The Cranmore Mountain Race takes place Sunday, June 2 at 9 a.m. Early race number pick up is taking place at Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, and there is race-day registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Arlberg Children’s Center at Cranmore Mountain Resort. The one-lap race, approximately 3.1 miles or 5K, starts at 8:30 a.m. and the double lap, 6.2 miles 10K, at 9 a.m.
Race proceeds are going to North Country Cares and, along with that, people are asked to bring donations of sports/duffle bags, running shoes or any clothing to help out the great work that NCC does. Run the race or check it out at Cranmore. Go to runreg.com and acidoticracing.com for more information.
To help with race planning please sign up now as a solo runner or form a two- to five-person team for the Bucks for Bernie 12-Hour Relay, which is scheduled for July 20 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The race has been moved from Kennett High School to Whitaker Woods in North Conway and shortened from 24 to 12 hours. There’s a one-mile loop, the first mile of the Tuesday Night All proceeds from the race go to Bernie’s Kids. You know Bernie. No, not the politician, but the Coach Bernie Livingston of the oval at Kennett High School. Bernie needs to keep his growing track and field and cross-country kids in uniforms. Go to runreg.com to sign up now.
Vince Vaccaro reports 26 eager ChiWalking/ChiRunning students have signed up for this training event. “The class has a wide age and health range,” says Vince, and is ready for lots of fun. The group meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
The graduation event will be at the Tunnel to Towers 5K at Schouler Park on July 13. For more information, got to tinyurl.com/y6r8rv9t.
The GiddyUp Trail Running Festival at Pineland Farms took place May 25-26, 2019 in New Gloucester, Maine. It was a full weekend or racing anywhere from a kids run to a 50-mile ultra.
Ashley Benes reported, “All the runners had at least 2 to 4 extra miles on the course due to new course layout, over-achievers that us trail runners are. Race start was a little cool and overcast with a nice breeze. Fields were muddy, wet and hot. As usual, all the aid station were well stocked with food (twirlers, M&Ms, chips, potatoes, salt watermelons, PB&J sandwiches, etc.) and great volunteers.”
Miler Nicole Poland lost a shoe in the mud only 3 miles into her 50-mile race. Luckily that’s the worst that happened and she got it over with early.
Plan to spend Memorial Weekend in New Gloucester next year.
Locals and Milers results I found from Pinelands were: 5K Trail Run: JD Lichtman of Fryeburg, Maine, 25:37.6; Brad Andros of Glen, 29:11.1; Cathy Baker of Center Conway, 40:38.8; and Cindy Shirley of North Conway, 47:26.6.
5K Canicross finishers were North Conway’s Denice Vazquez in 36:52.1, and in Douglas Jones, 36:53.1. Sorry, no names of their four-legged running partners.
10K trail race finishers were Mike Dufilho of Jackson, 49:54.4; Mitch Alden of Tamworth, 50:34.2; Lisa Lichtman of Fryeburg, Maine, 53:30; Laura Russo of Glen, 57:46.4; Skip Spadaccini of North Conway, 1:09.54; Nora Dufilho of Jackson, 1:11:23.8; Christine Smith of Center Conway, 1:22:43.1, and Mike Bryan of Center Conway, 1:22:43.1.
25K trail race finishers were Thomas Zotti of Wolfeboro, 3:43:19.6; Bob “Pints” Benes of Stow, Maine, 3:52:41.6; and Kevin “I can’t believe I used my real name,” Callahan of Eaton Center, in 4:09:28.
50K ultra finishers were Andrew Drummond of Madison, 4:47:10.7; Corrie Hempel of Meredith,6:39:57.8; Kristine Reardon, of Meredith, 6:46:14.2; and David McDermott of Fryeburg, Maine,7:18:54.8.
In the 50-mile ultra it was Patrick Holland of Jackson, 11:54:45.5; Ashley Benes of Moultonborough, 12:22:53.3, and Nicole Poland of Moultonborough, 13:16:28.
According to Race Director Tri Tek’s Vince Vaccaro, The Tunnel to Towers 5K in North Conway’s Schouler Park on July 26 already has 109 registered participants. Profile GMC has pledged their sponsorship and will be there on race day. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time and go to tritekevents.com.
It’s almost here — summer starts when the White Mountain Milers Summer Trail Series begins on Tuesday, June 11. The run/walk starts at 5:30 p.m. at Whittaker Woods, but come early to sign up, get your number for the entire summer series, meet with friends old and new and purchase your Miler clothing. Sponsorship this year for the free to run/walk 5K Series is Columbia.
There will be a special “surprise” on June 11, so be sure to be there! Go to whitemountainmilers.com for more information.
“Try to not fight the trail. Instead, try to feel the natural rhythm, the flow...and rather than attempting to conquer it, practice becoming one with it. Begin each run with Shoshin — a beginner’s mind,” — Zen runner.
Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs
All of the events listed are for runners and walkers. See more events at whitemountainmilers.com and sign up early for extra savings on many races.
• Every Wednesday, Breakfast Run: 6:45 a.m. walk, 7 a.m. run, with 4-mile and 3-mile loops. Meet behind the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.
• Thursdays: Salomon Spring Trail Series, greatglentrails.com.
• Wednesdays: Chi Running No Pain, All Gain Training, memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com.
• Thursdays: Tuckerman Brewery Pub Run, runthewhites on Facebook.
• Friday’s Black Mountain Vertical Series began May 31, runthewhites on Facebook.
• Tuesdays beginning June 11-Aug 13: White Mountain Milers free Whitaker Woods 5K Run/2 Mile Walk 5:30 p.m., whitemountainmilers.com.
• Saturday, June 1: third annual 5K Color Run/Walk for Fun, secure.acceptiva.com.
• Sunday, June 2: Cranmore Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com.
• Saturday, June 8: Chocorua Mountain Race, rockhopperraces.com.
• Saturday, June 8: Black Fly in My Eye 10- or 3-mile run/relay, greatglentrails.com.
• Saturday, June 15: Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, mountwashingonautoroad.com.
• Sunday, June 30: Cranmore Hill Climb 5K, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Sunday, June 30: Danforth Bay 5K Run/Walk to benefit Freedom Elementary School, danforthbay.com/5kTriplePlay.
• Saturday, July 13: Tunnel to Towers 5K, North Conway, tritekevents.com.
Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, and skier, with an office at 50 Seavey Street, in North Conway. For more running information, ideas, contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at email@example.com See you on the run.