While her finish
time is not the be all and end all –
“I aim to start and I aim to finish,
and that’s what I do” –
Moustgaard did complete the trek in virtually
the same clocking as one year ago, no easy
feat given the natural wear and tear on the
body when one remains active into their 70th
was in my early 40s, I had knee injuries,
but all I did was run,” she explained.
“In the last 10 years, I started swimming,
I go to yoga, I do strength and conditioning
twice a week, so I mix it up. And I have no
knee or hip replacements – I still have
all of my original parts.”
participant and race winner Petri Bailey must
dream of maintaining that level of health
for the next 45 years, as he works his way
toward the Moustgaard standard. Posting a
time of 3:04.44, the former member of the
Laurentian Voyageurs Nordic ski team member
drew upon some family advice in preparing
for his first shot at the 42-km run.
actually talking with my sister last night,
and she had run a marathon a while back,”
Bailey said minutes after crossing the line.
“She had found that her legs started
to feel really sore at about the 36 km mark,
and that was pretty much exactly when my legs
started to feel like lead.
I felt pretty good. My cardio was really good
the whole way. It was just the lactic acid
build up at the end.”
While years may
separate Moustgaard and Bailey, there is an
undeniable common thread created through their
mutual motivation for physical activity.
running,” acknowledged Bailey. “I’m
actually going to try and run as much as I
can this summer and do as many races as I
can. We’re hosting the Finlandia Trail
Run series again at the Laurentian Nordic
winner in his category, Jordan Burkitt has
far more experience running half-marathons
than he does with the 10 km jaunt that he
completed in 38:35, comfortably ahead of Katie
the first 10 km race I have done in the last
20 years,” said the 41-year-old long-time
runner. “I have been on and off again
for a couple of decades now, but have been
more serious about it the past four to five
I run half-marathons, but the past year, I
have been injured, so I’m not where
I was at a year and a half, two years ago.
I would have liked to be a couple of minutes
faster, but I was happy with the finish.
was challenging because of the headwind running
up Notre Dame, and that hill at Cambrian Heights
is challenging. I’ve never been on the
10 km course before.”
With an avid
passion for both mountain biking and kayaking,
as well as his interest in running, Burkitt
has yet to decide on a summer race schedule,
though he is planning on doing the half marathon
in Ottawa before the end of the month.
Scotiabank in Toronto in 1:18 and change a
year and a half ago,” he said. “I
would like to get down to 1:15, but I have
a lot of work to do to get there.”
first year Laurentian University student Jarod
Milford fully appreciates that statement.
A multi-sport athlete throughout his time
at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary, he made the jump
to the OUA varsity ranks last fall, racing
with the Voyageurs' cross-country team. On
Sunday, it was the 21 km distance he tackled,
finishing eighth overall in a time of 1:32.26,
as Eric Leishman showed the way in 1:11.41.
Though he was
thankful to have completed the distance, Milford
will soon begin to re-focus on his cross-country
training, a regimen that provided something
of an eye opener last fall.
fun, but it’s very difficult,”
he said. “It’s a different training
process compared to high school. The coaches
expect a lot more out of you, the workouts
do Track North, so it was a very big adjustment
going from Lo-Ellen track to Laurentian track.”
And while the
pure racers are always fun to catch up with,
the reality is that the overwhelming majority
of those who attended the 2017 Rocks Marathon
do so with vastly more modest goals in mind.
For the Boland
clan, it was a family outing, as Cameron,
Graham, Lindsay and Shannon (mother) all ran
the 10 km event, while Jim (father) took a
crack at the 5 km event. Though a Top 10 finish
was not in the cards, the extra push of a
sibling rivalry for the teens cannot be ignored.
you a little more pressure to do well,”
said Cameron, the 16-year-old Grade 10 student
of the group. “I’m very competitive,
and I like to compete against them, especially
my brother. We were all around” the
same time, but there is a little bit of a
gap between my brother and I, and my mom and
this gap will surely be the focus as the Bolands
return next May for the tradition that has
become the Sudbury Rocks Marathon.
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