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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                         August 17, 2017

  In this Issue:


  1. The 2017 Beaton Classic
  2. Sudbury Fitness Challenge Standings after 6 events
  3. Finlandia #3
  4. Upcoming Events: Ramsey Tour September 10
  5. Running Room Run Club Update
  6. Track North News



PASCAL: Beaton brings out best again
By Randy Pascal, For The Sudbury Star
Sunday, August 13, 2017 8:33:06 EDT PM

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The women were not about to take a backseat to the guys, not at the 2017 Beaton Classic. Securing both the first and third overall placing in the solo race, Sara McIlraith and Monica Haring managed to book-end men’s champion Todd Withers as the Sudbury summer tradition gathered folks on easily the best day of the weekend at Moonlight Beach.

“I didn’t realize that until Colin Ward told me after the race,” said McIlraith, claiming the female crown for the sixth time. “It never crossed my mind that I would be first overall, that’s never happened before. I knew where Colin was and where Clinton (Lahnalampi) was, but it never occurred to me that there wasn’t one of the guys way up at the front.” It’s an easy oversight in any year, given the presence of two and four person teams that will generally show the way ahead of the first individual racers. It’s an even easier mistake when you’re completely focused on maintaining top spot in your gender bracket.“I was really pushed by my good friend, Monica,” said McIlraith. “She and I swim a lot together, and she’s gotten really strong this year, so I knew I had to stay with her. We came out of the water at the same time. She’s stronger on the bike, so I had to let her go a little bit, just to keep my legs, because I’m a stronger runner.”

Now 29 years of age and making her third appearance in the solo event, Haring has continued to display a steady progression from a rather modest start in the Beaton, with her ultimate goal now to complete an ironman. “To be honest, this race was a New Year’s resolution,” she confessed. “I wanted to get into shape. I had heard about the Beaton and decided I was going to do it. For me, the first time, the hardest part was the swim. I started really seriously swimming that year, and I couldn’t make it the length of a 25 meter pool. I joined Laurentian Masters to help me with that, and I made it through the swim at the race.” Very gradually, Haring has made up ground, over the years, on McIlraith. “I knew it was going to be close,” noted the women’s silver medal winner. “But after swimming, biking and paddling, my legs just felt noodly. I kept going as best that I could.”

It was a different story for the first time winner in the men’s division, with Withers keenly aware that the fourth leg might propel him into top spot. “My swim was good,” he said. “I’m doing a little more on my swim, and this winter, I hope to do even more.” “I just survive on the bike. I have a great canoe and I’m like a running specialist. If I have these guys in my sights on the run, I thought I could catch them. Once we got on the beach and I knew they were within a few seconds of me, I knew that if I just stayed calm, I could let them come back to me.” Having celebrated his 54th birthday and with a goal to remain the oldest participant in the solo category, Withers pulls no punches about the importance of the Beaton in his athletic calendar. “Over the last few years, this is easily the crown jewel of my summer,” he said. “I do everything kind of building to this now.”

Putting all divisions into play, the very first team to cross the finish line was the tandem of Buddy Green (swim/canoe) and David McGregor (run/bike), posting a time just slightly over the two hour mark. Born and raised in Sudbury, McGregor has called Ottawa home for several years now, with the win on Sunday marking his first return to an event he knew well in his youth. “I did it years ago at the university, a couple of times as solo, and a few times with a team,” noted the 44-year-old athlete. “Years ago, I was a competitive cross country skier and went to nationals for track and field, and then took time off for a career. The past couple of years, I started doing ironmans, slowly getting back into shape. I got asked by Buddy at the last minute to be on his team.” Prepping for the Ironman Mont-Tremblant next weekend, McGregor acknowledged that the Beaton proved to be a helpful, if somewhat taxing, warm-up for his next race. “It’s much shorter, so we were going harder, putting out a much greater effort over a shorter period of time,” he said. “So this hurts more.”

And while the physical prowess of all of the afore-mentioned competitors is certainly inspiring, their stories might not hold a candle to the inspiration one could gain from 50-year-old Glenn Woods, one of just eight men who tackled the test that is the solo event. “I was a competitive couch potato until 2013,” said Woods, in a glaring understatement. “I was 420 pounds that year. I’m now officially half my former body weight.” And like others who share similar stories, it certainly was not the Beaton that was the end goal when this search for fitness began. “I didn’t even start running until I got down to 250 pounds or so,” he said. “The first 150 pounds were just walk, walk, walk, which is all the body needs, and watching what I ate. Then I started running. I hated running as a kid, but for some reason, I started liking it. Then I started biking, because I heard it was easier on the joints.” “Then I started swimming. One thing just led to another and the next thing you know, I’m doing triathlons and I love it. Now, it’s just a way of life. I never want to go back to the old Glenn.” The first triathlon in which Woods competed was in North Bay last summer. He trimmed an astounding 25 minutes off his time in his repeat performance last month. As for his next Beaton, the now avid Sudbury Fitness Challenge participant has narrowed down where the emphasis with his training should lie. “The swim was awesome, no issues with the swim at all,” he said. “The bike has a little bit of a rough course, compared to other triathlons, which was a bit of a shocker to me. But the paddling was probably the toughest part. I’m not a strong paddler, and I don’t think I realized just how far four kms is in a canoe.”

That is a similar refrain, even in the team events, where the identification of paddling talent is typically the toughest slot to fill. “I’ve never been in a race before, but I have canoed for fun for a few years now, so I have a bit of experience, I guess,” said recent Lo-Ellen Park graduate Liam Bursey, heading to Laurentian in the fall to pursue a degree in Architecture. In his mind, the team of former Knights stayed true to their moniker, Undertrained and Overconfident, perhaps with the exception of running ace Brendan Costello, who reeled in a few other squads in the final leg. “Costello made up for the gap, for sure,” said Bursey. “My arms were a lot more sore than when I normally canoe, that’s for sure. I had a lot of space around me when I went out there to start out, but that didn’t last for too long. I had people on either side of me pretty quick.” “They were catching up to me. Our team had a really good start, but the canoe is tough. Some people had Kevlar canoes, which are really light, and there were people who had way more experience than I do. There were people around me who really knew what they were doing – they were going really fast.”

Randy Pascal is That Sudbury Sports Guy. His column runs twice a week in The Sudbury Star.

Young: Another Beaton in the bag
By Laura Young, Special to Sudbury Star
Sunday, August 13, 2017 6:19:09 EDT PM

This event should be a dream for any marketing guru.

One of Canada’s least healthy cities has a fitness challenge and a four-event race – and it ran again Sunday at Moonlight Beach, despite crappy weather and e. coli abounding on a closed swim course.

The 34th annual running of The Beaton Classic quadrathlon went off Sunday at Moonlight Beach. Road conditions were deteriorating by the minute for the cycle. The Sudbury and District Health Unit had closed the beach due to high e. coli. Lousy weather lead the week but the sun came out and the winds were down until most canoeists were ashore.

Once again, and as always, the Beaton inspires Sudbury’s weekend warrior. The Beaton Classic has yet to host a wedding (or even a proposal that we know of yet) but in every other way the annual multisport endurance fest reunites its family. Lovers’ tentative first moments began at various Beatons. The celebrations always begin the night before. There is porketta at pre- and post-Beaton BBQs. It’s a time for history and to race around the playground., runner, cyclist types.

“If you do for them for awhile it’s a bit of a reunion. It’s not overly big but it’s a nice community, the fitness community in Sudbury,” says Colin Ward, who finished second in the men’s solo. “There’s a lot of like-minded people who like to challenge themselves. I don’t think too many people are too serious. They’re jumping into events they haven’t done before.” He is also competing with his son, Kaeden, in all seven SFC events. Obviously they compete separately, except in the Canadian Canoe Marathon in June. Kaeden won the children’s duathlon (run-bike-run) after the swim portion was cancelled.

Kaeden, a R.L. Beattie grad who will enter Grade 7 at Lo-Ellen Secondary, committed to competing in all events this season. He completed the Beaton youth triathlon on Sunday. “I go to the last race every year and I watch them hand out the fitness challenge plaques every year. I’d see my dad win the overall. I’d seen kids my age win the 12 and under. I just decided this year that I wanted to do it because I felt I could,” Kaeden says. Doing all the events is fun, and he looks forward to planning his schedule for the next one.

“Sometimes you feel you didn’t do well; sometimes you do really well.” He enjoyed the mountain bike in July. “Biking is just a naturally fun thing for me. It was my first bike race.” The hardest was perhaps the canoe marathon because he had to use his arms more; he’s used to using his legs mostly, he says. “It was pretty tiring paddling what they said was supposed to be 9k but ended up being 12 and a half.” He was worried at first about the swim because he hadn’t raced in swimming. “It turned out it was decent and I wasn’t that bad.” He was third in the 500 metres. As it was his first race, he took his mom Mary swam with him so his parents could ensure he was safe.

“It’s coming along. Our confidence in letting him doing it (swim) is increasing,” says Colin Ward. Doing it with his dad makes Kaeden feel part of the bigger picture. “I feel like I’m not the only one doing all the events.”

The history of the Beaton lends its special appeal to all competitors. The four-event race (swim, bike, paddle, run), named for Bill and Isla Beaton, began in 1983. The city’s former sports-minded mayor who built places to play, like Sudbury Community Arena, back when downtown was thriving. The late Terry McKinty, grandson to Isla and Bill, initiated the Beaton as a uniquely Northern event: a swim, cycle, solo paddle, and run. The paddle celebrates both his grandparents’ skills in the canoe.

The event is competed in solo, pairs and fours teams. Currently the Beaton is the sixth of seven events (ski, run, canoe, swim, bike, and trail run, as well) in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge. In October, after the Turkey Gobbler, the year’s Mr and Ms. Fit Sudbury will be announced, overall and in all age groups.

The city could promote it more: at one time the city designated a staff member to managing the SFC overall during the summer months. Currently, various sports groups from masters swimmers to the mountain bike club, operate the events.

As Neil Phipps, head Beaton coordinator said Sunday, it’s a race for the people and by the people.

Laura Young's column runs every other week.

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Sudbury Fitness Challenge Standings

Here are the Sudbury Fitness Challenge points standings after (6) events.
Awards ceremony will follow the upcoming Turkey Gobbler. See you there!



  August 10, 2017

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Thanks to everyone who took part in the Finlandia Trail Run Series this summer. A huge thanks to the dedicated volunteers who selflessly dedicated their evenings and weekends to support Nordic and Para-Nordic skiing in Sudbury. Also a big thanks to Sessions Ride Co, Towneplace Suites, the Running Room and the Sudbury Kettlebell Club for supporting these events.

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Upcoming Local Events

September 10, 2017

5k & 21.1 k Roadraces

The SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour is taking place on Sunday, September 10 at Laurentian University at 10:00 am.

EVENTS: 5 km and a 1/2 marathon.

REGISTER:on-line through the Running Room - or -  Manual Entry Form

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jesse Winters


PHONE: (705) 674-2293

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(21k map)





Run Club Update




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Hope this message finds you all well and not to sore from the Finlandia trail race and the Beaton Classic this past week. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves with these two great events all in one week and we look forward to next year aleady. Remember the Ramsey Tour is right around the corner on September 10th at Laurentian University and there is a 5km and Half Marathon.

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See you all on Wednesday for Run Club at 6pm

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