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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                         August 21, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Parnell Announces Final Quest
  2. Run for theCure 2014 Kick off Event
  3. My Shot at the Beaton
  4. Upcoming Local Events - Sudbury Masters Ramsey Tour September 7, 2014
  5. Running Room Update -
  6. Track North News -




Parnell announces final quest

By David Feil, Cochrane Times Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Martin Parnell stands on the site of the Minack Theatre overlooking Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall after running through Land's End on England's south-west coast as part of his Rotary Coastal Quest in March.

Martin Parnell announced the final challenge in his Quest for Kids at Cochrane’s council meeting on Mon. Aug. 11.

Starting on Sept. 19 with Quest University in Squamish BC, Parnell will be trying for the largest game of volleyball. In Alberta, he will be at the University of Calgary on Sept. 22 for a Quidditch Exhibition and then will be engaged in Tunnel Ball at the University of Alberta on Sept. 24. Parnell’s last stop will be at Memorial University in Newfoundland for an ice hockey game on Oct. 14 and will wrap up both the quest and Parnell’s five year fundraiser for Right to Play. The activities are all chosen by university groups and are a mix of sports and fun games.

“There’s no age limit,” said Parnell, noting they want as many people to come out and participate as possible. “Kids and adults can do this.” People are also welcome at the talks he will be giving to different departments and groups while at each university.

Parnell continues to receive generous support for his quest. Cochrane Toyota is supplying a truck for the road trip, Ink’d Graphics will wrap the truck in the Quest for Kids logo and Buff Canada, a Canmore based company that has pledged 2,500 neck warmers to be distributed at the universities to advertise Right to Play.

Over the last five years Parnell has engaged in nine quests to raise money for Right to Play, an organization that uses play to empower and educate over one million children in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Parnell first got involved in Right to Play when he was in his early 50s by running 250 marathons in his 2010 Marathon Quest to raise $250,000 for the organization, which he surpassed by $70,000.

In total, Parnell ran 10,550km at over 200 km a week during Marathon Quest and went through 25 pairs of running shoes.

After that, Parnell visited Right to Play schools in Benin, Africa to get a better sense of what the organization does. He was so impressed with how the schools engaged youth that on the flight home Parnell decided he would do nine more quests over the next five years to help raise one million dollars for Right to Play to help 20,000 kids.

Using Marathon Quest as a starting point, Parnell’s second Quest was Netball Quest 61 in Sept. 2011, breaking the Guinness World record for longest game at 61 hours. “That was the start of the Guinness events,” said Parnell, who went on to break three more world records, with the next being Lacrosse 24, a full day of lacrosse that became the longest game ever played. “It’s a tough game,” said Parnell, who had never played before and went to a one-week boot camp at Springbank School to learn with a group of grade 9 students to prepare. “It certainly was a hard learning curve.”

The other two records were made in Cochrane, with the TriOil Soccer Quest at Spray Lake Family Sport Centre becoming the longest game of indoor soccer at 42 hours and Hockey Quest, done in conjunction with the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation, becoming the biggest game of hockey ever played with 374 people playing over nine hours, a record that remains unbeaten.

Parnell’s other quests have been a matter of endurance. These include running around Cook Island three times for a total of 100 km (because the 30 km race they were holding wasn’t long enough for him), a marathon at Mount Kilimanjaro followed by climbing up and down the mountain in 21 hours (with locals naming a hill after him for his efforts),and the sixth month TransRockies Quest where he completed all nine of their endurance events along the mountain range.

Parnell’s last quest was completed a few months ago in the UK, where he spent March running over 1,000 km along south-western England’s rocky coastline.

Thus far, Quest for kids has raised about $635,000 and helped nearly 13,000 kids in Benin and other countries around the world.

Now Parnell is gearing up for his final quest, Canada Quest for Kids, where he will attempt to break ten world records at ten universities across Canada, all for the largest games ever played.

Anyone who wants to be involved in any of the attempts to break a world record can sign up by creating a pledge page at canadaquestforkids.com.




Rocks!! at Run for the Cure Kickoff Event

It's time to get your teams in gear for this year's Run for the Cure coming up on Sunday October 5. The 2014 team kickoff information session was held at Cambrian College last Wednesday. Team captains, members and individual entrants were invited to check out what's new with the run and to have any questions answered.

Rocks!! members Sylvie, Lise and Linda

More Event Photos Here


Sudbury Information Here





August 10, 2014


My Shot at the Beaton

by Elizabeth Priebe

Sara McIlraith kicks my ass every day, and I love it. Since we have been working together in the same office, she has kicked my ass out of my cubicle every day at lunch for some kind of fitness activity. As a result, I have become more active with each passing year and more involved with the local fitness community including the Rocks!! and the Sudbury Fitness Challenge. I will give myself a little credit for intrinsic motivation, but a lot of my inspiration comes from Sara and the fitness community. As the years passed, fitness boundaries that I had held rigid for years in my mind began to shift, and the Beaton Classic became a possibility.

Last summer I was a Beaton Classic volunteer. As I sat 8 months pregnant in the timing tent, entering data on Neil’s laptop, I knew that 2014 would be my year to give it a shot. As I continued to enter data, I plowed through a third bag of Beaton-style M&M laced trail mix. After all, I was eating for two. In a chocolate haze, I hatched a plan to do the Beaton solo.

Flash forward to the summer of 2014. Some lingering baby weight (damn trail mix) and the shocking time vacuum that comes with having two kids forced a reality check. This wouldn’t be my solo year, but I was hell bent to challenge myself Beaton-style. I decided to compete as a pair, and I would do the events that I struggle with the most- the swim and the paddle. My amazing partner Sarah Goulding agreed to take on the bike and run.

I knew I could handle the swim, albeit at a snails pace, but it was the paddle that terrified me. I get how cool it is to paddle solo in a tandem canoe. I have enjoyed doing this on many a quiet morning on a canoe trip when my trip-mates are still asleep. I would get up, set the coffee to perc, and go out to quietly terrorize the loon. But what I don’t get, and what was so difficult to learn, was how to paddle fast in a tandem canoe. The learning curve was steep. A particularly challenging paddle on a windy evening in the Sudbury Canoe Clubs gorgeous red Wenonah even ended in tears. I hadn’t weighted down the front of the boat (rookie move) and I spent close to an hour being thrown up against shore as I attempted to paddle back to the club (Rob Marcolini, if you are reading this, I just said “thrown up against” shore for dramatic effect, what really happened was more of a gentle nudging towards shore). The experience solidified my resolve, Kanye style. I was out the next day with a sandbag, crushing it. A few more paddles and some inspiration from John Larmer, who makes it look easy, and I was ready. Race day was incredible. I accomplished what I set out to do with no surprises.

The take home point I want to make is that Sudbury has an incredibly inclusive active community. There is room for a punter like me to really feel accomplished and supported by this community even if my aspirations are a little more “dilly bar” than they are hardware. So if you are on the fence about getting involved, just come out and let this community support you, or kick your ass ?. You might even find that, like me, you are kind of into it.

Elizabeth and Sarah placed a strong 2nd in the Women's Pairs division

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Upcoming Local Events

September 7, 2014

5k & 21.1 k Roadraces

The SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour is taking place on Sunday, September 7 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 (NOW).  You can register manually by downloading the entry form (HERE).

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

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(21k map)



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