Donna Cormier: On the Run: Gearing up for the Milers annual Yankee Swap

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I hope to see you at the White Mountain Milers annual Christmas Party. Sunday, Dec. 11, is the date and I've found the perfect Yankee Swap gift. I can't wait to see how it's received or stolen or traded. The run or walk, disorganized at any distance you want or don't, starts at noon.

If you happen to run or ski earlier in the day, you could just come and eat and give me a present. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to go with the turkey dinner. The new tradition is the dessert table must equal the dinner table in size and selection. There is a $15 limit for your swap gift. More information and directions may be found at whitemountainmilers.com.

Clothing czar Frank Holmes can help you out with that hard to buy for athlete on your Christmas list. You can see Frank at the Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club, the White Mountain Miler Christmas Party, or email Frank at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He'll be more than happy to help you shop.

Skiing is now competing with my running and Sky, the running dog, is not happy. This is probably the earliest I've hit the slopes in a few years, and the snow at Wildcat on Sunday was amazing. My kudos to the snowmaking crew and to Mother Nature for adding some natural stuff.

Remember, microspikes aren't just for hiking. When the roads get icy, they work well for running, too. I ran with Catherine Kyle and Jean Brauel on Wednesday and they were spiked and felt very safe on the snowy roads. Also, it is still hunting season until Dec. 15, so wear your orange if you're out on the trails.

Try something new this winter with snowshoe racing. On the website Granitestatesnowshoeseries.com, you'll find the schedule for New England Races. The first race is scheduled for Whitaker Woods on Saturday, Jan. 14. The seventh annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble is a 4-mile race and it looks like we'll have the snow for a great run. Last year's race got the snow but it fell on race day which made travel difficult. Other races take place around the Granite State so be sure to check out this one. Bagels, coffee and soup provided by Big Dave's Deli will be served following the event. It's worth 4 miles to enjoy Big Dave's. This is a fundraising event to benefit the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation.

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." — anonymous, but I'm sure they're from New England!

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. Followed by breakfast at Stairway Cafe.

• Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details (whitemountainmilers.com).

• Sunday, Dec 11: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party (whitemountainmilers.com).

• Sunday, Jan 1: White Mountain Milers First Breakfast Run of 2017(whitemountainmilers.com).

• Saturday, Jan 14: Seventh annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble (granitestatesnowshoeseries.com).

Donna Cormier is an avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, skier, and massage therapist with a new office at 50 Seavey Street, North Conway. For more running information, ideas and contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See you on the run!

 

 

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You can find away to play in Whitaker Woods no matter the weather. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble 2016 was part of the White Mountain Milers Julbo Summer Series 2016. (COURTESY PHOTO)