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On The Run        0125/18

The 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble was postponed from Saturday, January 13 because of the rainstorm and has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 17.  Held in Whitaker Woods, this 4 Mile Snowshoe Race is a fundraising event to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation.  Check out more information or to register, to to mwvskitouring.org.

The weather this winter has played havoc with all our running, skiing, and snowshoe adventures.  It has been very cold, or, warm, beautiful light and dry snow, or let’s have rain, fog, blue skies, and you name it.  Thanks to microspikes, snowmaking, road crews, and work-out clothing, we can still enjoy it all.  Please be careful out there.

Thomas Zotti, Deputy Chief of Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue, Patriot Fan, Bruin Fan, runner, and snowshoer, competed in the Moose Mountain Runaround Snowshoe Race on January 20th in Wolfeboro.  Thomas placed 2nd in his age group and because he placed while wearing his White Mountain Miler Shirt, he earned a 7-Eleven Gift Card.  

If you’re in need of White Mountain Miler Gear, contact Frank Holmes at 447-4365 or email him at fholmesnaep@gmail.com.  Then, wear your gear in a race, place in the race, have your photo taken with the finish information, and send it to Frank.  He will be happy to get your 7-Eleven Gift Card to you.

The next White Mountain Miler Breakfast Run is set for Sunday, February 4.  What could be better than a run, any distance of your choice, followed by a potluck breakfast filled with great food, coffee, tea, laughs, and games. Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

The Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration opens on February 12 and continues through February 26 at 11:59 PM!  Don’t delay.  This is the first step in being one of the chosen to run up the rockpile. Go to mtwashingtonautoroad.com for all the info.

Save the date! The White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 6 at Tuckerman Brewing Company, 66 Hobbs Street, Conway. Social time with appetizers and Tuckerman beer deals, recap of our running year, future club planning and events, membership sign ups, and Mt. Washington Road Race slots.  Hope to see you there!

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.”–George Sheehan, runner, doctor, writer

Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs: (Please note: All of these events listed are for runners and walkers!)

  • Every Wednesday, Breakfast Run: 6:45 a.m. walk/run and 7 a.m., with 4-mile and 3-mile loops. Meet behind the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.
  • Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details. whitemountainmilers.com
  • Sunday Feb 4:  White Mountain MIlers February Breakfast Run whitemountainmiles.com
  • Monday Feb 12: Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration begins mountwashingtonautoroad.com
  • Saturday Feb 17: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html
  • Tuesday Mar 6: Annual White Mountain Milers Tuckerman Brewing Company, Conway
  • Saturday Apr 7:  2nd Annual Feeling Good 5K and Chili Cook Off whitemountainmilers.com
  • Saturday & Sunday May 5&6: White Lake Ultras rockhopperraces.com
  • Saturday Jun 16: Mount Washington Road Race
  • Saturday Jun 16: Chocorua Mountain Race rockhopperraces.com
  • Sunday Jul 8: Cranmore Hill Climb 5K whitemountainmilers.com

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

 

Hello 2018

On The Run   01/10/18

A few White Mountain Milers attended the 49th Annual Dartmouth Relays on Sunday, January 7.  Conway’s Terry Ballou finished first in the 400M Run in 1:06.17, Suz Laughland of Silver Lake was first in the 1 Mile Run in 6:11:00, and Steve Dowling, aka “The ‘Flying’ Moose” was first in the High Jump with a 3’10” jump.  Suz said she was very excited and nervous to run in her first indoor track event, missed her goal (by only 11 seconds!)  but really enjoyed the event.  

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Suz and Terry running indoor track

If you have any doubt about what a great event this is, check out Flo Meiler of Sherburne, Vermont.  Flo, at 83 years young, competed once again and took first in the Weight Throw, Shot Put, Long Jump, Pole Vault, High Jump, 200 meter dash, and 60 meter dash.  Flo holds world records in many of her events and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon!

Leslie O’Dell and her son John recently travelled to the Big Island of Hawaii where Leslie ran in the Hilo 2 Volcano 50K Ultra and took first for women masters, second woman overall in a time of 4:56:08.  Leslie reports it was warmer than here but at 50 degrees (above zero!) and raining, it was pretty cool after gaining 4,000 feet to the summit.  

There are a few new races on the local 2018 running calendar and they are all being hosted by Rockhopper Races, LLC.

May 5 and 6 are the dates for the White Lake Ultras. A 2 mile trail loop around White Lake in White Lake State Park in Tamworth features single track trails and some beach sand.  On site camping, showers, BBQ, music, a bonfire, and spectator friendly course are only a few of the highlights.  Twenty four, twelve, and six hour options will be available.  Check out White Lake Ultra on Facebook.  Registration opens in February.   

On June 16th, the Chocorua Mountain Race 25K is being organized by Rockhopper Races, LLC in conjunction with the National Forest Service.  The 16 mile “lollipop” course will consist of a 1.3 mile stretch of beautiful dirt road which leads to a fantastic loop over the summit of “The Matterhorn of the EAST” The loop consists of some rolling double track snowmobile trail and single track hiking trail which ranges from moderately technical to “hands on trail’ rock scrambling up and down steep ledges. The race will have approximately 3,500 ft of vertical ascent and loss. There will only be two on course aid stations so a minimum “kit” will be required. Registration will open in February so mark your calendars!  Check out the race on facebook ChocoruaMountainRace/

Another race, the Kilkenny Ridge Race is also being planned by Rockhopper Races is tentatively set for September but more information should be available soon.  Watch for more info on the KilkennyRidgeRace on Facebook.

The White Mountain Miler Breakfast Run for January was actually held on Sunday, December 31 in the frigid temps of the cold snap.  About 15 hearty runners, snowshoers, skiers, and walkers headed down Wallis Way and I wasn’t one of them.  Someone had to stay back and help Cathy Dowling make coffee!  The food, as always, was yummy and the company and stories were hilarious.  The next breakfast run is set for February 4 at 9:00 AM.  Plan to run, ski, snowshoe, sled, whatever, but don’t forget your potluck dish to share.  Check out whitemountainmilers.com for further info.

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Milers on the run

It’s coming, it’s coming!  Not another cold front, I hope, but the Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration opens on February 12 and continues through February 26 at 11:59 PM!  Go to mtwashingtonautoroad.com for all the info.

“A lot of times I’d like to stay in bed in the morning, Meiler said, but then she remembers her former track coach Bill Nedde. ‘He always told meI was capable of better,’ Meiler said.  His words still drive her.”

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 Jan 13: 8th Annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale mwvskitouring.org/SnowshoeScramble/index.html
  • Sunday Feb 4:  White Mountain MIlers February Breakfast Run whitemountainmiles.com
  • Monday Feb 12: Mount Washington Road Race Lottery Registration begins mountwashingtonautoroad.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!

 

What a Year!

On the Run  12/30/17

Another year. A year of running, walking, fun and hopefully health. As we head into 2018, I’ve looked back on 2017 and pulled some of the highs and lows of our running year.

Last January, Steve Dowling and Terry Ballou attended and took top honors in the high jump and mile, respectively, at the Dartmouth Relays. See an invitation below and attend the Relays this year!

Vince Vaccaro of Tri Tek Events announced the Road Runners Club of America has awarded the 2017 RRCA New Hampshire State Half Marathon Championship to the 32nd White Mountain Milers Half Marathon scheduled for Oct. 29, 2017. This is an honor and a huge draw for runners to attend our half marathon.

USA Track and Field New England nominated Leslie O’Dell as female athlete of the year, and Chris Dunn and Paul Kirsch were nominated as race directors of the year. Once again the valley shows what a great collection of talented and giving people we have living here.

The White Mountain Milers Half Marathon for being named to “The Best of 2016” Half Marathons by the 100 Half Marathon Club. The 100 Half Marathons Club is a racing club that celebrates those who have achieved the accomplishment of completing 100 lifetime half marathons (or more), and encourages and supports those who are on the way to reaching this goal. For more, go to tinyurl.com/ybefcxro.

The Feelin’ Good 5K saw the first winners of the 7-Eleven $20 merchandise card offered by the White Mountain Milers and North Conway’s 7-Eleven. These cards, presented by 7-Eleven’s Nicole Milewski, went to age group and place winners who ran the race in their White Mountain Milers clothing; Darin Brown, Don Fredrikson, Annabelle Wilson and Gretchen Loeffler.  White Mountain Miler and former Conway resident John Renda crossed the finish line of his greatest race on Saturday, Earth Day, April 22. John, we miss you.

Approximately $7,000 in scholarships was awarded to deserving high school seniors by the White Mountain Milers. Over $90,000 has been awarded by the Milers from the Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Fund. Most of these funds come directly from the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon.

The Division II Track and Field Championships, held at KHS in late May, was a huge success for all athletes and everyone involved in hosting the event. A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Peter Lovejoy Award to Coach Bernie Livingston by the New Hampshire Coaches Association. The award is given to a deserving Granite State coach who has coached for at least 20 years. This is only the third year of the award.

The Mount Washington Road Race took place on June 16. The first male over the finish line was four-peat winner Joe Gray of Colo. in 58:57, a 7:46 minute per mile average. First local male was Kevin Tilton of Conway in a time of 1:19:05. First runner representing the White Mountain Milers was Scot Holt of North Woodstock in a time of 1:40:33. First female over the line in 12th place was Shannon Payne of Colo. in 1:11:21. Leslie O’Dell of Albany was the first local woman in 1:33:28. First White Mountain Miler Woman was Hilary McCloy of Madison in 1:38:45.

The return of the Cranmore Hill Climb saw Tim Livingston of Conway as the first finisher on the mountain in a time of 23:41, followed closely by Andrew Drummond of Madison 24:57. Hilary McCloy of Madison was the first female finisher in 29:48 followed by Sarah Bolthrunis of Somerville, Mass. in 32:12. I was very honored and humbled to receive the Jim Soroka Spirit Award at the race. Many of us wore our straw hats as a salute to Jim and we still miss him.

The Bucks for Bernie’s Kids 24-Hour Relay took place at the Livingston Oval at Kennett HIgh School on Friday, July 28 beginning at 6 p.m. and concluded on Saturday, July 29, at 6 p.m. Thirty people circled the track for 24 hours with the “kids” team taking on 12 hours. The relay race is a fundraiser for Kennett High and Middle School Cross-Country and Track team uniforms. This 24-hour span was the best, driest and coolest evening in the four year history of the relay.

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.  

 

Dave and Kristen McDermott were together in Italy where Dave gave running the Tor de Geants, a 205-mile endurance trail run with 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. He also said it was like “running up Mount Washington every day.”

Saturday, Oct. 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 Purity Spring 5K Thanksgiving Race was once again a well attended event with 184 finishers. Malcolm Thomas of Albany was the overall winner and Leslie O’Dell, also of Albany was the first female finisher and 11th overall.

A very Happy New Year, everyone!

Don’t forget the Sunday run this week. The food and fun filled Milers event will be the January Breakfast Run which is being held on Sunday, December 31. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m., followed by potluck breakfast. Please join us to begin the New Year. Directions and further info available at whitemountainmilers.com

The 49th annual Dartmouth Relays take place Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, through Sunday, Jan. 7. Entry deadline is Jan. 3, and feature high school, college, open and master events. The master events, open to anyone 30 or older, take place on Sunday, Jan. 7, starting with a race walk at 9 a.m. and continue through the day with 60-meter dash, 200-, 400-, 800-, and 3,000-meter runs, relays, long jump, high jump, pole vault, shot put and weight throw. High school events take place on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7, and open events take place on Saturday and Sunday. The schedule is still being worked on, entry deadline is Jan. 2, but check out all the events at tinyurl.com/yau9cvbw

“Set goals, not resolutions.” — unknown.

Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs

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.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31: White Mountain Miler January Breakfast Run (whitemountainmilers.com).
  • Friday-Sunday, Jan. 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, masters, high school and collegiate athletes (tinyurl.com/yau9cvbw).
  • Saturday, Jan 6: White Mountain Winter Triathlon, Jackson (tinyurl.com/yavhzzqf).
  • Saturday, Jan 13: Eighth annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble, Intervale (tinyurl.com/y83m8e6a).

Check out inyurl.com/y8arwsty for all of the races in the state, especially the many Christmas-themed races.

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

 

 

Christmas Wishes for Others

On The Run    12/20/17

Flying Granny?  Yup.  Not my title; this one belongs to Canadian Betty Jean McHugh.  Betty registered for the 45th Honolulu Marathon in spite of a year-long injury and planned to walk the race. Betty felt pretty good on race morning and finished in 6:47:31, breaking the 20-year Road Racing Record for 90-year-old women in the marathon by over 2 hours!  Betty set a world marathon record at 88 in Honolulu, running 6:31:32 in 2015. A family affair, Betty’s son and 2 grandchildren also ran the marathon.  McHugh wrote a book in 2011, “My Road to Rome – The running Times of BJ McHugh.” I think it’s time for a sequel.

I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.  My Christmas Gift arrived early in the form of backcountry ski gear!  Most runners love to cross train by cycling, hiking, nordic skiing, core work in the gym, yoga, and anything else that keeps us moving and not falling on the winter ice.  Skiing uphill is an amazing workout and is a fast growing sport here in the Whites.  Black Mountain is featuring a $99 Uphill Season Ski Pass and you can ski from sunrise until 4:00 P.M. or $10/visit, Wildcat has a $10/day Uphill Ski Pass, as does Cranmore for $20.  Many areas restrict you to certain trails but if the snow keeps falling, you’ll find more skiers in the real backcountry.  Check out your favorite ski areas for their deals and skithewhites.com where Andrew Drummond has equipment for sale and rent and EMS for rentals.

I asked Milers for Christmas Gift Ideas for other runners and received some great gifts with only a few not fit for print!  

Santa should definitely leave some running shirts under Kevin Callahan’s Christmas Tree and in his stocking. St. Nick would fulfill many a runners Christmas Wish with this one!

Catherine Kyle hopes Santa brings some new shoes to Jenny Burkett.  Seems Jenny’s new puppy loves shoes!  Catherine also thinks Sara Holtby should get a puppy in her stocking and some other little ones, too!  (I’m just passing the word!)

Frank Holmes needs another car for the Holidays or maybe another motorcycle, or perhaps a sherpa to carry Miler Clothing!

Sara Holtby is hoping Santa brings Bob “Barf” Benes some Hershey Kisses.  

Joe Fay sends this along:  “This gift is a serious one;  to send well wishes to Marianne (Jackson)…she had a bad bike accident when visiting friends in North Carolina. Yesterday she had a second operation on her right leg, they put pins, plates and bolts in place but did not find any soft tissue tears or other damage[good news] to the knee. She will be released from the hospital today and is staying with good friends, close to the hospital This accident happened two weeks ago …. she will not be able to return to the valley until sometime around the middle of Jan.”  

We all wish Marianne a quick and speedy recovery and to come home soon.

Steve Dowling has a lot of wishes in his Santa Letter:

“Dear Santa…

Bring Linda Stetson some precooked suppers as she recovers from open heart surgery.

Bring Marianne Jackson some crutches as she recovers from a broken leg.

Bring Terry Ballou some competition in her new age group.

Bring Nancy and Dave Drach back from Florida for a visit.

Bring Gary Howard and Pat Frye down from Lubec for a visit.

Bring Frank Holmes more 7/11 gas cards to give away.

Bring more Bucks for Bernie’s kids.

Bring Dave “Ultra-man” McDermott a new pair of trail running shoes.

Bring Mary Nagel and her sister Margie Riforgiato name tags so we can tell them apart.

Bring Vince Vaccaro a trophy for all he has done for the Half Marathon.

Bring Tim Livingston anything he asks for.

Bring back the Milers we have lost for one more run:  Al Hatch, Gretchen Hatch, Dave Sporcic, Jim Berry, John Chandler, Earl Stetson, Kathy Etter, Paul LeTarte, Jim Soroka, Jim Cataldo, Maggie Solomon, Richard Solomon, Bill Murphy, Bob Fisher, and Eric Pendleton.”  

Well done, Steve and thank you.

 

The next food and fun filled Milers Event will be the January Breakfast Run which is being held on Sunday, December 31. The run/walk begins at 9:00 AM, followed by potluck breakfast. Please join us to begin the New Year.We hope to see you there and bring a friend!    Directions and further info available at whitemountainmilers.com.

It’s not too late for Miler Clothing Christmas Gifts. The club has wonderful Milers’ clothing for that outdoors person in your life for sale. We have ball-caps, sweatshirts, singlets and “T” shirts. Contact Frank Holmes at fholmesnaep@gmail.com or call 447-4365. And yes, we ship and take credit cards!  

I hear that Steve Dowling, Terry Ballou, and Suz Laughland are travelling to Dartmouth for the relays.  I’m still asking, how about trying something new and different to start 2018?  Steve 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, College, 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, entry deadline is January 2nd, but check out all the events at lancertiming.com/dartmouthrelays/masters.htm

“Action is worry’s worst enemy. ”— American Proverb

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 31:  White Mountain Miler January Breakfast Run  whitemountainmilers.com
  • Friday-Sunday, Jan 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, Masters, High School, and Collegiate Athletes. lancertiming.com/dartmouthrelays/masters.htm
  • 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!

 

Christmas Party, Get Well Wishes, Marathons

On The Run     12/13/17

Oh what fun it is to run, eat, visit, and Yankee Swap Gifts at the White Mountain Milers Christmas Party.  Held Sunday, December 10, runners and walkers got out in the snow for some fun and then returned to an amazing turkey feast and desserts.  Cathy and Steve Dowling outdid themselves once again hosting about 30 hungry athletes with turkey and all the trimmings.  Everyone brought sides and desserts and they were plentiful.  The Yankee Swap was full of surprises with a close call on a family dispute and there may be an assault and battery charge, something to do with flying monkeys.  There was also a new event founded, chair sitting, or, how many Milers can fit in one chair.  This may be a challenge for all future events at the Dowlings.

The next food and fun filled Milers Event will be the January Breakfast Run which is being held on Sunday, December 31. The run/walk begins at 9:00 AM, followed by potluck breakfast. Please join us to begin the New Year.  Directions and further info available at whitemountainmilers.com

On the Milers DL are Marianne Jackson who had a bicycling accident while visiting friends in North Carolina, Linda Stetson who is recovering from heart surgery, and Ben Cargill who took a serious fall while running the Moats.  We all wish them well, a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing them on the run soon.

This year, the White Mountain Milers have given away $600 worth of the North Conway 7-Eleven gas/merchandise cards ($20 each) to both runners and walkers who placed at races while wearing their amazing White Mountain Miler Gear!

Christmas is near and the club has this wonderful Milers’ clothing for that outdoors person in your life for sale. We have ball caps, sweatshirts, singlets and “T” shirts. Contact Frank Holmes at fholmesnaep@gmail.com or call 447-4365. And yes, we ship and take credit cards!  

Ashley Benes and Kristine Reardon travelled to Millinocket to run in the Marathon. According to Ashley, “The Millinocket Marathon yesterday (December 9) was an experience I will new forget! 942 half marathon runners and 213 full marathon runners. Finished 4:15:21 6th in my age group! We will be back next year. The 7 hour drive home in the snowstorm I could have skipped, but at least I know my new nissan rogue is awesome in the snow.”  

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Ashley Benes is all smiles running the Millinocket Marathon!

So, the marathon was Saturday, December 9.  On Sunday, December 10, Ashley had this to say about her run pre Christmas Party Run, “Today Black Cap 8 mile hike/run with some White Mountain Milers before the Christmas party Yankee swap. WMM sure know how to eat and have fun.“

The medals from the Millinocket Marathon were wood burned with words to remember, “Most Run-derful time of the year”!

Race results may be found at 3craceproductions.com and you can sign up for the 2018 race at crowathletics.com/millinocket/

Leslie O’Dell ran the 2.1 Yule Light Up the Night Race at NH Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sunday December 10.  Leslie ran well on the ice covered course placing 3rd female in 12:45. Leslie’s son, John Beckwith ran 27:30 on the course, completed by 1414 runners/walkers. There were 903 women and 511 men in the event. I had heard the “Gift of Lights” along the speedway were supposed to be amazing. Leslie said she was too focused on the icy footing to enjoy the lights.

I’m still asking, how about trying something new and different to start 2018?  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, College, 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, entry deadline is January 2nd, but check out all the events at lancertiming.com/dartmouthrelays/masters.htm

 

“The best technology for tracking and guiding your runs is the device between your ears.” –Alex Hutchinson, “The Seven Pillars of Running Wisdom”

 

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 31:  White Mountain Miler January Breakfast Run  whitemountainmilers.com
  • Friday-Sunday, Jan 5-7: Dartmouth Relays, Masters, High School, and Collegiate Athletes. lancertiming.com/dartmouthrelays/masters.htm
  • 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 Thanks

On The Run

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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!