breakfast Run!

White Mountain Miler Katja Fox of Wolfeboro took top honors at the 15th Annual Run for the Gym in Sanford.  Running in her White Mountain Shirt, Katja receives a $20 Gift Card from the club and 7-Eleven of North Conway.  Send in your race photo showing you at the race wearing Milers Clothing along with your top placing to fbholmes2008@gmail.com and you, too, could be a Gift Card Winner!  Thank you to 7-Eleven North Conway for this great program.

The 41st Annual Bridgton 4 on the Fourth Race saw fast results for some local runners.  Silas Eastman of Chatham finished in 21:06, Madison’s Nick Brown 22:00, Darin Brown of Madison 24:05 first in age group, Anna Lastra of Bridgton and former FA Student 24:37, in at 26:37, Terry Ballou of Madison, 1st in age group, 29:19 Bill Reilly of Brownfield, 29:27 Kim Proulx of Conway, 1st in age group, 29:35 Michelle Henley of Madison, 33:58 Chris Ballou of Madison,  33:59 Rachel Murphy, Intervale, and 40:51 for past WMM and 82 years young, John Howe of Waterford Maine.

Don’t forget to sign up early by mail or online for every race you enter and, if you’re a White Mountain Miler, be sure to state this as your team name.  As in the Loon race, the computer will group you with your teammates and you can take away honors and/or prizes. Registering early also may guarantee a lower price than “day of” registrations, saves you time on race day, and usually guarantees a race t-shirt or, in the case of the Cranmore Race, a very special pint glass.

“No one ever drowned in sweat.” –Dan Gable, Top 100 Olympian of All Time, Wrestler and Coach.

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. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday July 9: Cranmore Hill Climb, whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday July 23: Tri for the Y, / tritekevents.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Aug 3:  I’ll be Dipped Prediction Run whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 4th Annual MIdnight Owl 15K Prediction Run, North Conway, racemenu.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3 Mile Road Race, dole3miler.com
  • Tuesday Aug 8:  Old Home Days 5K Madison NH (tentative)
  • Sunday Aug 20:  Great Glen Trails 7K Trail Run–Biathlon Benefit  (Sean Doherty’s Olympic Biathlon Bid) whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Oct 29:  White Mountain Milers Half Marathon

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

Run for Jim

On The Run

06/28/17

Have you signed up for the 31st Annual Mount Cranmore Hill Climb yet?  The race is on Sunday, July 9, at 9 AM. Race route is up the access road with the finish at the top of Cranmore and open to walkers and runners of all abilities.

This year’s 3.1-mile climb celebrates the life of the late Jim Soroka. Jim was an inspiration to our community and anyone who ran, biked, or swam, benefited from knowing him. He encouraged athletes of all abilities as a friend, mentor, coach, and volunteer.  All proceeds from the climb will be donated to the Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Fund.  This fund awarded $9,000 in scholarship Monday to six Kennett High School Seniors just this month, and has awarded over $50,000 in the past 10 years.

Registration and check-in opens at 7:00 AM at the Cranmore Arlberg Lodge. Awards will be given to age group winners for both walkers and runners. The first 100 entrants receive commemorative pint glass.Post-race festivities include a breakfast of homemade granola with fresh strawberries, and an award ceremony featuring presentation of the first annual Jim Soroka Spirit award. Information and online registration may be found at whitemountainmilers.com. Come out and run in Jim’s Memory, Straw Hats are optional.

There’s still time to join or start your own team for the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay.  Each member of your team of ten will tackle one mile at a time for 24 hours to raise money for Kennett High and Middle School Team uniforms and equipment. Good food, great friends, typical New England weather, prizes, and lots of laughs are all on tap for the event.  Contact Steve Dowling at stevedowling86@gmail.com  or on-line at whitemountainmilers.com to join the fun.

The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 4 saw  over 80 finishers with over 160 numbers taken so far in the summer series. There is no series run on this Tuesday, July 4, but check out the local Fourth of July races listed below.  Runners, walkers, and Kevin Callahan, I hope to see you at Whitaker Woods at 5:30 next Tuesday evening, July 11, for the return of the weekly series.

The Wildcat Mountain Trail Races took place on Sunday, June 25th. The 5K overall winner was Brian Beakey in a time of 31:01, and first woman was Terry Ballou of Madison who  finished in 33:15.  The 5 mile event saw Jeffrey Beal take first in a time of 43:18, and first local finishers were Gabe Flanders in 49:51 for 4th place, and Dawn Heinrich in 56:22. Kim Proulx 1:04:18, Martha Leich 1:13:24and Chris Ballou 1:23:54.There were 42 finishers in the 5K event and 68 in the 5 mile.   Full results may be found at coolrunning.com

The Exeter Trail Race, Exeter NH ran on Saturday, June 24th and many local runners took the ride down to Exeter for the race.  First local in the 10 mile race was Leslie O’Dell in 1:17:48, Paul Bazanchuk, 1:29:18, Ewa Johnson 1:47:16, and Sue Nickerson 2:05:23.  Victoria Weigold finished in 39:00 in the 4.6 mile race for 2nd place female.  Great job to these fast trail runners.  All results may be found at coolrunning.com

There’s a new race on the calendar, the Katy M. Murphy Foundation is hosting a 1st Annual Rock Star 5K Road Race and Fun Run.“Katy’s foundation is not about a sad story of a young child that died. It’s about honoring her memory by helping other families that are on similar journeys.”  In reading the foundation website, you see that Katy lived a very full but short life and her family would like to support others through hospital toy drives and support of hospital stays.

The race takes place on Sunday August 20 in Jackson at 9 AM. Participants are urged to dress as their favorite rock star and the first 100 registrants get a free race t-shirt. You can register online at katymurphy.org.

“Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.” — Charles Schulz

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. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday May 11-June 29: Solomon Spring Trail Run/Walk Series, every Thursday.  Greatglentrails.com
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday July 1:Beech River Run 5K & 10K, Center Ossipee tritekevents.com
  • Sunday Jul 2: Loon Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com
  • Tuesday Jul 4:  Four on the Fourth, Bridgton fouronthefourth.com
  • Tuesday Jul 4: Ordination Rock 5K, Tamworth, tamworthlibrary.org
  • Sunday July 9: Cranmore Hill Climb, whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday July 23: Tri for the Y, / tritekevents.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: 4th Annual MIdnight Owl 15K Prediction Run, North Conway, racemenu.com
  • Saturday Aug 5: Rev. Dr. George F. Dole Celebration 3 Mile Road Race, dole3miler.com

 

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

 

 

 

Another Run up the Rockpile

On The Run

06/21/17

Saturday morning at 5:30, we left the valley to drive to the base of Mount Washington for the 57th running of Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.  Laura Holtby, Christine Smith, and Mike Bryan were with us and prepared to run the race and volunteer.  Sara Holtby, Brian Otis, and myself were “just” volunteering.  Even our car was being volunteered to go to the top of the rock pile to bring parking volunteers up and more runners back down. We started right in checking I.D.’s, answering questions, giving directions, and laughing a lot.  I tried charging extra for pins and Sara offered to “hold” people’s ice cream ticket. The White Mountain Milers have been working registration for about 30 years and I think we’ve got this.  Steve Dowling asks so nicely and even added hearts to his email this year, so how could we say no?  The hardest part this year was I had given up my pass to run the mountain so other Milers could enjoy the race.  Sorry friends, next year I’m looking to be running/walking to the top again.  

The first male over the finish line was four-peat winner Joe Gray of Colorado 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 Colorado 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.   

Congratulations to Hilary McCloy and Andrew Drummond, both of Madison, as they were winners of the Clydesdale and Filly King and Queen of the race.  

Everyone at the race was once again in awe of Pennsylvania’s 97 years young, George Etzweiler.  George finished the race in 4:05:29 setting another record for the mountain race. This was his 12th trip up the Rockpile by Etzweiler and he holds the course record for the race’s 85-89, 90-94 and 95-99 age divisions.  As he’s entertained the crowd each year with his speech, he jokes, “I’m going out with a bang.  When I’m 100, in 2020, when I cross the finish line, I’m going to drop dead,” he said. “I told the race director to remember to order a hearse that year.”

Writer Dan Szczesny of Manchester had the honor of spending time with George and his family after the race.  Dan writes, “George didn’t talk about the race. Instead, he talked about his kids, and grand kids and great grand kids, many of whom were renting cabins nearby.

‘Everybody thinks I come up here each year to run up a mountain,’  he whispered, as though telling me a secret. ‘But really, it’s for this…’  He waved his sunburned hand at the people around him. Then, with a wink, he said. ‘Though next year, I’m hoping for a better time.’”

Check out full Mount Washington race results at Coolrunning.com.

There’s still time to join or start your own team for the Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay.  Each member of teams of ten will tackle one mile at a time for 24 hours to raise money for Kennett High and Middle School Team uniforms and equipment. Good food, great friends, typical New England weather, prizes, and lots of laughs are all on tap for the event.  Contact Steve Dowling at stevedowling86@gmail.com  or on-line at whitemountainmilers.com to join the fun.

The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 3 saw 86 finishers with 128 numbers taken. I worked late so didn’t get to participate, but arrived in time to help Eileen Livingston record finishers numbers. It’s not easy for the runners to speak after running a fast 5K and for some, they may not have enough oxygen to the brain to remember their race number! I think that, like in the Tough Mudder Races, we should write their numbers on foreheads!  Runners, and Kevin Callahan, I hope to see you at Whitaker Woods at 5:30 on Tuesday evening.

Before the fireworks, try a family run as Tamworth New Hampshire hosts the Ordination Rock 5K on Tuesday, July 4th.  The seventh running of a fun race in Tamworth Village celebrates Independence Day starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ordination Rock on Cleveland Hill Road, opposite the town cemetery. The route takes in the Binsack Trail, past the farm buildings, gardens, and animals of the Remick Farm and Country Doctor Museum.  After a respite in cool piney woods, runners exit onto Great Hill Road, and head downhill past the first water stop, sponsored by the Tamworth Historical Society in front of their building. Runners and walkers then turn onto Main Street and race in front of The Barnstormers Theatre, the Cook Memorial Library, the Tamworth Lyceum, and other village businesses and homes.  The course turns at the Veterans’ Memorial, passes the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, and heads west on route 113A.  The finish is at the K.A. Brett School.  Sounds like a great tour of Tamworth! All racers and race volunteers will finish in time to watch the noon parade

Race registration Forms can be picked up at Cook Memorial Library or downloaded from the website at tamworthlibrary.org.  All proceeds will benefit the Cook Memorial Library. Call the library at 323-8510 for more information.

“You can only go as far as you think you can.”  Joseph Gray, mountain runner and 4 time winner (4-Peat) of the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race.

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. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday May 11-June 29: Solomon Spring Trail Run/Walk Series, every Thursday.  Greatglentrails.com
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Jun 25: Wildcat Mountain Trail Race wildcatmountaintrailrace.com
  • Saturday July 1:Beech River Run 5K & 10K, Center Ossipee tritekevents.com
  • Sunday Jul 2: Loon Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com
  • Tuesday Jul 4:  Four on the Fourth, Bridgton fouronthefourth.com
  • Tuesday Jul 4: Ordination Rock 5K, Tamworth, tamworthlibrary.org
  • Sunday July 9: Cranmore Hill Climb, whitemountainmilers.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!

 

 

 

Music and Running Hand in Hand

On The Run        06/14/17

Music and running always seem to go together.  Although most race entry forms state that music is not allowed for liability insurance reasons, more than a few runners are listening to music or maybe podcasts.  I remember years ago,  Bunny Brauns would run listening to notes from a nursing class she was taking.  Okay, this was back when we listened to cassette tapes, but what a way to multi task. The Rock ‘n Roll Race Series is based on music, fun, and travel for distances from the marathon to 10K distances.  Now celebrating 20 years running, the events take place all over the world and have partnered with other business to help you travel to the races and find a place to stay.  

Locally, the Cranmore Race last week was followed by post race activities at Tuckerman Brewing Company with live music by Diana Bath Salts.  Bass player Paul Kirsch was race director of Cranmore and next of Loon, is past president of the White Mountain Milers, and is a trail runner along with his two dogs.  

Recently, I caught Riley Parkhurst and her Riley Parkhurst Project at Tuckerman Brewing Company and heard from her proud Grandmother, that Riley had just run a half marathon.  I first heard Riley playing music a few years ago when she played for the residents at the Merriman House. I was mesmerized as was her audience.  Her music is heartfelt and transcends her young age.  A senior at Kennett High School, I met Riley again at the scholarship night when I represented the White Mountain Milers.  Riley spoke about being in the Kennett Drum Line and playing on the hill near the finish of the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon and how much she enjoyed seeing the runners.  I assured her that the runners were even more appreciative of the drum line’s support!

In February, Riley accompanied her Mom to Disney for the Princess Half Marathon, saw the medals for the next half, a Star Wars Medal, and signed up for the 5K that weekend. She says she, “barely finished”, but knew she wanted that next medal and signed up for the Star Wars Half Marathon-the Dark Side in April. Riley returned home and started training with a running app called Zombies Run, ran her longest 10 mile run, ran a virtual zombie 10K run, and felt ready for the half.  Riley and her mom, Lynn, ran and walked the half marathon and finished in 3:46:30. Riley got her medal and has signed up for the Princess Half Marathon 2018.  Riley says, “I find running puts me in this meditative state, where I can really think about crafting lyrics to songs or just technique about how I can be a better musician. I’ve also found that I’ve become a much better performer now that I’m in shape. I have more energy on stage and my fingers and arms feel easier to control when I play guitar.”

Check out Riley’s website and music schedule at rileyparkhurst.com

As I finished this article, Runner’s World posted a story of blink-182’s Drummer, Travis Barker replacing his bad addiction with good ones when he began running.  Barker started running before his son was born.  He wanted to be a good role model for his child.  In 2008, Barker suffered burns over 65% of his body and badly injured his right foot in a plane crash.  He took his injuries as a challenge and a warning to better his life, and returned to running and drumming six months later.  Travis runs stairways in concert halls and during bus breaks (he won’t fly) and says people “trip out” when he tells them he doesn’t listen to music when he runs.  He just wants to “zone out”.

The Julbo White Mountain Milers Summer Race Series Week 2 is in the books and there are 95 people signed up so far.   Many of those registered won’t be participating each week, but attend when they can.  Word is out that Solomon Shoes may be awarded at the final week.  Hope to see you at Whitaker Woods at 5:30 on Tuesday evening.

The Wednesday Breakfast Club is still meeting in the parking lot behind the Chamber each Wednesday from 6:45 to 7:00 AM.  Run or walk 2 to 4 miles and then meet up for breakfast.   This week we had 14 runners and walkers and 12 for breakfast.  Summer’s here and we hope to see you!

There were sixty-nine finishers, individual and team mates, at the Black Fly in My Eye 10 Mile Race at Great Glen Trails last Saturday.  The winner on the male side was Jeremiah Macrae­ Hawkins in 01:10:03.0, and on the women’s side, the leaving the valley to Cali, Meg Skidmore 01:24:01.0. Frank Holmes reports, “It was a perfect day on Great Glen’s roads and trails”. Congratulations to Milers  Frank Holmes 1:40, Dave McDermott 1:42, Kristine Reardon 1:43, Ashley Benes 1:45, Chris Ballou 1:51, and Bob Benes 1:53.  Be sure to check out greatglentrails.com for full results and an awesome video of this year’s race.  It should make you want to run this race next year!

As you read this on Saturday Morning, look to Mount Washington where the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race starts off at 9:00 A.M. Many of your friends and neighbors are heading up the rock pile so send them your positive thoughts and energy!

“I feel off if I don’t run.  It’s like a meal.  I need it every day.” –Travis Barker, runner and blink-182 drummer.

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. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday May 11-June 29: Solomon Spring Trail Run/Walk Series, every Thursday.  Greatglentrails.com
  • Tuesday Jun 6 – Aug 1: White Mountain Milers Trail Race Series – 5:30@Whitaker Woods whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday Jun 17:  Mount Washington Road Race mtwashingtonautoroad.com
  • Saturday Jun 17: Huckins Tri-ath-loon, Freedom, tritekevents.com
  • Sunday Jun 25: Wildcat Mountain Trail Race wildcatmountaintrailrace.com
  • Saturday July 1:Beech River Run 5K & 10K, Center Ossipee tritekevents.com
  • Sunday Jul 2: Loon Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com
  • Tuesday Jul 4:  Four on the Fourth, Bridgton fouronthefourth.com
  • Sunday July 9: Cranmore Hill Climb, whitemountainmilers.com
  • Friday and Saturday July 28-29: Bucks for Bernie 24 Hour Relay whitemountainmilers.com

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, NoCo. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run!