In this Issue:
- Plenty of victories
around ‘The Bay’
- A Rock!! becomes a Doctor
- SudburyRocks!!! Early
- Volunteering Rocks!!!
- SudburyRocks!!! Couples Who Run
- Upcoming Local Events:
April 23 Unbreakable Spring Open
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News Recruiting
leaders for Track North's Bobcat (elementary school)
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
Coward,The Hamilton Spectator
AROUND THE BAY ROAD RACE RESULTS
30 Kilometre Race
1. ($4,000) Panuel Mkungo, Elkton, Maryland:
2. ($2, 000) Daniel Kipkoech, Lethbridge,
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
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:
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
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.
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
"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
“I think that’s something to be
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
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
It's that kind of race.
The kind in which even regulars miss the most
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
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
"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
Rocks!! and Friends
time 30k runner Jocelyn Filippini
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
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
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.
Dear SudburyROCKS!!! Racers, Runners,
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
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
Looking forward to seeing you on May
SudburyRocks!!! Couples Who
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
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
E N D I N G
T H E
R U N/ W A L K
1km Kids Run and 5km Walk/Run
Rotary Park Trails
Happy Wednesday Runners and Walkers
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.
North News - by Dick
LU XC/Track: All-Time
Records List Updated
Alumni Input Needed
We're once again recruiting
leaders for Track North's Bobcat (elementary school)
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
Here's Nicole's email address:
Nicole Rich <email@example.com>
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <firstname.lastname@example.org>
information call me.
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