What a winter we have going! It may be challenging for running, but there are so many options here in the Mount Washington Valley.
The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Run has spun into a running, skiing and snowshoeing morning, mostly happening in Whitaker Woods. The surface in the woods is less slippery, and we’re able to stay off the roads and away from traffic. It’s getting hard to see around snowbanks, so be extra careful on the roads.
Many runners take to the skis for the winter, and uphill skiing is a great option for some cardio exercise. Many ski areas are offering an uphill ticket so you can climb up and ski down, or with the amount of snow we have, you can skin up some great areas and backcountry ski down.
Ski the Whites is offering night racing at Black Mountain in Jackson on Friday, Cranmore Resort in North Conway on Wednesday and Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, Maine, on Thursday. It will get your heart going and keep you warm. Nordic skiing is another option, along with fat tire biking, and Great Glen is hosting races for both of these on Tuesdays.
Of course, there is always snowshoeing, and MWV Ski Touring along with Kevin Tilton hosted a snowshoe race last Saturday at Whitaker Woods.
There were 59 finishers in the ninth annual Snowshoe Scramble with fastest male being Turner Zamore of South Hero, Vt., finishing in 26:59 and first female was Katherine Cross-Powers of Candia, with a time of 33:07. Tim Charboneau of Center Conway was the first local male in a time of 34:14 and Leslie O’Dell of Albany was first local female in 37:01.
Steve Dowling was the lone White Mountain Miler to compete in the Dartmouth Relays on Jan. 13. Steve has gone to the Relays eight or 10 times in the past 15 years. Steve took third master overall and first in his age group in the high jump, clearing 3’6”. For full results, go to tinyurl.com/yakjumcg.
Check out the Winter Wild Race Series coming to the Mount Washington Valley. According to its website, “Winter Wild is an uphill series with a twist, the finish is at the bottom so you get to come back down too. Grab your skis, grab your snowshoes or just grab your favorite winter running shoes and join us for some winter fun. Do you want first tracks? Most events take place at a public ski area and you get to hit slopes before they open to the public. What's not to like about that?”
They’re calling this “uphilling” and it’s human powered. You must race down in whatever you went up the mountain with, well, except snowboards must be carried up. Races are 2.5 to 5 miles. The next race is at Cranmore Resort this Saturday, Jan. 26, followed by Black Mountain on Sunday, Jan. 27. Cranmore is the second in the series of nine races. For more information, got to tinyurl.com/ydhxnpe5.
The second annual M.W. Otto Rhode Memorial Skin and Ski is happening this Saturday, Jan. 26. The event benefits the works of Granite Backcountry Alliance for present and future glade skiing in the state. There is a race division and a skin and ski division (more of a touring, smell the coffee division). If you join GBA, there is a discount on your entry. This year’s event hopes, with the weather we’ve been having, to feature the turnaround at the top of Mount Washington and post-race festivities will take place at the new Glen House Hotel. Go to tinyurl.com/y953neya, although the race is sold out, there may be a need for volunteers.
The White Mountain Milers have new gear including new winter hats, baseball hats, baby onesies, ¼ zip long sleeve shirts, and more. Go to wmmgear.com and order now or email me for local pickup or pick up at the Sunday Breakfast Run.
Mark the date for The Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Auto Road Race lottery opens on Monday, Feb.11, at 8 a.m. and closes on Monday, Feb. 25, at 11:59 p.m.
For the chosen few, invitational entry opened on Jan. 9. Racers who qualify for invitational entry will be notified via email. Invitational entry closes on Friday, Feb. 8, at 11:59 p.m.
Racer selection winners will be announced by email on Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. The race takes place on Saturday, June 15. For more information, go to tinyurl.com/hpkta3f.
Don’t forget to save the date for the annual White Mountain Milers Meeting at Tuckerman Brewing Company, on Tuesday, March 5. Come at 6 p.m. to socialize, join the club, compare training schedules and upcoming races. And, if you didn’t receive your selection winner email but received the runner rejection letter from the Mount Washington Road Race, you may register for the much-coveted entries to the Mount Washington Road Race. Go to whitemountainmilers.com for more information.
It’s time to renew your membership to the White Mountain Milers. You may do so online at whitemountainmilers.com, or print out an entry form from the website or attend the Annual Meeting and sign up there!
“One appeal of running is you can overcome a lack of natural ability with dedication and training.” — Hal Higdon, runner and writer.
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.
• Saturday, Jan 26: M.W. Otto Rhode Memorial Skin and Ski, tinyurl.com/y953neya.
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Winter Wild Series, Cranmore, teamampactive.org.
• Saturday, Jan. 27: Winter Wild Series, Black Mountain, teamampactive.org/index.
• Sunday, Feb. 3: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Monday, Feb. 11: Sign up for Mount Washington Road Race, tinyurl.com/hpkta3f.
• Sunday, March 3: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Tuesday, March 5: White Mountain Milers Annual Meeting at Tuckerman’s Brewing Company.
• Sunday, April 7: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Sunday, May 5: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org See you on the run.