As a massage therapist, I’m often asked by clients if they can take me home, I’ve always answered only if you live on an island and it can’t be Rhode Island. Well, here I am working on Star Island for the week.
Star Island is 7 miles off the coast of New Hampshire in the Isles of Shoals. The island is 38 acres of land and here you’ll find the Oceanic Hotel where I’m working. When I took this job, I hadn’t thought about how I was going to continue my marathon training on the island but found out there is a running route of a half-mile around the perimeter of the island. I’m usually out there at 6 a.m. and for running in circles, the view of the ocean, other islands, the lighthouse, boats and birds, it isn’t too bad.
I did do my 14-mile runs before I got here and so far 4 miles is my longest trek on the island. I heard there was a visitor who used to run 10 miles every morning while staying on the island. This just shows you how dedicated some people can be about their running.
Congratulations to Race Director Liz Prior, the volunteers and all the runners who made their way up Cranmore Mountain for the 32nd annual Cranmore Hillclimb 5K on Sunday. There were 88 finishers in the race.
Andrew Drummond took first place honors in a time of twenty-five minutes, four seconds, while Kara Haas was the first female in 28:16.
The Jim Soroka Spirit Award was presented to White Mountain Miler Board Vice President and all-around great guy Frank Holmes. Frank has been instrumental in raising funds for the Miler’s scholarship fund, rallying runners for group runs on weekends and many times the lone male runner in the Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club. Thank you, Frank, for all your time and effort for the community that is the White Mountain Milers.
Full results for the race can be found on White Mountain Milers Facebook site.
If you are looking to purchase a #jimspiration shirt worn by many White Mountain Milers at the race, go to the White Mountain Milers website for ordering information with Joe LaRue. Thank you, Joe.
Save the date: Tuesday, July 16. Mark your calendars to attend the White Mountain Milers and Eastern Mountain Sports Trail Series and recharge at Flatbreads. A portion of all pizza sales will be donated to the Gretchen B. Hatch White Mountain Milers Scholarship Fund. There will a raffle table at the event and we hope to see you there.
The Loon Mountain Race is happening this Sunday, July 7, and there is day-of-race registration. You can pick up your bib on Saturday, July 6 at One Love Brewing Company in Lincoln or Sunday at Governor Adams Lodge at Loon. Race start is 8 a.m. for women and 9:15 for men.
This is a 6.6-mile race with a 3,200-foot elevation gain, run on trails, grass ski slope and cat track. For more information go to loonmountainrace.com.
There were about 80 finishers in the this week’s White Mountain Milers and Eastern Mountain Sports Whitaker Woods Trail Run. From what I hear, some people thought it was too hot and actually preferred last week’s run in the rain. There have been over 162 people signed up for the event so far.
Go to White Mountain Milers on Facebook for weekly results.
At this point, prize eligibility for completing six of the nine weeks means you can’t miss anymore runs to be in the running. The run is free but everyone is encouraged to become a member of the White Mountain Milers. Fees are $10 for students, $15 for individual or $20 for a family. The membership fees help to pay for the insurance which covers Milers events like the Trail Run.
White Mountain Miler clothing will be on sale at the weekly event and these proceeds go to our Gretchen B. Hatch Scholarship Fund. Go to whitemountainmilers.com for more information on the fun runs, including results.
The Bucks for Bernie 12-Hour Relay is coming up fast. The race takes place on July 20 in Whitaker Woods and is a 12-hour event. The course is a 1-mile loop with a transition area loaded with snacks and drinks. There will be a raffle and race day registration will be available.
Top male and female solo runners will receive a $75 gift card; the winning team will get a $50 gift card per team member; the second place team will receive $25 gift cards per team members.
Longest distance covered (most amount of loops completed) determines winners. A loop must be fully completed in order to be counted. All runners must wear their assigned race number while running.
A team is comprised of 2-5 runners, same-sex or co-ed. All teams are in one category. Team members may run in any order and for any amount of loops. Only one team runner on the course at a time; all transitions must be completed in the designated transition area. Solo runners are also welcome.
All proceeds from the race go to Bernie’s kids. Coach Bernie Livingston needs to keep his growing Kennett High School track and field and cross-country kids in uniforms. Go to whitemountainmilers.com or runreg.com to sign up now.
Great Glen’s 2019 Salomon Running Series wrapped up on June 27. Brent Trail took first place in the men’s open long course for the series and Margaret Graciano took first for the women. Brad Clark and Robin Haberbosch took the master titles for the long course. Full results may be found at greatglentrails.com. The Salomon Fall Trail Running/Walking Series begins on Sept. 5, so mark your calendars now.
“Dad told me to stop running in circles, I couldn't, so he nailed down my other foot!” — Rodney Dangerfield, comedian.
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 Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.
• Thursdays: Salomon Spring Trail Series, greatglentrails.com.
• Wednesdays: Chi Running No Pain, All Gain Training, memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com.
• Thursdays: Tuckerman Brewery Pub Run, runthewhites on Facebook.
• Friday’s Black Mountain Vertical Series, runthewhites on Facebook.
• Tuesdays through Aug. 13: White Mountain Milers free Whitaker Woods 5K Run/2 Mile Walk 5:30 p.m., whitemountainmilers.com.
• Sunday, July 7: Loon Mountain Race, loonmountainrace.com.
• Saturday, July 13: Tunnel to Towers 5K, North Conway, tritekevents.com.
• Sunday, July 14: Danforth Bay 5K for Angels and Elves, danforthbay.com/5ktripleplay.
• Tuesday, July 16: White Mountain Milers Scholarship Fundraiser with Flatbread Company North Conway, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Saturday, July 20: Bucks for Bernie, North Conway, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Thursday, Aug. 1: I’ll Be Dipped Prediction Run, Madison, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Tuesday, Aug. 6: Jim Wellinghurst 5K Madison (more information soon).
• Saturday, Aug. 10: Freedom Old Home Week 15th Anniversary 5K Race, freedomoldhomeweek.net/5k-road-race.
• Saturday, Aug. 10: Dole 3 Miler, Fryeburg, dole3miler.com.
• Saturday, Sept. 21: White Mountain Milers Half/Half-of-the-Half/Relay and 5K Race, whitemountainmilers.com.
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 email@example.com See you on the run.