June 23, 2016
In this Issue:
- Miner's Mayhem
- Sudbury Fitness Challenge Canoe Marathon
- Edge 2 Edge Marathon
- Upcoming Local Events -
July 1 Firecracker 5k, July 7 Finlandia Trail Run Series Event
- Running Room Update -
- Track North News -
Adanac Ski Hill Sudbury On June 18, 2016
Story by Angela Gemmell
I had a blast! But I knew I
would. I always do. This past Saturday was the Miner’s
Mayhem in Sudbury. It’s a muddy, challenging 6.5 kilometre
obstacle course that is mining-themed, to go with the city’s
heritage. I have been both a volunteer and a participant
the past four years. The event was marking its fifth anniversary.
I decided just a few weeks ago I would participate. My friend
Randi didn’t have anyone to run with, so I signed
up to join her.
The Miner’s Mayhem is for all fitness levels. When
participants stress beforehand about not being able to do
certain obstacles we tell them there is a burpee buy-out.
What this means is if a participant feels they can’t
do an obstacle for some reason, they must do burpees instead.
I am not a fan of burpees (most people aren’t) so
I at least try to do the obstacle before I take the buy-out.
The morning of the event I usually volunteer at Body Markings.
I write participants’ numbers on their arms or legs.
This is instead of using race bibs. There are several reasons
why I volunteer for this job. Firstly, I get to meet a lot
of the participants. The other reason -I’m not going
to lie- is because there are some very attractive male biceps
and muscular legs. Their number has to go somewhere and
someone has to write it on for them. I’ll volunteer
to do it. LOL!
Here’s the thing about the Miner’s Mayhem,
I personally feel more participants enjoy themselves when they
run/walk the course with at least one friend or more. I’m
sure there are plenty of participants who want to run by themselves
to achieve a personal best time. I am not one of those people.
When I’ve participated with either a group or alongside
another friend we always help each other through the obstacles,
we encourage each other and we laugh about the wacky things along
the course. But my favourite is the finish line. The finish line
is the absolute best for camaraderie and celebration.
Just before the finish line Randy and I grabbed each others hands
and ran across together. Our time was the furthest thing from
my mind. I was more happy about finishing the grueling course
and sharing the entire experience with my friend. Once I was done
my race I watched the finish line for about 45 minutes. Those
who finished in groups of two or more had smiles on their faces,
they were laughing and comparing which part they found the most
difficult. I loved watching their joy. Those who crossed the finish
line by themselves, usually looked at their watches and were rather
emotionless about finishing. There was no one to share that experience
I really loved hearing about participants’ experiences
afterwards. It seemed like most people had a good time despite
a few challenges. It was one of the hottest days of the year…but
the obstacles with water kept everyone cool. I heard many people
say they’d be back again next year. Great! Bring friends.
The Mayhem is best enjoyed with a friend or two.
Sudbury Canoe Club/ Sudbury
Fitness Challenge Canoe Race 2016
Sunday June 19th /2016 Northern Water Sports Centre
in a row I've convinced Neil Phipps to do the 20k canoe
distance at the annual sudbury fitness challenge canoe marathon.
He was adamant we were only doing 9 this year, but I managed
to convince him to do the long haul. Really glad we did!
A great event and the first year in the new beautiful water
Contact Rob Marcolini @ 705.522.4195 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Edge-to-Edge Marathon
kicked off at Incinerator Rock at 8:30 a.m. Sunday
morning June12. Torn Grabi of Richmond B.C., front
left, won the event with a time of 3:20:46. —
image credit: Andrew Bailey
Rocks!! Run in Ucluelet
|The Annual Edge to Edge Marathon, Half Marathon
and Relay is a destination race unlike any
other. For 2016 the route started on Pacific
Rim's Long Beach at Incinerator Rock and continued
on the sand for 6km. A few kms on the highway
brought the runners to the Wild Pacific Trail
. While challenging the course is incredibly
scenic running along unspoiled beaches, over
awesome hills, through the rainforest, along
the rugged coastal shore and finishing in
the Village green in Ucluelet .
There were 4 events and all take in the
best scenery the coast has to offer. We
competed in the Marathon (Ken and Vince)
and the Half Marathon (Lynn and Lise). We
all agreed this was the most scenic of runs
we have done to date.
We also had a great time exploring the
Island and took in things like Cathedral
Grove, downtown Victoria, Vancouver and
Now, on to our next adventure...
The Wild Pacific Trail
by Andrew Bailey - Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News
posted Jun 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM
|The Edge-to-Edge crown belongs to the
mainland this year as Richmond B.C.’s Torn Grabi
took Sunday’s top honours.
Grabi, whose time of 3 hours 20 minutes and 46
seconds bested second place finisher Dave Small
of Victoria by over four minutes, told the Westerly
he knew he was running well during the first half
of the 42-kilometre race and his confidence and
enjoyment grew when he reached the course’s
“I love trail running and enjoyed it the
whole way,” he said. “The rugged scenery
of Ucluelet is awesome. The trail running, the awesome
ocean views; it’s just beautiful. There’s
a real West Coast feel.”
Team F.U.N. from Vancouver—anchored by six
time Edge-to-Edge marathoner and two–time
champion Hjalmar Kristiansen—took top prize
in the day’s 42-kilometre relay race with
a time of 3 hours 5 minutes and 34 seconds.
The start-line for both the marathon and relay
race was at the Pacific Rim National Park’s
Incinerator Rock for the first time this year.
The Park had not been part of the marathon, which
once spanned from Tofino to Ucluelet, since 2013
when concerns over runner safety on the highway
motivated race officials to contain the course entirely
in Ucluelet. Longtime Edge-to-Edge volunteer Geoff
Lyons told the Westerly the most concerning portion
of highway was avoided by having runners push through
the sand of Long Beach and not hit the road until
Combers Beach. “That always was a challenge
to get people safely around that area. So, by avoiding
that and putting them on the beach we overcame that
issue and the rest of the highway is pretty straight
forward,” he said. Lyons noted Justin Trudeau’s
Liberal Government has committed to build a $17.7
million trail through the Park and said this could
be a tremendous feature for the marathon. “That
will be perfect and keep people off the road altogether,”
The Edge-to-Edge event is organized by the Ucluelet
Chamber of Commerce and the chamber’s vice-president
Cathy Whitcomb touted the West Coast’s volunteer
spirit as the fuel that powered the day’s
success. “The volunteer aspect was overwhelming,”
she said. “We had so many people participate
on so many different levels to make it happen and
we’re looking forward to next year, but first
we’re looking forward to our volunteer appreciation
party which will be announced in the very near future.”
She added the marathon is a key cog in Ucluelet’s
summer wheel. “It brings a lot of economic
value to the community, which makes people feel
good,” she said. “The even bigger part,
I believe, is that it brings us all out to one big
arena where we can enjoy each other’s company
and continue to build relationships; both business
and personal…It’s a lot of work but
it really gets people pumped up.”
She said the Park was a welcomed addition to this
year’s event. “The Park is a partner
we want to continue building a relationship with
and, with the future potential of a bike path going
through, it will enhance the opportunities for the
marathon tremendously,” she said.
Upcoming Local Events
July 1st, 2016 - 6pm Walden Arena
Race Start Times:
6:15pm Kids 1km Fun Run
7:00pm 5km Road Race
The 28th annual Walden Firecracker Road
Race is being held on the evening of July 1st, with the
kids race beginning at 6:15pm, and the 5k race beginning
at 7:00pm. Join in on the Canada Day festivities with
a 5k race, or a 1k race for the younger runners. There
will be lots of great prizes to be won, as well as refreshments
and snacks following the run.
The proceeds of the race will go towards
the Laurentian Vees Cross-Country Team. Fundraising ...is
crucial to our running season, and every registration
If you have any questions at all, be sure
to ask! The registration fees for the race this year are
$25 for the 5k event and $2 for the kids 1k event. You
may register online by following the link found below,
or can pick up a registration form at the Running Room.
Register at: https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=13284
Basic details regarding the race may also
be found at www.tracknorth.com
July 7, 2016 Next
Event Thursday July 7
NEW Kids are FREE
Finlandia Trail Run Series Race #1: Mixture
of wide and single-track trails. Two short, steep uphill
sections. Racers doing the 6 km course will do two loops.
We know you're out there Sudbury. — at Laurentian
Nordic Ski Club / Club de ski nordique Laurentien.
Finlandia Trail Run Series
Good afternoon Runner's and Walker's :)
I am hoping everyone is having a great summer officially
as of yesterday, and running is coming along for everyone,.the
fire cracker 5km is coming up on July 1st at 7pm in
Lively. The quote of the week is "out on the
roads there is fitness, and self-discovery and the
person we were destined to be so get out there and
enjoy it" (George Sheehan)
We are still looking for an instructor for the Half
Marathon clinic that is starting on Thursday June
30th anyone that is interested in teaching a clinic
please contact the storeat 705-523-4664 or simply
come into the store and chat with us about the opportunity.
As well if your interested in participating in the
clinic you can sign up online or in store.
I wish everyone a great rest of your week and happy
Your Sudbury Running Room Team
Eric, Alex, Ania, Justin, Jordano
Join us for FREE Practice Club
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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