The Conway Daily Sun recently asked readers if they were in favor of a leash law in Whitaker Woods as proposed by the town of Conway.  The responses were interesting.  I love dogs but I have had a friend knocked down by a dog in Whitaker Woods and another who took a fall skiing when a dog ran in front of him. These problems are not the dogs fault, but the owners.  We all think our dogs are the best and well behaved, just like our children.  

Worse than unleashed dogs is the owners who don’t pick up after their dogs.  Not all dogs head into the woods to do their business, so please pick after them.  I’ll always remember Jim Soroka on a Tuesday Night Whitaker Woods Run placing an orange traffic cone over a particularly large dog pile left right in the middle of the trail.  It made for an interesting finish line sprint.  No one really wants to pick up after their dog, but certainly not after someone else's dog.

Recently our dog, Sky the wonder dog, was in a skiing accident.  No, she’s not a skier, but on a windy day with snow clumps falling from trees, she freaked and ran into some sharp metal edged backcountry Nordic skis.  Two nights at the vets in Scarborough, Maine, for surgery to repair her cut muscles and tendons, and we’re in for eight weeks of trying to keep her quiet in hopes that she can run and hike with us again.  We love to have our dog with us and she loves to do everything we do, but she won’t be skiing with us anymore.  There have been a number of these dog and ski accidents this year, according to Sky’s vet, so, please be careful with your pets.  Those edges are very sharp. 

So Spring sprang, kind of, and there are a number of races coming up to get you motivated.

First, there’s the Spring Run Off 5K/10K on Saturday, April 6.  This race is being held in conjunction with the Chili Cook Off and your entry includes admission to the 16th annual Chili Cook Off, so you can eat great food and enjoy the spring celebration after your run.  Entry fee goes up on March 31, so register today at ultrasignup.com

The Running Rascal 5K Race takes place on April 28 in Effingham.  This is the 11th annual Running Rascals and proceeds benefit the Effingham Elementary School Running Rascals.  There’s an entry form and more information at whitemountainmilers.com. The entry price is only $10 if you register before April 24.  Sign up now.

May 4th is the second annual White Lake Ultras featuring 6/12/24-hour timed events for solo or team runners.  Proceeds of this event go to Tamworth Conservation Commission.  Go to rockhopperraces.com for more information and to register.  May the 4th be with you!

Saturday, May 18, a new race on the calendar is the Whitaker Wander 5K hosted by White Mountain Community Health Center.  Information can be found on Facebook under Whitaker Wander 5K and sign up on runreg.com.  The Center is promoting using the Couch to 5K running app for training and you can start now.

The next day is the Dirty Girl Trail Race on Sunday, May 19, at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany.  You can choose to run the 5- or 10-mile course or the 10-Mile Athena Division.  Go to runreg.com to sign up and Facebook.com for more information.

On May 22, another Chi Running/Walking No Pain event will help you to start running and run smarter and faster.  An eight-week training program led by Vince Vaccaro, a 15-year ChiRunning master trainer, the class meets Wednesdays and you will have homework.  Graduation of the class will be the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, July 13, in Schouler Park.  For more information and how to register go to memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com.

It seems since last column about treadmill running, I’ve seen more treadmill action than ever. There’s the treadmill trivia game with late night host James Corden and Gordon Ramsay.  The speed and incline of the star’s treadmills went up if they answered questions in the other’s area of expertise incorrectly. Back in 2018, Ramsay challenged Corden to run the 2020 L.A. Marathon. Based on the treadmill results, neither star has been training for the marathon yet, but it’s a funny video to watch on runnersworld.com.

Volunteer opportunities in the running community are plentiful.  No events happen without volunteers. 

The White Mountain Milers always need volunteers for their work at the Mount Washington Road Race. Email Ashley Benes at benes_ashley@hotmail.com, for an assignment.

Coach Bernie Livingston has put out a call for help for the two home track and field meets at Kennett High School.  The dates are Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday May 7 at 4 p.m. Contact Bernie at bernliv03818@yahoo.com.   

Rockhopper Races is looking for volunteers for any and all of their races coming up. They are offering $10 off an entry fee to their races or swag for each volunteer post you take. You can sign up on their registration pages through rockhopperraces.com

Have you recruited a team for The Bucks for Bernie Relay?  The relay will be held on July 20 in Whitaker Woods.  The run will be a one-mile loop, begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

You can run solo or form a team.  There will be more details coming soon on whitemountainmilers.com, but start putting your team together now. 

Rumor? I hope not! I just heard that “Scoop Man” is coming back. Scoop, aka Bob Benes, is opening a new ice cream shop in Stow, Maine. Last seen at Barn Side in East Conway, he’s coming back by popular demand. Can’t wait to hear the name of this new shop and for my invite to the Grand Opening.

“I hate when I’m 20 minutes into my run on the treadmill and I look down at the timer and it says 43 seconds.” — from the Pineland Farms Trail Challenge, pinelandtrails.com.

Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs: (Please note: All of these events listed for runners and walkers. See more events at whitemountainmilers.com and 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 Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.

• Sunday, April 6: Spring Run Off 5K and 10K, Schouler Park, ultrasignup.com.

• Sunday, April 7: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com

• Sunday, April 28: Running Rascals 5K, Effingham, whitemountainmilers.com

• Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5: White Lake Ultras, rockhopperraces.com.

• Sunday, May 5: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com

• Sunday, May 19: Dirty Girl Trail Race facebook.com/events/336085097178071/.

• Tuesdays from June 11-Aug, 13: White Mountain Milers Summer Trail Series 5:30 p.m., Whitaker Woods.

• Sunday, June 30: Cranmore Hill Climb 5K, whitemountainmilers.com.

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run.

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