In this Issue:
- Sudbury Rocks keeps
- Dog Who Ran Half-Marathon Accused of
- Ron Takes a Break
- Upcoming Local Events:
Sofie's Loppet February 12, Hypo Half February 19
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News
At the end of the clutter-laden
Tsunami of fitness information, the Sudbury Rocks Race Run
or Walk is simply about keeping people moving.
But how do you make the race
better is a question promotions director Vince Perdue contemplates
as the organizing team prepares for the 12th edition this
Mother’s Day, on Sun., May 14.
Registration is open for the
12th edition of Sudbury Rocks Race Run or Walk for Diabetes,
and the race has raised more than $500,000 for diabetes
research to date.
Not including the tally of
children in the 1-k (free) event, 16,000 runners and walkers
from across North America have taken to the streets of Sudbury.
And while it’s yet to
be tabulated, a number of runners do qualify for the venerable
Boston Marathon through Sudbury Rocks. In fact, Boston takes
a spreadsheet of the marathon finishers of Sudbury Rocks.
“If we haven’t
sent them something in August, they’re emailing us
telling us to send them the list of their marathoners. It
shows that they care and they don’t want to miss anybody,”
There has been much good done
in the 12 years since the run began in its current form.
The local branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association is
the recipient charity, and the local branch secures government
grants to fund a community co-ordinator, assigned exclusively
to the run. And yet, the race organizing team ponders what
more they can do to up their game; How can they keep compression-socked
feet in high-tech sneakers on the ground?
“In other words, how
do you keep the big ship going?,” asks Perdue.
Numbers peaked, then dropped
last year, ever so slightly.
“There are so many (other)
events now. They’re impacting us,” he says.
And so this year, the team
has made changes starting by mining the run’s future:
the children. Already the one-kilometre run is free to children.
Sudbury Rocks is working with the Rainbow District School
Board, the largest board in Northern Ontario, to make it
easier and more accessible for students to participate,
“We don’t care
what event they’re in. If there are kids who want
to run the half marathon, that’s no problem to us.”
They are gathering their local
celebrities; already Sudbury entrepreneur Dario Zulich is
Changes are coming to the finishers’
medals. Some people do like to run for the finishing medal,
“They like their finishing
medal to be something very special then we’ll try
to cater to that better than we have in the past.”
The fear with stagnating means
a fear of actually losing runners.
“If we get one more foot
on the ground, we have made our city fitter,” he says.
When the run first started,
there were 400 people registered on race day; now there
are more than 2,000.
“We’re pretty proud
Perdue says numbers are increasing
in the 5 km race, which attracts 1,000 people, many who
aren’t runners, at least not yet.
“They go in it because
it’s something to do on Mother’s Day now. That’s
not bad,” he laughs. You get somebody out. While they
may not have been much of a runner one year, maybe they
enjoyed it so much they’ll always come back.”
Registration is open at sudburyrocksmarathon.com
and you can visit sudburyrocks.ca for updates on other races
and events around Sudbury and the Northeast. Sudbury Rocks
counts toward points in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge.
Laura Young's Personal Best
appears every other Monday in The Sudbury Star
Dog Who Ran Half-Marathon
Accused of Cheating
January 18, 2017/
A dog who ran a half-marathon last fall,
becoming an internet celebrity, did not complete the entire
course, says a website devoted to identifying suspicious
Samson, a four-year-old golden retriever,
made headlines in October 2016 when he appeared at the
start of the Tacoma (Washington) Half Marathon and proceeded
to follow the runners as the race began. Various runners
reported seeing him along the course, and he crossed the
finish line with the event's 1:45-hour pace group, to
the delight of spectators and race officials.
That upbeat story was punctured late last
week, when the website RaceCheats.com published a post
accusing Samson of cutting the course and "fraudulently
accepting accolades and a finisher's medal."
In its post, the
website analyzed data from the official race results showing
that Samson crossed the first timing mat, at the 5K mark,
in 33 minutes 12 seconds and the second mat, at 10K, in
1 hour 4 minutes 41 seconds. That's an average pace of
10:25 per mile."Then,"
RaceCheats.com founder Eric Estrada said in an interview,
"things get wacky."
Estrada notes that there is no record
of Samson's crossing the timing mats at 15K or 20K. The
next split recorded for the dog is at the finish line,
which he reached in 1 hour 43 minutes 54 seconds—an
average race pace of 7:56 per mile.
To make that happen, Samson would have
had to run miles 6 through 13.1 at a pace of 5:41 per
mile. The dog's 5K PR, according to public race results,
is 22 minutes 11 seconds, which is an average pace of
Estrada also said he was unable to find
race photos of Samson between miles 6 and 12.
"Cheating is cheating, regardless
of species," Estrada said. "This animal's story
isn't cute. It's an outrage."
After being notified of the RaceCheats.com
report, Tacoma Half Marathon race officials removed Samson's
time from the official results.
Samson did not respond to calls for comment.
Ron Takes a Break
The longest recorded running streak in
history ended Saturday when England’s Ron Hill completed
a one-mile run. The 78-year-old former Olympian did not
run Sunday for the first time in 52 years and 39 days
— a streak that dates back to Dec. 21, 1964, five
days before the Beatles topped the Billboard charts with
the single “I Feel Fine.”
In a statement released by Streak Runners
International, Hill, who suffers from an undiagnosed heart
problem, said that after less than 400 meters Saturday,
“my heart started to hurt and over the last 800
meters, the problem got worse and worse. I thought I might
die but just made it to one mile in 16 minutes and 34
seconds. There was no other option but to stop. I owed
that to my wife, family and friends, plus myself.”
Streak runners must run at least a mile
every day, regardless of injuries, surgery or other circumstances.
The records are submitted by runners on the honor system,
but Mark Washburne, who keeps both the U.S. and world
lists, tries to check out claims of lengthy streaks.
The end of Hill’s streak —
at 19,032 days — gives Jon Sutherland, 66, of West
Hills, California, the longest active streak in the world
at 17,417 days, or a little more than 47½ years,
according to the U.S. Running Streak Association. Three
other Americans are not far behind and all are probably
young enough to pass Hill’s record if they continue.
I talked to Sutherland a couple of years
ago when he set the American streak record at 16,438 days
— 45 years and two days, or 190,715 miles of putting
one foot in front of another. He said then that he had
run despite 10 broken bones and two knee surgeries, plus
countless late-night heavy-metal concerts he attended
as a journalist and record producer. He arranged to run
right before his knee surgeries and then, without consulting
his doctor, on the days right after them. He had averaged
11.2 miles a day over the 45-year period.
Hill’s streak is no less remarkable.
When it reached 50 years, he told Runner’s World
that the most serious threat to his mark came in 1993
when he broke his sternum in a car accident. Fortunately,
he had already run that day. The next day, he managed
to put in a mile. He also had bunion surgery the same
year. He said his son picked him up from the hospital
and took him to a track, where he ran a mile, using two
canes. A week later, he abandoned the canes and continued
his daily streak in a special cast.
Hill won the 1970 Boston Marathon in 2:10:30,
a course record at the time. He competed in the 1964,
1968 and 1972 Olympics, placing seventh in the 10,000
meters in 1968 and sixth in the marathon in 1972, according
to Runner’s World. He has run 115 marathons —
all but three at times under 2:50 — and has held
world records in 10-mile, 15-mile and 25-kilometer road
races, all of them during his streak. His final marathon
was the 100th running of Boston in 1996, where he ran
3:12:46 at the age of 57, according to Washburne’s
Hill’s streak ended the same weekend
as a group of marathoners completed seven marathons in
seven days on seven continents. Michael Wardian, 42, of
Arlington, Virginia, set a world record by averaging 2:45:57
for the competition, including the opening race in Antarctica
in subzero temperatures.
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
a.m. for ALL events
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
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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