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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                            January 26, 2017

  In this Issue:


  1. Woolly Hippo
  2. Sudbury's Kershaw makes Canadian World Cup history
  3. Canada Summer Games bid 2021 - just a little more help!
  4. Upcoming Local Events: Sofie's Loppet February 12, Hypo Half February 19
  5. Running Room Run Club Update
  6. Track North News Ottawa Winter National Classic Indoor Track Meet



  January 22, 2017


 Walden Cross Country Fitness Club Hosts The 2017 Woolly Hippo Invitational

All Photos Here


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 fired grill.

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.

All results at: http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=8447&cat=all

Website: waldenxc.ca/2016/12/18/woolly-hippo-invitational/

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/207973956273242/








Sudbury's Kershaw makes Canadian World Cup history
Vicky 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 Images


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 celebrated madly.
“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 it.”

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 in 1:06.48.
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!


"We're getting there" (now up to 632 supporters on line - targeting

Hey gang!

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
sports infrastructure.

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
to "www.greatersudbury2021.ca" and simply click on the "Show Your
Support" icon.

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


Randy Pascal
Executive Director - SportLink
(705) 698-1627




Upcoming Local Events


   February 12, 2017


The 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 stadium.

Tentative start times on Sunday are 10:00 for the para nordic and 10:30 for the loppet.




  February 19th, 2017


Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Races


Sudbury Running Room - View Map
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1


9:00 a.m.

Event Information and Registration

Course Map





Run Club Update




Store News


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 January 29th.

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.








Track North News - by Dick Moss




Ottawa Winter National Classic Indoor Track Meet
Louis Riel Dome, Ottawa January 21, 2017

3k Start

The Laurentian 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 best performances.

Danielle Roy, Skyler Savage-Perreault and Natasha Mayer qualified for the OUA Championships in the 60m, 60m and 300m respectively.

Megan Crocker, 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.

The Laurentian track team's next event is the York Open in two weeks.

Danielle Roy

Marissa Lobert

University Results - Laurentian


Women's 60m
6. Danielle Roy, 8.16 (8.25 Heat) - OUA Standard
13. Jennie Philipow, 8.58

Women's 300m
8. Natasha Mayer, 42.26 (OUA Standard)
10. Kirsten Crowe, 43.03
15. Zvia Mazal, 43.78

Women's 3000m
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, Zvia Mazal)


Men's 60m
8. Skyler Savage-Perreault, 7.16 (7:19 Heat, PB - OUA Standard)
22. Rashid Dia Hantchi 7.43 (PB)

Men's 300m
34. Aidan Lucas, 38.21 (PB)
41. Tony Thomas, 38.74 (PB)

Men's 600m
8. Michael Petta, 1:25.16
9. Tony Thomas, 1:25.29 (PB)

Men's 1000m
4. Luke Mackrell, 2:47.54

Men's 3000m
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




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Laurentian XC/Track Team
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