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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                          July 6, 2017

  In this Issue:


  1. O Canada!
  2. July 1 Firecracker 5km
  3. Chantal Warriner attempts Women's FKT on the Bruce
  4. Rocks!1 in the North Bay Tri
  5. Upcoming Local Events: July 16 Island Swim, July 16 Massey and July 19 20 Minute Challenge, July 22 Finlandia Series, July 23 Sudbury Fitness Challenge Mountain Bike Tour
  6. Running Room Run Club Update
  7. Track North News







July 1, 2017

Saturday July 1st, 2017 - 6pm Walden Arena

Race Start Times:
6:15pm Kids 1km Fun Run
7:00pm 5km Road Race

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The family appeal of the Firecracker Run
by Randy Pascal

Holiday long weekends are a time for family, a fact not lost on those who managed to squeeze in a little exercise on Saturday, partaking in the annual Firecracker Road Race in Lively.

Several of those on hand would first manage to see the kids off, kick-starting the festivities with a one kilometer run. Many of the slightly older youth, however, would take a crack at tackling the 5 km course, with some parents enjoying the calendar years where they can still finish ahead of their offspring.

Lo-Ellen Park track and field coach Colin Ward paced his son, Kaedan (11), en route to an impressive time of 21:30, the father and son team of Steve Matusch (age 54 - 20:42) and Brendan Matusch (age 13 - 24:41) were both in fine form, while septuagenrian couple Maureen and Louis Moustgaard provided a pair of very familiar faces to the mix.

Few, however, enjoyed the family aspect of the race quite as much as the De Vlugt clan. Completing his Masters in Physics while spending the summer working at Guelph University, Jeff De Vlugt made the trek home with girlfriend Valerie Hodgins, with the trio rounded out by the presence of Jeff's father, Paul De Vlugt.

"My girlfriend, Valerie, really loves running," suggested Jeff. "Her and her mom have really gotten into it, and my dad likes running as well. I was really excited to come home and do a race with my dad, this was our first race together."

In fact, the younger De Vlugt admitted that he was likely about 13 years old when he completed the five kilometer distance for the one and only previous time in his life, though he will now head out for casual lengthy jogs, taking a break from the demands of academia.

Not expecting a whole lot in Lively, De Vlugt was more than a little pleased to break through the line in 22:53, safely a new personal best for the well-spoken young researcher. "I knew that I kind of wanted to run it under 25 minutes, and it really helped me to have people in front of me that I could push towards and try and chase."

Unfortunately, given the nature of his studies, it's far more likely that dad will have to make the trek south in order to ensure another father and son outing is in the offing. "I like the field that I'm in, and I feel that there is lots of opportunity in Guelph, a decent amount of interest in the research that we do there. We study nuclear magnetic resonance, it's the more hard science portion of MRI."

Meanwhile, girlfriend Valerie Hodgins, a native of Toronto and fellow student at Guelph, has just over a year remaining to complete her Masters in Mathematics. (Seems like I had somehow walked into a local episode of the "Big Bang Theory").

Completing her five km in 24:08, Hodgins was more than happy to share the accolades with her beau on this evening. "I started as the runner, but he (Jeff) beat me, so I think he's the runner now," she said with a laugh.

A runner since the age of fourteen, the 23 year-old started with a five km, but quickly moved up, eventually completing a 10 km race and a pair of half marathons. "I am not a 5 km runner," Hodgins stated. "I like running further. I'm not a fast runner, so I really like running distance a lot more, because I feel a lot more accomplished. I seem to end up with better stats."

In the end, it was the atmosphere that garnered her prevailing thoughts, recapping the takeaway from this break to her holiday weekend. "It was an awesome course, it's nice how green it is," said Hodgins. "There's lots of nice people here, a good sense of community when you do something like this. Everybody is very much in the spirit."

Even those who have no immediate family on hand. Nineteen year old Little Current runner Romme Kabron moved to Canada some 18 months ago, leaving behind much of his family in the eastern African state of Eritrea, a smallish country which borders on the Red Sea Coast.

His entry to this race would be prompted by Manitoulin Island running coach Steve Fessenden, which children Sofia and Simon both taking part in the one kilometer event.

Edging out Andrew Hawkins for first place at the wire, with both men clocked at 17:39, Kabron is thankful for any opportunity he is given. "I appreciate having the chance to come out and run with these people," he said.

"Before I came to Canada, when I was back home, I just played soccer and trained a little bit for running. But when I came to Little Current, there's not much soccer. That's why I run."

Some final words from advice from Fessenden would be all that was needed to formulate a winning strategy. "When we started the run, I went behind the first few guys," said Kabron. "Finally, near the end, I started to sprint past them."

All Results Here






Chantal Warriner

Welcome to my journey. My name is Chantal Warriner. I am an ultra runner from central Ontario, Canada. Starting July 1st, 2017 on Canada's 150th birthday, I will depart Tobermory Ontario and travel south along the beautiful Bruce Trail foothpath. My goal is a women’s FKT (fastest known time) attempt on the Bruce Trail (890 km).

I live in Barrie, ON. I have been a competitive athlete for two decades, now specializing in ultra trail running. I love to run and my dedication and passion for ultra running is demonstrated through my career highlights which include:
- OCAA Hall of Famer
- 2016 Women’s Relay Bruce Trail FKT record
- 2015 2nd Place Oilcreek 100k finisher
- 2015 Killarney Silhouette unsupported woman FKT
- 2014 Fatdog 70 miler winner
- 2013 undefeated trail running season
- 2012 5 Peaks series champion
- 2010 Masters Canadian Cross Country Champion, to name a few.

When not running, I am a mother of 2 young girls and a Paramedic. I am also an advanced registered holistic nutritionist (ARHN), and founder of Refresh Nutrition. I have a passion for natural living and I love to pass on this knowledge to anyone who wants to learn.



All the training; the late nights, the early mornings, through rain, snow, wind and storms.... it all comes together for the main event. Aspire Bruce Celerity starts July 1 at 6am in Tobermory, ON.

For transparency and in order to keep you eager fans in the loop, Caitlin has taken over Chantal's social media for the next 11ish days

If you would like to follow along with Chantal's live 'spot' tracker, follow this link for updates starting tomorrow.

If you have any run-related questions or words of encouragement, please send them to aspirebrucecelerity@gmail.com .

This FKT attempt would not be possible without the support of Chantal's friends, family and sponsors, so once again- thank you on behalf of Chantal.

For updates from start to finish please check out the link here: https://aspirebrucecelerity.wixsite.com/mysite



Rocks!! in the North Bay Tri



Glenn Woods writes:

Today I did the North Bay Kiwanis Triathlon for the second year. My goal was to knock 5 minutes off my 2016 run time but did not really think about the event as a whole. Last year I had an overall time of 2:39:01 and this year it was 2:14:08. I did have a wet suit this year and the bike course was certainly faster so it is difficult to determine the level of improvement there (definitely bad transitions and I believe much worse than last year plus I had to go say hello to a group of trees on the run.) On the 8.4 km run which was the same, I went from 56:51 (6:46 min/km) to 47:09 (5:36 min/km). I am pretty happy with a 9:42 improvement. I managed to get a podium and got 2nd in the 50-54 age group and got my bike bell. Thanks Helen Bobiwash for the pics and for being out there on your bike cheering me on.

162 Glenn WOODS M50-54 22 19 3 00:23:53 01:03:07 00:47:09 02:14:07.

133 Scott HOPKINS M45-49 28 22 6 00:23:42 01:08:35 00:47:25 02:19:40.4

All Tri results




Upcoming Local Events


July 16, 2017

34th Annual Ian McCloy Island Swim

Registration opens 9 a.m. University Beach. Races start 1030 a.m.

the fee is $35

Online registration at Zone 4


The swim features events for children and adults, including a 100-metre youth swim, 500-m, 1.6-kilometre and 3.2-kilometre swim challenges.




July 16, 2017

Friendly Massey Marathon/Spanish River Half Marathon/ Chutes 10K

Where: Massey, ON
Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 am


July 19, 2017

What is the 20 minute challenge?

The 20 minute challenge started in July 2004, which was the 20th anniversary of the Running Room. John Stanton invited the country to visit a Running Room and get active by walking or running for 20 minutes. This has become an annual event across the country. We encourage everyone to come out and bring friends and family to walk or run for 20 minutes, receive a FREE hat, and have fun.



  July 22, 2017


Finlandia Trail Map

Running Room Online Registration




  July 23, 2017

Family, Fun & Fitness Too!
Sudbury Fitness Challenge Mountain Bike Tour

Save Sunday July 23, 2017 on your calendar.







Run Club Update




Store News



Happy Wednesday Run Club Everybody!!!

The sun is finally shining and we hope this message finds you well, healthy, and happy! Hope everybody had a great Canada Day long weekend. Congratulations to all Firecracker participants and thank you to organizers.

If you have not signed up yet for the 20 minute challenge, you can do so at www.events.runningroom.com the 20 minute challenge is coming up on July 19th at 6pm. It is a free event and everybody gets a FREE hat!! Bring your family and friends and be active with us!!

We have a Learn to Run, 5km and 10km clinics coming up! Please sign up online or stop by the store to register!

Last but not least, we woould like to send our best wishes to Brendan Costello, our employee, who is heading to Ottawa this week to compete in the 800m at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. Lets go Brendan!!!!!!!!

Happy Running Everybody!

See you all at Run Club 6pm sharp :)

Eric, Ania, Brendan, Kristina, Sam,


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






Track North News - by Dick Moss






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