In this Issue:
- Canadian running icon Ed Whitlock dies
- Rocks!! Run Laurentian Lake
- Sudbury Rocks!!! Couples Who Run
- Nike's Wild marathon Goal
- Upcoming Local Events:
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News
Canadian running icon Ed Whitlock
dies at 86
The Milton, Ont. running icon set multiple age group world records
on the track as well as on the roads.
13th, 2017 by Tim Huebsch | Posted in homepage, Running News
Canadian Running is saddened
to announce that Ed Whitlock has passed away at 86.
Whitlock was one of the
world’s all-time great runners as he set dozens
of masters world records during his lengthy and illustrious
Whitlock has two sons,
Neil and Clive. He is survived by his wife Brenda and
his sister Catherine. Whitlock passed away at 4 a.m.
EDT early Monday morning at Princess Margaret Cancer
Centre in Toronto. He died from prostate cancer. He
had turned 86 on March 6.
The Canadian running legend
is notably the first, and only, person older than 70
to have broken 3:00 in the marathon. He ran 2:54:49
when he was 73.
He raced as recently as
November 2016 setting a 15K world record for men 85-89
at the Stockade-athon 15K Road Race. Prior to that,
he bettered the men’s 85-89 world record in the
marathon by more than 30 minutes running 3:56 at the
2016 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last October.
“The most modest,
droll, amiable and intelligent of all miraculous legends,”
famed running historian and author Roger Robinson said
describing Whitlock after the 15K in Schenectady, N.Y.
It’s believed that
Whitlock had not done much running in 2017 as he was
nursing a shoulder injury.
Whitlock was born in London
in 1931. He grew up in England and immigrated to Canada
following college graduation. He resided in Milton,
Ont. and famously put in his training at the Evergreen
Cemetery, located steps from his home.
Whitlock on the 2016 Scotiabank
Toronto Waterfront Marathon course, on his way to crushing
the 85+ world record. Photo: Canada Running Series.
Alan Brookes, founder of
Canada Running Series and race director of the Scotiabank
Toronto Waterfront Marathon, called Whitlock’s
passing “an enormous loss to Canada and the global
“Somehow we thought
Ed would just go on setting records forever,”
Brookes said on Monday in a press release. “We
grew up with Ed. He won many of his 20-plus-year-old
shoes at our Series’ races in the ’90s and,
in many ways, he defined our Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront
Marathon. He will always be a vital part of the identity
and spirit of that race.”
records inspired millions of runners of all ages, and
attracted attention to running from all around the world.
His most recent marathon world record was one of the
most talked about performances of 2016, which is especially
impressive given that it was an Olympic year.
Age-graded, many of Whitlock’s
marathon performances would have ranked among the greatest
performances of all time. His 3:56:33 men’s 85-89
record last fall in Toronto is the equivalent of 2:08:57,
which would have placed him second overall against some
of the fastest runners in the world. His 70-and-over
world record converts to a 2:00:18. The world record
currently stands at 2:02:57.
Whitlock was famously modest
and understated about his accolades. When asked about
being celebrated around the world, Whitlock said “I
don’t believe I should be a hero.” When
asked what advice he had for other runners, he mused
“I’m not sure what I’m doing is good
for me, let alone anyone else.”
Rocks!! Run Laurentian
Ice conditions on Laurentian Lake were
excellent on the Wednesday evening of March 14. The
Running Room Rocks!! took full advantage of the situation
and immediately made tracks to the frozen surface. Just
a tad bit of snow made for good friction . We are happy
to report all made it safely back to shore. This was
our last headlamp run of the season as daylight savings
will be in effect for our next outing.
Another great Wednesday evening run...and
where to next?
**SudburyRocks!! Couples Who Run**
Jamie Brunette completing the 2017 Hypothermic Half
committee member Michelle, and her husband Jamie.
A couple runs together to be role models for their
daughters, to connect as a couple, to build endurance
for their long backcountry canoe trips, and to
be a fit and healthy family.
“I started running in 2005 and with convincing
from my friend Lisa, we joined our first 10km
clinic at the Running Room. Jamie started running
longer distances in December 2015.
We have running dates every week. We run together
once a week on a Saturday or Sunday morning, working
around hockey and ringette schedules. We get a
babysitter for our two girls, Mai and Nel. We
usually start on the trails for 20 to 20 minutes
with our dog Charlie, then we drop him off at
home to start the next hour and half. We like
a loop near Blezard Valley with a mix of hills,
horses and llamas along Valleyview Rd, trails
into Langdon Part, and pretty views of the Valley.
We change it up sometimes; we’ll go into
Hanmer, or stay fully on the trails if they are
in good conditions, and even ran the Killarney
Crack trail a few weeks ago!
I race more often since I like to support local
events. Jamie has only really run one race. Although
he has walked with our kids in several other races.
We just signed up to do the Hypothermic Half and
the SudburyROCKS!!! Half together!” SEE
ABOVE PHOTO. They finished strong together.
See you all on
Nike's Wild Marathon Goal
*A sub-two-hour marathon*
THE THREE RUNNERS THAT COULD BE THE FIRST TO MAKE A SEEMINGLY
IMPOSSIBLE SPEED GOAL. IMAGE SOURCE: NIKE.
Nike's Wild Marathon Goal Gets Back to the Company's
A sub-two-hour marathon would be a major accomplishment
in running history. Here's how Nike is trying to make it happen
and what this says about the company's renewed sense of direction.
all the original story here
Bradley Seth McNew (TMFMcNew)
Why Nike's New
Shoe Reveal Is Important Now
The company has a point to
prove, and yesterday's launch looks like an important
step in getting that point across. Here's why the launch
of this shoe is something to get excited about.
McNew (TMFMcNew) Mar 8, 2017 at 11:06AM
Nike (NYSE:NKE) could really benefit from proving that
it's still an innovative brand, and that it has much
more to offer the world than just increasingly expensive,
trendy sportswear. The company has picked a formidable
goal to try to prove that point, seeking to help a runner
break a two-hour marathon, something that would have
seemed impossible a few years back.
On Tuesday, the company revealed new
shoes that are the ones expected to be worn for what
the company is calling Breaking2. Here's a look at the
wild new shoes, and why this could be such a big deal
for Nike now.
A bold goal requires bold gear
The shoes are officially called "Nike Zoom Vaporfly
Elite with Nike ZoomX midsole," a name that looks
complicated, but the shoe seems to have plenty of innovation
to live up to that high tech-sounding name. Without
getting too deep into the technicalities, the design
bucks current trends for long-distance racing shoes
to be low to the ground, instead adding more "Nike
ZoomX" midsole cushioning. The shoes also feature
an advanced carbon fiber plate, the company's distinct
Flyknit upper, and a heel that flares up at the back
for increased aerodynamics.
of design concepts for the innovative new Nike running
shoes the company hopes will help a runner break a 2
IMAGE SOURCE: NIKE.
The shoe is still a "concept"
shoe and is being individually crafted to the needs
of each of the runners. Additionally, Nike is working
on the rest of the running wardrobe that will be worn
for this project, such as a singlet with advanced ventilation
that will be tailored fit to each athlete with body-scanning
technology, as well as Nike's Aeroblade tape technology--
featured at the 2016 Summer Olympics -- that uses tiny
blades across patches that runners add to their arms
and legs to reduce drag.
The team has even been incredibly technical
in selecting a track. The runners will use the gear
at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza complex near Monza,
Italy, which has been selected for its altitude, average
temperature, vapor pressure, typical overcast skies,
and even air currents. Three runners -- Eliud Kipchoge,
who won gold at the 2016 Olympic marathon; Zersenay
Tadese, who holds the world record for the half-marathon;
and Lelisa Desisa, who has twice won the Boston Marathon
-- have been chosen to make the attempt, though a date
hasn't been set.
Nike Zoom Vaporfly shoe with Flyknit upper and
THE NIKE ZOOM VAPORFLY SHOE. IMAGE SOURCE: NIKE.
this matters now
Nike has picked a very public
way to try and prove that it hasn't gotten away
from its innovative roots, but the public chest-beating
might be warranted. The company has faced some
serious competition from rivals such as a resurging
Adidas (NASDAQOTH:ADDYY), which is reportedly
working on a similar goal, and Under Armour
(NYSE:UAA)(NYSE:UA), which has made its own
impressive gains with tech-heavy footwear.
Nike suffered in 2016 as analysts questioned
its long-term prospects in the face of such fierce competition,
and its stock fell around 18% during the year, making
it one of the worst-performing large-cap stocks in the
market for the year. However, things are starting to
turn around as the company fixes its overstuffed inventory
challenges and continues to execute in key categories
and regions in a way that looks promising for sales
and earnings in the coming quarters. Shares of Nike
are up 11% so far in 2017.
If Nike finishes this wild marathon
challenge, it could help increase sales of the company's
performance gear in general as these same kinds of technologies
are implemented in more mainstream-looking shoes. The
company has already shown that possibility with the
rest of the Nike Zoom Vaporfly collection, also announced
Tuesday, that will be available in June.
Upcoming Local Events
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T H E
R U N/ W A L K
1km Kids Run and 5km Walk/Run
Rotary Park Trails
There is a new event coming to Sudbury the Unbreakable
Spring Open 5km taking place on April 23rd, the kids
1km starts at 10am while the 5km starts at 10:30am.
Have a great rest of your day and see you at Run
Club Wednesday night at 6pm.
Your Sudbury Team,
Eric, Ania, Cassandra, Alex, and Bernadette
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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