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Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes
has been realized"
The Run just gets bigger and better. From
400 participants in our inaugural 2005 event to about
1500 registrants in 2009, the Organizers can finally state
"Our vision has been realized".
Five years ago we dreamed of an event that would not only
increase fitness in the community but would would be a
vehicle to inspire people to take those first steps to
a more active lifestyle. We did that by putting on a visual
show. We got in front of people - by using high traffic
roads, by closing roads, by pyloning 1/2 the city and
by promoting, promoting promoting... The first couple
of years were a struggle as we learned how to be successful
road race organizers. By the third year the Police and
City staff had faith in our abilities and our run took
off. With their enthusiastic support and a new downtown
location with the YMCA as our venue sponsor in 2007 our
run spread its wings. And in 2009 we are definitely bigger
and better. We won't sit back yet though. This event is
all about promoting fitness with the hope of making a
significant dent in the numbers of those contracting diabetes.
We're not only promoting diabetes awareness, we're trying
to do something about it through activity.
A run this size is quite
a task to put together. The Organizing Committee literally
work hard for 9 months to make the show happen. All are
under the same stresses (or worse) as their regular jobs
- especially in volunteer recruitment. We require about
350 volunteers to make this thing go. I require 150ish
marshals, 30+ police staff, 8 cyclists and lots course
monitors. The water stations take another 150 or so. Then
the Venue and Registration gobble up the rest. All these
enthusiastic helpers are on the course that day for hours.
There's our sponsors. Most have been with us from the
start but we do get new ones every year. And for little
fanfare they provide us with the funds and/or equipment
to ensure we can put on an event of this magnitude. There's
our visionaries. This run would never have been without
the initial vision and drive of Steve Matusch (our Director
for 4 years) and Jennifer MacKinnon (Northern Director
of the Canadian Diabetes Association). I thank
you ALL!! vince
I wanted to send you all
a very huge THANK YOU for your efforts this year with
the Sudbury Rocks event. I know at times things were challenging
but yesterday was a wonderful day! Your efforts have helped
to raise $41,000 and counting in pledges for the Canadian
Diabetes Association, as well as build such good feeling
and hope in our community for people living with diabetes.
I am someone who is affected by
diabetes – my dad and sister both have type 2 diabetes,
my grandmother died of complications three years ago,
and it runs in my husband’s family as well. On behalf
of the Canadian Diabetes Association – and the MacKinnon-Watters
family – thank you.
See you May next year!
Steve Matusch to
the Committee, Sponsors and Volunteers (edited slightly):
There are a few times in our lives when we all have an
opportunity to influence a large number of people’s
lives for the better. This was one such opportunity, and
all of you embraced that and succeeded admirably. I want
you to think about this:
- Every runner out on that course (1,500 or so at last
count!!!!!) had this opportunity because of you. Some
were doing personal bests, some were doing a new first,
and some were just there for the cheers of encouragement.
But they were all there because of this opportunity that
- All of the people who were out there because their
lives have been affected by diabetes, felt a bit better
that day. This gave them a way to make a difference, and
they were there because of you.
- All of the people who came to the Y for the first time
– to see the facility and to learn about the all
the good that the Y does in the community were there because
- All of the people cheering the marathon relay team
runners (a LOT of them) were there because of you.
- All of the kids having a blast earning their first
participation's medals and feeling good about participatory
sports had a great experience because of you
- All the family members holding signs cheering their
mom/dad/brother/sister on their first marathon/half marathon
were there because of you.
- All of the volunteers, marshals and police and well-wishers
were all there because of you.
- That whole swath of Sudbury that was blocked off by
a bazillion pylons – that collectively said that
Sudbury is a FIT city…. that happened because of
Events like this, are important… they’re
part what makes a city into a community. They’re
what make people fit in, have fun, and enjoy living where
they do. Thanks you so much for freely contributing your
time and your talents to that.
And from me personally, as a runner, this was my first
chance to run such impeccably organized and thoroughly
organized event in my home town. I had this chance because
of you. THANK YOU!!!!! I had the best and happiest running
day of my life out there, and thank you for that.
1 1238 Ken
Stubbings 3:00:26 MM40-49 1/9 1 4:17 1:29:01
5 1215 Andrea
Ellis-Nsiah 3:16:42 MF20-29 1/3 1 4:40
1 408 Run
of Muck 3:12:57 MRelay 1/10 4:35
splits 1-4 21:44 19:47 24:56 30:17
splits 5-8 26:59 21:07 21:30 26:37
Jason Doucet ; Stephen Skjonsby
Dylan Roberts ; Renee Lefebvre
John Shelegy ; Renee Lefebvre
Steve Heddle ; John Doe
1 1287 Connie
Buzzell 7:06:23 MWF40-4 1/1 1 10:07 3:27:30
Cardiac Clinic 1/2 Marathon
1 5246 nicholas
wolynsky 1:23:59 HM20-29 1/19 1 3:59 1:23:56
4 5178 Donna
May Robins 1:26:42 HF30-39 1/40 1 4:07
1 4154 Neil Phipps
38:41 LM30-39 1/26 1 3:53
6 4070 brooke gougeon
42:39 LF40-49 1/33 1 4:16 42:37
VALE Inco 5k
1 2578 Ross Proudfoot
15:55 SM1-19 1/71 1 3:11
11 2610 Emma Tallman 20:08
SF1-19 1/76 1 4:02 20:07
to All Participants
Run photos will be available soon. Keep
checking the website for updates. You can go to the site,
click on our event and request an e-amail be sent to you
when they have processed your photos. You can also view
all the event pics when they are uploaded to the site.
Rocks!! member Chisholm runs
and Star competitor Rachel Punch tops among media challengers
Posted By HAROLD CARMICHAEL, THE SUDBURY STAR
When Dave Chisholm decided to quit smoking
after 32 years in 1999, he turned his attention to running
to help keep his mind off the cigarettes.
It was an easy decision. His wife, Monique
Fournier, was an active runner with the Sudbury Rocks
"Her coach, Vince Perdue, pushed
me into running a five kilometre race," said Chisholm,
55, shortly after finishing the 10- kilometre race in
the annual Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes
on Sunday morning. "'We will start with a five-km
and see how you like it'. I was hooked after that. And
then, you try and beat your time."
Chisholm was one of almost 1,300 runners
and walkers who took over many of the city's major arteries
to help raise money for diabetes research. Chisholm's
time was 1:01:34.
"I was aiming for one hour,"
he said. "I had a little trouble with the hills."
What made competing in the 10-km race
all the more special for Chisholm was the fact he had
not run in some time due to rotator cuff surgery and had
just resumed running in February. Even with the time he
lost due to the surgery, Chisholm has already participated
in four competitive runs.
Sunday was Chisholm's second appearance
in the Sudbury Rocks big event.
While Chisholm didn't raise any pledges
on top of his entry fee, he did attend the fundraising
pasta dinner Saturday night.
"It's important to support the cause -- diabetes
research," he said. "And it was good to get
back into running again."
Sudbury Star reporter Rachel Punch, who
trained for months in preparation for the media celebrity
five-kilometre run and wrote about her training regimen
in a regular column, came out on top with a time of 28
"My goal was under 30," she
said, following the race. "I feel pretty good about
it. It was a good experience."
Punch not only won the race, but also
had the highest fundraising total -- $1,056 -- of all
Two Rogers Radio employees, Holly Thorne
and Angela Gemmill, whom Punch left in her wake, both
said the run was a good experience.
"My time was 45:01," said Thorne.
"I was 15 minutes faster than last year."
Gemmill, meanwhile, raised $160 in pledges.
"I did it in 38:06," said the reporter, who
Punch, had been training for the event.
"I'm also pre-diabetic. This run has special meaning
Lori Rudzki, community intake co-ordinator
with the Canadian Diabetes Association's Sudbury branch,
said that as of 10 a. m. Sunday, the event had raised
$40,747.16, well ahead of the $35,000 raised in 2008.
She said the additional money was through
bigger participation. Some 1,200-1,300 people took part
in the event this year, up 300-400 from 2008.
"Participation was great," she
said. "We had a lot of support from media like The
Sudbury Star, Rachel Punch's column. The publicity and
promotion in the community really helped bring up the
Rudzki said the five-kilometre and half-marathon
races were the two most-popular events.
Other Run Stories
Short Stocky Legs
and Life - by new Rocks!! member, Catherine
Short, stocky legs - that's what God cursed me with. I
did everything in my power and a whole lot of things outside
of my power to transform those short, stubby legs into
long, slender ones. I tried every fad diet short of starvation
(oh wait, I tried that to), tried every workout routine
ever invented, then I invented a few of my own and I bought
every contraption known to man in hopes of trimming down
those legs. I prayed for long, slim beautiful legs, but
I never did get them.
Suddenly, life ploughed me down with one up-hill battle
after the other and now my legs seemed like the least
of my worries. At the ripe old age of twenty-four, I found
myself divorced with three little kids. Poverty and child
rearing don't mix. The simplest of everyday tasks became
a constant struggle. The bi-weekly trips to the laundromat,
the daily trips to the grocery store and worse yet the
long walks home were almost too much to bare. I rarely
had money for the bus, let alone a taxi, so wherever we
had to go, we walked. Coaxing three pairs of tired little
legs along was no easy task but those kids were good little
troopers and boy oh boy, could they ever walk.
Finally, all but the youngest were in school, so I went
back to school myself. Now I had to run the kids over
to the sitters, run like the dickens to catch the bus,
run to class, run home after school to make supper, run
up stairs to put the kids to bed then run back down to
do my homework. Life was one big race. Then I got a job,
made some poor choices, wound up working two and sometimes
even three jobs just to make ends meet and still found
myself running. Running to work, running to the grocery
store and still, sadly running to the laundromat.
Eventually, I learned how to play the cards I was dealt
and life got so much easier. I now have a great job, a
beautiful house and low and behold, I even have a car.
When I got the car I couldn't wait to put my bike in the
shed. I drove the car for at least two days before I was
filled with an overwhelming sense of sadness. I realized
that I actually loved to ride my bike to work so at the
end of the day I dragged my bike back out of the shed
and put a big smile on my face. "I thought you said
you were so happy not to have to ride your bike to work
anymore Mom" said one of my bewildered children.
"I no longer have to ride it, I now chose to ride
it and there really is a big difference.
Life was clicking along so perfectly I thought what more
could there be and then I discovered running. Not running
because I have no car or I'm late for work or because
we're all out of milk and the grocery store is going to
close in ten minutes but because I simply love to run.
Sometimes I run with my daughter who actually introduced
me to it and sometimes with both daughters and even a
son in law or two. It can be a fun social event or a solo
experience. If I'm a little sluggish in the morning, a
brisk run to work is just the thing I need to start the
day with a new found energy and enthusiasm. At the opposite
end of the spectrum, if I've had an especially frustrating
day, a quick run home calms me down and clears my mind
so I enter the house feeling happy and content. Once in
awhile though, I experience that perfect run when my body
is gliding along like a well oiled machine. The only sound
I hear is the steady pounding of my feet hitting the pavement
and my strong, rhythmic breathing. I feel as though I
could run forever. At that moment nothing else matters,
I am so completely alive and so happy to be in my life.
I thank God for these strong, steady legs that have carried
children, groceries and laundry over more mile than I
could ever count but more importantly for carrying me
through the tough times when the ground was a little shaky
and my spirit a little weak. These legs helped me run
when I had to run and let me run when I loved to run.
On Sunday, May 3/09, I ran my first half marathon. The
wind was a little strong and the air a little cool but
the sun shone and the people smiled and I was so glad
to be part of that huge adrenalin rush. I ran with my
daughter Tawnecia who kept a good steady pace and slowed
me down when she saw me struggle, yet pushed me on when
she knew I could do better. The last two k were almost
unbearable. I truly didn't think I could go on. She told
me to pretend I was just late for work so I put that image
in my head and ran a little faster knowing that if, I
really was late for work I'd have to keep on running and
soon I'd be there and then (and only then) I could stop.
As we ran that final hill, I groaned in agony but I kept
on going. As we topped the hill Tawnecia said "Mom,
I need you to reach down inside and run like you've never
run before." As I loudly (as loudly as I could, being
out of breath and such) protested assuring her that I
have been running like I've never run before for the last
twenty k or so, she took off. What could I do, I couldn't
let her down so off I went with amazing speed for the
amount of pain I was in not to mention my completely depleted
energy supply. As we neared the finish line I could hear
the cheers and I knew "I made it" I couldn't
see straight, couldn't walk straight and couldn't talk,
but I did it. At that very moment I realized that I loved
my legs and I knew that whether I came in first or last,
I crossed that finish line thus, I was a winner. So now
when I look back at the difficult times, instead of saying,
"Boy, I sure had a hard life, I can smile and proudly
say, "Wow, I sure trained hard for the big race."
The Kenman -
by Rocks!! menber Ken Stubbings
Well now this year's Sudbury Rocks Marathon
ended way out in left field. The Kenyans did not show....
so the "Kenman" was able to come through. Other
than the nice last 12km of head wind, the race was good.
A first place finish was not even on my mind. (Being an
old guy and all.) I had no plans in mind for this run;
# 36 of my goal 50 by age 50. I did not carry a pace band.
I hardly looked at my watch. And those 3 young guys ahead
of me were not even in sight between the 21k and 30k mark.
I knew I was in fourth place coming through the 1/2 and
figured was I was just there for a good time. But the
race is never over till you hit the finish. Right coach....
Us old guys just keep hanging along and sneaking up to
those fast young bucks. Thanks everyone for sharing my
moment of glory.
To us runners, the event was very well done. What do we
want.... good water stations, good port-a-potties, good
marshals, a medal, and a shirt. Well, I did not use a
port-a-potties, but I know the other items were good.
The organizers' long nights, hard planning, and nagging
at each other showed through in the professionalism of
the event. Trust me, your little details do show for the
runners that know enough to look at them. The addition
of the marathon relay helped to add more action on the
second loop of the run. I suggest you keep the relay run.
I believe Lynn had a good run in the 10k. This is taper
time for her as she prepares for the London 1/2 marathon
I am off to the full marathon in London next weekend.
And no, I am not doing another 6 in 6 this year. ( Well
maybe ... no just kidding... well ...oh I don't know.)
Thanks Rocks for the 1st place cash prize. It will come
in handy for the Manitoba Marathon in June.
Ever - by Abby Gilbert
I just felt that I needed to drop you a quick note to
tell you guys what a
fantastic job you did! I participated in the 10k, and
it was my first ever
organized race. I have only been running for about 9 months
volunteers were great! I need to let you know about one
I have no idea who he was, but he was at the 6 km mark,
and he really clapped
and made eye contact with me. I couldn't help but smile.
All the volunteers
were supportive. What a wonderful first experience. I
will be back next year
Everything Was Good
- by Rocks!! member, Will Tai
The Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes
just keeps getting better every year. From the charismatic
and interesting guest speaker at the pasta dinner, to
the support after the finish of the race; it was a pleasure
running in our home town, in a superbly organized marathon
with fantastic volunteers along the route. From the course
markers, to the aid stations, to both new and familiar
faces who cheered us on; I only have high praise for all
of those that worked hard to make the 2009 event the best
yet. From a participant perspective everything worked
Tawnecia & I will greatly miss Sudbury - not because
of the city itself, but in large part due to the fantastic
team and friends in the Sudbury Rocks!!!
Thanks for making the race day so enjoyable, and I wish
all of the Rocks and Running Room runners/walkers all
of the best in achieving their future goals.
Allo and Thank you -
from Rocks!! and family member Suzanne Dionne
Thanks so much, for the marathon weekend. It shows it
was hard work, you inspire me every time. I loved running
the Marathon on Sunday because I knew how well it was
organized. I loved the set up. Start to finish. So “Thank
you Thank you Thank you !!!!!!!! To you and you’re
team. Brent Sheila and Trevor you are true friends and
I love you for that.
Now to my fans Karen Beaulieu, Monique Fournier and Haley
you are too cute for words. Now Lise Perdue is a true
God send to have driven at any point she could think of
to bring Elle to help me feel strong. Man did that help.
It was so nice to see all the familiar faces like Frank,
Linda and Steve Archer a true fan of his wife and friends
it was all good.
Last but not least I saw allot of familiar volunteers,
students and adults and I hope they feel good about what
they did do help out because they are very much appreciated.
And if I did not say thank you twice. Then I thank you
Celine Loyer 2nd in York Event
Sudbury sprinter Celine Loyer captured a very close second
place finish in the womens open 100m at the York Lions Spring
Open. Loyer captured the Silver in the womens 100m in a
time of 12.45 only one one thousand of a second off first
place.The time was so close that both first and second had
the same time. This is Loyer's first outdoor race of the
season. The meet was held at York University in sub standard
conditions with a temperature of only 9 degrees. Loyer is
off to Florida with members of Team Canada for a training
camp. Loyer is a Second year massage therapy student at
College Boreal in Sudbury.
Women 100 Meter
Name Year Team Finals Wind H#
1 Ruediger, Kate U. of Toronto T. 12.45 1.6 2
1 Loyer, Céline 89
D.S.S.G. Athleti 12.45 1.7 1
3 McHaina, Chisomo 92 Laurel Creek T.F 12.59 1.6 2
4 Harrison, Christina 89 Project Athletic 12.65 1.7 1
5 Braithwaite, Vanessa 89 Unattached 12.76 1.6 2
6 Katz, Sarah U. of Toronto T. 13.10 1.6 2
7 Markowitz, Nicole York University 13.13 1.7 1
8 Rwahwire, Quinnie 90 Project Athletic 13.72 1.7 1
9 Robinson, Leah 93 Laurel Creek T.F 15.58 1.6 2
Official results here at
The Running Room Club Update:
Sudbury Store (Cedar Pointe Plaza)
Congratulations to all those who participated in the
Sudbury Rocks Race, Run and Walk for Diabetes this
past weekend. Whether you ran, walked or volunteered,
your involvement made a difference. Way to go!
Running Room - Ribbon Jacket
This ribbon jacket has a great tonal screenprint ribbon
logo along the side panels. Also has front zip pockets
with custom zipper pull.
Every time you purchase 'Pink Ribbon Product' from
your local Running Room or through the On-line Shop,
a portion of the sale is donated to the Canadian Breast
Tip of the week:
There really is no perfect form. Check out the top
finishers at some local races - you will see some
gazelle-like form alongside some butt-ugly form. The
important thing to remember is to stay relaxed, stay
rhythmic and push hard. Much of our running form is
a gift from our parents, but you can however, make
the most of your gift with some attention to fine
tuning your individual form.
By John Stanton, President and Founder of the Running
Room Canada Inc.
For Women Only: Fridays starting June 5th at 6:00
p.m. (10 weeks). This is a beginning running clinic
for the ladies, the goal event is the Minnow Lake
5K in August.
Your Instructor: Jessica
Learn to Run: Mondays starting June 1st at 6:00 p.m.
(10 weeks). This is a beginner running clinic using
the run/walk method. The goal event is the Minnow
Lake 5K in August.
Your instructor: TBA
5K Run: Mondays starting June 1st at 6:00 p.m. (10
weeks). If you can run 20 minutes now, we’ll
take you to 5K by the completion of this clinic. The
goal event is the Minnow Lake 5K in August.
Your Instructor: TBA
5K Walk: Mondays starting June 1st at 6:00 p.m. (10
weeks). Looking for a beginner fitness program? This
is a great way to start out and accomplish a five-kilometer
walk in a short period of time. The goal event is
the Minnow Lake 5K in August.
Your Instructor: TBA
10K Run: Thursdays starting June 4th at 6:00 p.m.
(10 weeks). This clinic introduces you to hill workouts
(woo-woo!) and long runs. Your goal event is the Minnow
Lake 10K in August.
Your Instructor: TBA
10K Walk: Thursdays starting June 4th at 6:00 p.m.
(10 weeks). Extend your time and distance outdoors
during our beautiful summer. Your goal event is the
Minnow Lake 10K in August.
Your Instructor: TBA
Half Marathon Run: Tuesdays starting June 2nd at
6:00 p.m. (16 weeks). We’ll help you test your
limits and achieve your goals! Long Sunday runs and
nine weeks of hill training will get you ready to
complete 21K. Your goal event is the Toronto Waterfront
Your Instructor: TBA
Half Marathon Walk: Tuesdays starting June 2nd at
6:00 p.m. (16 weeks). Push yourself, stretch yourself
and impress yourself with a course designed to help
you do all three! Your goal event is the Toronto Waterfront
Your Instructor: TBA
Marathon Run: Tuesdays starting June 2nd at 6:00
p.m. (16 weeks). Ready to push yourself to the limit?
We’ll run right along with you to that finish
line! Your goal event is the Toronto Waterfront in
Your Instructor: TBA
Marathon Walk: Tuesdays starting June 2nd at 6:00
p.m. (16 weeks). Aim for the stars, with a good plan
you’ll get there! Your goal event is the Toronto
Waterfront in September.
Your Instructor: TBA
5K with Tawnie
½ run (Steve) – 4K
½ walk – 4K
Full run (Steve) – 10K
½ run (Steve) – 20K
½ walk – 20K
Full run (Steve) – 23K
Happy Trails from your Running Room Team
North News - by Dick
FOR THE SUDBURY ROCKS RACE & THE YORK SPRING OPENER
SUDBURY ROCKS ROAD RUN FOR DIABETES
Here are the Track North (and alumni/affiliated) +
Laurentian results from the Sudbury Rocks Marathon
Races held yesterday. If I missed anyone, my apologies!
Gender places are listed beside each athletes name.
Full results at: http://www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com/results/
5km - Men
Ross Proudfoot (1) 15:55 - PB
Jeremy Cooper (3) 16:03 - PB
Chantry Cargill (4) 16:23 - PB
Sebastian Diebel (7) 18:01
Stephane Jacques (8) 18:42
Todd Boeker (10) 20:03
Bob Lesk (19) 21:08
Zack Caverson (23) 21:46
Dave McGill (26) 22:17
Randy Pascal (71) 26:11
5km - Women
Emma Tallman (1) 20:08
Katie Maziarski (2) 21:08
Kayla Gallo (6) 23:13
10km - Women
Mathilde Demory (3) 45:36
Celeste Woods (7) 47:12
Half Marathon - Men
Mike Coughlin (4) 1:27:16
JP Butler (6) 1:28:07
Klaus Ehrhardt (24) 1:40:29
Ron Poirier (88) 2:09:36
Half Marathon - Women
Donna Mae Robins (1) 1:26:42
Matt Strickland (2) 3:04:05
York Spring Opener,
100m, 8th, 11.10 (Wind 2.7) PB
200, 11th, 22.78 (Wind 2.0)
200, 5th, 22.25, (Wind 2.0) PB
400, 5th, 49.85
May 4, 2009
North's Tallman Places 6th at Big East Track and Field
Kaitlyn Tallman, of Sudbury's Track North Athletic
Club and a junior at Villanova University finished
6th in the women's 5000m race at the Big East Track
and Field Championships held this past weekend at
the Jumbo Elliot Track in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Tallman ran to a new personal best time of 16:38.34.
Her time exceeded the qualifying standard for the
NCAA Division 1 Regional Championships - the next
step towards NCAA National Championship qualification.
Up next for Tallman is a 3000m race at the Eastern
College Athletic Association (ECAC) championships
in two weeks followed by another 5000m race at the
NCAA Division 1 Regional Championships.
May 2, 2009
Results - Double Gold for Caroline! Bronze for Joe!
Track North's Caroline Ehrhardt jumped
to 2 gold medals at the Cardinal Carter Classic Track
and Field meet held in Toronto this past week (Thurs
Caroline won the Senior Girls Long Jump with a best
distance of 5.35m
She also set a new meet record in winning the Triple
Jump with a distance of 12.39m.
Joe Burke, also competing for Espanola High School
finished 3rd in the Senior Boy's 400m race with a
time of 52.50.
He also finished 4th in the 800m with a time of 2:01.41
Congratulations Caroline and Joe!!
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