Sorry, I missed a few columns but I was hiking in Tuscany, Italy, and it was just amazing. Usually, when I travel, I look for races in the area, but since we were hiking about 100 miles and my hiking/life partner thought I should stick to our plan, I didn’t check this time.

So, imagine my surprise when we were leaving Siena and got caught up in the World Francigena Ultra Marathon. Even better, we could have had a fully supported 35K route as that part of the race ended in Buonconvento, exactly where we were headed. As we finished with the 35K group, many more went on to finish the 120K walk. Maybe next time.

On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5-6, the first annual Bubba’s Backyard Ultra hosted by Run the Whites sends thanks to everyone who came out. No one really knew what to expect with the last person standing format but it didn't disappoint. It took nearly 25 hours to determine the winner but Ed Clifford of Raymond ran 86 miles and was able to outlast Nathan Lamarre of Moultonborough who ran 82.56 miles as the two put on a performance that lasted over seven hours.

Suz Laughland of Silver Lake was the top woman with 48.16 miles and Bob Benes of Stow finished 20.64 miles.

Photos are available on Run the Whites on Facebook and full results are available at

Lots of races coming up before ski and snowshoe racing starts.

The Blackout 5/10K Mountain Race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Black Mountain. Race time is 5 p.m. and you can sign up now at

This is a nighttime 5K/10K mountain race with live music and food. You have the option of the 5K (one lap) or 10K (two 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 Moose Pond Half Marathon and 5K are being held on Nov. 2 with all proceeds going to the Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program. The race features a scenic loop around Moose Pond in the Shadows of Shawnee Peak. Rolling terrain on paved roads with the start and finish at Shawnee’s Ski Area Base Lodge. The 5K is out and back on Mountain Road and there is a relay option for the half.

For more information, go to

The 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K Race is happening 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.

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. Sign up at

Please be aware that the hunting season opened on Sept. 15, so please, wear your best orange outfit when out playing.

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” — John Burroughs of Bartlett.

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.

• 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.

• Sunday, Oct. 27: Randolph Ramble 10K, Randolph

• Saturday, Nov. 2: Moose Pond Half Marathon, Relay and 5K,

• Saturday, Nov. 9: Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race, Jackson,

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

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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