On the first day of my winter vacation, I walked 5.6 flat miles in 80-degree temps and believe me, I am not complaining! It was hot, I was actually sweating, I was wearing shorts and a singlet, and it was wonderful. I love any type of winter sport, and I like to walk/run through the winter, but this year with the icy and narrowing roads, this is a treat. I can’t always get away to somewhere warm in the winter, but when I can, I always bring my running gear.

It’s baaack! The Bucks for Bernie Relay is returning this year with a new and exciting format. The relay will be held on July 20 in Whitaker Woods. The run will be a one-mile loop, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m.

The relay race is a fundraiser for Kennett High and Kennett Middle school cross-country and track team uniforms. 

You can run solo or form a team. There will be more details coming soon on whitemountainmilers.com, but start thinking about your team name now.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Auto Road Race lottery winners and losers received an email telling them they were accepted for the June 15 race or apologizing for being denied. Luckily, for those who didn’t get an entry through the lottery, the White Mountain Milers had 20 bypass entries for the race.

The bypass entries were part of the annual White Mountain Milers Meeting held at Tuckerman Brewery on Tuesday, March 5. About 50 people came to the meeting to visit, share pizza and beer and vie for the coveted Mount Washington spots. I understand there were a lot of new faces at the meeting which is wonderful for the club and the sport.

Congratulations to all the people running Mount Washington this year. Now the training begins.

Oh, and if you didn’t get in, we always need volunteers. Email Ashley Benes at benes_ashley@hotmail.com.

For more information, go to tinyurl.com/hpkta3f.

White Mountain Miler gear was also sold at the meeting and is always available online at wmmgear.com or email wmmstore@gmail.com.

Membership to the White Mountain Milers is due. You may pay your dues online at whitemountainmilers.com or print out a membership form from the website. Proceeds from races, dues,and gear all go toward our scholarship fund for local high school students.

I won’t be running Mount Washington this year by choice, but I did just receive confirmation that I would be working in the massage area at the Boston Marathon on April 15. I hope the weather is better for the runners this year and I look forward to working this amazing event again. After running 10 Bostons, it’s such an honor to be working this historical event.

Coach Bernie Livingston has put out a call for help for the two home track and field meets at Kennett High School. The dates are Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, May 7 at 4 p.m. Come experience the athleticism and fun that these kids have for life. It will give you hope for the future by meeting these athletes. If you are able and willing help at either, or both, please let Bernie know by emailing him at bernliv03818@yahoo.com. Bernie will let you know where you will be needed and whether or not we’ll be needing shovels to clear the snow on the track.

Congratulations to the competitors of the 2019 Ski, Shoe, Fatbike at Great Glen Trails on March 3. Otherwise known as North America’s Toughest 10K the race covers 4K on the Great Glen Nordic Trails and then 6K at a 12 percent average grade up the Auto Road. The first finisher for the Fat Bikes was Logan Kasper in 50:36, followed by Nordic skier Silas Eastman 52:15:9, and the first snowshoer was Jason Lantz in 59:30:3.

There were 141 finishers in the three divisions including Milers Ashley Benes, Kristine Reardon, Bob Benes, Jason Denver, Rich and Andrea Leonard, Thomas Zotti and Kevin Tilton.

Full results may be found at greatglentrails.com.

“Out on the roads, there is fitness and self discovery and the persons we were destined to be.” — George Sheehan, writer, runner and physician.

Races and weekly runs

All of these events listed for runners and walkers. 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, April 6: Spring Run Off 5K and 10K, Schouler Park ultrasignup.com.

• Sunday, April 7: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Sunday, May 5: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Sunday, May 19: Dirty Girl Trail Race tinyurl.com/y4ggjb6p.

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, skier, with an office at 50 Seavey St. 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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