Last Saturday (Nov. 2), I headed over to Bridgton, Maine, for the Moose Pond Half Marathon starting at Shawnee Peak Ski Area. It was a perfect blue-bird day, cool and the wind had stopped from the previous day. There was a tree half down on the course and many runners and volunteers reported being without power, but it didn’t stop the energy of the day.
There was the half, a relay and a 5K.
A hilly course, the shirt says, “I beat the hills,” and one course marshall told me, “turn here and then you’ll either be going up a hill or down a hill for about 5 miles.” He was right.
I’m a walker and feel I have an advantage on the ups but not so much on the downs. There were 119 finishers in the half, 96 in the 5K, and five relay teams.
Local and Milers were Anthony Cinkutis of Fryeburg, 1:45:40; Andrew Clear of Fryeburg, 1:58:17; Carlotta Girouard of Conway, 2:10:15; Catherine Duthie of Fryeburg, 2:13:06; Madeleine Ryan of Glen was there after her planned race in Vermont was cancelled due to windstorm damage and finished in 2:30:17 with her friend Sherrill Tracy in 2:30:16, a 15-minute PR in her second half marathon.
Miler Thomas Zotti of Wolfeboro was a 2-hour pacer for Beast Pacing and finished in 1:59:19. I finished in 2:46:20. I also ran into Mary Meehan who used to live in the valley and run with the Milers. Mary said to say hello to everyone and sorry she missed the White Mountain Miler Half Marathon. Mary finished the half in 1:58:43.
In the 5K, Brian Otis of Intervale finished in 28:25, and Ina Cinkutis of Fryeburg in 41:01, Proceeds from the race went to the Shawnee Adaptive Ski Program and many of the skiers were there to help with the race.
After the race we headed out to the CORE Open House where I was so pleased to see a great turnout and spoke to a lot of people about my own class, Yomassage, a blend of restorative yoga, massage and meditation. The cooperation of all the volunteers who have made CORE Fitness Center the new gym “for the people and by the people,'' was praised by everyone I spoke with. Hope to see you at CORE.
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.
The White Mountain Milers Breakfast Runs started on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Dowling residence. There was a happy group of well-rested runners and walkers who had gained an hour of sleep and brought food to run for. Most of us gathered around the TV to watch the New York City Marathon unfold. There were the usual suspects in attendance but there’s a challenge afoot to bring a new person to the next Miler event, the Turkey Raffle Relay which happens on Sunday, Nov. 17 — 9 a.m. is the sign-in time and the team raffle happens followed by the run at 10 a.m. You never know who is going to make up your team of three. For more information, go to whitemountainmilers.com.
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.
There’s another race on Thanksgiving to help you work up an appetite before the big meal later in the day. On Nov. 28, the 5K Turkey Trot/ Walk/ Waddle will be held in Gorham, and
pedestrians of all abilities are welcome. Registration takes place at 169 Main Street from 8:45-9:15 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. Immediately before the 5K, a loop around the school will take place for all Tiny Turkeys. This event serves many purposes, but most importantly it is an opportunity for people to be active, share community connectedness and gather food for those in need. The mostly flat course is stroller and pet friendly.
Instead of a fee, nonperishables are being collected. Canned fruit/veggies, snack items for lunch boxes, pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, pancake mix, cereal, instant oatmeal and tuna fish are most needed. Visit Facebook page RunForYou or email email@example.com with questions. Whether you waddle, walk or trot we hope to see you Thanksgiving morning.
Please be aware that the hunting season opened on Sept. 15, so please wear your best orange outfit when out playing.
“Today’s forecast: 100 percent chance for a run.” — unknown and I’m writing this while listening to a forecast for snow.
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.
• Thursday, Nov. 28: 5K Turkey Trot Walk Waddle, Gorham, runforyou on Facebook.
• Sunday, Dec. 8: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party, whitemountainmilers.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.