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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                          May 18, 2017

  In this Issue:


  1. Sudburyrocks!!! SUCCESS
  2. Upcoming Local Events: May 27 Defeat Depression, May 28 CF Walk
  3. Running Room Run Club Update
  4. Track North News








On behalf of the SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes Organizing Committee and Diabetes Canada, we would sincerely like to thank everyone for participating in this year's event.

11 million Canadians are affected by diabetes. Together, as we unite with SudburyROCKS!!! each year, we are helping those 11 million friends, family, neighbours, and co-workers gain a step closer to being cured.

With that, we once again thank you for your time and contribution!

And, we look forward to seeing you again next May for the 13th annual SudburyRocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes.

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PASCAL: Sudbury Rocks Marathon a race for many
Bruce Heidman
By Bruce Heidman, Sudbury Star

Participants take part in the SUDBURYROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes in Sudbury, Ont. on Sunday May 14, 2017. The event featured 6 races from 1k to marathon including a relay Gino Donato/Sudbury Star/Postmedia Network

With some 2,000 or so participants on hand every year, there are sure to be some familiar faces in the crowd as young and old gather for the annual Sudbury Rocks Marathon.

Thankfully, their stories vary over time, with countless different angles at play, with newcomers and race veterans alike taking turns grabbing the spotlight near the front of the races. In that sense, the 2017 version was every bit as unique as every one of its predecessors, dating back to the launch of the current Mother’s Day tradition in 2006.

Maureen Moustgaard has yet to miss the race, though Sunday marked her first crack at the 10 km distance since celebrating her 70th birthday just two weeks ago.

“I do this event every year, and every year I go up the Boreal hill, I say that I’m not coming back,” she said with a smile. “And I always come back.”


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 year.

“When I 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.”

First-time marathon 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.

“I was 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.

“But overall, 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.

“I love 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 Ski Club.”

Another first-time 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 Wismer (38:59).

“This is 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 years.

“Typically, 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.

“Today 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.

“I ran 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.”

Eighteen year-old 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.

“It’s 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 are harder.

“I didn’t 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.

“It gives 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 my sister.”

Rest assured this gap will surely be the focus as the Bolands return next May for the tradition that has become the Sudbury Rocks Marathon.

Randy Pascal's sports column appears twice weekly in The Sudbury Star.

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Happy Marathon Winner

Rocks!! member Dana Wilson overall female marathon winner


Today was my first race in 8 years and my first one in Sudbury since moving here nearly 4 years ago.

I have never participated in a race where I felt so connected and so much a part of the community. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming since I joined the group in January.

I couldn't have asked for a nicer group of people to train with and to help introduce me to local routes. I choked up in the last km when there were so many familiar faces cheering us on.

Thank you for such an amazing day today - and to the months leading up to today. The race was wonderfully organized - a huge thanks to Vince, Brent, Sara, and everyone who helped make the event possible.
Dana Wilson(:



Sudbury Man Rocks

Claude Sharma
Claude Sharma, Videojournalist, Sudbury

'I never thought it was possible', Sudbury man competes in race after losing 200 pounds

Glenn Woods has come a long way to take on a half marathon. Glenn Woods was up bright and early preparing breakfast this past weekend, fueling his body and getting ready for Sudbury Rocks Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes.

The automation technologist told CTV it was unimaginable for him take part in the event four years ago.
Back then, he weighed more than 400 pounds; double his size now.
Glenn Woods said he's lost about 200 pounds.


Woods credits his partner, Helen, with helping him become more active.
Woods said he had enough and proceeded to make significant changes to his lifestyle.
Those changes include better eating habits and much more physical activity.

This weekend was the first time the 50-year-old competed in the half marathon. It's a 21 kilometre run and he wanted to finish in less than two hours
“Just under an hour and 57 minutes, so to do it three minutes faster, I never thought it was possible six months ago,” Woods said.
Woods said he couldn't have done it without his partner Helen. She also participated in the race and motivates him to be more active.
“He’s been working really hard trying to get his running to a place where he wants it to be, and it's there now,” said Helen.

About 2,000 people took part in this year's race; raising awareness and funds for diabetes.

There is no stopping Woods, who says he is in the best shape of his life.
He's hooked now and he has more running events lined up this year, including triathlons.






Upcoming Local Events

   May 27, 2017


Information and Registration



   May 28, 2017

Kivi Park hosts annual CF walk


Details Here






Run Club Update




Store News



Hello Runners and Walkers,

Congratulations to all Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes participants and finishers. We have heard many wonderful and inspiring stories from many of you. Job well done. We have tried to capture some of the stories on our facebook page, so please visit Running Room Sudbury on facebook to check them out.

The Sudbury Rocks Race would not be possible without the hard work of many people so we would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the Race Committee, all volunteers, and all involved in making this race such big success.

Running Room was well represented at the Race with area manager and events coordinator visiting from Toronto, Eric winning the half with an amazing time of 1:11:41, Ania running the half, and Brendan taking part in the relay (winning team!!!).

See you all at the Run Club! We look forward to hearing more stories :)

Happy Running,

Eric, Ania, Sam, Brendan, Kristina

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





Track North News - by Dick Moss






Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
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For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
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vt perdue@cyberbeach.net

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