In this Issue:
- Boston Marathon 2015
- Ringing in the Spring With a Lot of Mud
- Help Us by Volunteering
- Upcoming Local Events -
10, 2015 SudburyRocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes
- Running Room Update -
- Track North News -
Marathon Winners’ Jubilation
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.”
|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
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
Locals in Boston
Rocks!! Ali Cummings
Photos by: http://marathonfoto.com/
» Cummings, Ali (CAN)
» Cummings, Hailey (CAN)
» Yawney, Peter (CAN)
Hailey and Ali
Ali and Hailey's Boston
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
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
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
PDF Here Sign
up PDF Here
Please email the volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 705-670-1993 ext 4 to sign up!
Sudbury Rocks!!! Race Details:
event: 10th Annual Sudbury Rocks!! Race, Run or Walk for
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
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
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.
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