The days are getting shorter and colder, but don’t put away your running shoes just yet. There are still a few good races left in the season before people start trading in their running shoes for snowshoes and skis.
Coming up next weekend, the fourth annual Forest 5K Family Fun Trail Run/Walk at White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany is on Oct. 19
This run has beautiful trails on the Waldorf school campus that link up with the trail system at Tin Mountain Conservation Center.
This challenging 5K winds back and forth between the two properties, up hills, through dense forest and over streams. This is a family friendly event; people run, walk or hike this 5K.
Individual registration is $25 per person; $50 for a family of three or four. Proceeds benefit the children at the White Mountain Waldorf School. Go to tinyurl.com/wmwaldorf5k to register.
Also on Oct. 19, is the seventh annual Riverfire 5K Run/Walk in Berlin on Saturday, Oct. 19. This event covers a newly course-certified, out-and-back, flat-and-fast, 3.1 miles along the Androscoggin River, starting and ending at Service Credit Union Heritage Park. The race starts at 2 p.m. Registration is available either online at racemenu.com/riverfire5K2019. The cost is $25.
The 5K is being held in conjunction with other RiverFire activities, a fall festival that features pumpkin carving competitions, lighting of boom piers along the river, food, entertainment and other activities. For more information about these activities go to androscogginvalleychamber.com.
Then on Oct. 27 is the Randolph Ramble 10K, a self-supported trail race through the Great North Woods in Randolph. This race places an emphasis on self-sufficiency in the mountains: there are no aid stations and, due to the time of year, there is a mandatory gear list. Find out more at randolphramble.com.
And on Nov. 9, Run the Whites will host the Blackout 5K/10K Mountain Race at 6 p.m. at Black Mountain, at 373 Black Mountain Road, Jackson.
This is a nighttime mountain race with live music and food. Runners have the option of the 5k (one lap) or 10k (two laps). 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. There are no cut-off times. Got to runthewhites.com for more information.
See more events at whitemountainmilers.com and sign up early for extra savings on many races.
In addition, the White Mountain Milers sponsors regular weekly runs to promote running friendships, fun and fitness.
Every Wednesday, there’s a breakfast run for early birds in North Conway Village. Walkers start at 6:45 a.m. and runners start at 7 a.m., with 4-mile and 3-mile loops in and around the village.
Meet behind the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Always followed by breakfast.
Another weekly run is held on Tuesdays until darkness comes early. It’s a group run, following the course of the summer running series, but it’s not an official race and timing is on your own.
Meet at the Whitaker Homesite at Woods in North Conway Village at 5:30 p.m. to take part in this run. For more information on this and other White Mountain Milers events, contact Bernie Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donna Cormier is a licensed massage therapist, avid runner, 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.