The first Whitaker Wander 5K, sponsored by the White Mountain Community Health Center, was a great event on Saturday, May 18. The weather cooperated and around 60 people participated.

Winners of the 5K race for the men was Jason Denvers in 19:20, followed by Nathan Hall, 21:35, and Simon Manners, 22:25.

On the women’s side, it was Katie Cross-Powers in 24:01, followed by Tamara Wood, 24:20, and Stacy McAllister, 25:47.

The kids' race results were McKenna Bryant in first 8:32, followed by Ave Clanton, 10:45; Jude Clanton,11:26; Alex Randall, 11:25; and Thomas Randall, 11:29.

The center thanks all the amazing racers, volunteers and sponsors for making the first Whitaker Wander 5K a huge success. All proceeds from the race benefit the center and results may be found on the Whitaker Wander 5K Facebook event.

Leslie O’Dell, race director of the Dirty Girl Trail Race, had this report on her race from Sunday: “The race went off without a hitch. The weather was perfect. Black flies were minimal. I purposely made the new course more difficult so I expected people to be cursing me as they finished but instead I had people smiling out of breath and saying thank you. It was awesome.

“I’ve noticed over the years as I've made my course more difficult that people seem to appreciate their finish even more. I love presenting them with a good challenge because they really do feel so good about facing that challenge.

“Everything went just as it should have, but I honestly could not have done it without the huge amount of volunteers I had this year. I'm usually a little short people but I had more people than I needed so it made my life so much easier. The race definitely could not have happened without them. I also couldn't have done it without Jotham Oliver, our Tin Mountain representative and race helper. He's been helping for 5 years now.

“Race preparations can be stressful and time-consuming and can sometimes make you not want to do it again the next year but after you see all of these happy people and smiling faces and so much positive feedback it makes it worth it.

“Special thank you goes out to Tin Mountain for hosting us for the last 6 years. Although we have butted heads a few times over the years it never seems to matter on race day. They have a special place there on Bald Hill and I'm glad that I've been able to introduce others to it.”

Congratulations to the winner of the 10-mile race, Haley Heinrich of Wolfeboro in 1:38, and 5-mile winner Nicole Gray of Dover in 54:28. Full results may be found on coolrunning.com and information and photos at 2019 Dirty Girl Trail Race on Facebook.

There’s still time to sign up for the Cranmore Mountain Race. The race takes place June 2, at 9 a.m.

There are two race options — the one lap 5K race or the traditional two lap 10K race. Each lap goes up and down the mountain on ski trails and single-track with grades anywhere from 7-20 percent, depending on the ski trail.

Race Director Paul Kirsch reports that, “Currently we have about 200 entrants. Based on my course previews, it should be a nice muddy downhill in spots. Even a small chance of a patch of snow somewhere on the course.”

I know all the runners are curious about what Paul has in store for them each year and Leslie O’Dell seems to have taken a chapter from Paul’s Race Director Guide, “How to challenge runners, or how to set a race course that runners will love to hate.”

This year the race has some of the proceeds going to North Country Cares and, along with that, we are asking people to bring donations of sports/duffle bags, running shoes or any clothing to help out the great work that NCC does. Sign up at acidoticracing.com.

A quick shout out to Bagels Plus North Conway for once again hosting the Jen’s Friends Scavenger Hunt. This is the most fun you can have while raising money for our amazing valley charity. Bagels Plus puts so much work into trying to fool us and keep us moving around town collecting things, taking photos and videos and just having fun. My team, Silent But Deadly (SBD), were the worst mimes as we couldn’t stop talking. Other costumed groups were Nerds, Spice Girls, Village People and more. Check out photos on Bagels Plus on Facebook.

Sign up before Monday, May 27, to beat the price increase for the North Conway Tunnel to Towers 5K. In its second year in North Conway, the race will take place on July 13 in Schouler Park. What other race do you get to run with firefighters in turnout gear and police officers in full uniform? The race honors Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Please visit www.tunnel2towers.org. For more information, go to tritekevents.com.

Be sure to sign up solo or form a team for the Bucks for Bernie. The race, scheduled for Saturday, July 20, has been moved to Whitaker Woods in North Conway and shortened from 24 to 12 hours. All proceeds from the race go to Bernie’s Kids. You know Bernie. No, not the politician, but the Coach Bernie Livingston of the Oval at Kennett High School. Bernie needs to keep his growing track and field and cross-country kids in uniforms. Go to runreg.com to sign up now!

“Run in the morning … before your brain figures out what your body is doing!” — Anonymous.

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 Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.

• Thursdays: Salomon Spring Trail Series, greatglentrails.com.

• Wednesdays: Chi Running No Pain, All Gain Training, memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com.

• Thursdays: Tuckerman Brewery Pub Run, runthewhites on Facebook.

• Friday’s Black Mountain Vertical Series begins May 31, runthewhites on Facebook.

• Tuesdays beginning June 11-Aug 13: White Mountain Milers free Whitaker Woods 5K Run/2 Mile Walk 5:30 p.m., whitemountainmilers.com.

• Wednesday, May 22: Chi Running/Walking No Pain, memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com.

• Saturday, June 1: third annual 5K Color Run/Walk for Fun, secure.acceptiva.com.

• Saturday, June 1: third annual 5K Color Run/Walk for Fun, secure.acceptiva.com.

• Sunday, June 2: Cranmore Mountain Race, acidoticracing.com.

• Saturday, June 8: Chocorua Mountain Race, rockhopperraces.com.

• Saturday, June 8: Black Fly in My Eye 10- or 3-mile run/relay, greatglentrails.com.

• Saturday, June 15: Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race, mountwashingonautoroad.com.

• Sunday, June 30: Cranmore Hill Climb 5K, whitemountainmilers.com.

• Sunday, June 30: Danforth Bay 5K Run/Walk to benefit Freedom Elementary School, danforthbay.com/5kTriplePlay.

Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, and walker, cyclist, hiker, paddle boarder, 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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