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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                 April 26, 2012

In this Issue:


  1. Rocks!! in Poland
  2. Toronto 10k Results
  3. Save Bennett Lake
  4. New Event Coming in June
  5. Upcoming Local Events - SudburyRocks!!! - Volunteers Needed
  6. Manitoulin Rocks Update
  7. Running Room Update - Career Opportunity
  8. Track North News -



         A Rock!! Runs X1 Cracovia Marathon in Poland

By Sheila Yaw-MacLean

This past Sunday, April 22, 2012, I completed the 11th running of the Cracovia Marathon in Cracow, Poland and accomplished my goal of finishing vertical and not crying. In fact I had the biggest smile at the finish line even though it took me over 5 hours to complete and every part of my body hurt from the waist down.
Cracow is an ancient city infused with history and one of the few cities in Poland that was not devastated by the ravages of war. The race course was amazing. It started at the Cracovia stadium where we ran almost 4 km around the field and out through part of ancient Cracow, past Wawel Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral, two of Cracow's most historic landmarks. It wound around beautiful old historic buildings out to a more modern area and then back along the Vistula River to old Cracow and then yes, around the vast stadium field where you could see the finish line directly across from you but you had to run over 2km to get there.
The course was relatively flat, probably fast (I don't know what that means anymore) and the support was over the top. They said they had over 4000 runners registered for the marathon and 1000 volunteers. A major 4 lane street was completely closed off in both directions for probably 6kms for most of the race. It was starting to slowly open up to traffic when I came back through but the volume was such that it didn't affect the lagging runners (me). They had water stations it seemed every 3-4kms although the website said they were every 5kms which gave out water, Poweraide and cut up oranges and bananas. People were out cheering in Polish and when they realized I was Canadian they tried to shout something encouraging in English. There were a few bands along the way and music playing to help us along.
It was a wonderful race to run. I had a lot of fun with it even though I was in so much pain. I truly learned that running a marathon is not only about the time on your feet but more importantly the place of your mind. I would recommend this race to anyone that wants to combine the challenge of a well run race with the desire to experience exciting and largely unknown history.

A Canada Running Series Event           Sunday, April 22, 2012 — Yonge Street, Toronto, ON



Reid Coolsaet breaks the tape 3/10s of a second ahead of Kip Kangogo to defend his title


Women's winner Tarah McKay-Korir gets a hug from husband and Monday's Boston Marathon Champ, Wesley Korir.

Reid Coolsaet & Tarah McKay-Korir triumph on special day at Toronto Yonge Street 10K.

Posted on April 22, 2012 by abrookes
TORONTO. April 22nd. Defending Champion and London Olympics-bound Reid Coolsaet of Speed River TFC won today’s Toronto Yonge Street 10K in thrilling and dramatic style by 3/10s of a second over Lethbridge’s Kip Kangogo. Both were timed in 28 minutes, 36 seconds. Tarah McKay-Korir of St.Clements, made it two for two, following up her victory at Harry’s Spring Run Off Toronto 8K on April 7th. Her victim was again Athletics Toronto’s Kate Van Buskirk. Tarah’s 32:07 was a big PB and the best women’s time on the fast, downhill course in 5 years, since Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat set the Course Record of 31:47 in 2007. More than 6,500 runners and walkers of all levels took part in the annual dash down Yonge, and $50,000 was raised for 10 charities in the inaugural Canada Running Series Foundation Charity Challenge. While the run was renamed this year, following the departure of its previous title sponsor, it has been part of the prestigious Canada Running Series since the circuit was established in 1990, and was a signature event of Athletics Canada’s 2012 Run Canada Month. In keeping with Run Canada Month’s goal of bringing together fitness folks of all abilities and promoting physical activity, this year’s Toronto Yonge Street 10K included a formal push-rim wheelchair race for the first time, won by Richard Vander Wal in 23:39. Running Room Founder, John Stanton, TTC Chair Karen Stintz, Councillors Mike Layton & Mary Fragedakis all helped as Honourary Starters, then jumped in a ran. Councillors Jaye Robinson and Sarah Doucette were also out to help at the Start & Finish lines, making it a great community celebration of running and healthy lifestyles – complete with civic leadership!

John Stanton and Councillors Karen Stintz & Mary Fragedakis helped start the race then jumped in and ran. GREAT civic leadership for Run Canada Month!

In the Men’s race, a men’s lead pack of 9 moved out from Start, including Coolsaet, Kangogo and the other pre-race favourites. They passed 1km in 2:49 and 2km in 5:41, before Hamilton’s Josephat Ongeri moved to the front and pushed the pace along. By 6K (17:09), the group was down to 5: Ongeri still at the front with Coolsaet, Kangogo, Oakville’s Giitah Macharia (who was on the same Canadian Marathon team as Reid that went to the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, but has struggled with injuries since), and Smithville’s 22 year old Terence Attema (who was 2nd to Reid at last month’s Around the Bay 30K). By the time they turned off Yonge Street onto Richmond at 7km it was a two-man duel. Across Richmond, down Blue Jays Way with the CN Tower and Rogers Centre as backdrops (8K in 22:55), across Front Street (9K in 25:5), onto Bathurst, Coolsaet and Kangogo surged back and forth, testing each other in “a real. Like last year, it all came down to the last 800m on Fort York Boulevard. While the result was the same, this year’s script was even more thrilling than 2011. Turning the corner onto the finishing straight on Fort York, Kangogo made his move and gapped Hamilton’s celebrity marathoner. With 200m to go it appeared the Alberta resident had it won; then from somewhere Coolsaet unleashed a wicked, come-from-behind kick to take Kangogo by a step at the line, 28:35.7 to 28:36:00. CBCs Scott Russell called it: “Great win by Reid Coolsaet at Toronto Yonge St. 10k What a finish! Fit for the Olympic Marathon coming up this summer!” Afterwards, Coolsaet said, “Kip just ran so tough, I had problems keeping up with him. Luckily enough I had just enough to get him. I wasn’t confident that I was going to get him! Kip pulled away with about 400m to go and I somehow came back on him. I needed every single, last metre to beat him. If the Finish line was 10m earlier, I’m not sure I would have got him.” Reid now plans to spend one down week and then start his build-up for the London 2012 Olympic Marathon to be run on August 12th. Kip will begin his training for his big goal, October’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (October 14th), in about a month. Ongeri held on for 3rd (29:02); Macharia was 4th (29:04), and Attema 5th (29:11). In all, 8 men got under 29:30.

Women's winner Tarah McKay-Korir gets a hug from husband and Monday's Boston Marathon Champ, Wesley Korir.
While the women’s race lacked the closing drama of the men’s, it perhaps delivered two comparatively faster performances from Tarah McKay-Korir and Kat Van Buskirk. The talented, young Canadian pair who had battled it out over the hills of High Park two weeks ago, resumed their friendly rivalry today. They ran together for the first third of the race, passing 2km stride for stride in 6:08. By 4km, near Rosedale Station, Kate had begun to slip a fraction (12:27 & 12:31). But as Tarah said in her post-race remarks, she had trouble shaking the Athletics Toronto 1500m star, who was still only 6 seconds back (18:57 to 19:03) at 6km. Racing her first-ever 10K –something she acknowledged as “serious over-distance”- the 24 year old Van Buskirk tired a little over the final third, but hung on for an impressive 32:25. The 25 year old McKay-Korir had the added thrill of breaking the Finish tape that was held by her husband, Monday’s Boston Marathon Champion (2:10:40), Wesley Korir. Both will now head to the track in the hope of making the Canadian squad for London in the 5000m and 1500m, respectively, and then perhaps return to Canada Running Series on the roads in the Fall.

A GREAT day to celebrate Run Canada Month
Accolades poured in for the organization of the run, along with the finishers, who were then treated to a fitting, high-energy post-race Concert with Shawn Brady and the Electric Blood Band.


Locals in Toronto

John Stanton with Sudbury runner, Ryan Hollohan

There were a few runners from the Sudbury area at the Toronto Yonge St 10k. Of special note, SudburyRocks!! member Todd Withers ran a very fast 37:43 beating his time goal of 38 minutes. Way to go Todd.

Bridgett Hollohan provided the pre race photo of husband Ryan with Running Room founder, John Stanton.

Results here


Save Bennett Lake


The following will be important for those who use the Bennett Lake and Laurentian Trails. Dalron is once again proposing a housing development in that area.

Go to the Save Bennett Lake! Face book page for amore information plus a petition

Contact Gregory Dalton (dalton@tribsys.com)


New Event Coming in June

June 23, 2012

Tri Style Inc: 428 West mount Ave, 1C: www.tristyle.weebly.com: (705) 562-8907: trifitsudbury@hotmail.com




Upcoming Local Events


May 13, 2012

The Sudbury ROCKS!!! 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/index.html


Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to help support the Sudbury Rocks Race, the Canadian Diabetes Association to make a Healthy Sudbury?

On Sunday, May 13th in Downtown Sudbury, the Sudbury ROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes is taking place downtown! We need around 400 volunteers, and YOU can help by Volunteering! Show your community spirit and earn community hours! To VOLUNTEER, contact sudbury marathon@hotmail.com or call (705) 670-1993, ext. 7. Check out www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com for details! We are looking for about 50 more volunteers for our event.

Do you have a family member participating? Consider volunteering and cheering them on while on the course.


Date: May 13 (plus one orientation session in April)

Start Time: 6 am (apron)

End Time: 2 pm (apron)

Length of Time required: up to 6 hours

Event Title: VOLUNTEERS for the Sudbury ROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes

Location: Downtown Sudbury

Tasks to be filled for the event include clean-up on course, directing or checking on runners on course, finish line and most of all, course marshals are needed. Students who volunteer will get community service hours.




Manitoulin Rocks Update: April 25, 2012

The Manitoulin Rocks Run Club sent out two groups on a beautiful Sunday for running. The first group met at Low Island in Little Current. The group represented all abilities as runners were training for upcoming races ranging from 5km to the marathon. The 6 of us, plus two infants in the joggers headed out for a run around the town of Little Current on the new trail system. The second group met at the Park Centrex in Tagalong at 12 noon. That group covered 5 to 9.5km around the scenic town of Tagalong. This coming Sunday, the club will meet at 9am at Low Island in Little Current.
All are welcome.



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