This weekend starts what should be a new tradition on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6, the Bubba’s Backyard Ultra. “Anyone willing to toe the line” is invited to run the 3.5-mile course and the winner will be “the last man standing.” Go to for full story and info.

Also on the Oct. 6 is the third annual 502-Sgt. Noyes Memorial Workout hosted by Swift River CrossFit and runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Kennett High School.

The 100 Acre Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 28, saw 122 entrants under sunny skies and beautiful sunshine.

Matthew Schomburg of Wonalancet was the male overall winner in 28:32.5 and Mariette Hanlon of Lisbon, Maine, was the female overall winner in 33:53.4. For two-person teams, The Pandas, Nathan Klonel of Greenfield and Justin Borges of Peterborough won in 38:44; for three-person team, it was The Mud-Donas of Conway with Grayson Alosa, Ella Baptista and Gabrielle Croto in 45:44; and the four-person team was Eye of the Tabby from Fryeburg, with Sally Baptista, Marrik Iacozili, Sarah Davidson and Carl Iacozili in 45:44. Full results are available at

The 2019 US Mountain Running Championships took place on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Waterville Valley. A 7-mile race up and down the mountain produced by Acidotic Racing was held on a beautiful day with 89 women and 184 men.

Grayson Murphy of Salt Lake City won the women’s event in 1:01.45; followed by Kasie Enman of Huntington, Vt., 1:05:58; Kimber Mattox of Bend, Ore., 1:07.23; and Samantha Lewis of Moscow, Ind., in 1:08:32. On the men’s side it was Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colo., 52:52:1, in first place followed by Andy Wacker of Boulder, Colo. in 54:16:1; Seth Demoor of Englewood, Colo., in 54:46:5 and David Sinclair of Peru, Vt., in 55:15:2.

Congratulations to these eight athletes who earned spots on Team USA for the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships on Nov. 15 in the Patagonia region of Argentina. Go Team USA!

Local runners were: Conway’s Corey Dowe, 1:10:56; Leslie O’Dell of Albany, 1:13:11; Ginger Rober of North Conway, 2:02:14; Rich Fargo of Chatham, 1:22:06; Dave McDermott, 1:47:36; Jim Hoburg of Moultonborough, 2:58:11.

Full race results may be found at

Please be aware that the hunting season opened on Sept. 15, so PLEASE, wear your best orange outfit when out playing!

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary; Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953.

Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs: (Please note: All of these events listed for runners and walkers. See more events at and sign up early for extra savings on many races.)

Weekly Races/Runs:

• 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.

• Tuesdays until darkness comes early: Group run, timing on your own, Whitaker Woods, North Conway 5:30 p.m.,

•Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6: Bubba’s Backyard Ultra,

•Saturday, Oct. 6: Third annual 502-Sgt. Noyes Memorial Workout, Swift River Crossfit, go to Facebook for more info.

•Saturday, Oct. 19: River Fire 5K Run/Walk, Berlin,

•Saturday, Oct. 19: Fourth annual Forest 5K Family Fun Trail Run/Walk, White Mountain Waldorf School,

•Sunday, Oct. 27: Randolph Ramble 10K, Randolph,

•Saturday, Nov. 9: Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race, Jackson,

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, walker, cyclist, hiker, paddleboarder and skier, with an office at 50 Seavey St. in North Conway. For more running information, ideas, contributions, race reviews and results, reach Donna at See you on the run.

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