The 11th annual Purity Spring Resort 5K race preceded turkey dinner on Thanksgiving morning. The 5K trail race took place on rolling terrain over the beautiful, scenic nordic trails at King Pine Ski Area, Purity Spring Resort in East Madison. This year, 143 runners and walkers used the 5K as their appetizer with Joshua Thorson of Dover taking first place overall at 14:49. The first female was Lisa Jacobus of Rye in a time of 19:42.

First local finishers were Andrew Drummond 15:41 and Terry Livingston Ballou 20:22.

Reading through the results list shows what a wonderful holiday event this race is with families reuniting and traveling from New Hampshire, Georgia, Florida, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, New York, and Texas.

Kennett alumni returned to the race included Maggie LaRoche, 20:28; Zach Switaj 14:55; and Torin Laliberte, 17:41, who is now an assistant cross-country coach at Clarkson University.

Kennett Coaches Bernie and Eileen Livingston were once again the timers for the race, a job they have enjoyed from the start of the Thanksgiving morning race.

This year’s race garnered $2,000 for local youth programs including Kennett cross-country and track and field teams, and the Kennett Coders robotics team.

Photos by Joe Viger Photography and full results may be found at psrk5k.com.

I contracted a stomach bug so my Thanksgiving trip to Cape Cod and running the Chatham Turkey Trot didn’t happen. Just like in any race and in life, sometimes you can plan but life has other plans.

We’re on to the next holiday with the annual (how many years?) White Mountain Milers Christmas Party set for this Sunday. Hosted by Cathy and Steve Dowling on Wallis Way in Kearsarge, the fun run/walk of any distance begins at noon followed by a full Christmas dinner.

Please bring a dessert or a side dish to compliment the turkey. Then the Yankee Swap begins. Please keep costs down with a max of $15 gifts and regifts are always welcome. Let the Festivus begin! For more information, go to the whitemountainmilers.com or their Facebook site.

Sue Wemyss and Lisa McCoy of Great Glen Trails are seeking volunteers for the New England Bill Koch League Festival, the annual Nordic ski festival for kids.

“The largest kids ski festival in New England is coming to Great Glen Trails this upcoming Feb. 29 and March 1, and we need your help to make this fun, family-friendly event a great success! Great Glen hosted this event in 2012 and 2016, and it was exceptionally fun and memorable for all the participants and the volunteers who made it such a positive experience. With a four hour commitment, volunteers receive a commemorative SKIDA hat, lunch on the day you volunteer and a ski voucher to Great Glen Trails.

Thank you in advance for volunteering. For more information about the event, visit tinyurl.com/uugx4gm.

You can find the volunteer form at tinyurl.com/rbot82h.

Please consider volunteering for this amazing event. I volunteered years ago and had so much fun. I love seeing the excitement of these young athletes and to encourage them.

No official races are being held locally, but you can find several Holiday events being held throughout New England. You can check out nerunner.com for a listing and if you pick a race, maybe offer to car pool like this from Marianne Jackson and Margie Riforgiato:

“The Jingle Bell Run for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is a 5K walk/run being held in Concord on Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. Miler twins Mary and Margie's team is Jingle all the Way and they would love to have lots of folks join their team to donate to support this important cause.

To join or donate go to 2019 Jingle Bell Run, Concord Arthritis Foundation. Scroll through teams until you find Jingle All the Way and sign up. All elves, reindeer, snowflakes and Santas are welcome.

Anyone who wants to carpool, contact Marianne at (603) 340-3564 or mjaxnmd@gmail.com.

If you are looking to carpool for other races, please check out the White Mountain Milers on Facebook.

“The most effective way to do it is to do it.” — Amelia Earhart.

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.

• Sunday, Dec. 8: White Mountain Milers Christmas Party, whitemountainmilers.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 dmcorm21@gmail.com See you on the run.

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