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Leslie O’Dell running in the PSR5K Thanksgiving Race. Joe Viger Photo

 

11/29/17

My Thanksgiving Day on the Cape was a beautiful day for a run on the beach followed by cooking and dining.  I always feel better anytime I can run early in the day, but pre-Thanksgiving Feast is the best!

 The Purity Spring 5K Thanksgiving Race was once again a well attended event with 184 finishers.  Malcolm Thomas of Albany, NH was the overall winner and Leslie O’Dell, also of Albany, was the first female finisher and 11th overall.  Full results and photos are available at psr5k.com/.

Next on the agenda is the Annual Christmas Party, Run, and Yankee Swap.  Once again, this will be a potluck turkey dinner preceded by a run/walk of your favorite distance, and then the drawing of numbers and trading of the gifts, $15.00 limit.  The fun begins at high noon on Sunday, December 10. The majority of White Mountain MIlers are now searching for the best recipe for a dessert or side dish to share at the Party.  More importantly, the real competition starts now in finding the best Yankee Swap Gift.  Do you want to bring a nice gift?  A funny gift?  Decisions, decisions.  See you at the Dowlings on Wallis Way.  

Interested in trying indoor track events?  Steve Dowling has been travelling and participating in the Dartmouth Relays in January and would love some company.  The 49th Annual Dartmouth Relays take place Friday, January 5 through Sunday, January 7, 2018.  Entry deadline is January 3rd, and feature, High School, Open and Master Events. The Master Events, open to anyone 30 or older, take place on Sunday, January 7, starting with a race walk at 9 A.M. and continue through the day with 60 meter dash, 200, 400, 800, and 3000 meter runs, Relays, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, and Weight Throw. High School Events take place on Friday and Saturday, January 6 and 7, and Open Events take place on Saturday and Sunday.  The schedule is still being worked on, but check out all the events at lancertiming.com/index.htm.

Winter is coming and runners continue to run, ski, and hike through the winter months.  The snow brings out winter footwear to keep you from slipping and sliding on your runs.  Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are  great cross training for running.  Many people are skinning up the ski slopes and backcountry to earn their turns and get in some aerobic training.  The snowmobile trails make great running trails, sharing the terrain with skiers, snowmobilers, and even dogsleds.  Of course, there are indoor activities like swimming, spinning, and the dreadmill, er treadmill.  Whatever your choice, keeping active, especially in the White Mountains, is the best choice.

“Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race or about how many miles you ran last week.  It is, in a much more important way, about community, about appreciating all the miles run by other runners, too.”  –Richard O’Brien, runner, musician, actor, writer, best known for “Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  

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 Dec 10:  White Mountain Miler Christmas Party whitemountainmilers.com
  • Friday-Sunday, Jan 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, Masters, High School, and Collegiate Athletes.
  • Saturday Jan 6: White Mountain Winter Triathlon, Jackson baxteroutdoors.com/events/2017/winter1.html
  • Saturday Jan 13: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html

Check out runningintheusa.com/Race/List.aspx?State=NH for all races in the state, especially the many Christmas themed races.  

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

Thanksgiving Relay

On The Run        11/21/17

About 20 White Mountain Milers gathered for the 32nd Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Raffle Relay.  Held at the home of Cathy and Steve Dowling, this is a full on potluck Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner.  We arrived and signed in, signing your life away on a liability form and promising not to fall on the rain soaked ice on the back roads.  Steve then picks forms from a bucket and each three names on the forms becomes a team for the relay.  The rain slowed just before we started out and runners and walkers headed down to Cranmore and back up to the finish, a good 5K distance.

The dinner was, as always, amazing with soup to nuts and desserts, followed by the awards.

Steve gave the history of the run including the move from town and the community center, to Cranmore up Crown Ridge, to Wallis Way.  The two years where Live Turkeys were awarded, one to Sue Lathrop whose daughters cried when they realized what was going to happen to that turkey!  

Sixth place team members were Arthur Viens, Linda Bittner, and Rich Leonard.

Fifth place went to Cheryl Clapp, Miriam Cyr Dowling-Schmitt, and Sara Holtby.

Fourth place team of Kerry Oedel, Nancy Travis, and first place overall runner Mike Dowling (22:04).

Third place team of Richie Girouard, Joe LaRue, and myself in a time of 93:51.

Second place went to  Ashley Benes,  Christie Girouard, and “Crispy Bacon”, a.k.a K-Dawg, a.k.a Kevin Callahan in 90:20.

First place and frozen turkeys went to a Rafter of Turkeys (look that one up).  Andrea Leonard 1st woman in 24:49, Kristine Reardon, and Dave Oedel in 77:47.  

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First Place Turkeys Team Andrea Leonard, Kristine Reardon, and Dave Oedel

Awards were followed by the turkey raffle and I have one in my freezer right now.

Thank you to the Dowlings for once again hosting a wonderful and fun Miler Event.  Steve had special help this year from his grandchildren who aren’t sure what to think of their Gramps running friends.

Next on the agenda is the Annual Christmas Party and Yankee Swap.  Once again, this will be a potluck turkey dinner preceded by a run/walk of your favorite distance, and then the drawing of numbers and trading of the gifts.  The fun begins at high noon on Sunday, December 10.

I received a late answer to my query, “What are you thankful for in your world of running.”  I thought I might save it and change it to a Christmas Wish, but I think it can be repeated then, too.  From Coach Bernie and Eileen Livingston, Coaches to Kennett Athletes and White Mountain Milers comes the perfect answer which everyone wishes they had thought of. “We are thankful for the cold weather so Kevin Callahan can’t go shirtless during a race.”

Ah, the life of a race director.  Catalina Kirsch, director of the PSR5K, Purity Spring Resort 5K Thanksgiving Day Race, thought she had the flu which turned out to be appendicitis!  Catalina has recovered very quickly and I look forward to hear results of the Thanksgiving Day Race.

“Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.” –Lynn Jennings, who earned the first Olympic distance running medal on the track by an American woman, a 10,000-meter bronze in Barcelona in 1992.

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 Dec 10:  White Mountain Miler Christmas Party whitemountainmilers.com
  • Jan 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, Masters, High School, and Collegiate Athletes.

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

On The Run

11/15/17

The Holiday Season is here and I wish everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving! I asked a few runners what they were thankful for in their world of running.

Kevin Tilton, Mountain Goat who is now playing in the roads on his bicycle is “thankful for the abundance of great trails that we get to run on in the Valley!”

Theresa Ballou, a new master runner and part of the Livingston Family Running Dynasty says,  “I’m thankful that we get to live in an area that is a runner’s dream…access to rolling hills on country roads, challenging trails through national forest, dirt roads around quiet lakes, and a community track at the high school. And I’m thankful for the running community that exists here! Supportive, encouraging, and always lots of fun. We are truly lucky!”

Steve Dowling, AKA Moose and host with the most and wonderful co-host Cathy Dowling, to WMM Breakfast Runs, Thanksgiving Relay, and Christmas Run and Yankee Swap said, “I am thankful that runners never judge you.  They accept you for who you are, fast or slow, old or young, male or female. What a great community to be a part of!

Leslie O’Dell, the winningest woman runner in the valley, winning at any distance and here and away reports that, “In my running world this year, I’ve come to be so thankful for the running community that I’ve surrounded myself with in all of New England. It’s been wonderfully apparent to me this year as I’ve continued my crazy racing. I can show up at nearly any race in any State in NE and be surrounded by friends whom I’ve gotten to know through this amazing running community. I’m so thankful to have them as my surrogate family since I don’t have any family here except my son, John. I’m always thankful to have the ability to run, but for 2017, it’s mostly my running friends that I am thankful for.”

Keeping it simple and straight to the point as is his way, runner, rucker, and tracker Joe La Rue states,  “That I can.”

Kristina Folcik, mountain runner, dental hygienist, model, and adventurer, relates she is “thankful for being able to have the fitness to run the beautiful mountains we live in! Nothing makes my heart more full than spending time in the mountains with my husband, pups, family and friends!”

Darin Brown, doctor, actor, and writer shares these thoughts, “After thirty years of dealing with injuries, I find that every day I am physically able to run is a joyous occasion! And though I am very fond of age-grading, the best thing about running for me is that I can share my runs with fantastic people, especially my own children, Alex, Nick and Melissa!”

My daughter, runner, and amazing mom to a gaggle of boys Laura Holtby reports “I’m thankful for such an awesome supportive running club :)”

Another daughter, Sara Holtby, who swore she would never run liker her mother says,   “In my running world – the food and beer that often follow and the great friendships I have made within the White Mountain MIlers and all over the running community.”

Amazing valley volunteer, retired doctor, and White Mountain Miler Club President Marianne Jackson states “The Livingston’s!” are who she is thankful. How many runners have the Livingston Family coached through the years and are now on what, a third generation of family members under their tutelage?

“I’m thankful for the runners I run with! Not original but true.

I will miss tomorrow morning!”, says Frank Holmes, lamenting that he wouldn’t be at our Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club this past week.  We flounder without Frank’s words of wisdom on life and running. He also collects the money for breakfast which we can’t handle but wonder if that’s how he gets to go on vacation again?

I had the distinct privilege of volunteering at the ESSC Ski Sale, Whitaker Woods Trail Maintenance Morning, and the Vaughan Community/93.5 WMWV Food Drive and I echo all the sentiments above in the running and my whole community.  Time and time again I heard the sentiment at all of these events about how lucky, fortunate, and blessed we are to live where we live and be a part of such a giving and caring community.  There are children who wouldn’t ski without ESSC, families who would go hungry except for our food pantries, and our valley ski trails wouldn’t be used by so many, again, especially the school kids, without our community and our volunteers.  I’m thankful to all the above mentioned athletes who wrote my column this week!  I am thankful for our community and blessed that I am part of such a wonderful group of humans and, of course, their pets, too!

A huge thank you to Steve and Gwen Vosburgh for organizing a group to spread wood chips on the Whitaker Woods Trails.  Steve Dowling and his tractor, Cathy Dowling with an armload of tools, raking and bringing Stoney to clear extra branches, Sara Holtby, Brian Otis and myself to rake.  Steve and Gwen had a four wheeler and trailer to move the chips and since Steve grooms at Whitaker, he knows where the work is needed.  Next time, they have promised to get the word out earlier so we could arrange more wood chips, equipment and manpower. It should be smoother skiing this winter and new PB’s in the Summer Series!

“I’m cold. I’m underdressed. I should turn around. I’ll go 10 minutes and then turn around if I don’t warm up. It’s snowing.  It’s beautiful. Sky is running circle around me. I am so lucky to be out here. That was an awesome ten miler.  I feel great!” –me, Monday 11/12/17

Volunteers, Cathy Dowling, Sara Holtby, Steve Dowling and myself.

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 Nov 18: Gasping Gobbler 5K, Lovell Maine
  • Sunday Nov 19: Turkey Raffle Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)
  • Sunday Dec 10:  White Mountain Miler Christmas Party whitemountainmilers.com

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

On The Run

11/8/17

On Sunday, November 5, Shalane Flanagan, originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, won the women’s race in the 47th running of the New York City Marathon in a time of 2:26:53.  In recording this finish, Shalane bested her 2nd place rival by one minute and became the first American Woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years!  Shalane has been seen in the Mount Washington Valley in the past and has recently released her first book;  Run Fast. Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes.  Congratulations, Shalane and please come back to the valley for a run!

According to Runner’s World, 50,766 runners toed the finish line on Sunday in Central Park, and an impressive 98.9 percent of the starters made it to the finish line.

I’ll always remember David Letterman saying, “The NYC Marathon; just another Sunday run with 50,000 of your friends.”!

The first White Mountain Milers Breakfast Run of 2017-2018 is in the books. The food, as always, was delicious, the laughs were loud and spontaneous, and the running and walking were, well, we beat the rain!

Thank you once again to Cathy and Steve Dowling for hosting these pot-luck events.  Announcements for the special  party dates were announced:  the 5K Turkey Raffle Relay Thanksgiving Race is set for Sunday, November 19 at 10:00 AM and the Christmas Party will take place on Sunday, December 10 at high noon.  Mark your calendar now and look for a special recipe for the potluck.

Dave McDermott of Fryeburg ran the Stone Cat Trail Marathon in Ipswich, MA, on Saturday, November 4, in a time of 5:13:52, besting last year’s time by about 10 minutes and taking 2nd place in his age group.  Way to go, Dave.

Andrea Leonard of Framingham and Bartlett took first in her age group finishing in 4:31:59 and husband Rich Leonard finished in 6:40:39.  Runners in this race could not say enough about the trails, the support, and the views. This is one of those races where registration opens and closes very quickly. Full results may be found at ultrasignup.com.

Leslie O’Dell of Albany competed in Franklin Park in Boston  in the USATF-NE XC Championship Women’s 6K and finished 2nd master, 50th overall.  

When I run, I run.  I let my mind wander, my pace, well, is whatever I feel, I can breathe, talk (to a runner or the dog), look around, take in my surroundings. relax. I’ve run with people who ask, “What pace do you want to run?”  I’d name a pace and, they run that pace.  I’m more of a go out too fast, slow down, and finish.  Or, more recently, start slow and go slower.  Tri Tek Race Director Vince Vaccaro is having none of that.  Vince, fresh from directing the 32nd Annual White Mountain Miler Half Marathon, paced a group of runners at the New York City Marathon.  His pace group was the 4:25 finish pacing. His group finished in 4:24:35.

Don’t forget your reflective running gear and headlamp on these darkening days and hunting season.  Great job, Vince and congratulations to you and your pace followers.

Miler Ashley Benes posted some information on a very interesting half marathon and full marathon.  Millinocket Maine, a once thriving Paper Mill Town near to Katahdin is hosting their 3rd Annual Half and Full Marathon on Saturday, December 9th.  This event is Free.  Yes, free!  In lieu of a race registration fee, runners are asked to support local businesses and contribute to the Katahdin Region by staying and dining locally and having a good time.  Downeast Magazine wrote a great story, which is a must read and good deed story.  Seems the first year of the marathon, it was more like a flash-mob marathon greeted by a flash-mob fan club. You can find more info at crowathletics.com/millinocket/ and race story downeast.com/marathon-man/.

“I run so I can eat … And, of course, for sanity and stress relief, but mostly for food … I love food.”  –unknown, but I think it may have been a White Mountain Miler.

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
  • Saturday Nov 18: Gasping Gobbler 5K, Lovell Maine
  • Sunday Nov 19: Turkey Raffle Relay whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)
  • Sunday Dec 10:  White Mountain Miler Christmas Party whitemountainmilers.com
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Team Costume Winners at the 2017 WMM Half Marathon, Donna Cormier, Ashley Benes, Christine Smith, Mike Bryans, and missing Joe LaRue

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

32nd Annual WMM Half Marathon

On The Run

11/2/17

Saturday, October 29, greeted the White Mountain Milers 32nd Annual Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K with the threat of rain. Well, that threat came true but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the 124 finishers in the 5K, the youth dash, 36 Teams in the Half Marathon Relay, 294 Half Marathon Runners, and 14 Half Marathon Walkers.  Never mind the many volunteers and sponsors out there stopping traffic, giving out water, working the tent and finish line.  This race couldn’t happen without you brave and hearty souls!

The optimism of runners is amazing.  I never heard anyone complain before the race about the weather.  I heard more of, “at least it won’t be hot.” and “it could be snow”.  Runners, that’s how we roll!  Little did we know that half of the course would be closed the next day because of flooding!

The rain didn’t slow too many people down as two state records were broken during the Half Marathon Race.  Brother and sister, Tim Livingston and Terry Ballou Livingston, both broke age group records for the 13.1 mile distance, Tim in a time of 1:13:42 and Terry 1:32:15. Congratulations to these amazing runners and their families, especially their long-time coaches and parents, Bernie and Eileen Livingston.  

Overall winners in the Half were Malcolm Thomas of Boston 1:12:26 and Kathleen Horgan of New Hampton NH 1:23:43.

The Road Runner Club of America Award for Male Grand Master went to Darin Brown of Madison, 1:24:53, Female Overall Gabby Schreffier of Bethel 1:30:48, and Trish Sallinen of Chatham NH 1:31:39.     

The First Place Costume Award went to White Mountain Miler “Where’s Waldo” Team of Ashley Benes, Joe LaRue, Christine Smith, Mike Bryan and myself were “found” all over the half marathon race course.  We were “mistaken” for candy canes and Mr. Magoo (the glasses?) by a few spectators.

Michael Vesci of Newington CT did return to the 5K race this year and broke his own course record of 16:38 set last year, with a 16:13. Michael had said, “I love North Conway!” and now we know why! He was hoping for warmer weather this year and less wind.  He hadn’t asked for sun. Will Michael return next year to defend his title or try the Half Marathon Distance?  Arthur Viens, former On the Run Columnist, ran 20 minutes flat to take 3rd place overall in the 5K.  Art also outdid his last year’s time of 20:08.

Race Director Vince Vaccaro pulled bib numbers from a tumbler for cash awards.  It took about 10 minutes and about 30 called numbers before he found runners to claim the 2-$100 prizes, about 10 calls for the 1-$300 winner, and maybe two calls for the $500 winner!  People were wet and cold after the race and didn’t wait for the raffle, leaving those of us who stayed with a better chance for the money.  Congratulations to those winners.

The White Mountain Milers and Tri Tek Events did an outstanding job once again with the races.  I just heard that the Sutton SUV Limo was used to truck relay runners to the 10K hand-off area.  Now that’s amazing race organization!

Photos and full race results may be found at wmmhalf.com.

 

The Randolph Ramble also took place on Sunday.  A 10K Trail Run rated by runners as challenging, difficult, and beautiful (when the skies are clear) saw 177 finishers. Tristan Williams took first place, followed by Andrew Drummond.  I heard the rain held off until the end of the race although the course was still wet and those promised views were in full cloud cover.    Full results may be found at racesplitter.com.

Do you have your recipe and ingredients for tomorrow’s White Mountain Miler Sunday Potluck Breakfast Run?  The fun begins on Sunday, November 5, at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling. The fun run/walk starts at 9 AM and you can find directions on the White Mountain Milers Website, whitemountainmilers.com.

November 5 is also the start of Daylight Savings Time so please don’t forget to change your clocks back or Steve may need your help with some wood left to stack!

The final Whitaker Woods Tuesday Night Fun Run took place on Halloween complete with a haunting. Well, only two runners, Sara Holtby and Joe LaRue were running and I was haunting.  I scared two people, not the two I intended to scare, I was “boo”’d, and Sara saw me before I could scare her. I can’t wait for spring for the 2018 Summer Series!

Don’t forget your reflective running gear and headlamp on these darkening days.

“Anyone who thinks falling leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”  –Shira Tamir

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 Nov 5: November Pot Luck Breakfast Run whitemountainmilers.com
  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)

 

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

Run or Volunteer or Both

On The Run
10/25/17

If you’re reading this column on Saturday, October 28, you still have time. You can still do it. You can still sign up to run a 5k, a relay half marathon, or a half marathon on Sunday, October 29, at the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.. Registration will be available if the race hasn’t filled and number pick-up begins at 4:30 through 6:30 PM on Saturday, October 28, under the “Big Top” in Schouler Park in North Conway. Race number pick-up continues before the race at 7:00 AM again under the tent. Don’t forget your ID, no ID, no race number. I’ll be there on Sunday morning at the race number table. Be sure to say “hello”! You may not recognize me as my team once again goes for the group costume prize.
If you can’t or don’t want to run on race day, please consider volunteering. People are still needed to protect runners and walkers at road intersections and other jobs.You’ll hear, “thank you” over and over again and it never gets old. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christie Girouard at 603-447-2328 rrgccg@roadrunner.com.

This years race features a race t-shirt, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, race awards, raffle prizes, top finishers and age group awards, Halloween costume awards, and special raffle cash prizes, and the post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company. Race Director Vince Vaccaro will be pulling bib numbers from a tumbler for the money; 2-$100 winners, 1-$300 winner, and 1-$500 winner! Anyone can win, all you need to do is register to run and be there at the finish! The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from. Race proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Michael Vesci of Newington CT is returning to the race this year. Michael reports, “I Love North Conway! Travel up there every year for New Years! Started adding a weekend trip last year for this race! Hoping to defend last year’s win and course record! Hoping it will be a little less windy and warmer too! “ Michael won the 5K race last year in 16:38, 5:22 minute miles.

Start looking for your recipe now for the official White Mountain Miler Sunday Breakfast Run Season starts on Sunday, November 5, at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling. ! The fun run/walk starts at 9 AM and you can find directions on the White Mountain Milers Website, whitemountainmilers.com.
November 5 is also the start of Daylight Savings Time so please don’t forget to change your clocks back or Steve and Cathy will send you out for a longer run!

Only one runner this week on Whitaker Woods Tuesday Night Fun Runs. I know it was raining pretty hard at my house and that’s my excuse! Maybe next week, 5:30 at Whitaker Woods. Head lamps are recommended.

Leslie O’Dell of Albany ran a 3:07:42 in the BayState Marathon in Lowell, Mass on Sunday, October 22. Two marathons in one week for Leslie. Superwoman much? Remember when they said one day off for each mile for recovery? Tim Livingston and Darin Brown ran in the Granite State 10 Miler in Concord on Sunday. Tim finished in 56:20 for 2nd place overall and top male master. Darin ran a 62:47 for 5th master and 16th overall. Congratulations are also in order for Darin and the publication of his first book, The Sight of Demons. Darin reports that the only running in the book is; “during the prologue where Hunter breaks his ankle doesn’t make for good press for the running world!” You can order a copy of Dr. Darin’s book at http://www.createspace.com/7683244. He will probably be happy to autograph your copy if you can catch him during a race!  FullSizeR (1)
Stand Up Androscoggin Valley 10K Berlin to Gorham Race saw Eaton’s Frank Holmes 50:52, Suz Laughland of Silver Lake 41:45 first place female and Michele Henley of East Madison 44:33, first in her age group and received $20 7-Eleven Gift Cards for their race finishes while sporting White Mountain Miler Clothing. Also running: 51:20 Whitney Brown Jackson, 52:12 Clay Vetter Intervale, 54:39 Alana Scannell Jackson, 1:00:12 Patrick Murphy Kearsarge,1: 03:31 Christine Thompson Jackson.

Trash Queen Catherine Kyle gathered her royal subjects for a River Road Clean-up on Wednesday morning. Catherine, Jean Brauel, Gretchen Loeffler, Chuck Kyle, and myself cleaned up trash and then dined at the Stairway for breakfast. Good times.

Gossip. Lies, Rumours, and Truths: I’ve learned some people do not want their real names used and from now on some names will be changed to protect the guilty. Is it true that a marathoner in Maine took a knee at the start of a marathon or was he just tying his running shoe?! I heard that Martha Stewart was the official starter of the MDI Marathon as she has a home in the Bar Harbor Area. I also heard that she was not allowed to use the usual “starter’s pistol” because of her past record, and we’re not talking about her running record. Disney Orlando had to cancel races recently because of hurricane season. Lynn and Riley Parkhurst had to cancel their plans to run and opted to travel to DisneyLand in CA instead. Now, DisneyLand has cancelled their 2018 races because of construction the park. I hope to see the Parkhurst Ladies in North Conway at the White Mountain MIler Half Marathon this weekend.
The acorns are so heavy this year you need a hard hat under the trees and you may feel like you’re running on marbles.
Don’t forget your reflective running gear and headlamp on these darkening days.

“Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” –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
•Tuesdays: Group 5K Trail Run, 5:30 PM,Whitaker Woods
•Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)
•Sunday Nov 5: November Breakfast Run, Kearsarge whitemountainmilers.com
•Thursday Nov 23: PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

Fall is Marathon Time

On The Run       10/18/17

My friends father is two weeks shy of his 90th Birthday.  At 89, Bill is a very active person.  He plays golf at least 4 times per week, walks or runs daily, and still travels up here to the valley to ski.  The other day, Bill was running on the Cape Cod Rail Trail near his home. He fell hard, banged up his knees and had to visit the doctor to get five stitches for a cut on his head.  The doctor stitched him up and told Bill; “Whatever you do as a result of this accident, don’t stop running.”!

I not only want to be just like Bill when I’m 90 years young, I want Bill’s doctor!

The MDI Marathon, Mount Desert Island Marathon was run on October 15.  This was the first marathon for White Mountain Miler Ashley Benes and her friend Cheryl Regal and they finished together in 4:29:35. Ashley and Cheryl have been friends for a long time and as Ashley says, “It was a day to celebrate 25 years of friendship. Back in 7th grade at Kingswood track Cheryl and I both had no idea we would be running The Mt. Dessert Marathon together.” Ashley is already planning another marathon, threatening, “Bar Harbor, I will be back.”!  Not sure if Marc Ohlson will run this one again, but he ran a 4:17:52 in his 2nd or is it 3rd marathon this year.

 

Meanwhile, in Connecticut, Leslie O’Dell of Albany ran a 3:02:08 in the Hartford Marathon on October 14, placing first in the female masters division.  Fall is definitely the marathon time of year.  You have all summer and good weather to train, and usually, it’s cooler temps for marathon day.  Not so much this year, but Leslie’s time doesn’t reflect her slowing down for the weather or anything else anytime too soon.

There was a family party claiming victories and 7-Eleven Gas Cards from the White Mountain Milers this week.  The Runaway Pumpkin 10K in Laconia on saw Tim timterryLivingston take first place overall with a new course record and personal record in 33:55 and Terry Livingston Ballou took first place female in 42:01. Terry says it was “a great course, well organized, and delicious pumpkin bread!”  Terry is closing in on a new age group and this may have been her last race in the under 50 kids, so look out.  Will we see Tim racing the Half Marathon?

 

 

There’s still a need for more volunteers for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon. If you can’t or don’t want to run on race day, please consider volunteering. People are still needed to protect runners and walkers at road intersections and bicyclists are needed to lead and follow the athletes.You’ll hear, “thank you” over and over again and it never gets old.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christie Girouard at 603-447-2328 rrgccg@roadrunner.com.  

 

This years race features a race t-shirt, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, race awards, raffle prizes, top finishers and age group awards, Halloween costume awards, and special raffle cash prizes, and the post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company.   Race Director Vince Vaccaro will be pulling bib numbers from a tumbler for the money; 2-$100 winners, 1-$300 winner, and 1-$500 winner!  Anyone can win, all you need to do is register to run and be there at the finish! The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  Race proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

 

The official White Mountain Miler Sunday Breakfast Run Season starts on Sunday, November 5, at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling.  Milers are known for their eating prowess and cooking expertise and we’ve never been disappointed.  Start looking for your recipe now! The fun run/walk starts at 9 AM and you can find directions on the White Mountain Milers Website, whitemountainmilers.com.

November 5 is also the start of Daylight Savings Time so please don’t forget to change your clocks back.  Steve and Cathy will send you out for a longer run!

 

Whitaker Woods Tuesday Night Fun Runs, or Running Club as I’ve heard it called, are still happening with a changing cast of characters.  I couldn’t attend this week, but my dog, Sky, ran with my daughter Sara Holtby.  Be there at 5:30 on Tuesday in Whitaker Woods.  

 

“You two look pathetic and I can’t even catch you!”–K-Dog calling from far far away to Rich and Donna.

 

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
  • Saturday Oct 21: S.U.A.V. 1st Annual 10k, Berlin (facebook.com/suavnh)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)
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  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)

 

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

Safety in Running

On The Run    10/11/17

It’s Fall and the weather feels like summer! However, the days are shorter, daylight is here for only about 12 hours right now, and the leaves are falling. Please dig out your reflective gear, headlamps, and watch your footing on the trails. Don’t find out why they really call it “fall”!

Also, while you’re getting out the reflective gear, if it’s not orange, you need to find some.  Hunting season started September15 and continues through December 15. Please be safe and careful out on the roads and trails.

This year’s Thanksgiving Day Race has had a name change so be sure to put it on your calendar.  The Purity Spring Resort 5K, or PSR5K, is set for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, at 9:00 AM. This trail race has become a wonderful family tradition with the 5K run, a fitness walk and kids fun run. The race, now in its tenth year, serves as a great excuse to eat that extra piece of pie at dinner. Race proceeds will benefit the Kennett Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. Register online before the November 17 price increase. Go to psr5k.com today.

There’s still time to sign up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon. Race.  Register before October 15 to save and to guarantee receiving a coveted race t-shirt.  There will be raffle prizes, top finishers and age group awards, Halloween costume awards, and special raffle cash prizes.  Race Director Vince Vaccaro will be pulling bib numbers from a tumbler for the money; 2-$100 winners, 1-$300 winner, and 1-$500 winner!  Anyone can win, all you need to do is register to run and be there at the finish! The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  This year, in addition to a race t-shirt, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, race awards and post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company. Race proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  

If you can’t or don’t want to run on race day, please consider volunteering. People are still needed to protect runners and walkers at road intersections and bicyclists are needed to lead and follow the athletes.You’ll hear, “thank you” over and over again and it never gets old.  Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christie Girouard at 603-447-2328 rrgccg@roadrunner.com.  

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Donna Cormier, Kevin Callahan, Joe LaRue, Andrea Masters, Rich Masters, and Frank Holmes heading out on a breakfast trail run.

I had every intention to run at the Tuesday night running scene at Whitaker Woods.  I had my running clothes but no shoes!  I couldn’t run in my flip flops.  Join in next Tuesday for informal and fun running with a group at 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles.  I won’t be there, with or without flip flops!

The official White Mountain Miler Sunday Breakfast Run Season starts on Sunday, November 5, at the Dowling’s.  We tried a pre-game warm-up this past Sunday, the Sunday Breakfast Run Pre  complete with pot-luck, trail run, and the return of the Gary Howard Upcycle Recycle Raffle Prizes. The food and laughter were amazing and I won’t be surprised to see some of the raffle prizes reappear at the Christmas Yankee Swap!

“Cross Country; No half times, no time outs, no substitutions.  It must be the only true sport.” –Author 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
  • Tuesdays: Group 5K Trail Run, 5:30 PM,Whitaker Woods
  • Thursday Oct 12:  Final Thursday Salomon Fall Trail Run, Great Glen Trails (greatglentrails.com)
  • Saturday Oct 14: RiverFire 5K Run/Walk, Berlin, NH (racemenu.com/riverfire5K)
  • Saturday Oct 21: S.U.A.V. 1st Annual 10k, Berlin (facebook.com/suavnh)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)
  • Thursday Nov 23:  PSR5K East Madison, NH (psr5k.com)

 

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!

 

Fall Fell Running and Marathons

On The Run        10/04/17

Our Wednesday morning breakfast run welcomed Jenny Burkett’s parents from San Diego for our last two Wednesdays.  Jenny had her parents walking and her Dad even started running!  It was fun to see the valley through the eyes of new visitors. They had a wonderful visit and we hope they come see us again.  

Congratulations to Mike Bryan of Center Conway who ran his first marathon, the Maine Marathon on Sunday.  Mike finished in 5:25:03 while Christine Smith of Center Conway christineandmikemikebryanposted 2:34:53 in the half marathon and Heather Tilney of Intervale finished in 2:16:54.  

The 6th Annual Bretton Woods Fell Race took place over the past weekend.  Locals and White Mountain Milers had great races on the long course on Sunday with Albany’s Leslie O’Dell 9th in 1;06:25. Finishing 16th was Gabe Flanders of Eaton Center in 1:10:28 followed closely by his son Luke Sekera-Flanders, 18th in 1:10:38, 23 Richard Fargo Chatham 1:12:33,  25 Paul Bazanchuk Center Conway 1:14:09, 42 Michael St Hilaire  Freedom 1:22:06, 46 Andrea Leonard Framingham  1:25:01, 66 David McDermott Fryeburg 1:34:49,79, and 79 Richard Leonard Framingham 1:46:44.

The Mt. Rosebrook Ascent took place on Saturday and  Leslie O’Dell placed 9th in 23:21 and Paul Kirsch of Madison was 10th in 23:28.  

The New Hampshire Marathon/Half/ celebrated it’s25th year in Bristol on Saturday, September 30, and Sue Nickerson of Albany ran a 1:49:09 for 45th overall and 2nd in her age group.

 In keeping with the Halloween theme, I went to the post office and picked up my costume for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon. Race net proceeds benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The race features a 5K, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, and a Hand Cycle Division to choose from.  This year, in addition to a race t-shirt, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, race awards and post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company, there will raffle cash prizes.  Race Director Vince Vaccaro will be pulling bib numbers from a tumbler for the money; 2-$100 winners, 1-$300 winner, and 1-$500 winner!  Anyone can win, all you need to do is register to run and be there at the finish!  Oh, and don’t forget your Halloween Theme Costume for another prize division, I didn’t.  

Register before October 15 to guarantee a race t-shirt.  If you can’t run this year, please volunteer for the race by contacting Christie Girouard at rrgccg@roadrunner.com.  For more info and to register, go to wmmhalf.com.

The Tuesday night running scene at Whitaker Woods is growing with the great weather.  This past week,, K-Dog, aka Kevin Callahan, was there along with Sara Holtby, Joe LaRue, Dave McDermott and Luna, Frank Holmes, and Mark. Join in next Tuesday for informal and fun running with a group at 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles.  Hope to see you there!

“Cross Country – Finally a practical use for golf courses.”–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
  • Thursday Oct 5 & 12:  Final two Thursday Salomon Fall Trail Run, Great Glen Trails (greatglentrails.com)
  • Sunday Oct 8:  18th Annual Waterford 5K, Waterford, ME (active.com)
  • Saturday Oct 14: RiverFire 5K Run/Walk – takes place in Berlin, NH on 10/14/17 (racemenu.com/riverfire5K)
  • Saturday Oct 21: S.U.A.V. 1st Annual 10k, Berlin (facebook.com/suavnh)
  • Sunday Oct 29: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com)

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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!