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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!

 

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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!

 

Valley Running in Runner’s World

On The Run   09/27/17

I had heard the rumour, but when I opened my copy of the September issue of Runner’s World, it was confirmed.  There on page 9 was a two page spread of our own Kevin Tilton running on Foss Mountain in Eaton. Joe Klementovich/Aurora took the photo, Big Dave’s Bagels was mentioned as Kevin’s favorite post-run fare, and the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon was listed as the local race. You can go to runnersworld.com/raverun to download the photo for your computer’s wallpaper! Congratulations to Kevin and Joe.

The “Beast of the East” or the “Little Beast”,  the Kismet Cliff Run, 5 miles or 13.1 miles, saw a record number of runners and record heat for the race.   Former race director Gabe Flanders spoke to the group of runners and spectators before the start, admitting 38B4A2DF-98D1-4B4A-B4A5-0004B247E9DEthis was the first time we would run the half marathon distance of the race since its beginning because, “why would I?”!  In spite of this admission, Gabe placed fifth overall and first in his age group with a 2:45:40.  There were 46 finishers in the 5 mile race with Nathan Marcinuk 54:07 and Dawn Heinrich 1:04:25 finishing first male and female.  The half marathon distance saw 113 finishers with Tristan Williams taking 1st in 2:16:48 and Haley Heinrich 3:10:28, 1st female. Jeff White of Brownfield tells me he wouldn’t call his five mile event “running” but two hours into it he had an “incredible experience when I heard footsteps coming behind me on the rocky trail and watched as the guy who turned out to be the winner of the race (Tristan Williams) go flying by me hopping rock to rock. I’d never seen anything like that.”  Jeff finished in 2:18:58. Congratulations to all finishers.

Go to http://six03endurance.com/kismet/kismetresults/ for full results.

Over 150 individuals and teams took part in the 100 Acre Challenge Conquering Obstacles for Literacy this past Saturday and winners were Bethany Mayo of Center Conway 33:28.1, first overall and first female, and Jamie Gillon of Pembroke 35:31.3.  Jo Whittington along with Joann Daly, Charisse Hirschfeld, and Cameron Leavitt formed the team,  Nice Young Man Helps 3 Old Ladies Cross an Obstacle Course, reports this is her Niceyoungman2nd year doing the race, the obstacles were just tough enough, and the food truck at the finish was a nice touch.  “We had the longest team name and we weren’t last” reports Jo.  Check for full resutls at coolrunning.com/results/17/nh/Sep23_100Acr_set1.shtml

 

A big weekend for running and cycling in our area is here again.

Bikes for Books is happening on Saturday. A fund raiser for the North Conway Library in its 16th year, the bike tour provides different trails all around the valley for beginners to experts, snacks along the way and post race pizza, soup, desserts, and coffee.  Sign up at the Whitaker Woods Homesite.  Check northconwaylibrary.com/bfb for more info.

Purity Spring is hosting a CX on Sunday October 1st. A day of bike and running races for the whole family Prizes are said to include bragging rights! Kingpine.com for more info.

Bretton Woods is holding its Annual Fells Race on both Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, at the ski area.  Saturday is a 5K uphill only race with Sunday choices from different course lengths and categories. See acidoticracing.com for more information.

Also on Sunday, October 1, there’s the 4 Miles for Eli hosted by Run for You and the Edward Fenn School in Gorham.  The race fee is a contribution to helping a young student and his family battle cancer.  Check out info at facebook.com/events/1467732423319549/

Good luck to many locals who are headed to Portland for the Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay on Sunday, some to run their first marathon. Hopefully the weather comes in more like fall weather for the race.

Sunday, October 29 is the date for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.. 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.  

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 pretty sparse but this week, K-Dog, aka Kevin Callahan, was there along with Sara Holtby, Joe LaRue, and Roger Marcoux.  Why were there more people there with the heat wave?  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!

“Our running shoes have magic in them.  The power to transform a bad day into a good day; frustration into speed; self doubt into confidence; chocolate cake into muscle.” –Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl

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 Sept 30:  Bretton Woods Fell Race (acidoticracing.com)
  • Sunday Oct 1 Bretton Woods Fell Race (acidoticracing.com)
  • Sunday Oct 1  King Pine XC (kingpine.com)
  • Sunday Oct 1  4 Miles for Eli Gorham, facebook.com/events/1467732423319549/
  • Sunday Oct 1 Purity Spring CX (bikereg.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!

 

Chariots of Fire

On The Run         09/20/17

In getting ready to return home, I’ve been reading about the warmer than usual temperatures and seeing foliage and apple picking photos. We finished our 10 days of hiking Mont de Blanc in snow and I’m wearing all my coats! What an adventure this has been but there is no place like home and I’m looking forward to being there!  During our hike we made a community of our own, albeit a moving community.  We finished our hike in beautiful Chamonix, France.  A town rich in climbing history and now home to hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, and skiers, it reminds me of the Mount Washington Valley.  While having coffee in one of the many outdoor cafes, it felt like home as we talked with many of the people who had been hiking along with us.  If you put Settler’s Green next to downtown North Conway, pedestrian traffic only, countless stores especially outdoor specialists, and more outdoor restaurants, you get the idea.

Valley runners have been busy racing. Congratulations to The “Cutters” who won the Reach the Beach Relay, posting 200 miles in 19 hours and 19 minutes! This team started last because of their projected pace time, caught all 460 teams ahead of them, and Cuttersaveraged 5:33 per mile pace! Congratulations to Jim Johnson, Kevin Tilton, Andrew Drummond, Matt Veiga, Patrick Rich, Matt Garfield, Christopher Dunn, Josh Ferenc, Andrew Huebner, Shaun Donegan, Derrick Hamel, and Eric Macknight. Check out their running to the finish photo on the beach and tell me you’re not reminded of the scene from Chariots of Fire!

Many others from the valley ran the Ragnar Relay, for some an annual event, and I’m sure everyone saw runners and vans come through our roads.

Marc Ohlson ran the Sioux Falls Marathon on the 10th of September, took 3rd place in his age group with a 3:55:58 but just missed qualifying for Boston by 58 seconds. So close. I think the BAA should let you in, Marc!

This weekend, Sunday, September 24, you can run the “Beast of the East” or the “Little Beast” at  the Kismet Cliff Run, 5 miles or 13.1 miles, your choice. The race promises, “The Kismet Cliff Runs are tough, technical, beautiful trail runs in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Big climbs, bigger views!”  You’ll see a different view of the Whites for sure, if you dare to look up!  Visit lightboxreg.com to sign up.

Purity Spring is hosting a CX on Sunday October 1st. A day of bike and running races for the whole family Prizes are said to include bragging rights! Kingpine.com for more info.

Bretton Woods is holding its Annual Fells Race on both Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, at the ski area.  Saturday is a 5K uphill only race with Sunday choices from different course lengths and categories. Rungeg.com for more information.

Also on Sunday, October 1, there’s the 4 Miles for Eli hosted by Run for You and the Edward Fenn School in Gorham.  The race fee is a contribution to helping a young student and his family battle cancer.  

It’s not too late to sign up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.  The race date is Sunday, October 29. 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!

Also new this year, there is a Military & 1st Responder discount of 20% and a Hand Cycle Division.  There will also be the special Halloween Themed Runner Awards.  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.

Tuesday night running continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles with or without Kevin Callahan.  Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to White Mountain Miler Sponsor Nicole Milewski of 7-Eleven North Conway on her 1st Anniversary. Nicole and her staff are very supportive of the Milers and we say thank you and wish her all the best in the future.

“Running is like coffee. I’m much nicer after I’ve had one.”  –anonymous

(I may and should have said this.  Let me tell you about the coffee in Italy, France, and Switzerland!)

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 Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (believeinbooks.org)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • Sunday October 1  for Eli
  • Sunday October 1 Purity Spring CX
  • Saturday Oct 21: s.u.a.v. 1st Annual 10k, Berlin (lightboxreg.com)
  • 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!

 

Small World!

On The Run      09/13/17

Fryeburg Academy first home cross country meet took place on Friday 9/15 at 5 p.m.

Saturday 10/17 will be Kennett Eagles first home meet.

The Millen Mile took place last Friday and Terry Livingston Ballou ran 5:42 for first woman and  Zac Swetaj took first in the male division in 4:36.  Congratulations to all participants who ran under the Friday Night Lights at the KHS Eagles first home game.

As of this writing, Dave and Kristen McDermott are together in Italy where Dave gave running the Tor de Geants, a 205 mile endurance trail run with, if I’m translating this right, 24,000 meters of height gain, a giant try.  Dave was 192k or 119 miles into his run, finished 17k of ascent and 17.5 descent and feeling ready for some rest. Dave says “lots of views, lots of rocks, and ultra companions” were the highlight of his Tor. Rest up, Dave!

Meanwhile, Brian Otis and I are halfway through our Tor de Mont Blanc hike, and have had sun, rain, sleet and snow for an amazing adventure. We were commenting about the people we’ve met from all over the world, making this a truly international hike. IMG_0558Monday, when carrying our adult beverages outdoors at the Italian Rifugio Bonatti, named for Italian mountaineer and adventurer Walter Bonatti, we ran into valley neighbors Missy and Carl Nelson, Carrianne Bradley, Bob Hull, Kim Lambert and Mike Dupuis! It truly is a small world!  

Congratulations to Tim Livingston for placing 2nd overall and 1st in his age group at the Run to Fall 5k in Northwood. Tim won a gift card for 7-Eleven for placing while wearing his White Mountain Miler Singlet! Don’t forget to send your winning photos to Frank Holmes fbholmes2008@gmail.com.

I hope you signed up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon but if you haven’t there’s still time. The race date is Sunday, October 29. 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 and post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and race awards, 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!

Also new this year, there is a Military & 1st Responder discount of 20% and a Hand Cycle Division.  There will also be the special Halloween Themed Runner Awards.  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.

Kevin Callahan has been wondering where you are on Tuesday nights as running continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles.

Congratulations to Terry Ballou for her double win at the Gaige McCue Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 3.  Terry won the race and also a $20 Gift Card to 7-Eleven North Conway for racing in her White Mountain Miler Singlet.  Don’t forget to send your race photo and place results to fbholmes2008@gmail.com

Also congratulations to my daughter Laura Holtby who took on the Pitch Pine Challenge with teammate Helen Moody for a top, in the money, finish. I can’t get enough internet service for full results while hiking.

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” –Steve “Pre” Prefontaine, American record holder in 7 different distances.

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
  • Friday Sep 8: Seventh Annual Gary Millen Mile,  Football Half-Time-KHS
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Saturday Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (believeinbooks.org)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • 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!

 

On The Run           09/06/17

It was a beautiful day for the Memorial Hospital Maine Health Fun Run at StoryLand on Labor Day.  Congratulations to all the runners who received a race t-shirt, finisher

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Ellie Smith Running for Fun at StoryLand

medals, and a day pass to StoryLand.  All proceeds from the run go to Believe in Books Literacy Foundation.

 

The Milers are on the move these days, heading out for vacations involving running, hiking, and, of course, eating.  Marc and Jane Chauvin are hiking in Scotland including a climb up Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles at 4,413 ft.  Gretchen Loeffler and Mary Willenbrock are headed to Scotland to hike the West Highland Way, about a 94 mile trek.  Linda Comeau and Al Aldrich are hiking in the Austrian Alps and Italy’s Amalfi Coast. They’ve met people who know the Schneider Family, of course.  Andrew Drummond and Hilary McCloy were in France “not racing, professional spectating” the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, a 103 mile race with about 10,000 metres of height gain. Dave and Kristen McDermott are headed to the same area of France where Dave is set to run the Tor de Geants, a 205 mile endurance trail run with, if I’m translating this right, 24,000 meters of height gain.  Brian Otis and I are going to be hiking the Tor de Mont Blanc, about 100 miles and 10,000 meters in altitude.  The White Mountain Milers; We Run the Valley, and the highlands, mountains, and glaciers.  

I hope you signed up for the 32nd Annual White Mountain Milers Half Marathon but if you haven’t there’s still time. The race date is Sunday, October 29. 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 and post-race celebration at Sea Dog Brewing Company, and race awards, 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!

Also new this year, there is a Military & 1st Responder discount of 20% and a Hand Cycle Division.  There will also be the special Halloween Themed Runner Awards.  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.

Tuesday night running continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles and talk about Kevin Callahan afterward.  Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Terry Ballou for her double win at the Gaige McCue Memorial Scholarship 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 3.  Terry won the race and also a $20 Gift Card to 7-Eleven North Conway for racing in her White Mountain Miler Singlet.  Don’t forget to send your race photo and place results to fbholmes2008@gmail.com to claim your gift card.

“Running is like coffee. I’m much nicer after I’ve had one.”  –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
  • Friday Sep 8: Seventh Annual Gary Millen Mile,  Football Half-Time-KHS
  • Saturday Sep 9: Pitch Pine Challenge, White Lake  Tritekevents,com
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Saturday Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (believeinbooks.org)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • 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!

 

On The Run       08/31/17

Madeleine Ryan of Glen likes to help out non-profits by buying raffle tickets to help support them.  This summer Madeleine bought a raffle ticket for a half marathon race entry.  The raffle was sponsored by the Western Dairy Association. When she won, Ryan realized the half marathon was in Longmont, CO, on July 23.   Madeleine received word that there was a special t-shirt that she, and the three other raffle winners were going to wear during the race. Not being sure what a dairy sponsored running t-shirt would look like, Madeleine was feeling apprehensive about her wardrobe choice!  If you’re picturing cow print, you’re right!madeleinecowshirt-e1504177938875.jpgRyan states, “I finished slower than usual in 2:22 but attribute that to being at 5000 feet of elevation with 80 degree temperatures in a very sun exposed course (I like to have my excuses lined up).  I did finish first amongst us ‘dairy ladies’ — no one wanted to call us cows!”  The cow print shirt could only have made Madeleine run faster!  

 

Tuesday night running continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM.  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles and trash talk about it after.  Too much fun for free.  Some people are even doing the course clockwise!  Hope to see you there along with Kevin Callahan.

A good time was had by all at Ron and Raylene’s 2017 Summer Party!  I hear there were swimming races and some hard core ping pong games happening. The food, as is usual for a White Mountain Miler Event, was outstanding and my grandson may have eaten an entire Kearsarge Pie Company/Cathy Dowling Blueberry Pie!  Thank you to Ron and Raylene for once again hosting this wonderful day!  Rumor has it that Ron could be talked into a special adult running camp? Sign me up!

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, which is being awarded by raffle. You must be present to win, but all are eligible.  T-shirts, finisher medals, unlimited race photos by Harrigan Photos, and post race celebration with live music at Sea Dog Brewing Company are also part of the fun. In keeping with the date, there will also be special prizes for Halloween Themed Runners. 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.

On Tuesday, August 29, the Annual Cross Country Challenge took place at Kennett Middle School.  This 2 mile cross country trail race brought teams from Kennett High School, Kennett Middle School, Fryeburg, Academy, and the White Mountain Milers together for a fun and exciting evening complete with racing, Subway Subs, homemade desserts, and awards.  The women’s course record, previously held by White Mountain Miler Terry Livingston Ballou, was broken by Emily Carty of Fryeburg Academy in a time of 11:59. Riley Steward of Kennett was 2nd in 12:04 followed by White Mountain Miler Leslie O’Dell in 12:14. The men’s winner was Tim Livingston of the White Mountain Milers in a time of 10:29. Aiden Hagerty of Kennett and Alfie Walker of Fryeburg rounded out the top three places in 11:01 and 11:02.  Kennett took first place in both races for the teams with the Milers in 2nd for the women, Fryeburg 3rd, and Fryeburg taking 2nd for the men with the Milers placing 3rd, by one point!  

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I, for one love, attending this event, especially as a spectator.  The energy of the runners, young and, ah, more mature, is just amazing.  The three coaches, Bill Reilly for FA and Bernie and Tim Livingston for Kennett, have nearly 90 years of experience combined and they still love what they do. Of course, this and all races couldn’t happen without the volunteers, especially the families and friends of the coaches and the runners. Thank you, all!

Tim Livingston also hosted a camp for high school harriers this summer and is seeing the results in the team running times.  The athletes met 5 times a week for a few hours of trails, hills, and speed work. The commitment of the athletes and coach are to be commended. Livingston thanks the White Mountain Milers for once again sponsoring the camp.  The Milers say thank you to Tim for his passion for the sport of running.

“Fall is that beautiful moment between sweat and hypothermia.”–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
  • Tuesday Aug 29:  Cross Country Challenge, Kennett Middle School, 5 P.M., whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Sep 3:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Walk Run (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Monday Sep 4:  Memorial Hospital Maine Health Fun Run at Storyland believeinbooks.org
  • Friday Sep 8: Seventh Annual Gary Millen Mile,  Football Half-Time-KHS
  • Saturday Sep 9: Pitch Pine Challenge, White Lake  Tritekevents,com
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Saturday Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (believeinbooks.org)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • 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!

 

On The Run

08/25/17

Tuesday night running, or as some know it, the Tuesday Running Club,  continues at Whitaker Woods. Informal and fun running with a group, 5:30 PM, right Kevin Callahan?  People run or walk 2 or 3 miles and trash talk about it after.  Too much fun for free.  Hope to see you there and at Ron and Raylene’s 2017 Summer Party!

Thank you to Paul Kirsch, race director of the Great Glen 7km Trail Race for this race report on the race held Sunday, August 20.  

Sean Doherty and his Mom, Mary, head out on the Great Glen Trails.                                       Sean and Frank Holmes, 70+ Winner.    Joe LaRue is all smiles with his race “win”!

Close to 50 people came out to support Sean Doherty and run the beautiful trails of Great Glen on Sunday. Sean, our local Olympic Biathlete, is training hard for the upcoming World Cup and Olympic season. He made the trek over from Lake Placid to come out to the race and run the course with his family too.  Over $1500 was raised and was only possible through the generous support of Great Glen Trails, the White Mountain Milers, Big Dave’s Bagels, Moat Mountain Brewing Company and Memorial Hospital and all of the race participants.
I like to joke that this race has the best participant to raffle prize ratio of any race in the country and this year didn’t disappoint with raffle prizes of cool biathlon jackets and gear along with a bunch of additional gear from Fischer skis.
While not intentionally planned to be on the same date, the race was also the one year anniversary of Jim Soroka’s passing and several of us were looking up at the sun peering through the clouds and thinking that Jim was happily looking down to see another Miler gathering to support a local athlete.
The White Mountain Milers had a strong showing with Susan Laughland winning, followed by Kim Proulx. They also did well in the age division awards including VP Frank Holmes winning the 70 and over division.  We look forward to another race again next year and hope to see even more Milers there! Follow Sean’s pursuits this coming Winter at seandohertybiathlete.com where you can see links to the live streaming of all of the upcoming World Cup events.

Brent Trail of LIttleton was the men’s winner in 27:46 and first woman was Suz Laughland of Silver Lake NH in a time 35:28. Suz also won a 7-Eleven Gift Card for her finish while wearing her White Mountain Miler Singlet!
Please go to greatglentrails.com for full race results.

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 and to register, 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.

The Seventh Annual Gary Millen Mile is coming up on Friday, September 8.  The race takes place at the first Kennett Home Game at halftime.  Millen, who died unexpectedly on May 5, 2006, at the age of 53, was head of the social studies department for more than a decade at Kennett High. Coach Millen was head football coach at Kennett and went 186-86 with six state championships.  

For this year’s MIllen Mile, Kennett Cross Country and Track Coach Bernie Livingston has once again drafted a line-up of fast men and women willing to run 4 laps on the Livingston Oval under the lights.  The men’s record stands at 4:23.4 set by Zach Switaj of Tamworth, in 2016.  Leslie O’Dell of Albany holds the women’s record  of 5:26.1, also set in 2016.  Come out for a great game and an exciting half-time show!

My condolences to the family of Tim Even of Stoneham, Maine.  Tim, an outstanding athlete at Fryeburg Academy and University of Maine and Maine Athletic Association’s Coach of the year 2014-2016, passed over the bridge last week. Tim was a frequent podium finisher at the Four on the Fourth Bridgton Race and broke the Gary Millen Mile men’s record in 2012 with a 4:28.6.   His record held for four years. Tim was fast, friendly, and shared a smile that started all the way from his toes.  Be at peace, Tim.

“We all have dreams.  In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline, and effort.” –Jesse Owens, Olympic Gold Medalist

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 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 3:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Walk Run (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Monday Sep 4:  Memorial Hospital Maine Health Fun Run at Storyland believeinbooks.org
  • Friday Sep 8: Seventh Annual Gary Millen Mile,  Football Half-Time-KHS
  • Sunday Sep 3:  Gaige McCue Memory 5K Race (gaigemccuememoryscholarship on Facebook)
  • Sunday Sep 17:  Danforth Bay 5K to Benefit MDA 603-539-2069
  • Saturday Sep 23: 100 Acre Challenge, Intervale (believeinbooks.org)
  • Sunday Sep 24:  Kismet Cliff Run, North Conway (lightboxreg.com)
  • 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!

 

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!