In this Issue:
- Rocks!! Wednesday Run Done
- Locals at Limberlost
- Thompson, McIlraith and Richards Win
- Chantal Warriner attempts
Women's FKT on the Bruce
- 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
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News
Wednesday Apres Run
Locals at Limberlost
(file photo), Amber Konikow, Jane Hurban and Jenny-lynn Fortin
at the Limberlost Challenge
You will run through technical
areas that will require the nimblest of footwork and on
trails that allow you to open up to your best speed, plus
everything in between. You will marvel at the extraordinary
beauty of this privately owned Reserve that we are so
privileged to enjoy. It will leave you breathless in more
ways than one!
We promise you a well marked course, enthusiastic volunteers
and a post-race meal that you will write home about.
This course features
some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever
see. These historic trails will take you alongside
five lakes, several ponds and wetlands, across creeks
and boardwalks and under some amazing rock formations.
It is 95% trails and 5% gravel road. Considered
to be a challenging course, it is generally flat
to rolling. It has some longer gradual inclines
such as up the Wetlands and some shorter steep hills
that will get the heart rate up. With bush cover
and the lakeside for most of the course, the summertime
heat will be tempered. The one area where we have
seen mosquitoes is downhill, so you can outrun them!
Shawn Schryer, a long time
Sudbury Rock!!, is just getting back into organized trail
runs after a few years off due to nagging issues. He competed
in the dual loop 28k. Lively's Amber Konikow has had a
few issues since completing the Annapurna Challenge. a
six day 200+ kilometer trek through the Himalaya Mountains
in Nepal. She's inching her way back now and did the single
loop 14k at a conservative smart pace. Amber ran accompanied
by Jane Hurban. Jenny- Lynn Fortin from Val Therese successfully
completed the 4 loop 56 k event. Quite an achievement.
3:32:34 Lively 15:11 /Km F 171 1F40-49 48 53
3:32:35 LIVELY 15:12 /Km F 172 1F40-49 49 53
4:03:28 4:03:16 Sudbury 8:42 /Km M 55 2M40-49 21 33
9:27:17 9:27:06 Val Therese 10:08 /km F 14 4F30-39 6 8
Thompson, McIlraith and
Richards Win in Timmins
Kelly Thompson, Sara
Mcilraith and Kate Richards
TIMMINS - Near ideal conditions
made for some “Lively” competition at the
2017 Heart of Gold Triathlon held at Gillies Lake on Sunday
A pair of runners from Lively (part of the City of Greater
Sudbury) were the winners of the male and female portions
of the Sprint Triathlon — the Heart of Gold Triathlon’s
marquee event. Kate Richards won the female portion of
Kelly Thompson posted a time of 1:07:55.9
to edge out Timmins’ Marc Charlebois, who finished
a time of 1:10:56.7, to win the event. It
was the best finish in three tries for the Lively native
who finished 20th in last year’s Sprint Triathlon
after placing third in the 2015 Tri-A-Triathlon. “The
bike leg was the area where I improved the most this year,”
he said. “You can’t
not train on the bike and expect to go fast. This year,
the bike has been the best part of my races, but I was
first out of the water today. I was pretty shocked about
that.” Thompson and his father
made the 295-kilometre trek from Lively to Timmins on
the morning of the race, making his strong finish all
the more incredible. “We left
about 4 a.m.,” he said. “It
worked pretty well, so we might have to do it again.”
With cool temperatures on Sunday, most
spectators assumed the water would have been a little
chilly for the 750-metre first leg of the event. “The
water was warmer than it was outside the water, so it
felt good to be in there,” Thompson said. “The
water was pretty calm and I had clean water to swim in,
so I was able to do my own thing.” Conditions for
the first half of the 20-kilometre bike ride were a little
different than the final portion of the event. “We
had a tail wind on the way out, but it was tougher on
the way back with a head wind,” Thompson said. The
hill the riders had to climb to get to the finish line
taxed the majority of the riders, as well. “From
past experience, I knew I had to put the gear in the little
ring on the bike and just spin,” Thompson said.
“Then, you are ready to go
for a run after that.”
A five-kilometre run — two loops
of the trail around Gillies Lake — finished up the
vent for the Sprint Triathlon athletes. Thompson was not
sure if he was in the lead when he got off the bike for
the final segment of the race. “I didn’t really
know I was in the lead, because I think a duathlete passed
me,” he said. “Then,
with a double-lap run course, it was tough to figure out
who was in front, so I just ran my own race and paced
it. I guess I paced it pretty well.”
Heading into the competition, Thompson’s
game plan was to build up as much of an advantage as he
could during the first two legs. “My weakest leg
is the run, so I really tried to hammer the swim and the
bike portions, then hoped I wouldn’t get passed
on the run,” he said. Thompson plans to come back
in 2018 to defend his title. “For sure, it was a
lot of fun,” he said. “I
really like the community part of triathlons. You don’t
find many sports where you get a lot of people you don’t
know cheering for you. It is pretty magical, especially
on the run course when there are a whole bunch of people
The margin of victory for Lively’s
Sara McIlraith in the female portion of the race was a
little smaller, but her time of 1:17:31.4 was good enough
to secure a win over second-place finisher Navarra Good,
who completed the course in a time of 1:18:33.6.
“The swim portion of the race was
amazing,” she said. “It
was so calm and the water was really warm. Everyone was
good and there wasn’t a lot of crowding like you
see in some races. “The bike
is usually my weakest part of a triathlon, but I managed
to keep a good pace. I kept strong on it and I was very
happy.“Th e run is always
my strength. I am a runner at heart. I understand why
some triathletes hate running because it is so hard at
the end of an event like this, but I just tried to keep
my cadence quick and I managed to do OK.”
McIlraith actually thought she was in
second place when she crossed the finish line, but the
runner ahead of her was part of a team entry in a different
category. It was the first time she has taken part in
the Heart of Gold Triathlon, but it won’t be her
last. “It was amazing,”
she said. “It is a great event
and very well organized. They have a lot of very good
volunteers and I am very impressed.”
McIlraith was pleasantly surprised with
the conditions for the race. “I was a little nervous
when we got in last night (Saturday) and that cold front
moved in,” she said. “The
forecast said it was going to be about 8 C in the morning
and I hadn’t brought a lot of warm clothes, but
the day turned out beautiful. You couldn’t ask for
In the Duathlon (2.3-kilometre run, 20-kilometre
bike and five-kilometre run), Danny Brunet won the race
in a time of 1:09:09.6, while the top female finisher
was Kate Richards, in a time of 1:26:30.3. Kate is the
daughter of Sara McIlraith
Longtime race director Chris Salvador,
who was the chairman of this year’s event, was pleased
with how the day turned out, as well. “Everything
has been great,” he said. “The
weather has co-operated and it has been another great
day.” Registrations for this
year’s Heart of Gold Triathlon were down slightly
from 2016. “We ended up with
101 participants,” Salvador said. He
agreed the weather couldn’t have been any better
for Sunday’s event. “I
think the temperatures were perfect for anybody taking
part in the triathlon,” Salvador said. “We
have had a couple of years in the past when it was very
hot and we needed a lot of water stations. The athletes
have to stay hydrated.”
This Spring Kate started
training with the Triple Threat Triathlon group
here in Sudbury. Her passion for cycling, combined
with her running background lead her to the world
of duathlons. Her friend and team mate Kelly Thompson
suggested Kate sign up for the duathlon at the Timmins
Heart of Gold Triathlon. Not wanting to miss out
on all the fun, I decided to register for the triathlon
The Heart of Gold Triathlon was a wonderful event.
A great venue, well organized, and lots of volunteers.
The race centres around Gillies Lake, a small lake
in the heart of the city. The water temps were warm,
even making it a bit chilly to get out into the
cool air. The bike course out to the GoldCorp mine
was really neat, a highlight was riding through
a rail tunnel right at the mine site. The run is
a nice gravel path that circles Gillies Lake, complete
with a huge flock of pigeons and ducks you had to
run through. The organisers had 4 water stations
along the 2.5k run loop, meaning you had 8 opportunities
to grab a drink, and they had a volunteer with a
water hose offering to ‘hose you down’.
We all had amazing races, Kelly winning outright
for the first time, my surprise win, and Kate won
the duathlon her first time racing!
I highly recommend putting this race on your bucket
list. It’s a small event, everyone is very
supportive, making it perfect for those newer to
the multi-sport world. The organisers really do
have their ‘Heart’ in this event.
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
- 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
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.
of 9:30pm on Wednesday July 12 Chantal was passing by Grimsby.
south of Hamilton. She should complete the full 895km trail
tomorrow afternoon if all goes as planned. You can follow her
and keep up with the blogs at the links below.
Good luck Chantal!
Half way through Day 12- How to count
July 12, 2017
I have had a few people asking
just when Chantal needs to finish by in order to get the FKT.
Since the current record is 13 days 6 hrs 28min, and Chantal
started on July 1, she essentially has to finish before Friday
at noon to beat the record. Sound confusing? Chantal started
at 6am on July 1, so technically today is only part-way through
day 12, and day 12 will end tomorrow (the 13th) at 6am. So as
of July 13 at 6am, we will be 12 days exactly into her journey.
Support crew Blaire explains it like this- think of how you
count your birthday. You don't turn 1 until you have already
been around for a full year. Same with this!
Our current plan is to have a big day today, sleep for a few
hrs, then get up early and start hammering home- or 'the bell
lap' as us runners like to call it. The bell lap is the last
lap you run around a track- they ring a bell to let you know
it's the last lap as you often lose track of which lap you are
on when running around a track. So tomorrow is our final day/
bell lap! I'm not going to tell you what time we are hoping
to start, only because Chantal likes to read these posts and
sometimes it's best leaving the planning to your team Chantal
;). That way she can just get up and focus on running and not
worry about anything else.
If you would like to follow along with Chantal's live 'spot'
follow this link for update.
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:
Upcoming Local Events
Ian McCloy Island Swim
opens 9 a.m. University Beach. Races start 1030 a.m.
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
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.
Family, Fun & Fitness Too!
Sudbury Fitness Challenge Mountain
Save Sunday July 23, 2017 on your calendar.
Hello Walkers and Runners,
Who is doing the Friendly Massey race
this coming Sunday? It is fun, it is flat, it includes
post-race pancakes, and you can get the famous wooden
stool for being first in your age category! You can
register online at www.runningroom.ca or on Saturday
in Massey. Please note, no same day registrations.
On Wednesday, July 19th, please join
us for our annual 20 minute challenge. Please sign
up online at www.events.runningroom.ca. All participants
receive a FREE hat. Bring your friends and family
and be active with us for 20 minutes!
If you, or anybody you know would
like to join our 5km,10km, or 1/2 marathon clinic,
it is not too late. Please register online or talk
to us at the store!
Happy Running everybody!
Your Sudbury store team,
Eric, Ania, Sam, Brendan, Kristina
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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