Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Tomorrow! This is it! Make sure you have your I.D. to pick up your race bib. No I.D. — no race number! Relay teams are asked to bring a race number belt to make their hand off easier or you may rent one from the race for a $20 deposit.
You can pick up your bib and T-shirt Saturday night under the big white tent in Schouler Park in North Conway starting at 4:30 p.m. You can look up your bib number at wmmhalf.com.
There will be White Mountain Miler clothing for purchase and lots of talk about the weather and what to wear on race morning. You can still sign up for the race on Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. Sign-up for the distance of your choice; the half (13.1 miles), a 5K (3.1 miles), "half of the half" (6.2 or 10K) and a youth dash.
There will be walkers, runners, a relay division and a costume division for individuals or team of four or more. There will be pacers at the half marathon again this year, and these runners are a great help to get you to your half marathon PR.
Sunday morning bib and T-shirt pick up start at 7 a.m. and ends just before race time at 8:30 a.m. There’s a special meeting for relay teams and Half of the Half runners at 8 a.m. National anthem and welcome are at 8:15 a.m. Walkers and non-award runners start is 8:20 a.m., same time as the first shuttles to the half and relay point. 5K run starts at 9 a.m. for runners and walkers. The half marathon start is 9:10 a.m. Phew!
The youth dash is at 11:30 a.m. The 5K awards are at 10:30 a.m. Half, Half of the Half, and relay awards at 11:45 a.m., and additional post race fun is to be had at Sea Dog Brewing Company with live music from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.
After the race, check out the website wmmhalf.com for your race photos! I’m tired just listing all of this!
Volunteers are still needed for the race, especially the 5K race. If you can’t or don’t want to run, come and be a part of this great event. People are needed for road crossings, finish line control with hydration and medals, post-race food and other areas. Please contact Christie Girouard firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer and go to wmmhalf.com for more information.
Remember, net proceeds from this event benefit the Gretchen B. Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund which has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors.
On Sunday, Oct. 21, Steve and Cathy Dowling, John Krebs, Joe Fay, Ron Newberry, Sara Holtby, Frank Holmes, Jane Chauvin, Kevin Prior, Liz Goerss, myself, Matt, Mel, Brady, Jack and Zoe Church, Hunter Krebs, Aiden Hagerty, Dominick Perry and Caleb White, all under the direction of Steve and Gwen Vosburgh, worked the trails at Whitaker Woods. We had a lot more wood chips this year and the roots we trip over running and that tear up the groomer shouldn’t bother us anymore, We raked, snacked on cupcakes and cookies and laughed a lot. Thank you so much to everyone for helping out and don’t forget to get to Ragged Mountain for your ski passes!
Wednesday, Oct. 24 was the "Trash Pick Up Day," organized by our White Mountain Miler Trash Queen Catherine Kyle. Queen Catherine proclaims, “Many thanks to Jean Brauel, Lois Hatch, Sue Klementovich, Jane Chauvin, Eve Lindsey, Jenny Burkett (carrying her own precious bundle), Gretchen Loeffler, Catherine Kyle, Donna Cormier and our single, sturdy knight in soggy armor, Chuck Kyle.
We collected 20 bags of trash, had a wonderful breakfast at Stairway Cafe and each received a gift of strawberry jam from the Shartner family of strawberry fields fame. So nice of you folks to bestow such a gift on the wet, motley crew! Great job, everyone!”
It’s coming! A great recovery treat after the half marathon will be the start of the White Mountain Milers breakfast runs! Get your recipes ready, be prepared to run, walk, laugh, play games and eat on the first Sunday of every winter month at 9 a.m. The first breakfast run is Sunday, Nov. 4 at the home of Cathy and Steve Dowling on Wallis Way in Kearsarge. For more information, go to whitemountainmilers.com. All are welcome.
Run the Whites is putting together another awesome event, the Blackout 5K/10K at Black Mountain in Jackson on 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! Go to runthewhites.com for more information. 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).
“I’m not running a ‘half of something’ I am crushing the whole 13.1!” — anonymous.
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.
• Sunday, Oct. 28: White Mountain Milers Half Marathon (wmmhalf.com).
• 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).
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 email@example.com See you on the run.