- Our Biggest Sun Run Ever
- Rocks!! Runner Robert Lopatka and
Jamie Black Duel in Sporting Life 10k
- Rocks!! Correspondents Run Cincinnati
- Martin Tours Africa -
- Thank a Volunteer, Remember a Volunteer, Be a Volunteer
- by John Leonard
- Lung Association Pulls out of North Bay 5k and 1/2
- Upcoming Events,
May 8 - Fitfriends 5k
Room Run Club Update - Happy
- Track North News - by Dick Moss
- Ytri News - by Mike Coughlin
Yes, this was our biggest Sun Run ever with 402 participants
in 4 events. That's up from 190 registrants in 2004. And there
were lots off other firsts in this event as well. The race location
and course were all new this year with the intent of getting the
runners out on the roads where they would be very visible thus
promoting fitness in the community. We had one tough intersection
at Centennial/Paris and we will fix that next year.The Jim Jerome
Sports Complex at Lily Creek was headquarters and start/finish
line for all the events and it was a good choice and probably
will be retained in the future. The Canadian Diabetes Foundation
was on board this year for the first time and spare funds will
be donated to their worthy cause. They assisted greatly with the
promotion of the event and can't be thanked enough. Carriere Industrial
Supply stepped up to the plate as our title sponsor. Their funds
allowed the Committee lots of latitude in race preparation. This
year we had special Sun Run t-shirts made up for the first 300
registrants. Next year we will order more. This year we had unique
Sun Run medals made up for all placers. This year the Running
Room came on board and supplied all the race bibs, pins and finishing
medals for all the kids. The Running Room also took on the duty
of finding and coordinating the volunteers.We had approxinately
75 people out to make sure the event went well. This was the first
year we went with electronic timing - and this was a learning
experience as there were difficulties with coordinating registrants
with their chips. There are no excuses and we promise to be better
next year including starting on time. And, contrary to any rumours,
all courses are very accurate so your finishing times are real.
The races had some very exciting finishes.
2k - Tayte
Kosmerly (age 8) 8:54 outkicked Georgia Debassage (age 14) 8:59
and Jacob MacFarlane (age 11) 8:59. to win the 2k event.
5k - Jeremie
Bourget (age 11) from Timmins ran an 18:28 to come in #1 and probably
was the youngest winner of the 5k event ever. He was followed
closely by Rocks!! runner Shawn Schryer in 18:41 (P.B.) and Jeremie's
dad, Yves, came third in 19:20. Congratulations Timmins!
The winner of the 10k (Andrew Hawkins - 37:46) was 17 years old
while third place overall (Bill Thompson - 40:09) was 3.76 times
older at 64. Good on you both. Pierre Dumont came in second in
a very fast 38:32.
21.1k - This was the most
hotly contested run of the day as Kerry Abols squared off against
Mike Hay. Kerry won the day 4 seconds ahead of his rival (1:17:33
to 1:17:37) Greg Deerlegs came in third in 1:24:55.
Thank you to the Run Committee, all the volunteers, the Sponsors,
Chis Gore and the City, Sgt. Gary Lavoie and Tom Saya from the
Police and all the participants for making this event our most
successful yet. We look forward to seeing you at our other Fitness
Challenge events. Vince Perdue
Here is a participant's note:
I had a great time
on Sunday. Unexpectedly finished first in the M50 10K,
thanks to Frank
Lesk being out of town, and Steve O’Neil running the 5K.
I like the new course,
since it runs right by the house I grew up in on York.
These are the hills
I used to run as a kid pretending I was Abebe Bikila !
me in the singlet chasing those young guys up the hill.
Thanks to all the
Doug Smith (Toronto)
Masters Track & Field Association
Amanda Luoma (Canadian
Diabetes Foundation) writes:
Congratulations! I have to tell you that
it was a GREAT sight standing on
Regent St to see the lead car, followed by police bike, followed
hundreds of runners and walkers come around the corner from Walford,
the hill and pass me to move up to York St. I wanted to jump in
throng and run! Well - ok, not with Kerry and the lead pack...
From what I have heard from those involved
and those who passed on the
street asking 'what's going on' we did have a success!
One long time runner (Sherry Wuorinen or now McKibbon?) passed
before the run started and said "Damn - I just did the Boston
want to push it... but Chip Timing in Sudbury?!?! I can't believe
it - I will be here next year!"
Thank you all so much for your dedication
to a great event and for
supporting the Canadian Diabetes Association - it was truly great
with and learn something from all of you.
The Canadian Diabetes Association is the proud winner of the 2005
Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart National Award in Governance.
Northeastern Ontario Regional Leadership Centre
Canadian Diabetes Association
2141 Lasalle Blvd., Unit F, Sudbury ON P3A 2A3
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Duel in Sporting Life
Our own Sudbury Rock!!, Robert Lopatka, headed
to the Big Smoke this weekend to test himself against the big
guns. Jamie Black, originally from Sudbury, was there as well
and the duel was on. Jamie took a quick lead down the grade
in the first km and held on until the 6km mark when Robert began
to close the gap. The duo were close until Robert began increasing
the margin a bit in the 9th km. Twenty three seconds separated
the two at the finish line where Robert posted a 33:21 and 32nd
overall to Jamie's 33:44 and 40th overall. Maybe next year Jamie
can come to the Sun Run and the duel can be continued....
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Trevor Shamas reports:
A quick report from the Sporting Life 10k. And quick it was....
We were fortunate enough to have Robert come stay with us at
the 25 Boyton Rd Commune. He was a great addition to the crew
and with that hot time he ran he really wow'ed the commune members
as well as the neighbours with his running ability. (I know he
wasn't happy with it, but most people in the race were crossing
the 1/2-way mark as he was crossing the finish line.)
Robert and I walked up to the start line where he spent some
time warming up. We bumped in to Jamie Black along the way. Jamie
mentioned he had spotted a few Kenyans at the airport the day
before, so it was an easy bet that the winning time was going
to be 28 minutes or so.
I left Robert a few minutes before the race started so I could
get back to Yonge & Eglinton where I could readily board the
subway with enough time to get down to the finish line. As I wandered
in that direction I looked back and could see runners lined up
four stop lights behind the start line. What a massive crowd!
6,200 in all, I believe.
As the race started and the pace vehicle came by, there was a
good crowd of people ahead of Robert. He was probably 50 or so
back, and I didn't see Jamie at all. I just about missed Robert
altogether, actually, but just caught a glimpse of him as he blew
by me. He didn't look happy at all - he had one of those "I've
got a painful cramp" looks.
I hopped on the subway and got out at Union. I wandered over
to Yonge from Bay, expecting the race to come straight down Yonge
as it has in other years. As I got to Yonge I saw that there were
no pilons up, no police, and lots of cars. I looked north and
saw that the race was turning west on what appeared to be King
St. This was bad for two reasons: 1) I had taken Robert through
the course the day before and I realized I'd misled him; 2) I
now had 5 minutes to do an about-face and get to the finish line,
which was going to be a problem given how far away I was.
I hobbled as fast as I could and just barely made it to the finish
line as the first runner came through. He was right on time, at
28 minutes and change. Awesome! It was a short wait until Robert
appeared, then about 20 seconds behind him was Jamie. Nice to
see two Sudbury guys in the top 40! Robert reported that, indeed,
he had been plagued by a cramp in the early stages of the race.
Power to him for hanging in there!
I'm also happy to report that Deby, my next door neighbour, successfully
completed the race. This was her first race ever, and she was
thrilled with the experience. It was interesting hearing her talk
about "not letting that fat guy get past" her, the difference
the crowd made, the sprint for the finish, and, best of all, that
she's looking forward to her next race. Looks like the friend
she was running with was good enough to sign her up for the Scotiabank
full and tell her only after he'd done it, so she's going to have
her hands full over the summer.
Looking forward to seeing the Sudbury crew in Mississauga in
another week! Until then, from the sidelines, this has been T
Run the Flying Pig
Karen Beaulieu (Rocks!!
Knoxville) and Suzanne Dionne (Rocks!! Burlington) teamed up
to run for the 2 sided very special Flying Pig finishers medal
in Cincinnati, Ohio. The photo on the left indicates their success
in this endeavour. Good going Ladies.
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Karen Beaulieu writes:
I have new respect for anyone who regularly runs a 4;00+ marathon.
Oh my god that was so tough. I hated seeing the clock and knowing
what my time was at that point. I was determined to stay with
Suzanne for the duration but we lost each other several times
at the water stations and at the 7mile station I totally lost
her . There were so many people back there that we just could
not connect again. I did try to find her and stayed with this
other runner she had connected with but no luck. I thought if
i stayed with him Suzanne might catch us but at the 19 mile mark
I was so depressed to see 3:09, knowing that I had run a very
difficult 30k in less time, that i was forced to blow off Jim
and get that darn marathon over with. It is very tough to run
at that pace when you normally don't and Monique warned me of
this. When I saw that darn 4:30 bunny I knew I wasn't coming in
with her 9 so my last 9 miles were considerably faster than the
first . I was not terribly thrilled to see 4:15 but it was better
than coming in with Jim who came in after Suzanne. The best part
was that I was able to watch Suzanne come in and got a picture
of her strong finish and that was the best... It was a great marathon
and would do it again and recommend it to all. Thanks for coming
Suzanne and giving me a whole new perspective on the marathon
. You are the best and Sean will never forget being tossed in
the shower fully clothed..... Karen
Thank a Volunteer, Remember
a Volunteer, Be a Volunteer
- by John Leonard
I was fifty pounds overweight, out of shape
and didn't think I would make it
over the next hill, let alone the finish line. It was my first
the Sudbury Fitness Challenge - Mountain Bike Tour. After a
flat tire and
several walks to catch my breath on the up hills, there was
only one thing
that kept me going. It was the volunteers. Every person I passed
volunteer vest would smile, clap and yell words of encouragement.
the good work", "Way to go", "almost there",
"you can do it!". Who were
these people? Why would they care so much about my progress
when they didn't
even know me? Are they cheering for someone else. I looked around
but no one
was behind me. I finished that race in last place. It didn't
to me that I was last, just that I finished. I still remember
with fondness, because of those volunteers. After that, I trained
lost the weight and the following year I won gold in my age
category. Now I
am the Race Director for the Mountain Bike Tour. I am also the
Executive Committee Volunteer Coordinator. I help to organize
all the volunteers for the entire series of races. I have come
the importance of these volunteers. For without them these events
happen and I would not have realized my potential. I have those
volunteers to thank for that. Now when I see someone struggling
and ready to
quit I flash a smile, clap my hands and cheer as loud as I can.
get strange looks but more often then not their frown turns
to a smile and
they keep going. That's when it hits me, I too was in that dark
the sunshine smiles of dedicated volunteers pulled me through.
So thank a
volunteer, remember a volunteer, be a volunteer.
Lung Association Pulls
out of North Bay 5k and 1/2
by Tim Uuksulainen
The local Lung Association office was recently
closed due to corporate re-structuring. They had been the organizers
of the successful Lung Association half marathon and 5km. So
at this point it's very unlikely the event will occur according
to the race director with whom I spoke yesterday at the race.
We usually get a good representation from your area with folks
like Frank Lesk, Karen Cowling etc. so you may want to give
them a bit of aheads up, in case they have the race penciled
in for June.
May 8 (THIS
Fitfriends "Strive to Come Alive"
Club Update - by Donna Smrek & Lise Edwards
The Running Room Club Update:
Sudbury (Cedar Pointe Plaza)
Birthday Running Room
In honour of such a great year the Running
Room and FiTFRiENDS will be hosting, you guessed it, a Run/
Walk Event. FiTFRiENDS 5 Km 'Strive to Come Alive in 2005'
Run/Walk will take place on May 8, 2005 at 10:00 am at Cambrian
College. EVERYONE IS WELCOME - RUN /WALK /STROLL the mostly
flat 5 Km and help us celebrate our 1st Birthday. The birthday
cake will be served after at the Running Room. Hope to see
you all there - registration and race kit pick up will occur
all day Saturday at the Running Room and until 9:15 am on
race day at Cambrian College.
Now that this weeks plans are set WOW what
a great event the Carrier Industrial Sun Run for Diabetes
turned out to be. We were 400 runners strong and it was
great to see so many familiar faces along with the teams
and individuals we attracted from out of town. Kudos to
Steve Matusch and his team for such great promotion and
planning. The course has certainly brought about a lot of
positive feedback and we welcome any information that could
make it an even better event next year.
The chip timing was great to have and with
a few adjustments, on our part, will be a great addition
to our local event. Please click on to sudburyfitnesschallenge.ca
and let us know if your name is missing and what your bib
number is - we are getting closer to finishing the puzzle
thanks to Dave Bialkowski and Mike Coughlin. The results
will also be posted at the store.
This weeks Practice Sessions are as planned:
Wednesday at 6:00 pm
LTR/FWO: 5:1 x 3 + 2 min run
5 Km: 5:1 x 4 reps
1/2 Marathon: 5 Hills
Marathon / 1/2 Ottawa: 10 K Fartlek
Sunday at 8:30 am
if you don't attend FiTFRiENDS you can meet here for the
FWO: 5:1 x3 + 2 min run
5 Km: 7:1 x 3
1/2 marathon: 14 km
Marathon / 1/2 Ottawa: 32k/18k
Congratulations to all those clinic members that graduated
on Sunday and we hope you will continue with our Practice
Sessions and/or perhaps another clinic.
Have a great week
Donna and Lise
Lise & Donna
North News - by Dick
OPEN athletes should contact me ASAP if they want to compete
Nipissing Invitational. All high school athletes must be
entered by their school.
I have to forward the entries by May 9th.
Meet info is found at: http://www3.sympatico.ca/mjhohlman/
Also, all open athletes will likely have to find their own
transportation to and from North Bay.
News - by Mike Coughlin
May 4, 2005
Due to the fact that this Sunday May 8th
is Mother's Day (be good to you mom!), I am rescheduling
the 2005 Tri Season Kick-off BBQ and Talk for FRIDAY MAY
27. The idea is to host the event after whatever YTri
workout gets scheduled for that day.
The event will take place at the home of Paul Graham,
726 Hillsdale Crescent, off York St. in Sudbury.
As planned, this evening will be a chance to get together
socially and meet other folks interested in triathlon,
plan our summer season and coordinate rides to some of
the events many of us will be going to.
Stay tuned as more details about this event will be sent
your way shortly. In the meantime, please RSVP your attendance
information call me.
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