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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                February 4, 2016

In this Issue:


  1. Sofie's Loppet
  2. Success
  3. Upcoming Local Events - Walden Under the Lights Series, Hypo Half (SOLD OUT) and Free Group Snowshoe Adventure
  4. Running Room Update -
  5. Track North News - York Open Indoor Track Meet
    York University, January 30, 2016


  January 31, 2016                                                  

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The Annual Sudbury Fitness Challenge Kicked Off with the Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet

by Sara McIlraith

The Sofie Loppet has seen its share of weather challenges over the past 15 years. From ridiculously cold temperatures to blowing snow to warm conditions. Last year, the races had to be shortened because of extreme cold and strong winds blowing snow that made it impossible to keep the tracks groomed. This year kept up the weather tradition, although we traded the cold and wind for above freezing temps and RAIN.

Neil and I arrived 2 ½ hours early, desperate to find the magic combination of wax. Classic skiing and rain really don’t work well together. The snow loses its crystal structure, and the skis have nothing to grip against. After testing a few wax options against quickly changing snow, we broke out the dreaded ‘klister’, and gooped up the skis with the super sticky wax. Applying klister is an art form, and getting the wax too thick or thin will mean skis with no grip or skis that collect a thick layer of snow underfoot.

The stress could be felt by all skiers as they desperately tried to find grip. Everyone looking enviously at the skiers who had waxless skis to race on. I gave my waxless skis to Kate, hoping that it would pay back a bit of the debt I owe her from the Beaton.

Despite the weather, 80 enthusiastic skiers lined up on the start grid, hoping their wax would hold up. After raising a pole in honour of Sofie, the start gun went off, and we double poled our way onto the trails. I had convinced Neil to ski the long race this year, his longest ski race ever. He excelled at the long distance, finished second behind Kerry Abols. I think it helped having Vince on the course giving him regular updates on how far back I was from him. I was gaining ground over the second lap, but when Vince warned him that I was closing the gap, he pushed hard the last lap and gained time on me. I love the longer distance races. The distance gives me time to strategize and work on staying strong. I set mini goals for myself when I race, staying in the track on the down hills, running up the hills rather than herringboning, being more powerful double poling.

While the weather challenged us, it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of anyone. It also helped that the trails were perfectly groomed. A huge thank you goes out to the Laurentian groomers. On tricky weather days, grooming is even more important than good wax.

Congratulations to all those who pushed the limits of their comfort zones. Many Fitness Challenge participants took the ‘challenge’ to heart at the Sofie, skiing distances they’ve never tackled before. I hope that you continue to challenge yourself over the other Fitness Challenge events this year. Next up, the Sudbury Rocks!! Race.

Results Here at Zone 4: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=7915&cat=all


The Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet, the first event in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge, took place at the Laurentian Ski Trails on Sunday..

The Nickel Loppet was introduced in 1983 by Terry McKinty, grandson of Bill Beaton, the former mayor of Sudbury.

In the past, five Canadian Champions have taken part in the Nickel Loppet, including the late Sofie Manarin.

The Nickel Loppet is now named after Manarin, who lost her life in a bike accident in 2001.

"The Laurentian Nordic Ski Club remembers Sofie as a Jackrabbit skier and later a champion. She was a fireball ... a dedicated athlete who was headed for the Olympics," said Perry Sakki, Laurentian Nordic Ski Club president.











Upcoming Local Events

   January 12 - February 23, 2016

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February 21, 2016

Sudbury ON

Sudbury Running Room
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON.

Race Times

Half Marathon Run/Walk : Sunday February 21, 2016 @ 9:00 A.M.




Sunday Feb 21st 1:00PM Adults 3:00PM Family
Wednesday Feb 24th 6:30pm Adults (headlamp is recommended)
Wednesday March 2nd 6:30pm Adults (headlamp is recommended)
Sunday March 6th 1:00PM Adults 3:00PM Family

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Run Club Update




Store News


Good evening everyone,

Here's to hoping that everyone is having a good mild winter so far and getting in a lot of running and cross country skiing.

Also if anyone doesn't know yet the Hypo Half Marathon that is taking place on February 21st has officially sold out sorry to be the bearer of bad news for those of you that have not signed up yet.

The next set of clinics are having great luck with mild weather the past week, Ryan Marsaw is coaching his Half Marathon and Marathon groups to a great start of there training the clinic day has been switched to Tuesday evenings at 6pm just so everyone knows.

Also if anyone is interested or knows of anyone that is interested the Running Room in Sudbury is looking for a part-time employee to work a couple shifts a week, if your interested please drop off a resume at the Sudbury running room or forward your resume to sudbury@runningroom.com thank you very much.

Enjoy your week and keep warm.

Your Sudbury Running Room Team,

Eric, Ania, Veronica, Bernadette

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We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.




Track North News - by Dick Moss


York Open Indoor Track Meet
York University, January 30, 2016

Wismer leads strong showing for LU track team

York University, January 30, 2016

The Laurentian indoor track team competed at the York Open indoor track meet this weekend, returning with two medals, four OUA qualifying standards, one school record and 10 personal best performances.

The team was particularly strong in the women’s 1500m, where they placed three runners in the top five, including 1st and 3rd place finishes from Katie Wismer and Marissa Lobert. who ran times of 4:41.92 and 4:43.75.

Danielle Roy, Natasha Mayer and Eric Papineau qualified for the OUA Championships in the 60m with times of 8.12 and 8.16 and 7.30, while Marissa Lobert’s 1500m time also met the OUA standard.

Roy, Mayer, Lobert, Jennie Philipow, Megan Crocker, Colt Meyer, Gordie Chown and Kelsey Lefebvre set personal bests in their events.


Women's 1500m
1. Katie Wismer, 4:41.92
3. Marissa Lobert, 4:43.75 (PB - OUA Standard)
5. Jessie Nusselder, 4:51.24
10. Maddy Bak, 5:03.84
12. Megan Crocker, 5:05.21 (PB)

Women's 60m
14. Danielle Roy, 8.12 (Personal Best - OUA Standard)
12. Natasha Mayer, 8.16 (PB - OUA Standard)
42. Jennifer Drane, 8.53 (exh)
44. Jennie Philipow, 8.57 (PB - exh)

Women's 300m
16. Natasha Mayer, 42.27
23. Zvia Mazal, 42.89
24. Kirsten Crowe, 42.90
34. Jennifer Drane, 45.17 (exh)

Women's 600m
10. Nicole Rich, 1:45.64

Women's 1000m
8. Nicole Rich, 3:09.06
9. Samantha Edwards, 3:09.66
11. Megan Crocker, 3:12.07

Women's 3000m
13. Lyndsay Greasley, 11:24.24
17. Kelsey Lefebvre, 12:18.44 (PB)

Women's 4 x 200m
7. Laurentian A Team, 1:48.16 (School Record)
(Danielle Roy, Kirsten Crowe, Zvia Mazal, Natasha Mayer)

Men's 60m
30. Eric Papineau, 7.30 (PB - OUA Standard)
53. Rashid Dia Hantchi 7.85 (exh)

Men's 300m
47. Rashid Dia Hantchi, 40.04 (exh)

Men's 600m
23. Colt Meyer, 1:33.74 (PB)

Men's 1000m
23. Luke Mackrell, 2:49.03

Men's 1500
15. Gordie Chown, 4:16.58 (PB)

Track North & Alumni
Women's 60m Hurdles
1. Serena San Cartier, 8.67 (8.79 Heats)

Women's 1000m
4. Emma Tallman, 2:59.38

Women's 300m
6. Serena San Cartier, 41.06


Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
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