Happy New Year! Not just a new month, but a new year. 2019. Are you making a resolution? How about a goal? I’ve been seeing 26.2 on my average gas mileage in my car this week, so I’m thinking it’s a sign to run another marathon.

How about a streak? One mile a day? A mileage goal; 1,000 miles for the year? If you decide on a goal or not, here’s to another great year of running for us all.

2018 was a great year for running. The White Mountain Miler races continue to grow, especially the Cranmore Hill Climb. The Milers’ Half Marathon added a Half-of-the-Half race, which attracted a large number of new runners. The weather could have been better, it’s been a challenge of late, which has resulted in the race being moved to Sept. 22, 2019.

The Sunday Breakfast Runs continue at the home of Cathy and Steve Dowling, and the Wednesday Breakfast Runs move into their 12th year.

We lost a few members of the club this year. Sumner Ruprecht passed in June at the age of 82. Sumner was a wonderful person and runner and kept everyone laughing. We miss him, especially at the Mount Washington Road Race. Another fixture at Mount Washington, John Howe of Waterford, Maine, also passed in June at the age of 83. John holds the 80-84 age group record at Mount Washington with a time of 2:13:29.

Be sure to start the New Year out on the right (or left) foot by taking part in the Frozen Flamingo 5K on New Year’s Day in Gorham. Walkers and joggers should flock to 169 Main St. between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to register. At 10 a.m. the 5K will start. Bright pink flamingos will mark the route. Instead of a fee, new boxes of tissues and/or disinfectant wipes are being collected for local classrooms. Check Facebook page RunForYou or email RunForYou1@gmail.com for up to date information. Leave hibernation to the bears and get outside!

Registration for the ninth annual Whitaker Woods Snowshoe Scramble is open! Conditions in Whitaker Woods right now are fantastic!

This Snowshoe Scramble race will be held in Whitaker Woods, the in-town trail network maintained by the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation located in North Conway Village. This 4-mile race course consists of groomed trails and twisty singletrack. The date is Saturday, Jan. 19, with a start time of 10 a.m. sharp. Check-in time and race day registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Meeting House, 2829 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. For more information, go to crosscountryskinh.com.

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.

Registration opened for the 30th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb. The race is scheduled for Sunday, June 30. More information is posted on the miler website; whitemountainmilers.com.

Watch for registration opening soon for the White Mountain Milers Half Marathon on their new date of Sept. 22.

The annual White Mountain Milers meeting will be held at Tuckerman Brewing Company, on March 5. Come at 6 p.m. to socialize, join the club, compare training schedules and upcoming races and 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.

Acidotic Racing just announced a new race; the Waterville Valley Mountain Race. The race will take place Sunday, Sept. 29, and will host the 2019 U.S. Mountain Running Championships. It will be a two-lap race equal to approximately 11K. Registration will open Jan. 1 at acidoticracing.com.

Dec. 28 was the early start for the Ski The Whites first Friday Night Lights at Black Mountain. Jan. 4 is the next date for the race with a 7 p.m. mass start. You may start earlier as long as you register. For more information got to skithewhites.com or their facebook page.

“Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance-you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet.” — Doris Brown Heritage — retired American runner who won the International Cross-Country Championships five times in a row, collected two silver medals in the 800 meters at the Pan Am Games and placed fifth in the 800 at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

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.

• Tuesday, Jan. 1: Frozen Flamingo 5K, Gorham, runforyou Facebook.

• Sunday, Jan. 6: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Friday,  to Sunday, Jan. 11-13: Dartmouth Relays, go to lancertiming.com.

• Saturday, Jan. 19: 9th Annual Snowshoe Scramble, Whitaker Woods, crosscountryskinh.com.

• Sunday, Feb. 3: Breakfast Run, whitemountainmilers.com.

• 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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run.

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