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Congratulations to participants and
thank you to all who helped make this year's
SUDBURYROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes
a huge success. Including the Free Kids 1k,
our numbers approached close to 1400 participants
- up over 300 from last year.
Check All Event Results Here.
Note: Medals and awards not already claimed
can be picked up at the Sudbury Running Room
note from Steve Matusch, our Race
Well, as I sit here at my desk,
bleary eyed and feeling very much
like I’ve actually RUN a marathon,
I’m going to do my best to
send out a huge thanks to everybody
who made the SudburyRocks!!! Race/Run
Walk for Diabetes such a huge success
yesterday. All of the feedback that
I got universally complemented how
well organized the event was. And
it truly was. This year, everything
flowed much, much more smoothly.
It seemed like everybody knew what
had to be done, there was very little
confusion and the whole thing rolled
out and rolled up with a minimum
of fuss and frustration!
Our pledges and donations will be
in excess of $50,000. That alone
is a very worthy accomplishment!
We can all be proud of that!
Our 5K event has really taken hold
– almost doubling from last
year’s participation to approximately
450 paid registrants. That’s
huge, because this is where we can
really reach out to the wider community
and bring them into the event. A
special congratulations to the CDA
in what they’ve done here.
I’m sure this will continue
to build next year. The celebrity
challenge was great from the perspective
of bringing some excitement and
enthusiasm to the event.
The pasta dinner and expo were utterly
professional, well executed and
well attended – with quality
that equals any of the bigger events.
All aspects of the execution were
head and shoulders above last year.
There was very little firefighting,
very little confusion, and it had
a sense of “routine”
to it. It was wonderful!!!! The
course rolled out and up smoothly,
the marshals and volunteers went
out came back smoothly, the registration
and timing was executed flawlessly,
and the venue was professional looking
and well organized.
Again, participation is up –
overall it looks like about 20-25%!!!
Our numbers increased in 5K, 10K
AND Half Marathon. The marathon
suffered a bit, but that’s
a nut that we’ll crack yet!
A huge thanks to everybody.
In the coming days I’m going
to write up some personal thanks to
the other groups, but first I wanted
to get a thanks and congrats out to
you guys. It was a wonderful event!
First Marathon -
by Laura Haapamaki-Anderson
I decided to write my race report
the day after my first marathon
while the pain in my legs/back/lungs
is still abundant and the experiences
of yesterday are still fresh in
I started out a great race on a
set pace by Vince. Michelle and
I hit the pavement with our feet
running, our hearts pounding and
our faces smiling. We conversed
and laughed about how easy and simple
our starting pace was. By around
8km, my pacer, Steve, caught up
to us (oops, a little early Steve!!),
and now I knew the race was on.
Steve commented that we were going
a little slow and that there wasn’t
a margin for error if we run out
of juice towards the end. We picked
up the pace by mere seconds, but
by 20km, I had an inkling that I
wouldn’t be able to keep this
up for another 22km. By the 23km
marker I decided that my goals of
qualifying needed to be readjusted.
Now it was just about finishing.
Michelle was feeling good, so Steve
told her to keep going, and he stayed
back with me to get me to the finish
line. Shortly after I started to
feel a pain in the back of my knee
and it radiated up my leg. I knew
instantly that a previous hamstring
injury was coming back. It didn’t
take long until I was forced to
limp along. 5km later, I finally
had the mental drive to just dig
deep and run through it. Not sure
now if that was a good idea, as
the back of my knee is swollen to
the size of a small grapefruit.
After that, we took it by every
two kilometres, walking through
the water stations trying to prevent
me from getting further dehydrated.
We kept the pace strong between
stations and maybe picked up a bit
of lost time. With only two kilometres
to go, I noticed that we could possibly
make it under the 3:50 mark, so
I dug as deep as I could, and sprinted…well
maybe not sprinted, but that’s
how it felt…all the way to
the finish line. I was sure that
we crossed at 3:49, but looking
at my time last night, I noticed
it was 3:50. A little disappointed,
but even more reason to go redeem
myself at the next marathon. All
in all it was a fantastic experience.
I had two great running partners
and definitely wouldn’t have
done as well without them. I now
look forward to Massey, as my goal
will be, and will not change, to
get my qualifying time for Boston.
As I tie up my running shoes and
head out the door, I will see you
on the roads…
Beginning - by Michelle
Sometime between post-race Accelerade
popsicles and soaking my feet in
Epson Salt, I happily thought about
training and wanted to THANK YOU
SO MUCH for all your advice and
support as I built toward my first
marathon. Words from you and the
Rocks (especially Diane) echoed
in my ears through the race. My
mind stayed positive; my legs (mostly...)
I learned a lot at 35 and 38km;
and a lot more at 42km... I know
I have lots left in me, so I guess
this means that the countdown is
on for the next one...
This is just the beginning.
P.S. You might need to bring earplugs
next time we meet since you might
not be spared the play by play.
See you this week...
AND THANK YOU TO ALL THE ROCKS VOLUNTEERS
AND OTHER RUNNERS! IT WAS SUCH A
GREAT RACE AND POSITIVE DAY!
a Hit - by Ken Stubbings
The Sudbury Rocks Marathon was
a hit again this year. The organizers
hard work was visible. Thanks to
all. I heard many good comments
from other runners. I keep mentioning
this event to other southern Ontario
runners. I see I need to push them
a little more to make the trip to
the north. Please do not get too
discouraged on the low numbers for
the marathon. It will come with
The course was well laid out; no
mistaking where to go. The volunteers
were excellent. The pasta supper
and guest speaker were good. I like
the fenced area at the finish. It
makes the event more professional.
The massage area was well used.
The only negative feedback was the
sport drink tasted a little off.
Oh ya, and you Sudburians need to
learn what flat is. Flat is like
the Lakeshore Blvd. in Toronto.
The Rocks Marathon is NOT flat.
It is, well, rolling to put it nicely.
My personal run went very well.
I like the "chase" portion
of the event. It does however make
a lonely start and run for some
people. I finally caught the leader
in my age group between 40 and 41
km. I felt comfortably exhausted
at the end and nicely stiff today.
A special thanks to Lise and Vince
for putting Lynn and I up for the
weekend. It was good to see you
fellow Rocks again.
Did the Sudbury Rocks full marathon
yesterday. This was it's second
year and it is still a relatively
small event. At times it felt a
bit lonely out there but I could
always see someone ahead or behind.
I have to say, though, that it
was a great experience. It was very
well organized. Four of us went
up from Ottawa to do the marathon
and we were all very impressed -
from the race expo/kit pick up to
the pasta dinner to the race itself.
The roads were a bit rough in places
and you had to watch your footing
but it was extremely well-marked
(I have never seen so many pylons!),
well-marshalled/policed and well-manned
from the water station point of
view. Lots of porta-potties (although
I didn't need to use one).
Many many thanks to the organizers
and numerous volunteers. Everyone
was so friendly. There weren't many
spectators except at the half way/finish
line (double loop) and the volunteers
never failed to cheer you on as
you went by. I would definitely
do this or one of the other races
at this event again!
Marathon at the Rocks!!!
- by Suzanne Dionne
This was my 10th marathon in less
than 10yrs and my second one in
Sudbury. Only because Vince always
said I could run a marathon (no
Again the Sudbury Marathon is
the best organized I've ever seen
and the best volunteers so thanks
to all of you for being there for
all the runners.
I had the unfortunate timing of
someone who could not outrun the
train on the second loop. That is
not anyone's fault but it was at
least a five minute stretch for
me and was it very difficult to
refocus. Also the police were not
stopping the traffic at the lights
unless you requested it on the second
1:00 pm the trains were given right
of way and the Police were directed
to begin maximizing traffic flow)
By this time I was definitely slower
but not walking "yet".
After 39km I did think I had legs
made of lead. They felt so heavy
that I thought there was something
wrong with them. I never had that
happen before. I did commence a
1 minute trot and walk so at least
it helped to get me to run the last
It was a great experience and
I love the way you all make it happen.
Thank you Lise for the great hospitality
and to the rest of my family for
the great support and believing
in the sport and participating.
And Congratulations to everyone
for doing so well in all your personal
races. Keep at it.
Rocks!! - by Lise
The organizers of the Sudbury Rocks!!!
Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes have
once again pulled a class act. Well
Thank you to your warm hearted
volunteers. It is a pleasure to
go around the course twice just
to thank these people for dedicating
so much of their time and to hear
their wonderful words of encouragement.
Congratulations to all participants
and thank you to our immediate family
who traveled from both northern
and southern Ontario to participate…from
my 10 year old niece to my 77 year
old mother. CONGRATULATIONS Eric
on finishing your first half with
flying colors, Suzanne on completing
your 10th marathon and Ken on finishing
6th in the marathon and catching
some prize money. It makes me proud
to be related to such a motivated
Keep up the excellent work. Your
hard work and long hours have definitely
made this race a success.
Fitness Challenge Moves to New Website
"A Community Challenge
That 's the motto of the new Sudbury Fitness Challenge
Organization. They would like to invite all fitness
buffs to check out the new website and then take part
in some of the series of athletic events they host
in the City.
Their goal is to promote the value of an active and
healthy lifestyle through participation in physical
The Sudbury Fitness Challenge is a series of six
athletic events that take place each year in the City
of Greater Sudbury region. The Sudbury Fitness Challenge
consists of the following events:
Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet
Mountain Bike Tour
Ian McCloy Island Swim
Beaton Classic and Youth Triathlon
Walden Turkey Gobbler and Nature Walk
For all Fitness Challenge information,
please check out their website
Before anything else, a very BIG congratulations
to all those who walked or ran this past Sunday! The
race weekend was a huge success because of each and
every one of you. A huge pat on the back to the Sudbury
Rocks! organizing team as well as the countless volunteers
who put on such a great race. If you haven't seen
your results (or if you want to see where your buddies
finished), all race times can be found at www.sudburyrocks.ca
Don't forget Sunday June 8th! Our practice run will
be replaced by a gambler's dream - a Poker run! We
will be having both a 5k and a 10k distance to help
celebrate the graduation of our clinics.
Summer race season is definitely upon us! We have
a ton of upcoming races to mention;
Ready to race this summer?
To start off on May 31st at Cedar Springs Health
Rackets and Sportsclub we are hosting the first Cedar
Springs Pharmacy Summer Sizzle 5k and 8k run plus
2k relay. Barbeque and great technical shirts and
July 1st Karmel Sakran Canada Day 5k race, Paradiso
restaurant downtown Burlington. www.vrpro.ca
July 20th, The Burlington International Games Race
presented by Karmel Sakran 5k race Tansley Woods www.vrpro.ca
Eaton Downtown Dash 5k and 10k on Thursday July
24th at 7:00pm at Holy Rosary Church Pine and Pearl
Join the Team ... Take the Challenge, the Toronto
Challenge on Sunday June 8, 2008. 5k run and walks
start and end at Metro Hall in downtown Toronto at
9:30 a.m. Family event suitable for all ages and levels
with prizes and post race barbeque is part of Ontario
Timex Road Race Series. www.toronto.ca/challenge 416
392 8911 or register on-line at http://www.events.running!
Run, walk or pledge in support of the Oakville-Trafalgar
Memorial Hospital. Participate or volunteer in the
12th Annual OTMH Classic on Sunday, June 15. Celebrate
Father’s Day while making a difference in your
community, visit http://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=3757
for more information.
Don't forget to drop by the store to check out our
upcoming clinics! As always, we have a free practice
run and walk this Wednesday at 6 pm and Sunday at
8:30 am; come on out and have some fun this summer
walking and running in a group!
from your Running Room crew
North News - by Dick
FOREST CITY/MUSTANG HIGH SCHOOL OPEN
Some super results from the London high school meet. See
Alannah MacLean (Lo-Ellen)
400m, 1st, 61.38 (PB)
200, 2nd, 27.44
Serena San Cartier (Lo-Ellen)
200m, 1st, 27.47
80mH, 2nd, 12.69
Grace Thomson (Lockerby)
80mH, 3rd, 12.84
100m, 4th, 14.18
Emma Tallman (Manitoulin)
800m, 1st, 2:27.6
400m, 2nd, 62.11
Tianna Deck (Lockerby)
TJ, 1st, 10.54
LJ, 3rd, 4.85
100m, 6th, 13.70
Eric Roque (aka Snax) (Notre Dame)
100m, 3rd, 11.76
Jeremy Cooper (Assiginack Central El Schol)
1500m, 1st, 4:28.3
3000m, 1st, 9:32.2
information call me.
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