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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                       April 23, 2015

In this Issue:


  1. Boston Marathon 2015
  2. Ringing in the Spring With a Lot of Mud
  3. Help Us by Volunteering
  4. Upcoming Local Events - May 10, 2015 SudburyRocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes
  5. Running Room Update -
  6. Track North News -



Boston Marathon 2015

Marathon Winners’ Jubilation in Boston

By LINDSAY CROUSEAPRIL 20, 2015 The New York Times

Lelisa Desisa (left) and Caroline Rotich (right) win the 2015 Boston Marathon

By Associated Press on April 20, 2015. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images.

Lelisa Desisa and Caroline Rotich won the 2015 Boston Marathon, two years after bombs were detonated at the event.

It was a breakout victory for Rotich, 30, whose previous best finish in a major marathon was fourth in Tokyo last year. “I thought I’d finish second,” Rotich said as she described fading in the final miles. “Just like that I saw the finish line and was like: ‘I can kick! I can kick!’ ”

Dibaba had been among the favorites, having finished second in Chicago last year and third in Boston. Deba was the Boston runner-up last year. Dibaba and Deba were beaten in Chicago and Boston by Rita Jeptoo, who was later suspended for two years after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Desiree Linden led much of the race and was the top American finisher, in fourth, with a time of 2:25:39. Whereas Rotich trains in New Mexico, Linden, who lives in Michigan, recently headed to the high-altitude camp at Iten, Kenya, to prepare for her Boston run.

She and Shalane Flanagan, of nearby Marblehead, Mass., were attempting to end a 30-year victory drought by American women. The last American woman to win the race was Lisa Weidenbach in 1985. Though Flanagan finished seventh last year, setting an American course record of 2:22:02, this year she was ninth.

“With the conditions and the course, I knew today was going to be a war of attrition,” Linden, 31, said. “My goal was to go out there and grind it out. I knew I couldn’t settle and let it get slow. And there’s no shame in losing to these three ladies, that’s for sure.”

Americans also were strong in the men’s race. In his first Boston Marathon, Dathan Ritzenhein, 32, held the lead for much of the middle of the race, through the grueling Newton hills. When a pack began to pull away in the final miles, Ritzenhein let them go, he said, to avoid losing steam at the end. He finished seventh. “I was nervous because I’ve often had so many problems closing the last couple miles,” said Ritzenhein, whose only coach is himself. “But I’m really happy with the day.”


Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Behind the elite competitors followed more than 27,000 runners, a field that has grown considerably despite rigorous qualifying standards since an increase in popularity that followed the bombing two years ago.

Runners elite and recreational alike were apprehensive about the weather conditions: a chilly 43 degrees at the start, with a stiff headwind at times. Still, athletes were spared the worst. The race’s history book devotes an entire page to historical anomalies listed under categories spanning “snow,” “driving rain,” “extreme heat or unseasonable warmth” and “other unusual weather conditions,” examples of which include a partial solar eclipse in 1939 and the eruption of an Icelandic volcano in 2010.

Rotich said she was unfazed by the weather. “Coming here, I knew Boston had had a lot of snow,” she said. “Today I got through it because I had been training in Santa Fe, and it’s been cold there.”

Both elite races were tactically different from last year. The 2014 men’s race was a departure, when Meb Keflezighi broke from the pack early in the race and ran alone, barely maintaining his lead as pursuers closed in to become the first American to win the marathon since 1983. The pack was tighter this year until Desisa, who failed to finish last year’s race, and three others broke away around Mile 22. Keflezighi, who turns 40 next month, started vomiting water toward the close of the race and had to force himself to finish. He crossed the finish holding hands with Hilary Dionne, an elite Boston-area runner he had never met. “I would have loved to have had a shot at it in the last mile, but that’s what racing is,” said Keflezighi, who was eighth. “I love the sport, it’s done a lot for me. We’re all runners, we inspire each other, and hopefully this was a good enough performance to inspire others too.”

Marcel Hug won his first Boston Marathon Push Rim Wheelchair Division title. “I feel great, I am happy. To win here is really special and I am proud to win this historic race," he said. "It is fantastic, it is a historic race and big. It means a lot to me.”

Tatyana McFadden won her third straight Boston Marathon Push Rim Wheelchair Division title today in 1:52:54. “It was an absolutely incredible day," she said. "It was the 40th anniversary [of Bob Hall's pioneering wheelchair finish], so to be an American up there on the podium, I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”


Locals in Boston

Rocks!! Ali Cummings


Hailey Cummings

Peter Yawney

Photos by: http://marathonfoto.com/


Results: Runner
Place Overall Place Gender Place Division Name BIB HALF Finish Net Finish Gun  
10119 2407 1913
Cummings, Ali (CAN) Sudbury
11881 1:46:16 3:30:00 3:33:46  
13223 4162 3002
Cummings, Hailey (CAN) Toronto
13864 1:46:16 3:39:31 3:43:17  
11707 8413 1627
Yawney, Peter (CAN) Sudbury
12453 1:45:42 3:34:52 3:37:59  

Hailey and Ali

Ali and Hailey's Boston Adventure,

by Ali Cummings

We flew down Friday morning and we spent Friday through Sunday exploring Boston. We went to the Boston Public Library (and checked out the finish), shouted "quack quack" on a Duck Tour, sang "Sweet Caroline" at the Red Sox game, pretended we were students at Harvard, and walked around Quincy Markets. We made good use of the subway to limit our walking and loaded up on delicious meals to fuel our impending marathon.

We had a delicious pasta dinner with just my family the night before, then I laid out my clothes - my new white lulu tank printed with a red maple leaf and my shorts. I was really hoping the weather forecast was wrong.. but when we woke up to a 7 degrees, 30km headwinds, and rain - out came the capris !

The bus took us to Hopkinton for the race start, where runners huddled under massive white tents with those silver blankets to keep warm. We waited for about an hour, chatting with other runners from around the world! They called our wave.. so Hailey & I followed the herd to the start line.

Before we knew it - we were off. Hailey's knee has been bugging her our entire taper, so we weren't sure if she'd run for a while there but she had decided to stick it out with me as long as she could and then see how the rest goes. I knew I wanted to enjoy the Boston experience, so I thought 3:30 would suit me just fine. We went out at an 8min/mile and the interesting thing about the corrals being based on some really close qualifying times is there wasn't a bunch of weaving and passing and elbowing, we all kind of just went together - it was so cool.

The energy was incredible. My favourite was Wellesly College. The girls had some hilarious signs (too racy to post here) and watching the male runners go in for kiss after kiss was so funny! Our matching maple leaf shirts got a lot of attention - spectators saying "Go Canada!" and even breaking out into our national anthem! We could hear runners behind us saying "is it you?" "no, you?" and we would turn back and say "it's us!" and they'd say "well you wore the right shirts!". It was so fun!

All the downhill was really starting to make Hailey's knee hurt around 30k and I was feeling good... she told me to go, so I went. I didn't realize I was on the infamous "Heartbreak Hill" until I got to the top and I saw a sign that said "You're at the TOP!" with a broken heart on it. Heartbreak's got nothing on Cardiac. I pushed those last 12k to get my 3:30 finish and I felt really awesome running down Boylston towards the line.

We all met up after (freezing cold and soaking wet) and then it was straight to the airport - we had a plane to catch! Overall, it was a really incredible experience. I am so so so thankful to have the best family who came to support us and cheer us on (in the rain!), but also so many cheerleaders from afar who supported me during these months leading up to Boston (that includes all of you, my Rocks! running family!)

Now Hailey's knee needs to get better so we can pick the next race!


Ringing in the Spring With a Lot of Mud

by Sara McIlraith

I mark the official start of Spring every year by running my favourite trail. There is nothing better than getting completely soaked and muddy! No reservations here as I run directly through every muddy section out there. Yesterday was the day for my annual Spring mud run. I even convinced a few of our Rocks!!! runners to join in the fun, including Vince, who didn’t let his nasty chest cold get in the way of the first trail run of the season. Trail running is very rewarding and humbling at the same time. My legs burned and my chest heaved with each long climb, and a few near-trips reminded me how high I need to lift my legs. Unlike the monotony of roads, the constant change in footing on trails challenges both your stability muscles and your concentration, and it is never boring. Yesterday we relished being back in nature, and were even treated to sounds of sand hill cranes on Lake Laurentian. As you can see by the smiles on our faces and our mud-soaked shoes, this year’s Spring mud run was an amazing one



Help us by Volunteering

The Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes is celebrating their 10th anniversary, and they rely on over 300 volunteers to make the event a success. Unfortunately there is a severe shortage of volunteers so far and with only slightly less than 4 weeks to go before the event, the organizing committee is getting concerned that they won't have enough to run the event, which will be disappointing, especially since this will be the 10th anniversary of the event.

Please help out this year by volunteering your assistance. Furthermore, if you know anyone or any group who might be willing to help out, please forward this message to them as well.

Volunteer orientation sessions are being held at Tom Davies Square. The session is only 30 minutes long, and you will receive all the information for volunteering on race day.

- 6pm Tuesday April 21

- 6pm Tuesday April 28

- 6pm Thursday April 30

Check out the poster for more details and a volunteer signup sheet. Poster PDF Here       Sign up PDF Here

Please email the volunteer coordinator at sudburymarathon@hotmail.com or call 705-670-1993 ext 4 to sign up!

Sudbury Rocks!!! Race Details:

event: 10th Annual Sudbury Rocks!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes

date: Sunday May 10th 2015

number of volunteers needed: minimum 200 volunteers required

volunteer duties: race marshal, standing outside along the race course at road intersections directing runners along the race route and cheering them on

location: Tom Davies Square, downtown Sudbury

hours: earn 7-10 community service hours

Volunteers on the 5km and 10km course earn 7 hours, volunteers on the 1/2 marathon and marathon course earn 10 hours

times: 7am to 12pm or 2pm (depending on location)

extra: required to attend a 1/2 hour volunteer orientation workshop prior to race date, we offer 3 dates to choose from, all are at 6pm at Tom Davies Square

transportation: buses will bring all marshals from Tom Davies Square to their marshal locations and will bring them back to Tom Davies Square afterwards

benefits: pizza provided at orientation session and after volunteering on race day, bagged lunch provided on race day, coffee/hot chocolate and cookies delivered to volunteers during race, race T-shirt provided to all volunteers

email: sudburymarathon@hotmail.com




Run Club Update



Store News

The biggest local race of the year is only 2 1/2 weeks away now, Sunday May 10th will mark the 10th anniversary of the Sudbury Rocks! Marathon race, run or walk for Diabetes. All proceeds of the race benefit the local branch of the Canadian Diabetes association.

They offer distances from kids 1km to marathon/marathon relay, see www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com for more details.

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
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vt perdue@cyberbeach.net

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