The White Mountain Milers annual Turkey Raffle Relay 5K was a great success last Sunday. We had eight teams of three for the relay and a few more people who came for lunch and laughter.

The team win of the relay and turkeys was the team of Thomas Zotti, Ashley Benes and Andrea Leonard with a combined time of 79:01.

Steve Dowling then pulled names for the raffle of 10 more turkeys and the crowd called out their cheers. Two cooked turkeys, many sides and a table full of desserts were on hand for the hungry crowd. It’s always a fun event and thank you to Coach Bernie and Eileen Livingston for taking care of the timing and to the Dowlings for once again hosting the relay.

You can see more photos and full results at Oh, and there were no turkey costumes this year.

The next events on the calendar are the Thanksgiving races. The 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K Race happens on Thanksgiving 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. 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

Another race on Thanksgiving to help you work up an appetite before the big meal later in the day: The 5K Turkey Trot/ Walk/ Waddle will be held in Gorham, and pedestrians of all abilities are welcome. Registration takes place at 169 Main St. 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. Go to the Facebook page RunForYou or email with questions. Whether you waddle, walk or trot we hope to see you Thanksgiving morning.

I’ll be down to Cape Cod for Thanksgiving and will be running the Chatham Turkey Trot, a 5K untimed race that does charge an entry fee but also collects canned goods for their food pantry. Hopefully, it is warmer this year for Thanksgiving.

It’s never too soon to plan next year’s racing schedule. Sign up for a race and use that race as your goal to get in shape for 2020. TriTek Events released its schedule, which includes: May 30, King Pine Tri and Du in Madison; June 6 Tunnels to Towers 5K in North Conway, Aug. 29 and 30 “New Triathlon” Freedom; and Sept. 19, White Mountain Milers Half Marathon. Go to for more information.

Rockhopper Races schedule starts April 4 with the Spring Run Off in North Conway; May 2-3 is the White Lake Ultra; June 6 is the Chocorua Mountain Race; Aug. 8 is the Northwoods 25/50/100K with permits pending, and Sept. 19 is the Kilkenny Ridge Race 25/50 mile. Go to for more information.

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 30, so please consider shopping locally. A few gift ideas for your running family and friends are socks, mittens and hats. Oh, socks, mittens, hats and gift certificates for running stores and massages. Oh, and socks, mittens, hats, gift certificates for running stores and massages and a winter windbreaker. Oh, and books about running and socks, mittens, hats, gift certificates for running stores and massages and a windbreaker. Every runner needs a running medal holder and books about running and socks, mittens, hats, gift certificates and I’ll stop now. Happy shopping!

It’s still rifle season, so PLEASE, wear your best orange outfit when out playing and reflective gear and lights if running in the early morning or after 2:30 p.m. at sunset.

“Be like a crow — collect shiny things — hop happily down the street for no apparent reason — scream loudly when you see your friends.” — unknown but it sounds like many people I know!

Upcoming Races and Weekly Runs

All of the events listed are for runners and walkers. See more events at 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 Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.

• Thursday, Nov. 28: 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K, Thanksgiving Race, East Madison,

• Thursday, Nov. 28: 5K Turkey Trot Walk Waddle, Gorham, runforyou on Facebook.

• Sunday, Dec. 8: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party,

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 See you on the run.

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