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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                       July 23, 2015

In this Issue:


  1. Massey Events
  2. Sudbury Fitness Challenge Island Swim
  3. Running Room 20 Minute Challenge
  4. Upcoming Local Events - Sudbury Fitness Challenge Mountain Bike Tour
  5. Running Room Update -
  6. Track North News -


July 19, 2015

Friendly Massey Marathon/Spanish River Half Marathon/ Chutes 10K

Where: Massey, ON
Date: Sunday, July 19, 2015

Spanish River from the bridge at 6:30 am


Sharon Hall and Lise Edwards display finishing medals proudly

Lise Edwards comments:

So we finished our event! Walked 21.1 km ! We even acted like tourists and took pictures

Laurel Leconte writes;

Fairly respectable time at the Massey half marathon this morning. Steve stayed home with the kids but to his credit he still got up at 3:45 am with me to make sure I got out the door caffeinated, on time and with all my gear.

(Run the tangents next time Laurel)


Happy Feet (not the movie)

Steve Matusch writes:

Just finished the Massey Half Marathon. Great little event, and beautiful weather! Getting up at 345 is a little tough though.

Semi related, my kids always make fun of my rather beat-up feet. This is what 15 years of distance running does to your feet! Not pretty!


The 2015 Massey event saw 203 athletes take part in either the Chutes 10k, the Spanish River Half or the Friendly Massey Marathon. Humid warm conditions slowed overall times a bit but not the enthusiasm from the participants and volunteers. The cheering was plentiful, the aid stations fully stocked and pancakes and sausages awaited all at the finish breakfast.

All folks went home with finishing medals (me and many more), faster runners got placing medals and the truly gifted got the coveted stool. (see below). Everybody went away with a good sense of accomplishment of another run done in a great little community who cares about runners. Thank you Massey organizers.

See you next year.



It's all About the Stool

If you win your age group in the Friendly Massey Marathon, Spanish River Half or Chutes 10k your prize is a milk stool. It's not $1000 or a new pair of the latest shoes or a free trip to a dream location. It's an engraved milk stool. Yet this stool is coveted by those who know the run. They keep coming back in the hopes of finally getting one or for the truly gifted runners maybe collecting a dining room set's worth. The stool has become a defining element of the run. This year will be the 39th running of the marathon, the 26th for the half and the eighth for the 10k. And the stool has been around for most of the event's journey. If you come out to Massey and run fast you just might become a stooler. Good luck!



All Results Here


July 19, 2015

32nd Annual Ian McCloy Island Swim

A message from the event director:

Under sunny and windy skies, the Ian McCloy 32nd Annual Island Swim went off
without a hitch on Sunday, July 19. 70 swimmers from ages 7 to 63
participated. Swimmers came from Australia, Peru (via Killarney), Kirkland
Lake, Espanola, downtown Willisville, and the Greater Sudbury area to swim
100-m, 500-m, 1.6 and 3.2K events.

The race coordinating team would like to thank the following: Lake Nepahwin,
Mother Nature, Laurentian Masters, City of Greater Sudbury Waterfront staff
and Community Development, Laurentian University Security and Voyageur
Campus Recreation, and our sponsors: Gagnon Opticians, Dairy Queen (Lorne
and Kingsway locations - Tina and JJ Anderson), and Gloria's Restaurant.
Thank you to Jim's for the port-a-potty delivery.

The race director was especially pleased to see swimmers from Laurentian
Masters, Voyageur Varsity, Sudbury Laurentian and Nickel City Aquatics swim
teams having a fun swim in the lake. Well done, everyone!   Laura Young


Swimmers hit the water for the Ian McCloy Island Swim at the university beach on Lake Nepahwin on Sunday. Ben Leeson/The Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

More photos here

Island swim still going strong

By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star

Tony Staalstra says he's proud his son, Gavin, has followed in his footsteps as a swimmer....

Then he laughs, because Gavin wasn't following anyone at the Ian McCloy Island Swim on Sunday. The 17-year-old from Lively, a representative of the Nickel City Aquatics, finished a comfortable first in the two-mile event at the 32nd annual swim, held at the university beach on Lake Nepahwin. "It felt good out there," Gavin said. "I haven't been swimming in a while, so it was nice. "I was just sort of pacing myself the whole way and I was using Chris (Eastick, who swims for the Sudbury Laurentian club), to help me pace myself." Gavin turned it up late in the race, however, and had a healthy lead when his feet touched bottom near the finish line. "I did this race two years ago and came second in the two mile, so this is was what I was planning." A serious swimmer for seven years, he enjoys the fitness benefits, as well as the kind of individual competition the sport provides. "I like racing and you don't have to rely on a team – it's just you and it's your fault if you don't do well," Gavin said.

The Island Swim, believed to be the oldest open-water race in Ontario, fits the bill nicely. "I like open water, because it's different," Gavin said. "You don't train open water usually and you usually have a wall to do flip turns and stuff, but this is just continuous, so it's good for endurance for distance swimming, and I swim distance usually, so it helps me out. "The water was nice, too, and it's sunny out."

Swimming is a family tradition for the Staalstras. Gavin's older sister, Carly Staalstra, was an accomplished competitive swimmer, as well. Both were influenced by Tony, who has been in and out of lakes and pools his whole life, as a swimmer with the Laurentian Masters club and as a lifeguard and coach.

He was among the field of 75 swimmers – up 15 from last year – who hit the water on a bright, breezy Sunday morning. "I think swimming competitively helps me coach better," Tony said. It's as a coach, and not just a parent, that he has been impressed with Gavin's recent results. "I'm really proud of the way he has been swimming competitively," Tony said. "He just got back from provincials, where he swam in the 1,500-metre freestyle and was fifth in the province, qualified for eastern nationals in the 800 free – he's doing very well." Gavin figures he'll swim competitively for at least one more year. "I don't know if I'm going to university yet or college or whatever, but I'll definitely have one more year of high school swimming," he said. "I'll definitely always be swimming, just maybe not competitively." Tony hopes Gavin keeps at it, however. He's sure his son has what it takes to compete at the next level. "I don't want him to sell himself short," Tony said. "I have an older daughter who was a very strong competitive distance swimmer and she chose to get out of swimming, as well, and I was a little bit disappointed, but she wanted to focus more on her career. If he chooses to do that, I'll probably be a bit disappointed. Swimming is a great sport for kids, to get them through their teenage years. It keeps them very well organized, it's healthy, there's great camaraderie with others with like interests. It keeps them out of trouble and it teaches good life skills. Swimming is a life skill. With so much water in Ontario, you have to know how to swim."

Leanne Luhta, who competed in the Island Swim several years ago, just started training again this spring. She was glad for the practise when she ended up in a battle with organizer and accomplished local entrant Laura Young on Sunday. "It was super," Luhta said. "I was back and neck with Laura the whole way and I killed myself trying to keep up to her. I didn't expect a race like that." While she returned to swimming only recently, Luhta has by no means been inactive. A native of South Porcupine, Ont. and a former Sudbury resident, she now lives in Lima, Peru, where along with her husband and three children, she has taken up surfing. "Every year, we come back in July, because we have a place in Killarney," Luhta said. "Since I had been training swimming again and I knew the Island Swim was in July, I thought I would do it.

"After 32 years, it's still the same volunteers, same people, and it's great to see endurance activities like this still going strong." The swim is part of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge, a series of seven athletic events held in the area each year. It's also the most northerly race in the Canaqua Sports Open Water Series.

Eastick was second in the men's two-mile race and Everett Smith third.

Nina Kuckeram, Natalie Lefebvre and Abby McDonald were top finishers in the women's two-mile event.

Buddy Green, Michael Wainmain and Philippe de la Riva were top three in the men's mile, and Ali Bertrim, Tamera Flannagan and Julie Rathwell in the women's mile.

Connor Watson, on the men's side, and Dylan Clement, in the women's division, won the 500-metre race.

Full results are available here.


Twitter: @ben_leeson





  July 15, 2015

Another successful Running Room 20 Minute Challenge.

All participants received a complimentary blue running cap just for showing up



Upcoming Local Events

  July 26, 2015

Sudbury Fitness Challenge Mountain Bike Tour


2015 Poster




Run Club Update



Store News

Good afternoon Sudbury,


First off, we would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Massey Marathon on Sunday, It sounds like everyone had a great time.

We will be starting a new 10km clinic on Monday (July 27th) at 6pm with Catherine, the group will be training for the Run for The Cure event in October.

We are also looking for someone to co-teach or be a group leader for the learn to run clinic starting on the same night as the 10km group, if interested please call the store at 705-523-4664 thanks!


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



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