In this Issue:
- Sudbury's Kershaw makes Canadian World
- Canada Summer Games bid 2021 - just a
little more help!
- Upcoming Local Events:
Sofie's Loppet February 12, Hypo Half February 19
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News Ottawa
Winter National Classic Indoor Track Meet
Cross Country Fitness Club Hosts The 2017 Woolly Hippo Invitational
Over 100 enthusiastic skiers of all
ages took on the Walden cross country trails in the
January 22 Woolly Hippo Invitational. There were distances
to suit all. From 250m for the beginners all the way
to 5k and 15k for the more advanced participants.
The day was unusually warm for January
with temperatures hovering around the zero mark. Misting
rain began during the event but the trails held fast
thanks to a good base and great grooming.
There were no losers on the day as
warm drinks were served to the finishers and everyone
got a free hot dog or hamburger served off a wood
If you like cross country check out
the Walden Cross Country Fitness trails. They have
courses for all levels and there are fun events like
the Hippo and the Night light series. New this year
they have opened up some of the trails to fat bikes.
Congratulations to all skiers and
a big thank you to the organizers and volunteers.
See you next year.
Sudbury's Kershaw makes
Canadian World Cup history
Hall Postmedia Network
Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:25:40 EST PM
Members of the team of Canada
(L-R) Len Valjas, Alex Harvey, Knute Johnsgaard and Devon
Kershaw celebrate after placing third in the men's 4x7,5
km relay event at the FIS Cross Country skiing World Cup
in Ulricehamn, Sweden, January 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TT
News Agency / Adam IHSE / Sweden OUTADAM IHSE/AFP/Getty
CALGARY – Cross-country
skier Devon Kershaw considered calling in sick for Sunday’s
World Cup relay and staying back in his adopted home of
Oslo, Norway. His wife Kristin is expecting the couple’s
first child on Saturday, and the Sudbury native does not
want to miss the moment that will change his life forever.
But with no sign of an early arrival, Kershaw followed his
wife’s advice and lined up for Sunday’s 4 X
7.5 km relay with countrymen Alex Harvey (Saint Ferreol-les-Neiges,
Que.), Len Valjas (Toronto) and Knute Johnsgaard (Whitehorse.)
Together, they stopped the clock in one hour, six minutes
and 48 seconds to claim bronze — Canada’s first
medal ever in a men’s World Cup cross-country relay.
“The team relay and the 50 kilometre are the biggest
races in our sport by far, so this means the world to us,”
Kershaw said from Ulricehamn, Sweden. “We have talked
about this medal a lot when I first came onto the World
Cup. It’s something we have always wanted and weren’t
able to get it done in previous generations – even
back to the Pierre Harvey days.”
Pierre’s son Alex Harvey, 28, is the modern-day superstar
on the Canadian team and one of the top cross-country skiers
in the world.
Valjas, 28, is a sprint specialist, Johnsgaard, 24, is a
World Cup rookie and Kershaw is nearing the finish line
of his career at age 34.
Somehow, they bandied together to make history. And to mark
the moment, they turned their skis into air guitars and
“We have never put a Canadian men’s team on
the podium dating back to the 1920’s” said Kershaw,
who finished second overall in the 2011/12 World Cup standings.
“Cross-country skiing is an up-tight sport, so you
might as well have a little fun and play a fake riff or
two. “If it’s only going to come around once
every 85 years or so, you better take the time to enjoy
Alex Harvey has 21 World Cup medals on his resume, but this
one is different.
“We’ve been chasing this feeling since I’ve
been on the team and for some reason, we just could never
get all four of us on the same day,” Harvey said.
“When you do this together, it’s so emotional.”
Canadian wax technician Yves Bilodeau and coach Ivan Babikov
broke down in the finish area.
“We have wanted this for so long,” Valjas said.
“Dancing to the music just cranked in the wax room
is something I’ll never forget. We were the happiest
team out there for sure.”
Norway captured the gold in 1:06:47.5. Sweden seized silver
The only other time Canada won a World Cup cross-country
relay medal came 30 years ago when the women’s foursome
of Angela Schmidt-Foster, Carol Gibson, Jean McAllister
and Marie-Andree Masson nabbed bronze in Canmore, Alta.
The World Cup circuit travels to Falun, Sweden next week.
Kershaw is leaning towards taking a pass to hopefully meet
his first son or daughter. “I’m not just happy
to stay home – I want to be there for my family,”
he said. “I think there are more important things
in life than Nordic skiing.
“This is the most important thing in my life. Ever.”
Canada Summer Games bid 2021 - just
a little more help!
getting there" (now up to 632 supporters on
line - targeting
I am sure that most of you are aware
that City council provided the
final approval to move forward with the bid for
the 2021 Games a couple
of weeks ago.
The next big step comes on February
27th, when the Canada Games Council
makes a one day visit to Sudbury.
We are trying to make sure that
their group understands that Sudburians
are supportive, by and large, and would like to
see this event come our
way, one which would see in excess of ten million
dollars spent on local
I am wondering if I can bother each
of you to take 30 seconds out of
your busy schedules to indicate your support of
this bid by logging on
and simply click on the "Show Your
There is no need to necessarily
offer to volunteer or ask about tickets
- really, we are just trying to drive up the numbers
that support the
Executive Director - SportLink
Upcoming Local Events
are on Sunday. Para nordic 1.5km - stadium and
shed. 5km - gully, shed, wall, extension, 1 lap.
16km - gully, shed, wall, sophies, extension,
two laps, 24km - 3laps. All races start on the
field and all races conclude with one lap of the
Tentative start times on Sunday
are 10:00 for the para nordic and 10:30 for the
February 19th, 2017
10km and 5km Races
Sudbury Running Room - View Map
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1
Information and Registration
Good evening Runner's and Walker's
January is almost through and we have
been blessed with a mild winter thus far, crossing
my fingers for continued good weather.
You know what February brings :) :)
the Hypothermic event that includes a 5km, 10km and
Half Marathon events. At this point the number of
runners registered for the event is 97 participants
so I did ask that our event cap be raised from 100
runners to120, that doesn't mean wait till the last
minute to sign up it can fill up fast and the 120
includes all three races.
Also if you are looking at taking
a Learn to Run or maybe a 5km clinic Erika's clinics
have just started on Monday January 23rd, you can
join by signing up online at the running room or by
coming into the Sudbury Running Room.
Ryan Marsaw is also at the head of
the Half and Marathon Clinics Ryan will get you more
than ready for your spring race goals.
Finally this week Asics is offering
20% off additionally to there sale shoes which is
a great deal starting today January 24th running to
Happy Running! Happy Walking!
Your Sudbury Running Room Team
Eric, Cassandra, Ania, Bernadette and Alex
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
North News - by Dick
Ottawa Winter National Classic
Indoor Track Meet
Louis Riel Dome, Ottawa January 21, 2017
indoor track team competed at the Ottawa Winter
National Classic Indoor Track Meet in the
400m indoor Louis Riel Dome this weekend,
returning with two medals, three OUA qualifying
standards, one school record and nine personal
Skyler Savage-Perreault and Natasha Mayer
qualified for the OUA Championships in the
60m, 60m and 300m respectively.
Jenny Bottomley, Skyler Savage-Perreault,
Rashid Dia Hantchi, Aidan Lucas, Tony Thomas,
Dylan McKevitt and Caleb Beland set personal
bests in their events.
Roy, Crowe, Mayer
and Mazal combined to set a school record
of 1:46.81 in the women's 4 x 200m relay.
Over 400 athletes
from seven universities competed, including
Ottawa, Queen’s, Brock, RMC, Carleton,
Sherbrooke and Laurentian.
track team's next event is the York Open in
6. Danielle Roy, 8.16 (8.25 Heat) - OUA Standard
13. Jennie Philipow, 8.58
8. Natasha Mayer, 42.26 (OUA Standard)
10. Kirsten Crowe, 43.03
15. Zvia Mazal, 43.78
3. Marissa Lobert, 10:25.10
4. Megan Crocker, 10:33.13 (PB)
6. Jenny Bottomley, 10:47.10 (PB)
Women's 4 x 200m
2. Laurentian, 1:46.81 (School Record)
(Danielle Roy, Kirsten Crowe, Natasha Mayer,
8. Skyler Savage-Perreault, 7.16 (7:19 Heat,
PB - OUA Standard)
22. Rashid Dia Hantchi 7.43 (PB)
34. Aidan Lucas, 38.21 (PB)
41. Tony Thomas, 38.74 (PB)
8. Michael Petta, 1:25.16
9. Tony Thomas, 1:25.29 (PB)
4. Luke Mackrell, 2:47.54
10. Dylan McKevitt, 8:54.83 (PB)
14. Caleb Beland, 9:09.60 (PB )
15. Gordie Chown, 9:16.08
19. Sam Delage, 9:34.02
Official Results: http://bit.ly/2k472mx
Photos from the Ottawa Winter
National are now available on SmugMug:
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <email@example.com>
information call me.
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9
sponsor of the Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes
| ABOUT US | CONTACT
| ARCHIVES | CLUBS
| EVENTS | PHOTOS
| RACE RESULTS | LINKS
All photos images and content copyright Sudbury Rocks!!