Make sure to get over to Steve and Cathy Dowling’s tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. to sign in for the White Mountain Milers annual Turkey Raffle Relay 5K. Sign-in is at 9 a.m., and teams of three are chosen randomly from a hat and the race starts at 10 a.m. Despite the name, everyone runs at 10, the relay is a total of your team member’s time.

The race is for walkers and runners and you never know who will be on your team. No one goes too slow as the race incentive is a full Thanksgiving meal with your help with side dishes or dessert. It’s always a fun event with promises by Coach Bernie and Eileen Livingston to be there with the talking chicken to handle timing. For more information, go to whitemountainmilers.com. Oh, and turkey costumes are always encouraged.

The Run the Whites Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race was held Saturday night, Nov. 9, at Black Mountain in Jackson, and what a turn out. It was clear and cold with a nearly full moon, making for great visibility with your headlamp. I realized I didn’t mind the hills as much as I really couldn’t see them. I could feel them in my legs and in my breathing, but I had no idea how far up we were heading or how steep it might get.

I “hiked” the 5K version of the race as I was talked into it by Christine Smith and we hiked with Nancy Travers and Rich Leonard for some lively conversations. One joke was, “Hey, we should have done the 10K (two loops of the 5K),” to which we all answered with laughter.

Kyle Huston won the 5K race in 28:48.9, while the first female Sarah Osmulski in 31:02.8. The 10K winner was Dan Chebot in 52:25 and the top female was Jess Marion in 54:22.8.

There was pizza, the bar was open (not open bar as Andrew had to explain) and lots of laughs. Toward the end of the night talk turned to ski season when Run the Whites transitions into Ski the Whites, and hosts the Friday Night Lights, a ski-up/ski-down race/event, at Black Mountain.

This year the FNL begins on Dec. 27, and new this year will be a Saturday Night Lights Series beginning Jan. 18.

Check out runthewhites.com for full race results and skithewhites.com for the winter calendar.

Saturday is the night for the Granite Backcountry Alliance Film Fest at Theatre in the Woods. This follows a day of glading at the Maple Villa Trails in Intervale and is always a fun event. There will be films, vendors, giveaways, raffles, beer, a pot-luck feed and live music. Many ski areas are now open and skiing the glades can’t be far away. Go to granitebackcountryalliance.org for more information.

Sign up now for the 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K Race happening on Thanksgiving at 9 a.m. The 5K course is a trail race on rolling terrain over the beautiful, scenic nordic trails at King Pine Ski Area, Purity Spring Resort. The fitness walk and kids fun run will take place on trails near the running race. It is open to all ages and abilities. Kick off the holiday weekend in the crisp morning air and beautiful wooded trails of Purity Spring Resort. Don’t miss it. You can sign up at acidoticracing.com.

here’s another race on Thanksgiving to help you work up an appetite before the big meal later in the day. On Nov. 28, the 5K Turkey Trot/ Walk/ Waddle will be held in Gorham, and pedestrians of all abilities are welcome. Registration takes place at 169 Main Street from 8:45-9:15 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. Immediately before the 5K, a loop around the school will take place for all Tiny Turkeys. This event serves many purposes, but most importantly it is an opportunity for people to be active, share community connectedness and gather food for those in need. The mostly flat course is stroller and pet friendly.

Instead of a fee, nonperishables are being collected. Canned fruit/veggies, snack items for lunch boxes, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, pancake mix, cereal, instant oatmeal and tuna fish are most needed. Visit Facebook page RunForYou or email runforyou1@gmail.com with questions. Whether you waddle, walk or trot we hope to see you Thanksgiving morning.

It’s never too soon to plan next year’s racing schedule. Sign up for a race and use that race as your goal to get in shape for 2020. TriTek Events released its schedule, which includes: May 30, King Pine Tri and Du in Madison; June 6 Tunnels to Towers 5K in North Conway, Aug. 29 & 30 “New Triathlon” Freedom; and Sept. 19, White Mountain Milers Half Marathon. Go to tritekevents.com for more information.

Rockhopper Races schedule starts April 4 with the Spring Run Off in North Conway; May 2-3 is the White Lake Ultra; June 6 is the Chocorua Mountain Race; Aug. 8 is the Northwoods 25/50/100K with permits pending, and Sept. 19 is the Kilkenny Ridge Race 25/50 mile. Go to rockhopperraces.com for more information.

Please be aware that the rifle season is open, so PLEASE, wear your best orange outfit when out playing.

“It’s only cold if you’re standing still.” — unknown winter 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 Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.

• Sunday, Nov. 17: Annual Turkey Raffle Relay, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Thursday, Nov. 28: 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K, Thanksgiving Race, East Madison, acidoticracing.com.

• Thursday, Nov. 28: 5K Turkey Trot Walk Waddle, Gorham, runforyou on Facebook.

• Sunday, Dec. 8: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party, whitemountainmilers.com.

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder, 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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