In spite of the weather, a good time was had by all at the White Mountain Milers’ Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, Half-of-the-Half, and 5K races. There was still snow surrounding the perimeter of the tent in North Conway’s Schouler Park, which was taken down Sunday afternoon.
Tim Livingston of Conway, the Kennett Middle School and high school running coach, led from the start of the race and never looked back. Tim’s time was 1:14:14, an average of 5:40 mile pace.
The women’s winner was Kristin Marshall of Boston in 1:38:54.
Other local and Miler finishers (I could find) were Aidan Hagerty of North Conway, 1:24:48; James Krebs, Freedom, 1:36:07; Jay Spencer, Conway, 1:47:17; Peter Donohoe, North Conway, 1:52:37; Lori Steere, Center Conway, 1:53:36; Joseph Bukartek, Center Conway, 1:54:43; Jason Wood, Brownfield, Maine, 1:55:17; Peter Bacchiocchi, Lovell, Maine, 1:56:00; Crystal Drew, Center Lovell, Maine, 1:56:00; Susannah Boone, North Conway, 1:56:32; Jennifer Forsythe, Conway, 1:57:13; David Paige, North Conway, 1:58:05; Marie Shay, Bartlett, 1:59:31; Josie Beattie, Conway, 2:00:27; Erin Perry, Conway, 2:00:27; Parker Haynes, Eaton, 2:01:39; Theresa Struble, Center Conway, 2:03:53; Eve Lindsey, North Conway, 2:10:09; Melissa Linne, North Conway, 2:10:34; Skip Spadaccini, North Conway, 2:10:51; Amy Flori, West Ossipee, 2:12:05; Mary Kendzierski, Jackson, 2:13:19; Brian Otis, Glen, 2:12:31; Mary Kendzierski, Jackson, 2:13:19; Thomas Zotti, Wolfeboro, 2:13:35; Mike Bryan, Center Conway, 2:14:22; Lauren Beckwith, North Conway, 2:14:29; Rami Coffey, Conway, 2:14:30; Robin Innes, North Conway, 2:22:00; Brenda Burney, Conway, 2:29:26; Sasha Azel, Boston, 2:33:23; Anna Romer, Lovell, Maine, 2:33:37; Margie Riforgiato, Conway, 2:39:18; Mary Nagel Gilmanton, 2:39:20; Sandra Plourde, Jackson, 2:39:57; Elly Walker, Fryeburg, Maine, 2:40:46; Claudia Leonard, North Conway, 2:50:44; and Kathleen Murdough, North Conway, 3:01:23.
There were 189 finishers in the half marathon, 16 teams in the half marathon relay with winning team Team Face Face finishing in 1:31:10; 44 finishers in the half-of-the-half with Jackie LeBlanc of Danvers,. Mass., finishing first overall in 45:26, and 108 finishers in the 5K with Michael Vesci of Newington, Conn., finishing first in 16:26 and Rhonda Reeder of West Warwick R.I., was the first female in 21:18, and six walkers in the half marathon with Daryl Essensa finishing first in 2:27:58. Complete results may be found on coolrunning.com.
This race has become a weekend-long event. People come from Canada, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Maryland, Connecticut and New Hampshire, and most of them do not come alone. There were 379 finishers in the four races. That translates to at least 758 people in the valley on Sunday. They stay here at our hotels and dine and shop all around town.
Then you have over 100 volunteers, without whom the race would not happen. Vince Vaccaro and his crew at TriTek Events once again handled the event with their usual calm demeanor. Christie and Ritchie Girouard organized volunteers to work the road crossings, sign in runners, give out T-shirts, food vendors and more. The eight water stops are manned by non-profit groups and they receive a donation to their charity. The Kennett High Drumline had to cancel because of the weather. Drums just can’t be out in the rain. This is a true community event and everyone is looking forward to next year and good weather. A year of rain, a year of snow, I think it’s time for a sunny day!
I still need a recipe! The White Mountain Milers Breakfast Runs for the winter of 2018-19 start Sunday, Nov. 4! Be prepared to run, walk, laugh, play games and eat on the first Sunday of every winter month at 9 a.m. The run starts and finishes at the home of Cathy and Steve Dowling on Wallis Way in Kearsarge, although some people run in Whitaker Woods and then come after for the fun. For more information and directions, go to whitemountainmilers.com. All are welcome.
Run the Whites is putting together another awesome event this Saturday night, the Blackout 5K/10K at Black Mountain in Jackson, Saturday, Nov. 3, at dusk! There will be live music and food. You have the option of the 5K (one lap) or 10K (two laps) distance. Headlamps are required. The race starts at dusk, so visibility will be limited as the course weaves around the mountain.
Registration starts at 5 p.m., the race start is 6 p.m. and is open to all ages and abilities with no cut-off times. The music starts at 7 p.m., and Andrew promises there will be swag! See runthewhites.com for more info. After the weather this week, could this be changed to a ski race instead?
Giddy Up Events is inviting White Mountain Milers to Vacationland, aka Maine, by offering 10 percent off registration to three races in Southern Maine. The 10 percent code is “RunClub19,” and the races are May 19, 2019, Shipyard Maine Coast Full and Half Marathon, mainecoast262.com, May 25 and 26 Pineland Farms Trails Running Festival, pinelandtrails.com, and June 22 Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon and 5K, oldporthalfmarathon.com.
White Mountain Miler Mary Nagle would like to invite everyone to join her team, Jingle All the Way, at the Concord Jingle Bell Run. The race is set for Sunday, Dec. 16, to benefit the Arthritis Foundation and is being held nationwide throughout the holiday season. You can run, walk or donate to Mary’s Team or start your own. Costumes are encouraged and jingle bells on your running shoes, too. Check out jbr.org/concord for more information or go to arthritis.org for complete race listings.
“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” — George Sheehan, runner, doctor and writer.
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.
• Greater Fryeburg Brownfield Running Group, every Sunday, 6:30 p.m., meet at Fryeburg Fairgrounds. For more information, go to their Facebook page.
• Sunday Group Runs: Check whitemountainmilers.com or White Mountain Milers on Facebook for details.
• Saturday, Nov. 3: Blackout 5K/10K Black Mountain (runthewhites.com).
• Sunday, Nov. 4: WMM Breakfast Run at the Dowlings (whitemountainmilers.com).
• Saturday, Nov 17: Gasping Gobbler 5K, (Lovell, Maine)
• Sunday, Nov 18: Annual Turkey Raffle Relay (whitemountainmilers.com).
• Sunday, Dec. 9: Jingle Bell Run in Portsmouth (jbr.org/portsmouth).
• Sunday, Dec. 2: Jingle Bell Run in Freeport, Maine (jbr.org/freeport).
• Sunday, Dec. 9: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party (whitemountainmilers.com).
• Sunday, Dec. 16: Jingle Bell Run Concord (jbr.org/concord).
Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, skier, with an office at 50 Seavey Street, in North Conway. For more running information, ideas, contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org See you on the run.