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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                           March 30, 2017

  In this Issue:


  1. Plenty of victories around ‘The Bay’
  2. A Rock!! becomes a Doctor
  3. SudburyRocks!!! Early Registration Ending
  4. Volunteering Rocks!!!
  5. SudburyRocks!!! Couples Who Run
  6. Upcoming Local Events: April 23 Unbreakable Spring Open
  7. Running Room Run Club Update
  8. Track North News Recruiting leaders for Track North's Bobcat (elementary school) program.



Captain Obvious, aka Mark Mitchell of Hamilton, greets runners on Heartbreak Hill with some obvious but funny encouragement during the 30K race. The Valley Inn hill was reopened this year after being closed for 2 years due to construction

Cathie Coward,The Hamilton Spectator


30 Kilometre Race


1. ($4,000) Panuel Mkungo, Elkton, Maryland: 1:34:52

2. ($2, 000) Daniel Kipkoech, Lethbridge, Alta.: 1:38:53

3. ($1,000) Evans Maiko, Hamilton: 1:41:04


1. ($4,000) Dayna Pidhoresky, Vancouver: 1:47:27

2. ($2,000) Jane Murage, Surrey, BC: 1:53:53

3. ($1,000) Neasa Coll Vancouver: 1:54:54

5 Kilometre Race

5K winner
24-year-old Ross Proudfoot of Toronto (and Sudbury) won the men's 5K race.


1. ($500) Ross Proudfoot, Toronto: 14:44

2. ($300) Sergio Raez Villanueva, Mississauga: 15:05

3. ($100) Kyle Grieve Etobicoke: 15:15


1. ($500) Kate Van Buskirk, Brampton: 16:14

2. ($300) Dominika Jamnicky, Guelph: 17:05

3. ($100) Erin Mawhinney, Hamilton: 16:14

More results.

Plenty of victories around ‘The Bay’
Everyone was glad to see our own version of Heartbreak Hill back in the game after a two-year absence.

Hamilton Spectator
By Steve Milton
Oddly, or perhaps not, there was a lot more punching the air in victory at the finish line in the early afternoon than there was 90 minutes earlier when the formal winners hit the tape.

And an inordinate number of later finishers seemed to cross the line holding hands or embracing another runner.

"It's a huge victory to do it," said Christy Bloemendal, who finished the Around the Bay Road Race in 2:59:58, nearly twice the time it took overall winner Panuel Mkungo of Kenya to win the 30-kilometre race in his first competitive appearance in Canada.

"Most people set a goal for themselves: You have an A goal a B goal and a C goal, so that if your race goes a little sideways for some reason, you're still pushing for something."

“I think that’s something to be proud of.”

Bloemendal who crossed the finish line in tandem with her friend and training partner Michelle Kho, met her B goal with her "chip" (official) time after first thinking she'd fallen a solitary second short.

That was one among thousands of personal victories in the 10,000-entrant event, which also included a five-kilometre run and two relays.

But Bloemendal also suffered a minor loss in a bet about Sunday's race, which started outside FirstOntario Centre and ended inside it.

"The Bay," as it's known in running circles, usually makes a rough-edged fashion statement through its T-shirts, some of which identify relay teams or support groups, others that celebrate the gallows humour — "Death Runners," "Black Lungs, Toronto" — of the hopelessly committed distance runner and still others that are deeply personal.

Bloemendal's read "Gotta Beat Jake," referring to biology teacher Jake Platinga who, after a 42-year teaching career, is retiring this spring from Hamilton District Christian High School, where Bloemendal is vice-principal.

Because the biology teacher beat his boss, he gets to be VP for a day while she has to spend the day leading science class.

It's that kind of race.

The kind in which even regulars miss the most punishing portion.

But everyone was glad to see our own version of Heartbreak Hill — the Valley Inn Road climb at kilometre 25 — back in the game after a two-year absence.

For a handful in Sunday's race, that was a good tuneup for the more famously loathed Heartbreak Hill at next month's Boston Marathon.

And for race winner Mkungo, the 30K victory was a good indicator that he might be able to move into longer distances next year.

Mkungo lives in Maryland and has been in North America for only six months but already he has won major half-marathons in Alabama and Miami, where he ran the second-fastest time in course history.

His 1:34.52 Sunday was well off the Around the Bay record of 1:32.22 set nine years ago by New Yorker Alene Reta, but was a full four minutes ahead of silver medallist Daniel Kipkoech, who lives in Lethbridge.

"The course was good but it's very cold," said the 23-year-old Mkungo, who uses some of his race earnings ($4,000 Sunday) to support his sister's education back in Kenya.

"At 25K, the wind was really around you and the last 5K was very hard."

Three-time defending champion Paul Kimugul of Surrey, via Kenya, was fifth.

Dayna Pidhoresky of Vancouver won the women's title, also worth $4,000, while Jane Murage of Surrey was the runnerup and Neasa Coll of Vancouver third.




Top local finish went to Hamilton's Sarah Deck, who was eighth.

Hamilton's Erin Mawhinney was third in the women's 5K race behind winner Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, while Hamilton's John Rasmussen finished sixth in the men's 5K, which Toronto's Ross Proudfoot won handily.

Evans Maiko, born and trained in Kenya, recorded the best result by a Hamilton-area resident, placing third. He moved to Dundas nine years ago and runs with and is partially trained by Reid Coolsaet, the 2012 winner who is sidelined with an injury.

Maiko, 34, will become a Canadian citizen next year and hopes to represent the country internationally. A landscaper with winters off, he just returned from two months training in Mexico's altitudes on Friday.

"I liked the cool for running," he said. "Mexico is so hot. And I could breathe. I came right from the higher altitude so the breathing was good here."

While there were personal achievements and small victories up and down the final standings, 26-year-old St. Thomas More grad Patrick MacKinnon, says the mere presence and longevity of Around the Bay is probably the biggest triumph of all.

"As far as the running community goes, this is like Christmas," said MacKinnon, who finished 12th, the second-best finish among local males.

"The people who come into town whom you'd never get to run against, the history of the event, just where it finishes in Copps Coliseum, that it's older than Boston — all mean something to the people who run it.

"I think the city identifies with this event. I see it as a blue-collar event, this is lunchbox city, and that's nothing to be ashamed of.

"I think that's something to be proud of."

smilton@thespec.com |905-526-3268



Rocks!! and Friends in Hamilton


First time 30k runner Jocelyn Filippini

More photos here

Congratulations to first time 30kers Donna Smrek and Jocelyn Filippini. Both finished the run in great form. Donna even ran in 2 different shoes - just to be styling...OK it could have been a foot thing.

Fifteen Rocks!! and friends took part in the 123rd running of the 30km Around the Bay. We always send a strong representation to this 'oldest run'.

Of special note: Brent Walker, Ali Cummings and Sara McIlraith ran silver medal performances. Sara also came 2nd lady in the Masters Division in her age group and received a special medal.

Rocks!! and friends Results Here

No one is left out in the Around the Bay event. Click on the link below to see how the last place runner was rewarded.






A Rock!! becomes a Doctor

The Arduous Path

The Defense

Success to Dr. Taus


Congratulations to Rocks!! member Taus R. C. Jørgensen who just became Dr. Taus Jorgensen. He'll be hard to live with now.






SudburyRocks!!! Early Registration Ending


Dear SudburyROCKS!!! Racers, Runners, and Walkers;

With April right around the corner, Race Day is approaching fast! In fact, there’s less than two months until the big day!

Have you registered yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to do it now!

Our Early Bird prices are ending on April 1st!

Don’t be a fool… Register today!


Don’t forget to download a pledge form to start raising money for Diabetes Canada! We have a voucher from VIA Rail to be awarded to the TOP PLEDGE RAISER. Don’t miss out on your chance to win.

Looking forward to seeing you on May 14th!




Volunteering Rocks!!!

SudburyRocks!!! Couples Who Run


Meet committee member Ania, her husband Andrew, and daughters Ewa and Emilia. A couple who runs together to stay healthy and be good role models to their girls making sure being active is natural for them.

"We stay active year round and take advantage of everything our surroundings have to offer. We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, swimming, and, of course, running.We enter various races and run various distances, with the girls usually completing the kids' fun run. I love watching them grow with physical activity being part of their everyday life. It's just natural for us to be out and to be moving. On rare days when mother nature is not kind to us and we play indoors, Ewa would say "we did not get much fresh air today" - I love how she is aware that fresh air and activity make her feel good! This year, as every year, we very much look forward to be a part of the Sudbury Rocks!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes. We always get involved by volunteering and running the race. To us, running is so much more than just getting physical activity. We have met wonderful people through running that we are lucky to call our friends. We can give back by volunteering. Myself personally, I love how running clears my mind and soothes my soul. If I ever feel down, going for a run gives me an instant boost of happiness, clarity, and gratefulness."







Upcoming Local Events


  April 23, 2017



1st Annual

R U N/ W A L K

April 23rd, 2017

1km Kids Run and 5km Walk/Run

Rotary Park Trails


Course Map







Run Club Update




Store News



Happy Wednesday Runners and Walkers !

Upcoming Events:

Sunday April 9, 830 am: How many times can we run across Canada ?

JOIN US for our FREE marathon of hope celebration in support of the Terry Fox Foundation. Register online at www.runningroom.com and commit to run any kms. In 2016, we ran across Canada 12 times, lets go farther in 2017 !

Sunday May 14: SudburyROCKS 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon

** Not participating in the event? VOLUNTEER. Information can be found at www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com

Have a great week,

Your Sudbury Team -

Eric, Ania, Cassandra, Samuel, Bernadette


We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.









Track North News - by Dick Moss


LU XC/Track: All-Time Records List Updated

Alumni Input Needed


We're once again recruiting leaders for Track North's Bobcat (elementary school) program.

Practices are Tues/Thurs from 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM at the Laurentian outdoor track, and you'll make $15 for each session. Or you can use the time for your volunteer hours. Sessions start on Thursday April 27 and run for 8 weeks, to Thursday June 22.

If you can't be there for every practice, just inform Nicole Rich (Bobcat coordinator), and she'll work around your schedule. Be sure to tell Nicole which option you want - money or volunteer hours.

It's a great job if you want to add some coaching/supervisory/teaching/" experience to your resume and if you'd like to make an extra $15-$30 a week. Grade 10 and older, please.

To see more information about the program, click

Here's Nicole's email address:
Nicole Rich <nicolerich45@gmail.com>




Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laurentianxctrack/

For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9
vt perdue@cyberbeach.net

Proud sponsor of the Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes



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