Donna Cormier: On the Run — It might be time to give rucking a try

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Two photos in Sports

1 — Rucking has become more and more popular in the Mount Washington Valley. (COURTESY PHOTO)

2 — Some people get out and ruck with their pets. (COURTESY PHOTO)

 

By Donna Cormier

If you registered for the Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, you should have heard (Thursday) if you are in. Let the training begin. If you got the rejection email, you have one more chance to enter the race.

First, make sure you are a White Mountain Miler member (and you can do this in the next step). Second, come to the Milers annual meeting on Tuesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Tuckerman Brewery. There will be pizza, White Mountain Milers clothing for sale, beer specials, Miler bumpah stickers, social time with fellow athletes, raffles, 50-50 raffle, sign-up for membership, club race announcements, news, elections and more!

More information for Mount Washington is available at mountwashingtonautoroad.com.

More information about the White Mountain Milers may be found at whitemountainmilers.com. Hope to see you Tuesday.

Congratulations to 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. Read more at http://100halfmarathonsclub.blogspot.com/.

Congratulations to the TriTek Events and everyone involved in the Half Marathon. This year the Half Marathon is being run on Oct. 29. Go to wmmhalf.com for more info.

You may have noticed a few people walking the roads around the valley wearing backpacks. They are too "mature" to be heading to any of the SAU 9 buildings as students and they may look like they've lost a hiking trail, but there's a lot more to it. There's a growing group taking to the roads and trails and they are rucking.

Ruck•ing [verb]: To put weight on your back and go for a walk. More weight or more miles equals more results, more friends and more time together equals more fun.

Rucking was founded by Jason McCarthy in 2008, when he found he needed something to fill in the missing team and support he had received while serving in Special Forces. His dog was a big part of getting him outside. McCarthy and the many people who ruck, say that rucking makes you be more active, burn more calories (three times the amount of walking), get stronger, improve posture, have a healthier heart and join a community.

According to Jason, he started rucking and then started making special rucking gear. The rucksacks, made in USA, are designed to be high on your back and many have special pockets for weight plates from 10 pounds and up. The gear didn't sell, so he tried a rucking event and things just went crazy from there. They have a light ruck, tough ruck and heavy ruck events. All rucks are different distances, weights and challenges, not obstacles but challenges, more like boot camp. From there, they've added scavenger and navigator events, zombies and more.

In this area, Dr. Rita Kostecke was the first person I heard of attending a ruck event. Now she is serving in the U.S. Army. Did rucking lead to a new career for the doctor? Jean Brauel has started rucking and says, "I felt stronger and faster in my running." Jean also has noticed her body shape has changed (for the better) since she started rucking.

Linda Dewey reports, "I noted an improvement in my running speed — amazing what carrying around a little extra weight will do for your legs. I also noticed improvement in my posture. I would automatically stand up straighter while rucking due to the placement of the weights and how you carry the pack. The improved posture followed through to everyday life."

The person who got many of us into rucking didn't want me to use his name, so I'll call him "The Street," and he has been to many rucking events. He is also part of a group rucking the Tough Ruck on April 15, a 26.2-mile ruck being held in Concord, Mass. The group is comprised of military, first responders and civilians whose sole purpose is to ruck in honor and in memory of our fallen and to raise money to help them and their families. My East Branch Team of Laura Holtby, Brian Otis and Bob Otis are up to a 14-mile ruck and have more training to go. We are opting for the light ruck and have to carry a minimum of 15 pounds. Team East Branch is looking for help in raising money for Military Friends Foundation You can donate now at classy.org/concord/events/tough-ruck-2017/e103039, and donate to Team East Branch. Ruck on and thank you.

Never too old and no excuses; Orville Rogers (99) and Dixon Hemphill (92) faced off in the Male 90 and over 60 meters at USA Track and Field Masters last weekend in Albuquerque. The 99-year-young Rogers won the event, while the 92-year-old Hemphill says he needs to "add to his training."

"If you can do more, do more." — Cadre Cody

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, Mar 5: White Mountain Milers Breakfast Run (whitemountainmilers.com).

• Tuesday, Mar 7: White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. (Tuckerman Brewery, Conway).

• Saturday April 8: Feelin' Good 5K Chili Cookoff, North Conway (www.runreg.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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See you on the run!