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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                  February 2, 2012

In this Issue:


  1. Sofie Manarin Loppet Results
  2. Upcoming Local Events -
  3. Running Room Update -
  4. Track North News -



Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet 2012

by Sara McIlraith


The Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet was held this past Sunday at Laurentian University. The Sofie Loppet is the 1st event in the 2012 Sudbury Fitness Challenge. Hopefully many of the skiers will continue to participate in all the events of the Fitness Challenge. With 7 events in the Fitness Challenge, there are plenty of opportunities to try out a whole range of great sports – skiing, running, swimming, paddling, mountain biking and a quadrathlon.

Just over 70 skiers took part in this year’s longstanding event. With rain earlier in the week, and an icy mess left behind, I’m sure that everyone was preparing for a tough ski. The weather never seems to cooperate for the Sofie, and we have skied in everything from rain to ice to incredibly cold temps. I’m sure that everyone was cheering when Saturday brought new snow to the trails! Jody did an amazing job grooming, the trails were in incredible shape. The weather Sunday was great, -7 and slightly overcast. The snow was a bit abrasive, making waxing a bit tricky for us longer distance racers.

With skis finally all waxed and racers ready to go, we first cheered on the para nordic and young racers before our event started. It was great to see the really young skiers participating in their first ski race, some as young as 2! Following the kids races, skiers lined up at the start line, and held a moment of silence in honour of Sofie. This is always a very emotional moment, seeing all the ski poles raised in the air to celebrate Sofie’s life. At exactly 10:30 we raced out of the start line in a mad dash to reach the 2 tracks that would carry us around the course. Thankfully there were no wipeouts this time! Skiers raced either 7k, 14k or 30k (1,2 or 4 laps of the course).

The day was a great success for Kate and Neil and I. Kate took 18 minutes off her 7k time from last year, and has decided to try the 14k next year. Neil was quite a bit faster in the 14k, and I took 13 minutes off my 2011 time in the 30k. The trails held up beautifully throughout all 4 laps, and my wax stayed a perfect ‘5’ for grip the entire race! Thanks Patti for taking the time to wax my skis for me!

Race prizes were handed out the minute us 30k’rs finished racing. Sudbury Fitness Challenge medals were awarded, and the huge spread of great draw prizes from the Outside Store meant almost every skier won something. One lucky racer even won an entire ski package!

I encourage all Sofie skiers to continue participating in all Sudbury Fitness Challenge events. And those who didn’t ski, it isn’t too late to take part in the Challenge and try out one or all of the other 6 events. The next Fitness Challenge event is the Sudbury Rocks!! race May 13th.

All Results Here






Upcoming Local Events



February 19, 2012


Information and Registration Here

Half Marathon Map

Where: Sudbury Running Room, Sudbury, ON
Date: February 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 am


May 13, 2012

The SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes is open for registration for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, 1K kids’ events, and team relay challenge.

Go to: http://www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com/race-registration.html




Visit our Events Section for all the Details



Run Club Update



Store News
We are HIRING!

Career Opportunity available with The Running Room!

Canada’s top specialty retailer in running and walking and one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed Companies is looking for store part-time sales associates at the Sudbury Running Room! We are currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who want to be part of the Running Room Team!

If you are passionate about running and walking, enjoy promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, and would love to work in a fun friendly environment with like-minded individuals, then this is the opportunity for you!

The successful applicant should have the following skills and experience:

-a high level of energy and able to work in a fast-paced environment,

-dedication to achieving "bottom line" business goals

-strong professional image

-proven leadership skills,

-excellent communication

-comfortable with public speaking

-experience with Running Room’s training programs

-dedication to promoting Running Room and Walking Room

-retail management experience an asset

Please submit a cover letter and resume as application for the Sudbury sales associate position to:

Gina Conroy

Sudbury Running Room Store Manager


Please note, only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.


Volunteers are still needed for our Hypothermic Half Marathon!

If you are interested in helping out, please reply to this email or call Gina @ 705-523-4664.

Training Program News

New Clinics begin at the end of February. Join The Sudbury Rocks Crew as they teach the 5 and 10K clinics leading to the Sudbury Rocks! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes event May 13th.




February 19th, 2012 – Hypothermic Half Marathon, Sudbury

February 29, 2012 – FIBER 1 Chill Challenge - Running Room stores

March 18th, 2012 - St. Patty’s Fun Run, Sudbury

May 13th, 2012 – Sudbury ROCKS!!



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Track North News - by Dick Moss



Dick Moss, Coach,
Track North Athletic Club/Laurentian U. XC,


For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9

Proud sponsor of the SudburyRocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes



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