In this Issue:
- The Rocks!! have lost a good friend
- Historic Massey Marathon celebrates
four decades of running
- 34th Annual Ian McCloy
- Chantal Warriner
COMPLETES Women's FKT on the Bruce
- Upcoming Local Events:
July 22 Finlandia Series, July 23 Sudbury Fitness Challenge
Mountain Bike Tour
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News
The Rocks!! have lost a good friend and member
EHRHARDT, Klaus - Our family announces, with great sorrow,
the passing of Klaus Ehrhardt on Monday, July 10th 2017, at
68 years of age. Klaus was the proud father of his three daughters:
Katie (Justin), Jackie, and Caroline (Taylor). Dedicated husband
to Judy Hennessy (predeceased 2003). Cherished "Pops"
to his grandchildren Juna and Edwin Polden. Loving eldest son
of Hans and Hildegard (both predeceased). Loyal brother of Peter
(Linda), Evelyn (Glenn) Hillhouse, and Frank (Candy). Klaus
will also be sadly missed by his partner Myrna Furlani and her
family. He will be fondly remembered by many extended family
members, friends, coworkers, hockey teammates and track and
field contacts. Klaus was born in Luneburg, Germany, on July
24, 1948. He was raised in Port Colborne, ON. After college
he relocated to Espanola, ON. for his career, where he and Judy
raised their girls. Klaus worked as a forest management technician
with the MNR for 30 years. He enjoyed being in the forest, flying
planes, and he had also worked as an air operations boss to
help combat major forest fires across the country. He was a
skilled handyman and carpenter, who will be remembered for his
pride in workmanship and commitment to a job well done. He was
the supportive follower of his daughters' athletic pursuits
and could always be seen cheering from the stands. Klaus had
a love for travelling, tractors, and family get togethers. He
was dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle, and as a passionate
runner he completed 3 Boston marathons. He will be missed but
never forgotten, and his zest for life will live on through
everyone who knew him. Klaus will be placed to rest with his
wife in Bancroft, ON. We welcome family and friends to join
us for a Celebration of Life in Klaus' honour at the Espanola
Regional Recreation Complex on Sunday, August 20th from 1-4pm.
Thoughts from Jim
Words can not express the sadness my family feels with the
passing of Klaus Ehrhardt. Klaus was the most supportive parent
I have ever seen of any of the athletes I have ever coached.
Klaus always provided inspiration to both of my boys as they
progressed in their triple jump careers. He gave some inspiration
to Ryan, the day before he jumped at the National Championship.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Caroline and her sisters. Your
Dad will always be watching over you as you fly through the
sand. The track and field world will miss you Klaus
Marathon celebrates four decades of running
13th, 2017 by Dan Way Canadian Running Magazine
event in Northern Ontario celebrated a big anniversary
this weekend. The Friendly Massey Marathon in Massey,
Ont.–about 100K west of Sudbury–ran for the
fortieth year this Sunday, July 16th. That puts it among
a small and distinguished group of Canadian running events
to take place for 40 years or more.
Fun Facts about
What: Friendly Massey Marathon
When, Sunday July 16th,
Where: Massey, Ont.
Race(s): Marathon, Half,
History: Since 1977
Along with the signature Friendly Massey
Marathon, a Boston Qualifier certified course, the event
includes the Spanish River Half Marathon, the Chutes 10K
and the Family 5K, meaning there is a race and a distance
for every runner. All in all, about 300 participants are
expected to take part.
We spoke to one of the event organizers,
Robert Lefebvre, to tell us a bit more about the history
and success of the race.
CR: The event is celebrating its 40th
anniversary in 2017. Tell us a bit about its history and
In the past, the event has been called
the Northern Lites Marathon, the Rainbow Country Marathon,
the Voyageur Marathon and finally the Friendly Massey
Marathon. It was founded by Norm Patenaude, who was also
one of the founders of the Ontario Roadrunners Association
and helped develop the standards used for race accreditation
which have been adopted by several national and international
running organizations. His contagious enthusiasm was responsible
for attracting many participants and volunteers to the
event year after year. Maintaining a loyal following was
never easy. The event changed locations regularly in its
infancy to places such as Espanola, Chelmsford, Sudbury
and finally Massey. Subsequent organizers have been able
to prosper from the loyal following and the networks that
exist in the running community and for them, we are eternally
CR: Has the event run for 40 consecutive
years? What’s changed?
There has been no interruption in the
event which first took place way back in 1977 and was
held in Chelmsford, Ont. As mentioned, the name and locations
have changed on multiple occasions. There have also been
shorter runs added to continue to attract runners or every
age and ability. The 10K is celebrating its 10th anniversary
this year while this is the second year we have offered
the Family 5K.
CR: Are there any particularly notable
years/editions of the event?
In 2011 we had a runner, Lars Mayer, from
Dusseldorf, Germany who was nearly seven feet tall. He
finished third overall. An African runner–Elbhaizi
Ahmed of Morocco–ran and set the current course
record (2:29:53) in 1994.
CR: Why should a runner consider doing
your event? What makes it special or unique?
Some have said that our event is set up
well for runners looking to make a last attempt at getting
their Boston Qualifying time. The course is run as two
loops of the half marathon course which is flat and fast
and runs along the Spanish River with lots of shade. It
is also one of few events to take place during the midst
of the summer yet usually has very good conditions for
running and racing. Our volunteers show up with smiles
on their faces and cheer on and assist the runners in
any way they can. We provide awards to as many runners
as our budget allows and have draws on Saturday for anyone
picking up their race kit. A traditional spaghetti supper
is offered on Saturday evening and there is a popular
pancake breakfast for all participants on Sunday morning
at the Massey Arena.
We are also located right near the beautiful
Chutes Provincial Park, which has six kilometres of hiking
trails with great views of scenic waterfalls. With fun
runs on Saturday we provide something for everyone in
the family and a full weekend of fun. In fact, there have
been several occasions where family reunions are centered
around the event.
CR: What are the course records, who set
them and when?
Male: Elbhaizi Ahmed (Morocco): 2:29:53
Female: Angela Batsford (Callander, Ont.): 3:06:38 (2005)
Male: Stan Trudeau (Toronto, Ont.): 1:10:40
Female: Jennifer Faraone (Toronto, Ont.): 1:21:03 (2004)
Male: Eric Leishman (Chapleau, Ont.):
Female: Katie Wismer (Sudbury, Ont.): 38:47 (2015)
Male: Justin Leale (Espanola, Ont.): 17:42
Female: Michelle Kennedy (Sudbury, Ont.): 20:57 (2017)
2017 Locals in
by Lynn Stubbings
van of potential stool recipients at 4:00 am (The
car got 4)
3am never gets easy
for this annual event. The Massey Marathon event
has an early start at 6am which is great for a summer
run. To get there an hour before gun time from my
brother Vince's house in Sudbury we need to be out
the door by 4am. That's the only con. The people
are great, the course is great and the pancake breakfast
hits the spot after. Ken's #97. My #79....and I
got an extra medal for third fastest in my age category.
Vince did too. The other best thing about this event
is the after party at Louie and MaureenMoustgaard's
beautiful hideaway on Lake Panache. Love the time
with our northern friends
34th Annual Ian
McCloy Island Swim
McCloy Island Swim an event for all
Randy Pascal, For The Sudbury Star
Monday, July 17, 2017 4:28:49 EDT PM
Even a limited sampling of those on hand
for the 24th annual Ian McCloy Island Swim gave proof
to the notion that this gathering of individuals really
does put the fitness in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge.
For a large number of these athletes of
all ages, daily physical activity is merely a way of life,
squeezing a Sunday morning open water swim into a weekend
schedule that inevitably featured some other sporting
challenge in the mix. Two mile female 30-39 champion Julie
(Rathwell) Falvo summarized the mindset as well as anyone
who exited the waters of Lake Nepahwin on to the Laurentian
Beach. “I still do the running, the swimming, the
biking, the skiing, anything that I can do to come out
and hang out with friends and be active,” she said.
A lifeguard and one-time water polo player from the days
of her youth in Lindsay, Falvo participated for the fifth
or sixth time in the Island Swim, mostly in the recent
past. “It was a little wavy compared to last year,
it was a little cold compared to other years, but it was
still really fun,” she said. “It’s a
grassroots event and we all come out, we all swim. It’s
fun to see all of the people participating.”
Defining himself as a “casual swimmer,”
Lawrence Hooey was involved for the second consecutive
year, both times while visiting Sudbury on vacation from
his home in Sweden. “My family had a camp on Lake
Ramsey until the early 1990s,” he explained. “I
studied metallurgy and had hoped to come back to Sudbury,
but I happened to get a job in Finland.” Some 24
years later, his Scandanavian adventure has now had he
and his family move to Sweden, well north of Stockholm.
“The language is different, but the environment
is very similar to here, quite beautiful with the same
types of forests and lakes and nature,” said Hooey.
While the bulk of his periodic training
occurs in a pool setting, the first-place finisher in
the one mile men’s 40-49 division has found a way
to deal with the absence of lane markers out in open water.
“I actually try and look for
somebody close by who actually looks like they know what
they’re doing,” he said. “I try and
keep that person in my sights, and hopefully they can
keep me on track. That’s my strategy, but I’m
not sure I would say it’s the best strategy,”
Hooey added with a laugh.
That “searching for someone who
looks like they know what they’re doing” strategy
might well have pointed Hooey in the direction of 11-year-old
Noah Rioux, though the member of the Sudbury Laurentian
Swim Club was actually some four minutes ahead, showing
the way in the 12 and under division. Back for a second
straight year, Rioux actually has latched on to at least
one method of helping get a sense of his bearings by virtue
of his adaptability in the water. “I do mostly front
crawl, but I don’t do all front crawl,” he
suggested. “Once I get to the island, I just looked
around and did some breaststroke, just to make sure I
knew where I was going, to get a sense of direction.”
A regular on the Sudbury Fitness Challenge circuit, along
with his parents and his brother, Rioux echoed his thoughts
on the one issue that targets many of those who train
for this event almost exclusively with sessions in the
pool. “The one big difference is the depth –
I hate that,” he said. “If you ever look at
the bottom of the pool, you can see it and know where
everything is. In open water, you look all around and
all you see is black, and it kind of scares me.”
Not enough fear to bypass the event, however, even on
a day with less than ideal conditions. “This is
way colder than last year,” Rioux said. “I’m
freezing right now, but when I was in the water, I was
perfectly fine. Once you get moving in the water, it’s
not really that cold.”
That mindset was likely music to the ears
of 24-year-old Connor Watson, a coach with the SLSC, and
relative newcomer to both the area and the race itself.
“I did it for the first time three years ago, when
I moved up to Sudbury and they told me about the swim,
so I thought I would hop in and give it a try,”
said the native of the Kitchener-Waterloo area, who made
his way North for post-secondary studies at both Cambrian
College and Laurentian University. “I
had the intentions of training this year, but it was really
more of a fun swim. I encourage my swimmers, the kids
and the masters, to come out and do this, so I thought
if I come out, then they can, too.”
Truth be told, it wasn’t going to
take a whole lot of convincing to get 14-year-old Paris
Macey out to the lake. This talented young athlete never
sits still. The day prior to the Island Swim, she won
the K1 sprint kayak 2,000-metre race at the North Bay
Canoe Club Regatta. “I had heard these girls were
pretty fast, and I was in the high-performance category,
and there was a mix of 14 year olds and 15 year olds.
I didn’t think I was going to win,” she said.
But win she did, then followed that
accomplishment by earning the crown as fastest female
in the two-mile Island Swim race, and finished behind
only men’s champion and former varsity swimmer Jordan
Hotta. “I’ve been swimming
longer than I’ve been doing kayaking, but I enjoy
them equally as much,” explained Macey. “The
swim season is almost over, so sprint kayak is good crossover
training for fitness.” It
is, after, the Sudbury 'Fitness' Challenge.
Note: The Ian McCloy Island Swim is the
fourth in the seven-event series that constitutes the
SFC, with the Swim organized by Laura Young and Laurentian
Randy Pascal's sports column appears twice
weekly in The Sudbury Star.
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.
Congrats to Chantal who finished
running the Bruce Trail last night Thursday July 13 at app.
9:15 pm and set a new women's fkt! Unofficial
time of 12days 15hrs 15min
For updates from start to finish please check out the link here:
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