Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   February 15, 2023        

     In this Issue:


  1. Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet 2023
  2. A Special Goal Achieved
  3. Registration is OPEN for the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Events
  4. Registration is now open for the Apex Trail Race Series
  5. L.U. Indoor Track more than just middle and long distance racers
  6. Photos This Week
  7. Upcoming Events: May 28 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon June Apex Trail Races 2023
  8. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  9. Track North and Laurentian XC News Boston University Valentine Invitational






Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet 2023
The 2023 version of the Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet is a NOD series event and a Sudbury Fitness Challenge event.

Sunday February 12th, 2023


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A Special Goal Achieved

Vince Perdue

On March 3, 1979 I took my first step in what was to become a looong running life and, in the end, a special goal achieved.

To start things off in late 1978 I took up cross country skiing in order to stay fit. I got fit and I found I also really liked the feeling of being in shape. But by March 1980 snow conditions were beginning to deteriorate. I didn't want to lose all the fitness gains so on the advice of a good friend I took my first step into serious running. O yes. I had run before but only a couple of days a week here and there and nothing beyond 2 miles. None of those endeavours were recorded.

For some reason the March 3 start or restart was different. For one thing I thought if I ran I could probably eat anything I desired without worry of weight gain. There was also the belief then distance runners were immune to heart attacks. Both those statements turned out to be false... darnit. But through the course of running to eat I quickly learned to relish the effort. Especially as the distances slowly progressed beyond a couple of miles. I remember my first 4.2 mile loop where I experienced the runners high for the first time. I remember a few weeks later actually hitting the wall at about 7 miles into my first 8 mile attempt. By this time I was hooked solid and thought "I'm going to run for the rest of my life"

I really didn't take a day off for the first 7 months of my new career. And in that time I ran my first organized race since high school - the Manufacturer's 10km in Sudbury. The run started beside the Ledo hotel and finished on Minto St beside the arena after making a tour of the south end. My first distance run ever in a time of 42:01. I was ecstatic.

It was around this time I set a long term goal. Already I had a vague notion of a lifetime of doing just this but finally I put some teeth into the plan. I decided I would attempt to run 100,000 miles before I hung up the shoes. I thought if I could run 2000ish miles every year the marathon quest would be complete in about 50 years and I would be in my 80th year. Based on how I felt in 1979 I believed the goal absolutely achievable. Kind of dumb logic but it worked.

On February 11, 2023 my odometer ticked over 100,000 miles. From a naive start just under 43 years ago to a goal completed.

What a ride... or I should say.... run!

Starting out I really thought this was doable and ultimately it was. What I of course couldn't know back then was the journey of discovery it would take me on. I couldn't begin to count the number of running experiences I've had along the way. There are way too many to cover here. What does stand out are the people I've met. From every background and every walk of life I've been so blessed to be a part of your lives. What also stands out is the strength it gave me to believe in my capabilities.. yes, as an athlete but mostly dealing with challenges in the real world.

Sadly my Lady Lise and my good friend Steve could not join me at the finish line. They lived my dream in the last few years and supported me to the utmost as discomforts sometimes challenged the outcome. I miss them both every day and this run is dedicated to them. Fortune did shine on me though as Lise's best running friend Sylvie was able to join me as we crossed the goal line on the Ramsey Lake skate path. Thank you Sylvie for making the final miles special.

So, what's it all about Vince? Any big lessons learned? Were secrets of the Universe revealed?....... No. Not really.

But perhaps:

  • Don't be afraid to set realistic goals
  • Realize to achieve an ultimate goal there must be lots of mini goals to help along the journey
  • Be consistent with your training
  • Assess your progress frequently and don't be afraid to change the original plan if it does not align with where you wish to go.
  • Join a like minded group. Their support is like extra ammunition in your tool belt.
  • Make sure your are enjoying what you are doing. You'll always stay with what you like.
  • The friends you make along the path will mean way more than the measurable things you thought were important
  • AND:
  • You can't eat whatever you want whenever you want. (Nothing wrong with a special celebration treat though)
  • Runners can and do have heart issues so look after yourself

Thank you to all who have been with me and supported me along my journey and continue to be there as I shuffle along.. There are too many people and groups to mention.

Yes, I've ran 100,000 miles now but I'm not done yet. My pace has slowed considerably but I still absolutely enjoy being in the back country running as best I can with camera in tow bothering all the wildlife critters I encounter.

See you on the trails,

Vince Perdue


                                                                    Vince completes July 1980 Sudbury Voyageur Marathon                                                    Vince completes September 2022 Apex Warrior 12.5km trail run at Laurentian Lake

Feb 11, 2023 - 100,000 miles complete with Sylvie on Ramsey Lake skate path







Registration is OPEN for the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Events

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Apex Trail Races 2023


Registration is now open for the Apex Trail Race Series

Photo from 2022 Apex Warrior Trail Run

We are excited to announce that the Apex Trail Race Series is now open for registration! If you sign up for all three races, you will receive a discount.

We at Apex Warrior, the founder of the Apex Trail Race Series, are passionate about trail running and are dedicated to helping you achieve your running goals.

We understand that participating in trail races can be a challenge and we want to support you every step of the way. That is why we are offering training clinics and specific strength training to help you prepare for the races. Our knowledgeable and experienced coaches will work with you to help you reach your full potential.

Not only will you receive expert training, but you will also be a part of a supportive and like-minded community. Our community is dedicated to helping each other succeed and is always there to offer encouragement and support. We believe that working together as a team can help you achieve your goals more easily and with more fun.

In addition to the race series, we are offering a FREE 7-day membership to try out our classes and open gym. We are confident that once you experience the energy and support of our community, you'll want to become a regular member.

To register for the Apex Trail Race Series, simply click the button below. We can't wait to see you on the trails!

Best regards,

The Apex Warrior Team

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L.U. Indoor Track more than just middle and long distance racers
Randy Pascal


For more than a few years now, the Laurentian Voyageurs Indoor Track team has provided ideal accommodation for members of a very successful L.U. cross-country program to continue their winter training maintenance, setting themselves up nicely for summer road/trail workouts and perhaps a handful of competitions on the track.

That element has definitely not disappeared, as women’s XC standout Pascale Gendron prepares to leave this week for an indoor meet in Boston, one which welcomes some 200 athletes in the 3000m distance alone to the fastest track in North America – a wonderful setting for a new PB.

And yes, Voyageurs’ coaches Dick Moss and Darren Jermyn have long welcomed aboard various other track and field athletes looking to build a base in the midst of the long, cold northern Ontario winters, a venture made easier by the construction of the Laurentian Fieldhouse a decade or so ago.

But the 2022-2023 season has a different feel to it, for sure, for the Blue and Gold. It’s those outliers, if you will, that have garnered much of the attention – and deservedly so.

“The indoor season is definitely a continuation for the cross-country types, the middle distance folks who still run the 1500m/3000m after the cross-country season,” said Jermyn at practice earlier this week, the OUA Championships just over two weeks away (February 24th/25th in Windsor).

“Now we have a full group of sprinters and we are trying to develop a larger jumping group with both Jim and Ryan Taylor as coaches.”

The results have been more than just a tad impressive.



“On our sprint side, we are doing extremely well,” said Jermyn. “Tristan Routhier is by far our biggest surprise of the year. He’s taken a third of a second off his 60m time in less than a year. That’s significant. That’s like taking 30 or 40 seconds off a middle distance race.”

A 21 year-old second year Architecture student from rural Québec, Routhier brings an interesting background to his newfound success on the track, having played competitive soccer in his youth and truthfully only running for “fun”, as he said, through his high-school years and at CEGEP de l’Outaouais.

In fact, badminton outranked track and field in his athletic priority listing prior to Routhier arriving in Sudbury. Clearly not recruited in any way, shape or form, the young Francophone simply made a call as he settled in to his home away from home, curious as to the varsity sport offerings at Laurentian, opting to simply make his way out to an open outdoor tryout in the fall of 2021.

His athletic base gave Jermyn and company something to work with – but the 2022/2023 breakthrough comes by virtue of really getting a handle on the technical aspects of the sprint.

“When I was running, I used to run very stressed, with my shoulders up high, up to my head,” said Routhier. “Now, I am more relaxed.”

With that, his time has dropped to a best of 7.03 (he would love to break the seven second plateau) – yet the 300m distance might offer even more potential. “Because I am tall, it’s difficult for me to have a good start (in the 60m) – I am trying to catch up after that. This year, I tried the 300m, which is new for me, but it’s going pretty well.”

I would say so.

With a best time of 35.72, Routhier is poised to break the school record of 35.43, possibly before provincial championships. Despite his hectic academic schedule, the hard-working young man is not about to shelve his athletic dreams, not with this current upward trajectory.

“The difference between last year and this year is really big,” he said. “For me, it’s mostly mental. I’ve had some injuries in the past, so sometimes I was scared that those injuries would come back. And I wasn’t used to hitting the gym (weight-room) before. Now, getting a workout with Jim and Ryan, it’s really good stuff.”

“I can feel the difference.”

If he is successful in establishing a new L.U. track standard, it will mark the second record of the season for the Voyageurs crew. Masters student and CFL quarterback Tre Ford (who happens to be married to CND graduate Anika Nadeau) posted a time of 6.94 in just his third meet with the team.

“Tre has come in and been a great addition to our team,” said Jermyn. “He fits in perfectly well, works hard in practice, is very coachable and performs very well – and his warm-up is really impressive. You can see him mentally getting ready. I think his professional sport background lends to that and I think it’s a great thing for his teammates to see.”

In addition to the upcoming meet in Boston, the L.U. Indoor Track team is slated to participate in the Fred Foot Invitational at the University of Toronto on February 17th. All in all, it’s been a very nice return to normalcy for coaches and athletes alike.

“We’ve had really good support from the athletic department,” stressed Jermyn. “Support for us to get back training, support for us to have access to the facilities, support for us to travel – and we’re happy with that.”

“Obviously, the school has been through some tough times but our team has really kept whole – and we’re excited by that.”

And the whole, it seems, is a whole lot more than might have been the case in the past.







Photos This Week

Feb 8 Rocks!!/ Apex Wednesday pm run

Feb 9 Moonlighyt trail


Feb 10 Civic Cemetery

Feb 11 Ramsey Lake

Feb 11 Rocks!! Saturday am run

Feb 11 Arlington trail

Feb 11 Arlington trail by Ashley Amanda

Feb 11 Mt. Ramsey Hike

Feb 11 Mt. Ramsey Hike

Feb 13 Bioski

Feb 13 Sudaca

Feb 14 Bioski

Feb 14 Laurentian Lake

Feb 14 Moolight side trail

Feb 14 Moonlight side trail













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Run Club Update




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Track North and Laurentian XC News


Boston University Valentine Invitational.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

“LU’s Gendron competes at massive Boston University Valentine Indoor Track & Field Meet”
Drawing teams from over two hundred universities from across North America including top NCAA teams from Texas, Oregon and Florida, in addition to the top U Sports program from all parts of Canada, Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational is one of the largest collegiate indoor track & field meets on the continent each winter.
The Laurentian Voyageurs were represented by fifth year psychology and concurrent education student Pascale Gendron (Toronto) who placed 14th in her section of the 3,000 metres in a time of 10:23.10, just narrowly off her season’s best time.
“Pascale handled herself very well tonight,” noted Laurentian Head Coach Darren Jermyn. “The atmosphere is fairly electric inside the building with several Olympians racing in the top sections of each event. Sometimes athletes can lose their focus or let their nerves get the best of them, but Pascale made several moves within her race to stay in contact with the leaders. Perhaps not the time we were looking for but definitely a solid effort with the OUA Championships just two weeks away.”






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