In this Issue:
- Unbreakable Spring Open Success
- Is running the best exercise?
- Upcoming Local Events:
May 14, SudburyROCKS!!! WE NEED
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News
Hundreds of Sudburians run
for mental health
First annual Unbreakable Spring Open
draws nearly 500 runners
Matt Durman Sudbury.com
Unbreakable Spring Open
organizers Lauren-Ashleigh Beaudry and Josh Tillson.
Some cool and
damp conditions couldn't break the spirit
of nearly 500 runners who made their way
to Rotary Park on April 23 for the first
annual Unbreakable Spring Open.
The run was
spearheaded by Lo-Ellen Park student Josh
Tillson and his friend Lauren-Ashleigh Beaudry
of Lockerby Composite School.
always been a bit of a rivalry between our
schools," laughed Beaudry. "From
football games and track and field meets,
but it's great to see the two schools putting
that aside and coming together for this
up with the idea for the run in the wake
of losing his stepfather to suicide. The
16-year-old battled with depression following
the death of his stepfather and he turned
to running as a coping mechanism.
The goal for
the two teens was to raise enough money
through the event to bring Cameron Helps
to schools in the Sudbury area. Cameron
Helps is a youth suicide prevention group
that helps kids who may be suffering in
silence with depression or other mental
the second-leading cause of death among
youth, and as many as 75 per cent of suicides
among young people are the result of depression.
from the community was one that neither
Tillson or Beaudry expected, but was a tremendous
surprise for both of them.
expecting maybe 150 people today,"
said Tillson. "We have almost 500 participants
and more than 100 volunteers. It's great
to see, especially with the kids taking
part, about 200 of the participants are
youths which is awesome because this whole
initiative is aimed at helping young people."
Run Website can be
found at: http://unbreakablespringopen.weebly.com/
Is running the best exercise?
Happy runners at SudburyRocks!!!
cheap, easy and reduces the risk of heart
disease and early deaths. But do the health
benefits outweigh those from other activities,
such as walking, cycling or swimming?
to a review of evidence in the
journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease,
runners live three years longer than non-runners.
You don’t even have to run fast, or
for long, to see a benefit. You can drink,
smoke, be overweight and still reduce your
risk of dying early by running – by
between 25% and 40%. The authors of the
review say that no other exercise has such
an impact – an hour of running will,
statistically speaking, increase your life
expectancy by seven hours. While running
regularly can’t make you immortal,
the review says it is more effective at
prolonging life than walking, cycling or
swimming. Two of the authors of the review
were also involved in a study published
in 2014 that found a mere five to 10 minutes
a day of running, at less than six miles
an hour, reduced the risk of heart disease
and early deaths from all causes. This is
considerably less effort than government
recommendations of 150 minutes of moderate
exercise a week – which most people
The best exercise is one that you enjoy
and will do. But otherwise … it’s
probably running. Running is cheap, easy
(as in you go out of your house and just
do it) and you can’t fake it –
it’s always energetic. Even a jog
counts as moderately vigorous exercise.
If you are time poor, you need run for only
half the time to get the same benefits as
other sports. Angelique Brellenthin, of
the department of kinesiology at Iowa State
University, one of the review’s authors,
says it takes 105 minutes of walking to
yield the same benefits as a 25-minute run.
There are tragic but rare
deaths during races, but non-runners are
twice as likely to die from sudden heart
attacks and strokes as runners. To avoid
knee pain (and you can’t always, as
it may just be how your knee cap is positioned),
you can run on soft surfaces, do exercises
to strengthen your leg muscles, avoid hills
and get good running shoes. But Brellenthin
says there is no evidence of running increasing
the risk of osteoarthritis of the knee.
Running should be built
up gradually and its benefits may plateau
at 30 miles a week. Brellenthin says that
runners have higher levels of aerobic fitness,
lower levels of body fat and smaller waists
than those who do other activities. Running
may be particularly good at shifting abdominal
fat. You only need to do 30 to 60 minutes
a week to reap the benefits, so perhaps
we should all give it a try.
Upcoming Local Events
organizers and participants of the Unbreakable Spring
Open event! Job well done everybody!
Sudbury Rocks!! Race, Run, or Walk
for Diabetes is approaching fast on Sunday, May 14th.
If you have not signed up, please VOLUNTEER! If you
have any high school students in your life, please
pass the message on to them - it is a great experience
and a great way to earn volunteer hours. To volunteer,
please sign up at the store, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Amylee at 705-670-1993.
Our spring clinics are in full swing,
with the Run to Quit being the newest addition. If
you know anybody who would be interested, it is not
too late to join the Run to Quit clinic which is intended
for individuals who would like to quit smoking while
getting physically active. Learn to Run, 5km, and
10km clinics are to start next week if you or anybody
you know might be interested. We always are looking
for coaches too so if you are not participating in
a clinic, please consider being a coach.
Enjoy your Wednesday and hope to see
you tonight for the Run Club!
Eric, Ania, Samuel
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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