You know winter is coming when the White Mountain Milers Breakfast Runs start. Sunday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. is the first of the breakfast runs held at the Dowling residence on Wallis Way off Crown Ridge Road.
Held for many years, this tradition has moved locations but always includes a run, walk or not, the distance of your choice, pot luck which is always hearty and maybe not so healthy, stories, laughs and sometimes games. All are welcome and for more information and directions, go to whitemountainmilers.com. Oh, and don’t forget to change your clocks. Fall back one hour this weekend. Steve and Cathy Dowling will probably have the coffee on, but you don’t want to be an hour early.
Core Community Fitness Open House is today, Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. CORE wants your help to celebrate their new gym that has been created as a non-profit organization by a hard-working group of volunteers.
“Instructors and trainers will be on-site as well as staff for tours, demos and to answer questions,” Facebook states. “We will have refreshments from 302 West, Flatbread, Frontside and Tuckerman Brewing. Did we mention door prizes? Stop by to check out all that we have to offer. Fitness for the people, by the people!”
CORE is located at 66 Eastern Ave, Center Conway, Take East Conway Road and you’ll find CORE behind Pete’s Restaurant Equipment and Lupine Pet.
Last Sunday was a cold and rainy day in the valley. The White Mountain Milers Half Marathon, if the date hadn’t been changed, would have been held on Sunday and would have made for a not so fun running day. I think everyone is feeling relieved that the half was held at an earlier date this year.
The Randolph Ramble is gaining a reputation as one of the toughest 10K trail races around, especially after being held on Sunday in the cold, wind and rain. Jeremiah Magellen Hawkins of Randolph took first place in 1:06:56, and Lydia Gill of Freedom was the first female in 1:15:00.
Local finishers were Alex Leich of North Conway in second place overall in 1:08:00, Brian Byrne, Jackson, 1:13:00; Marcelo Maiorano, Jackson, 1:14:55; Hilary McCloy, Madison, 1:17:22; Emily Leich, North Conway, 1:30:48; Helon Hoffer, Eaton, 1:34:45; Daniel Sullivan, Glen, 1:35:30; Cristin Bailey, Sandwith, 1:36:50; Christopher Bateman, North Conway, 1:41:45; Allison Sullivan, Bartlett, 1:44:09; Andrea Leonard, Bartlett, 1:45:10; David McDermott, Fryeburg, 1:46:43; Molly Mundy, Jackson, 1:48:06; Rich Leonard, Bartlett, 2:06:54; and Pat Ferland, Conway, 2:09:44. Photos and full results may be found on their Facebook page.
Tuesday Night Fun Runs at Whitaker Woods are still happening but not for long due to darkness. This week there were four hearty souls running the woods trails. Dave McDermott posted photos on Facebook because there were twice as many people this week as last. Whitaker is still a great place to run, bike and soon ski, so no excuses for not being out there.
There are still some races coming up before ski and snowshoe racing starts.
The Moose Pond Half Marathon and 5K are being held today, Nov. 2, with all proceeds going to the Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program. The race features a scenic loop around Moose Pond in the Shadows of Shawnee Peak. Rolling terrain on paved roads with the start and finish at Shawnee’s Ski Area Base Lodge. The 5K is out and back on Mountain Road and there is a relay option for the half.
For more information go to moosepondhalf.com.
This Sunday, Nov. 3, is the date for the New York City Marathon. Vince Vacarro of Tri Tek Events and Ossipee is running New York with the Achilles International and will run with a runner with a disability for support and community. Zac St. Jules of Moultonborough and manager of New Balance North Conway, is also running and though doesn’t feel he’s trained enough, is excited about the New York experience.
You can watch the marathon on Sunday on ESPN2 starting at 9 a.m.
The Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Black Mountain in Jackson. Race time is 5 p.m. and you can sign up now at runthewhites.com.
This is a nighttime 5K/10K mountain race with live music and food. You have the option of the 5K (1 lap) or 10K (2 laps) distance. Headlamps are required. The race starts at dusk so visibility will be limited as the course weaves around the mountain. All ages and abilities are welcome with a family rate of $50. There are no cut-off times and as always, there will be swag.
The 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K Race is happening on Thanksgiving Morning 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. Now in its 11th year, the PSR5K has been attracting participants from across New England and beyond since 2008. This event has become a Thanksgiving tradition for many of its loyal participants who return each year to reunite with friends and family, gathering to 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.
Please be aware that the hunting season opened on Sept. 15, so please wear your best orange outfit when out playing.
“Don’t forget to change your clocks back on Sunday. I’m changing mine back to when I was 20!” — 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.
• Tuesday until darkness comes early: Group runs, timing on your own, Whitaker Woods, North Conway 5:30 p.m.
• 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.
• Saturday, Nov. 2: Moose Pond Half Marathon, Relay and 5K, moosepondhalf.com.
• Sunday, Nov. 3: White Mountain Milers Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Saturday, Nov. 9: Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race, Jackson, runthewhites.com.
• Sunday, Nov. 17: Annual Turkey Raffle Relay, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Thursday, Nov. 28: 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K, Thanksgiving Race, East Madison, acidoticracing.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.