Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  March 22, 2023        

     In this Issue:


  1. Around the Bay 2023
  2. 2023 Barkley Marathons sees an incredible three finishers
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events: May 28 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon June Apex Trail Races 2023
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North and Laurentian XC News






Around the Bay 2023


Wishing good luck to all local participants in this year's Around the Bay roadrace

Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest on the continent, first run in 1894, three years before the Boston Marathon. Rich in tradition, it has been won by the best from around the world, including Boston Marathon winners and Olympic gold medallists. Become part of the continuing tradition by running this challenging course around Hamilton’s natural harbour!






2023 Barkley Marathons sees an incredible three finishers


Aurélien Sanchez, John Kelly and Karel Sabbe become the first finishers since 2017. This is the first time in 11 years that there have been three

With only an hour and 37 minutes to spare before the final cutoff at 9:54 p.m. Thursday evening, Aurélien Sanchez arrived back in camp at Frozen Head, becoming the first finisher of the Barkley Marathons since 2017, in his debut. Nineteen minutes later, John Kelly also returned, scoring his second, much-anticipated finish and becoming only the third runner with more than one finish to his name. And with less than seven minutes remaining on the clock, Karel Sabbe, the Belgian dentist, arrived in camp to bring the total number of finishers to an incredible three (and a sigh of relief to his crew).

This is only the fourth time in the history of the five-loop version of the course (which started in 1995) that there has been more than one finisher, and the first time there have been three finishers since 2012. Sanchez and Sabbe bring the total number of Barkley finishers to 17.

Four men started loop five earlier Thursday; Damian Hall dropped out and returned to camp sometime thereafter, having become lost on the course and without gathering any book pages.

Fans’ hopes to finally see a woman finish the race were dashed when the clock ran out on Jasmin Paris’s fourth loop; she returned to camp well after the 48-hour cutoff on Thursday.

Sanchez apparently was unable to find one of his books, since, according to a tweet by Keith Dunn, a day hiker had removed it, thinking the race was over; the book was waiting for him upon his return to camp.

As the first finisher of loop four, Kelly was allowed to choose which direction he wanted to run loop five; he chose clockwise, which is generally preferred because it is the first direction runners travelled on Tuesday morning when the race began. (If there is more than one runner on loop five, they must run in different directions. Sanchez ran counterclockwise, and Sabbe is running clockwise, but some distance behind Kelly.)

Finishers’ splits
Loop 1 Loop 2 Loop 3 Loop 4 Loop 5

Sanchez 08:48 21:13:06 32:55:48 45:57:09 58:23:12

Kelly 08:17:57 20:07:02 32:04:01 45:50:23 58:42:23

Sabbe 08:22:15 20:48:21 32:46:31 46:36:57 59:53:33

From what we have gathered, Sanchez, 32, is from France but now lives in the U.S.; he has raced a few U.S. ultras, as well as last year’s Diagonale des Fous 100-miler on Reunion Island. On his Instagram page, he has a story about visiting Frozen Head for the first time in May 2018 and finding a walnut shell on a pillar by the yellow gate, which he has carried with him in every race since then, as a kind of good luck charm. (It appears to have been effective.)

Kelly famously finished the Barkley in 2017, working through to loop four with Gary Robbins, now of Chilliwack, B.C. They were the only runners to attempt a fifth loop, and ran in opposite directions, as per Barkley rules; Robbins took a wrong turn and failed to finish.

For Sabbe, this finish is redemption for the 32-year-old ultra-trail runner, who had to drop out last year on his fourth loop after he was brought back to camp by the police for wandering around in the middle of the night.




The Barkley Marathons is an ultramarathon trail race held each year in Frozen Head State Park in Morgan County, Tennessee. The course, which varies from year to year, consists of five loops of the 20 miles course for a total of 100 miles (160 km). Some racers have claimed that it is longer. If runners complete three laps (60 miles, 97 km) this is known as the "fun run". Generally two of the first four loops are run clockwise and the other two counterclockwise. If multiple runners begin a fifth loop then they are sent off in alternating directions. The race is limited to a 60-hour period from the start of the first loop, and takes place in March or early April of each year. Few people ever finish the Barkley.





Photos This Week

Mar 15 Rocks!! and Apex Wednesday pm run

Mar 17 Perch lake trail

Mar 17 Perch lake trail

Mar 18 Ramsey Lake sunrise

Mar 18 Rocks!! Saturday am run

Mar 18 Rocks!! Saturday am run

Mar 19 east of Moonlight poleline

Mar 19 Perch lake

Mar 19 Perch Lake

Mar 20 Sundogs over bypass pond

Mar 20 Bioski trail

Mar 21 Bypass Polekine


Mar 22 Laurentian Lake












Upcoming Local Events


Registration is OPEN for the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Events

We are enthusiastically returning as an in person event








Apex Trail Races 2023


Trail Race Registration








Run Club Update




Store News


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