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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                       August 27, 2015

In this Issue:


  1. Rocks!! in Yellowknife
  2. Voyageurs Track Team Growing
  3. Upcoming Local Events - September 13, 2015 Ramsey Tour, September 19 Rotary Park Run
  4. Running Room Update -
  5. Track North News -



Rocks!! in Yellowknife

Vince, Lise, Lynn and Ken

More Photos Here

As some of you are aware 4 Rocks!! members have taken on the challenge of running a marathon or half marathon in each of the provinces and territories. Vince Perdue and Ken Stubbings are doing the 42 while Lise Perdue and Lynn Stubbings are tackling the 21.

We've been everywhere man!. From Newfoundland to the Yukon and to the high Arctic we've travelled far to complete our quest. As of this August only 3 areas remained untouched. We were still runless in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

It's now later in August and one more quest has been realized. On August 16 the guys took on the Yellowknife Marathon and the ladies did the Half Marathon.

Here's a bit how the marathon went down according to local papers...

Elite Ontario runners break Yellowknife Marathon wide open... August 16, 2015 Yellowknife Sports News

With a blindingly quick pace Cobourg Masters runner Ken Stubbings placed 2nd overall in a strong field of athletes being beaten out only by local phenom Doug Townsen. Even more spectacular was the 9th place overall finish by Sudbury's grand master Vince Perdue who literally kicked the butts of many half his age. He also handily won the the very competitive age category leaving the competition gasping... yes actually gasping. When interviewed Perdue stated it was the years of trash talking opponents into the ground that ultimately made the difference. The exceedingly quick pace that sometimes exceeded 6:20/km kept all but the best at bay too. Organizers were quick to corral the 2 Ontario speedsters and invite them back as special guests for next year's event.

The field... one of the largest ever at 13 men and 1 woman.



2 Ken Stubbings 0:54:23.9 (3) 0:45:41.1 (2) 0:54:29.3 (3) 0:43:52.3 (2) 3:18:26.7

9 Vince Perdue 1:11:00.5 (11) 1:00:45.1 (9) 1:16:10.9 (8) 1:05:36.2 (7) 4:33:32.9

Half Marathon

The girls had great runs as well. They ran as a team

25 Lise Perdue 1:30:33.6 (26) 1:21:16.8 (24) 2:51:50.4
26 Lynn Stubbings 1:30:29.7 (25) 1:21:23.4 (25) 2:51:53.2

All Results at Zone 4 Here

The run was well done giving athletes a great tour of the city through a figure 8 run which touched on all areas of Yellowknife. The halfers did a single loop and the marathoners went twice around. What wa unusual for out of towners was the only course direction was at signs where you actually changed direction. No roads were blocked or traffic lights manned. Fortunately there were very few of them and it was not an issue to me.. even at that blindingly fast pace. Support at aid stations was very good and different in some spots. We were treated to cookies at one station baked especially for us. A Summit Airlines helicopter pilot gave us drinks at another. Lots of encouragement from the community too. Not one negative experience. Even a big ass sausage and bun at the finish line...and espresso coffee that made my day.

We even met local runners. From Elliot Lake, Reid Killen, whose son will be on The Laurentian Voyageurs Track Team this year and Mark Miller, an old Sudbury Rocks!! member, who moved to Yellowknife a few years ago. These guys were waiting at the finish line just to say hello..

The event is small with 14 in the marathon, 50ish in the half and another 50ish in the 10k. There were no awards at the end but all competitors got a special buff and diamond shaped finishing medal. The organizers asked if there was anything they could do differently to improve the experience and I honestly told them "No, it was a great experience for me."

Muskox by Earnest Raymond


The town is another experience. It has the beauty of the far north (take a look at the photos) but what was best, the people were over the top friendly once we got used to the place. We were introduced to the owner of a local coffee shop and he invited us back for beverages on the house. If you go, see Fidel at JavaMocha. We had an extended visit and conversation with an Inuit carver from Tuktoyaktuk (Earnest Raymond). Lise even bought a piece from him. Definitely check out Oldtown if you ever visit. You can dine at the Wildcat Cafe or Bullocks and then climb the Pilots Memorial hill to view the permanent houseboats on Yellowknife Bay .

If you like fishing, Yellowknife is a great base to get anywhere in the N.W.T. or just dip a rod in the local lakes and rivers (Great Slave Lake is at your doorstep). Yellowknife's main tourist industry from the fall to winter and spring is the northern lights. We haven't been up north in the winter yet but I hope to as the videos and photos I've seen are spectacular.

Recap: 12 runs down (including Labrador) and 2 remaining. We hope to do both next year. Probably the Queen City in Regina and the Edge to Edge on Vancouver Island if all goes well.





Voyageurs track team growing

By Bruce Heidman, Sudbury Star

The Laurentian Voyageurs women's cross-country running team sets up at the starting line at an OUA event last year. The LU track team has grown this season with the addition of a men's cross-country team and a sprint team.

The Laurentian Voyageurs track team has more than doubled in size, and hopes are high for the upcoming season.

The Voyageurs women's cross-country team is coming off its best season ever and returns the core of that crew, and there's even more for local track fans to celebrate with the addition of a men's cross-country team and a group of sprinters that will compete under the Voyageurs banner this season.

“The season is setting up pretty good," head coach Dick Moss said. "We lost Emily Marcolini and Emily Driedger from our top seven, so that could hurt us a bit, but Katie Wismer is back since she got into medical school and she has been training hard, and everybody else will hopefully be back from our top seven."

That returning crew is Wismer, Marissa Lobert, Maddy Bak, Samantha Edwards and Michelle Kennedy, who, along with Marcolini and Driedger, combined for a record-breaking cross-country season last year, with a slew of team and individual bests, as well as cracking the Top 10 CIS ranking for the first time in school history. Marcolini, Wismer and Kennedy led the way for the Voyageurs throughout last season, which included a sixth-place finish at the OUA Championships and an 11th place finish at the CIS Championships.

The indoor track team followed that with an eighth-place finish at the OUA Championships and finished the season with two school records, two top-eight performances and four personal bests.

"It was a lot of fun and the girls deserve it, they worked hard and it is nice to see the ones who have been with us longest have improved the most, and it's rewarding to see that," Moss said.

The women's cross-country team has added eight rookies for this season, including Nicole Hessels, who finished 15th at OFSAA cross-country last spring and also finished 10th in the 3 km, and Jessie Nusselder, who was 28th at OFSAA cross-country.

"Those are a couple of good rookies," Moss said. "Hessels is one of the highest-ranked OFSAA runners we have had and a good 3k runner as well, and Jessie is a great addition. They fill out the roster quite nicely."

With the addition of a men's cross-country team and a sprint team, the LU track team has swelled to 52 athletes for the upcoming season with 26 on the women's cross-country team and 17 on the men's team, along with 10 sprinters.

"We're starting with scratch for the men's team," Moss said. "That program was cut in 2000, and we have been given a mandate to get it going again and have 17 signed up for the team. Some are in school already and some are incoming, nobody super high profile yet, but we have a pretty good core in terms of numbers.

"Just the number of guys who are showing interest in the program is encouraging, and once the word gets out provincially that we’re back, along with the womens' success going around on message boards, we're hoping that in next two or three years, we'll draw some top runners to the Laurentian."

The new sprint team includes locals from Track North like Danielle Roy, the NOSSA 100-metre champ, Natashea Mayer, the NOSSA 200-metre champ, Jennie Philipow, who was fifth at NOSSA, and possibly NOSSA 100-metre champ Skyler Savage-Perreault.

With so many athletes, Moss will split the coaching work with assistant Darren Jermyn.

"My focus will be on the women and Darren on the men," Moss said. "We always work together and will continue that way, but we will specialize in practice, though workouts will be together. There will be some differences since the women race six km and the men 10, but a lot of what we do, we will be able to do with teams combined. We'll attend the same races for travel, etc."

Moss won't have to wait long to get a handle on his cross-country team with the Sudbury Masters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour set to take place on the Laurentian trails on Sept. 13.

"It’s perfect timing for us," Moss said. " What it does is it gives us an idea who is fit off summer training and we get some running pace times to figure how fast we have to go in practices. It also gives us a ranking for our traveling team, which is 12 for each team."

Sudbury Masters is hosting the race for the 39th straight year.

"Sudbury Masters puts the race on for us and we help them out, but it is their race," Moss said. "It serves a dual purpose for us because the Masters donate proceeds from the race to our program, and we are grateful."


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Upcoming Local Events

September 13, 2015

5k & 21.1 k Roadraces

The SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour is taking place on Sunday, September 13 at Laurentian University at 10:00 am.

There will be both a 5 km and a 1/2 marathon.

You can register on-line through the Running Room (OPEN NOW HERE).                                Manual Entry Form (HERE).

If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 705-688-7738. Jesse Winters

(5k map)

(21k map)


 September 19, 2015

Sudbury Rotary clubs host Fun Run to celebrate park

Register by sept 1st for free t-shirt!!

       Discover Rotary Park Fun Run

1k, 5k, 10k

September 19, 2015


Information Poster Here (PDF)

Register below





Run Club Update



Store News

Good afternoon Sudbury,

We've got some great local events coming up in the near future, make sure to stop in the store and get stocked up for the fall race season and enjoy some nice discounts until Sunday.

Sunday, September 13th is the annual Ramsey Tour 1/2 marathon and 5km race

Sunday, September 19th Discover Rotary Park! fun run/walk

Sunday, October 4th is the annual CIBC Run for the Cure 5km fun run/walk

We hope to see you at some or all of these great local events!


Join us for FREE Practice Club

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



Track North News - by Dick Moss


Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
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For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9
vt perdue@cyberbeach.net

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