On the agenda this weekend; Saturday is the 100-Acre Challenge 5K at Believe in Books in Intervale. Go to believeinbooks.com for more information. Also, Saturday, the second annual Be the One Trail Running Festival runs in Littleton. For more information, runreg.com.
On Sunday, check out the Waterville Valley Mountain Race, which is also the 2019 US Mountain Running Championship at Waterville Valley. The race start is 8:30 a.m. for women and 9:30 a.m. for men. There’s still time to sign up for the Championships. A 7-mile race up and down the mountain is on tap and the race is brought to you by Acidotic Racing. Volunteers are always welcome and more information may be found at acidoticracing.com.
Next week starts a new tradition on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, the Bubba’s Backyard Ultra. “Anyone willing to toe the line,” is invited to run the 3.5-mile course — the winner will be “the last man standing.” Go to runthewhites.com for the full story and more information.
The new Core Community Fitness Open House is happening Saturday, Sept. 28. You will see some familiar workout weights, machines, signs and faces at Core. Core Community Fitness is located behind Pete’s Restaurant Equipment and Lupine on East Conway Road. Go to the Facebook page for more information and to join the club.
Sunday, Oct. 6, is the date for the third annual 502 — Sgt. (Jim) Noyes Memorial Workout. The event is hosted by Swift River CrossFit and runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Kennett High School.
The 502 workout was first introduced at the N.H. Police Academy by Sgt. Noyes’ son, Nate, who followed in his father's footsteps to become a N.H. State Trooper. The workout was designed to honor Sgt. Noyes and it has been performed by every police recruit class since its inception. CrossFit is carrying on that tradition and honoring Sgt. Noyes. The movements and reps can be scaled or modified for any ability level.
There will be push-ups, runs and sit-ups and you should bring your weighted vest.
Funds raised by this event will be donated in Sgt. Noyes’ name to the White Mountain Community Health Center, to be earmarked for the needs of children in our community. For more information, go to Swift River CrossFit on FaceBook.
The White Mountain Miler Half Marathon, Half-of-the-Half, Half Marathon Relay, and 5K, is in the books for 2019 and was a great success. The change in date, about a month earlier, made for a surprising 80-degree day; quite a difference from last year’s snow and rain.
I worked the finish line and heard time and time again what a great event this race is from first-timers, repeat runners, and from a gentleman who has been coming down from Quebec for, he thinks, 30 years for the half marathon. This year his kids and grandkids joined him. What a great weekend in the valley.
Congratulations to the winners of the half-marathon, Doug Mercer of Laconia in a time of 1:23:31 and Ariel Perry of Portland, Maine, 1:35:28; winners of the half-of-the-half, North Conway’s Trish Ham as the overall winner in 43:45 and Kristopher Lisauskas of Newburyport in 50:32; 5K winners were Scott Lightbody of Kennebunk, Maine, in 18:17, and Andrea Falvey of Milford, Mass., in 25:36; and the half marathon relay was won by the team, Lucky Day members Patrice Doucet and Marie-Claude Gagnon 1:43:46.
Full results and photos by Ed Harrigan can be found at wmmhalf.com.
Thank you to Jamie Gemmiti for his photo of woman's winner Ariel Perry showing her love for the half marathon in her finish line photo.
All proceeds from the race go to the White Mountain Miler Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to local high school athletes.
Please be aware that the hunting season started on Sept. 15, and wear your best orange outfit when out playing!
The Kismet, Beast of the East, Trail Race took place last Sunday under brilliant clear blue skies. This made for beautiful views if the runners could take the time to look. Pier Pennoyer of Portland, Maine, 2:17:10, and Hilary McCoy of Madison in 2:47:39 were the winners of the half marathon distance.
The 5-mile winners were Corey Degreenia of Concord in 52:45, and Adah Chapman of Center Harbor in 1:09:40. Full results may be found at ultrasignup.com.
The Mount Washington Valley “Clean a Mile” challenge is still on through October 1. I challenge you to take one mile of your favorite running route and clean up the road or trail. You will be responsible for taking care of said trash. You get a full-body workout “plogging” and receive thanks from me and the valley and the environment for making this an even more beautiful area. I ran out of room in my one plastic bag after a quarter-mile area. Sad.
“Running is nothing but a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going.” — unknown.
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.
• Tuesday until darkness comes early: Group runs, timing on your own, Whitaker Woods, North Conway, 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Sept. 28: 100 Acre Challenge 5k, Believe in Books, Intervale.
• Saturday, Sept. 28: the second annual Be the One Trail Running Festival, Littleton, runreg.com.
• Sunday, Sept. 29: Waterville Valley Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com.
• Saturday, Oct. 5-6: Bubba’s Backyard Ultra, runthewhite.com/ultrasignup.com.
• Saturday, Oct. 19: River Fire 5K Run/Walk, Berlin, coosfamilyhealth.org/racemenu.com.
• Saturday, Oct. 19: Fourth annual Forest 5K Family Fun Trail Run/Walk, White Mountain Waldorf School, runreg.com.
• Sunday, Oct. 27: Randolph Ramble 10K, Randolph randolphramble.com.
• Saturday, Nov. 9: Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race, Jackson, runthewhites.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 firstname.lastname@example.org See you on the run.