The White Mountain Milers Christmas Party is on Sunday, Dec. 9, at high noon, at the home of Steve and Cathy Dowling, Wallis Way, Kearsarge.  Directions are on the website, whitemountainmilers.com.  

Bring a side or salad to go with the turkey or a dessert for after and a gift for the Yankee Swap.  There’s a $15 limit or a white elephant gift.  Come to run or walk a distance of your choice, or as Steve says, just come for a cup of coffee before lunch!  

You may also do some Christmas shopping at the Christmas party.  All the White Mountain Milers gear will be there including new winter hats, baby onesies, quarter-zip long sleeve shirts and more.  Can’t get to the party?  Go to wmmgear.com and order now.  As VP of shipping, I look forward to sending your orders out to you ASAP.

I had the honor of volunteering at the Journey to the North Pole as a Chef on the train with my grandson, Dylan Holtby.  Oh what fun it is to ride on the train with the magic of Christmas.  The excitement of the children on the train was just amazing and it’s very catchy.  Congratulations to Believe in Books and the many volunteers for such a wonderful job.  There are still elf positions available.  Go to believeinbooks.com to sign up and see this event for yourself. 

What’s on your Christmas list?  Once again I asked local runners for some ideas of what they wanted for Christmas and got a variety of answers.   

Christie Girouard wrote, “Richie and I just gave each other heated socks!  Gratitude!”  

Frank Holmes put in a request for, “A good, snowy winter where there is less ice and more packed snow to run on!”  All skiers also hope you get your wish, Frank!

Ron Newbury says, “After some 35 years of competition my current goals are to just keep moving and not get hurt. As for a Christmas gift suggestion for runners, I think a gift certificate for a message is perfect.”  Thanks, Ron and I didn’t even have to pay him to say that!

Elly Walker is looking for Santa to bring her many more years of running injury free.  “Running goals for 2019 are to PR half marathon time and compete in as many running/triathlon events that I can fit into my budget/calendar.”  Sounds like Elly needs that gift of a race entry that Vince Vaccaro mentioned last week.  

There’s a new race happening up the notch in Gorham.  On Jan. 1, the Frozen Flamingo 5K takes place starting at 169 Main Street with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. and race start at 10 a.m.  Walkers, runners and well-behaved pets are all welcome.  In lieu of race fee, please bring boxes of tissues for local classrooms.  Visit runforyou on Facebook or email RunForYou1@gmail.com.  

In the running world this week, there were some very strange happenings.  In China, 250 runners were caught on camera cheating in a half marathon.  Imagine?   

At the California International Marathon, Hayley Sutter who lives in Boston, was hoping for a qualifier for the Olympic Trials in Atlanta in February 2020,  Sutter collapsed just short of the finish line and crawled over the finish in a time of 2:45 chip time but  2:45:07 gun time, a PR but 7 seconds short of the qualifying time.   

Next, in the Beer Mile World Classic held at an unnamed track in Vancouver Canada, race officials disqualified the winner and three top 10 finishers for rule violations.  Seems there was more beer left over than is permitted.  The winner had set a new world beer run record of 4:24 which was disqualified.  For more information and to start training, check out Beermile.com.

“The miles don’t go away; they patiently wait for us to run them.” — unknown.

Upcoming races and weekly runs 

All of these events listed are for runners and walkers! Sign up early for extra savings on many races. Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for other morning runs. 

• 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.

• Sunday, Dec. 9: Jingle Bell Run in Portsmouth (jbr.org/portsmouth).

• Sunday, Dec. 9: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party (whitemountainmilers.com). 

• Sunday, Dec. 16: Jingle Bell Run Concord (jbr.org/concord). 

• Tuesday, Jan. 1: Frozen Flamingo 5K, Gorham, runforyou on Facebook

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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run.

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