The Freedom Old Home Week 5K race took place on Aug. 10 with 27 walkers and 51 runners finishing the course.
The top runner for the race was 14-year-old Cameron McMahon in 19:07, and in the female division, McKayla Dockham, 14, finished first in 22:06.
Vincent Quirk, 54, took top honors for the male walkers in 36:17, and for the women it was Tava Nicoll, 13, in 43:29. Congratulations to all participants of this race. Full results, videos and photos may be found at tinyurl.com/yx9hv255.
Coach Bernie Livingston is recruiting runners to participate in teams for the new Millen 4x400-meter relay to be held at the Livingston Oval during halftime of the first Kennett High School home football game on Friday, Sept. 13, at around 7:45 p.m. Teams will be co-ed, two men and two women per team.
Tim Livingston says, “If you’re worried about everyone watching you, you’re right, they will be!” Bernie is putting the teams together for even pacing, so get your name in now. The coveted Millen Cup is at stake, and I’ve heard talk about runners trying out spikes for the first time in years or the first time ever, how to practice on baton handoffs and running under the lights. This should be a lot of fun to watch. If you have any questions and want to join a team, contact Terry Ballou at email@example.com.
The annual Kennett Cross-Country Challenge is set to run on Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kennett Middle School. Runners from Kennett High School and KMS, Fryeburg Academy and middle schoolers from Molly Ockett School along with the White Mountain Milers race for the win and a prize that Coach Tim Livingston keeps as a surprise. Subway Sandwiches are provided by the White Mountain Milers, and Kennett families provide dessert after the race. The race is free, no pre-event registration; just be there.
White Mountain Milers and Eastern Mountain Sports Whitaker Woods Trail Run final results were in and the prizes have been awarded. There were 205 numbers given out for this year’s series.
The top runner for the men was Tristan Williams and for the women was Leslie O’Dell. Full results should be up soon at whitemountainmilers.com.
All age group winners won prizes from Eastern Mountain Sports and Native. Just because the series is over you can still keep the summer going by running on Tuesdays. You won’t be alone but will have to do your own timing.
The new Core Community Fitness is still looking for help with the new gym and with moving equipment into the new space. With the closing of Cranmore Family Fitness, a group has taken steps to keep your exercise program going. The new gym will be on East Conway Road, behind Pete’s Restaurant Equipment, and they will be opening in September. Check out the Facebook page and contact them to offer your help.
“Why is it you can run/walk/bike for a mile and not see one car. Then, there is a car coming each way and they meet exactly at the same place as you?” — Donna Cormier, on my 20-mile marathon training walk.
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.
• 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 until darkness comes early: Group runs, timing on your own, Whitaker Woods, North Conway, 5:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Aug. 27: Kennett Cross-Country Challenge, 6 p.m., at Kennett Middle School, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Saturday, Aug. 31: Injury Prevention Workshop, backcountrybliss.com.
• Monday, Sept. 2: Kids Fun Run at Storyland, believeinbooks.org.
• Friday, Sept, 13: Millen 4x400-meter Relay, Kennett Hight School, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Saturday, Sept. 21: White Mountain Milers Half/Half-of-the-Half/Relay and 5K Race, whitemountainmilers.com.
• Sunday, Sept. 22: Kismet Cliff Run, ultrasignup.com.
• Saturday, Sept. 28: the second annual Be the One Trail Running Festival, Littleton, runreg.com.
• Saturday, Oct. 5-6: Bubba’s Backyard Ultra, runthewhite.com/ultrasignup.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 email@example.com See you on the run.