In this Issue:
- Northumberland runner Ken Stubbings
reaches milestone 100 marathons
- 8th Annual Haunted
- OPS Run at Kivi Park
- Registration kicks off for the 2018
Unbreakable Spring Open
- Contrasting provincial perspectives
at Cambrian College
- Upcoming Events: November
12 Run to Remember College Boreal and Dec 2 Santa
- Running Room Run Club Update
- Track North News OUA
Cross-Country Running Championships, Malden Park, Windsor,
Northumberland runner Ken Stubbings
reaches milestone 100 marathons
Oct 26, 2017 by Karen Longwell Northumberland News
TOWNSHIP -- Ken Stubbings reached the milestone of
running 100 marathons this fall. Stubbings ran his
first marathon in 2002. - Karen Longwell / Metroland
NORTHUMBERLAND — In a personal goal that has
taken him to races across Canada, runner Ken Stubbings,
55, recently finished his 100th marathon.
Knowing he could reach
his 100th marathon this year, Stubbings planned to
make Prince Edward County Marathon on Oct. 1 the one.
It is a race he has always done with family including
his wife Lynn Stubbings who does a half marathon distance.
“I picked Prince
Edward County marathon because since they have started
the race, 14 years ago, I have done it every year.
I like that course,” Stubbings said.
spoke to the race course director Mark Henry
and they surprised Stubbings with bib number
100 for the event. Lynn and a friend also surprised
him with a special cake after the race. The
race itself went well and he finished with a
running as a teenager as a way to lose weight
and stay fit. When he moved to the Cobourg area
in the mid 1980s, he started doing the Post
(cereal) Race, a 10-kilometre distance. After
doing a few of 10-km races, Stubbings wanted
to challenge himself. “I just kept up
scaling the distances.”
In the spring of 2002 he ran
the Around the Bay 30 kilometre race in Hamilton.“When
I got to the 30-K, I thought maybe I can do
a marathon,” said Stubbings.
That same year he entered his
first marathon — a distance of 42.2 kilometres.
He chose the Massey Marathon west of Sudbury,
as Lynn’s brother Vince Perdue and his
wife Lise live in Sudbury. They now join the
Stubbings on many marathons.
He still remembers that
first marathon. “I thought I was prepared for
it but the last 12 kilometres are always the hardest,”
he said “I was quite stiff for a while after
In recent years Stubbings
averages about eight marathons a year but this year
he had 11 on his schedule because he wanted to be
sure to make it to 100. “I wanted a backup in
case of injury or illness.”
Since that first marathon
in 2002, Stubbings has criss-crossed the country entering
marathons. A few years ago, he, Lynn, and Lynn’s
brother and sister-in-law had a goal to do a marathon
in each province and territory in Canada. They successfully
completed the goal collecting a pile of finisher medals
and great memories from some unique races.
The Northwest Passage
Marathon on Somerset Island in Nunavut in July of
2012 was one of Stubbings most memorable, he said.
There were only 18 competitors in the race, which
was organized by Arctic Watch. Arctic Watch Lodge
sets up camp on Somerset Island for six weeks during
the summer. Somerset Island is an uninhabited region
in Nunavut, located 800 kms north of the Arctic Circle.
There are no roads on the island.
“You are running
over an ATV path for part it and running along the
shoreline of the Northwest Passage, and then you are
also running across tundra, up the middle of creeks
— it is totally different,” he said.
Arctic Watch campsite
on Somerset Island
Passage race start
The Prince Edward County
marathon and The Massey Marathon are two of Stubbings
favourites as he does them every year with family.
With a busy marathon
schedule this year, twice Stubbings completed two
marathons in one weekend. In May he completed one
in Dunville on May 13 and the next day in Sudbury
on May 14. In September he had two back-to-back marathons
in two different provinces. The first in Halifax on
Sept. 16 after which he and Lynn caught a flight a
few hours later to head to Newfoundland for the Huffin’
Puffin’ Marathon the next morning on Sept. 17.
One of his hardest races
this year was an event in Niagara-on-the-Lake in June.
“It was excruciatingly hot ... it was 28 degrees
at 8 o’clock in the morning.”
Stubbings has qualified
for the Boston Marathon many times and entered the
race six times. He was there but had already finished
the race in 2013, the year of the deadly terrorist
bombing. He returned the following year to support
In 2004 Stubbings reached
his fastest time — 2:54:50 at the Massey Marathon.
These days, Stubbings has stopped paying attention
to times and has slowed down. Speed training takes
a lot of work and can lead to injuries. “To
get those fast times, it is a lot of work.”
He now focuses on the scenery and interacting with
other runners and averages about three hours and 45
minutes. “I don’t really remember the
finish times — it is really other things that
happen and the people you meet.”
He keeps up a running
schedule year-round and goes for long run, about 25
to 38 kilometres, every weekend, and does shorter
runs during the week. “I maintain that endurance
level throughout the year,” said Stubbings.
For his next goal, Stubbings
wants to go beyond the marathon distance to about
80 to 100 kilometres in an ultra-marathon.
Thus far he has done
62 kilometres in an official event, but on his own
he ran a distance of 80.5 kilometres, from his home
just north of Cobourg to his mother’s home in
Lindsay in 2014. “One
time I just thought — I wonder what it would
be like to run to Lindsay.” He
ran it in eight and half hours.
While he still plans
to do marathons with his family as Lynn is also working
towards 100 half-marathons, ultra marathons are his
I keep motivated — as a runner you set little
goals for yourself.”
finishing #100 with congratulations from his best
STATO hosted it's 8th Annual
Haunted Hustle on Sunday, October 29, 2017 in Temiskaming
Shores beginning at the Haileybury Waterfront. Runners
and walkers took part in distances from a 5km, 10km,
21.1km, all the way to 42.2km Don't forget the 4 Person
"TEEN" Relay Event for teens from 13-18
years of age! Special registration rates for Teens
under 18 are in place and designed to encourage our
youth to take part in physical participaction - our
to Glenn Woods on his overall finish in the 5k at
the Haunted Hustle in Haileybury. Good job taking
it easy. I forgot to mention that he ran dressed as
a banana... and he ran a longer course than others.
hat outfit kept me nice and warm. It was awesome running
by kids screaming "Banana, Banana". Intended
to walk it and take it easy but the legs, or the banana
costume, had other plans. Glenn ran with his group
of animals seen in the photo below.
Tawnie and Will Tai and Catherine Perrin also ran
the Haunted Hustle Half and had a great experience.
" It was so well organized from kit pick up to
the after run meal. Everyone was so friendly and supportive
that we really felt right at home. Even the 2 restaurants
that we ate at, Zanties and The Rooster, were welcoming
and had really good food. We stayed at Leisure Inn
and were blown away by the comfortable home like atmosphere,
especially at the free breakfast where we helped ourselves
to good food and good conversation. I really hope
to see more Rocks members next year, it's a fun race
and a great way to spend the weekend. I hope to bring
the rest of the kids next time and make it a family
get together with a little run in the mix".
November 1 at Kivi Park
Every year members of the different offices in the
local Ontario's Public Services put on a walk and
run in support of the United Way. There is a 3k walk/run
and for the spirited there is also an 8k challenge.
This was the first year the group chose Kivi Park
as their preferred location. The ski trails used for
the run are in superb shape. Participants also get
a unique opportunity to run in an off road environment.
Everyone was pleased with the location.
Kim Murch was the organizer
this year with the assistance of Sara McIlraith for
course and timing logistics. Steve Meade, Elizabeth
Priebe, Julie Chartrand and Vince Perdue assisted
with the course and timing.
running to end mental health stigma
Registration kicks off for the 2018
Unbreakable Spring Open
Robin De Angelis, CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2017
Students at Lo-Ellen
Park Secondary School in Sudbury are organizing the 2018 Unbreakable
Spring Open to raise awareness and end the stigma surrounding
mental illness. (Robin De Angelis/CBC)
A group of students at Lo-Ellen
Park Secondary School want people in Sudbury, Ont.,
to lace up for mental health awareness at the 2018
Unbreakable Spring Open.
The goal of the 5 km run is to raise
awareness about mental health issues in the community,
and end the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Josh Tillson organized the first event
in April, after he lost his step-father to suicide
in 2016. Tillson says running helped him work through
that difficult time in his life, and inspired him
to raise awareness about mental health issues in the
The first Unbreakable Spring Open run
drew over 450 participants and raised over $14,000
for Cameron Helps, a charity that offers run therapy
programs for youth mental health.
"Everyone there was just giving
off this positive energy that was beautiful to see,
and everyone was open to talking and having fun,"
"I had many people, over the course
of the day, come up and talk to me and share their own
experiences with mental health and things that they
would've never been comfortable talking about, but this
event gave them that voice."
Tillson wants to see next year's run grow, and this
time he won't be doing it alone.
"We have an amazing group of students here that
are all really, really passionate and really excited
to organize this run," he says.
Park Secondary School student Josh Tillson organized
the first Unbreakable Spring Open after losing his
step-father to suicide in 2016. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)
Bringing people together to end the
Augustin Marks de Chabris participated
in the run in April, and decided to get more involved as the
director of the committee.
"There's a lot of stigma
surrounding mental health, even now, so ... any kind of event
that's raising funds for research and understanding of mental
health, and the destruction of stigma around it, I think that's
a great cause," he says.
For fellow committee member Mira
Elstub, the cause hits close to home.
"I had a friend, he was
suicidal and he had a hard time having people there to understand
him," she says.
"I just feel like bringing
people together, showing people that there are real issues
like this even if you don't understand them, can really help
others knowing that they have someone to talk to."
Click here for more
information and to register for the 2018 Unbreakable Spring
Open (2018 available soon).
Contrasting provincial perspectives at Cambrian College
by Cambrian Varsity Athletics
Though things did not
go quite as planned for the Cambrian varsity crew
that had to deal with the raised expectations built
on prior success and playing at home, quite the opposite
was true in London, where Golden Shield runners managed
to qualify three athletes for nationals.
Certainly, a silver-bronze
performance for the women’s tandem of Mary Strain
and Emily Marcolini was not the least bit shocking,
the pair accounting for back to back OCAA individual
championship banners that made their way north in
both 2015 and 2016.
The bonus, this time
around, was a 24th place finish by freshman Shawn
Belanger, highlighted by a final fifty metre sprint
that allowed the Collège Notre-Dame graduate
to crack the top 25, earning a trip to Sainte-Thérèse
(P.Q.) in the process.
Back to the women, for
a moment, as a top trio of Janelle Hanna of Fanshawe
(22:11), followed by Strain (22:19) and Marcolini
(22:37) played out pretty much as predicted. “We
had a game plan going in that they would work as a
team,” noted Cambrian cross-country head coach
“It was really
the two of them versus the Fanshawe girl up at the
front. They broke away pretty early. By three kilometres,
it was them and the rest of the field thirty seconds
behind. They started to push the pace at 5 kms. With
about 300 metres to go, it was kind of like what happened
the last couple of races – Janelle just had
a little bit more in the tank.”
There was little, if
any, disappointment in the voice of Leishman as he
looked back on the bid to three-peat, from a Cambrian
perspective, in the women’s race. “They
PB’d by about a minute or so,” he noted.
“Mary has never run under 23 minutes. You can
never be mad about running faster than you ever have
As for his very dedicated
male newcomer to the program, Leishman could not have
been more pleasantly surprised. “Honestly, he
hasn’t run in two weeks with shin issues,”
he said. “I put him on the bike for past 14
days or so. He ran perhaps 15 kms in past two weeks.
For him, running 28 minutes (28:25 – to be precise)
for 8 kms was a huge surprise.”
“To put it into
perspective, I was 14th my first year and I ran 29:30,”
stated Leishman. “The depth of the middle of
the field this year was surprising. He was 26th with
about 50 metres to go, he definitely knew that he
could sprint and he used that.” The Cambrian
troika will head to Quebec on November 11th for nationals,
with Ontario expected to be among the favourites on
the women’s side.
Hello Runner's and Walker's,
Hello Runners and Walkers!
Congratulations to all who participated in the Haunted
Hustle event this past weekend. You all did fantastic
with the tough conditions now you can rest and recover.
As well Running Room is offering Good life members
a nice discount from November 1st to the 19th on Nike
shoes and apparel.
Also the Garmin Forerunner 35 is marked down to $199.99
from $249.99, as well the Saucony Triumph ISO 3 is
marked down to $160, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 $140,
and Asics GT 2000-5 is marked down to $150.
A couple races coming up is the Road to Hope race
weekend in Hamilton this coming weekend and the Run
to Remember race on Sunday November 12th at college
Boreal starting at 9am. One other run coming up fast
is Santa Shuffle on December 2nd also at College Boreal.
See you all at Run Club tonight at 6pm Cheers.
Eric,Ania, Erich, Cassandra, Sam, Caleb
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
North News - by Dick
OUA Cross-Country Running Championships,
Malden Park, Windsor, 10/28/17
Women” - (L to R): Jessie Nusselder, Heidi Tuszkiewicz
(#59),Meghan Sippel (#58), Jenny Bottomley (#51),
Nicole Rich (#55), Megan Crocker (#51). (Photo Credit
- Adam Kalab)
The Laurentian cross-country
running team competed at the OUA Championships in
Windsor this weekend, returning with 5th and 8th place
finishes. The 5th place finish for the women's squad
qualified them for the USports national Championships
in Victoria in two weeks, while the men's 8th place
finish left them only three points from qualifying.
This was the first OUA championship in which the women
competed over eight kilometres.
The women’s team
featured three runners in the top-23 and was once
again led by Jenny Bottomley who placed 18th a time
of 29:17 over the 8km course. She was closely followed
by Heidi Tuszkiewicz, who placed 20th in 29:33 and
Megan Crocker who was 23rd in 29:41. Nicole Rich was
33rd in 30:19 and Jessie Nusselder was 37th in 30:38
to complete the scoring. Displacers were rookies Nicole
Sartor who placed 48th in 31:14 and Meghan Sippel
who was 58th in 31:58.
“Jenny and Heidi
put themselves in the lead pack with a group of elite
athletes for the first of three laps," said associate
head coach, Darren Jermyn. "They dropped a bit
after a surge in the second lap, but then hung tough
until the end of the race. Megan Crocker started more
conservatively, but just got stronger with every lap.
The other women ran tremendous races as well. All
in all, it was an exciting performance – to
give you some perspective of how fast they were running,
Jenny went through the 5km mark in 18:18, then ran
three more kilometres. Our goal now will be to rehab
as quickly as possible, then get in a couple of good
workouts before Nationals in two weeks.”
Pack - Women1”: (R to L): Jenny Bottomley, Heidi
Tuszkiewicz (Photo Credit - Mackenzie Crowther)
Individual Results - Laurentian Women (8km)
18, Jenny Bottomley, 29:17
20, Heidi Tuszkiewicz, 29:33
23, Megan Crocker, 29:41
33, Nicole Rich, 30:19
37, Jessie Nusselder, 30:38
48, Nicole Sartor, 31:14
58, Meghan Sippel, 31:58
Team Results - Women
1. Queens, 37
2. Toronto, 62
3. Guelph, 79
4. McMaster, 100
5. Laurentian, 131
6. Western, 151
7. Waterloo, 209
8. Laurier, 223
9. Windsor, 228
10. Lakehead, 284
11. Brock, 324
12. Nipissing, 349
13. Trent, 394
14. Ryerson, 394
Incomplete teams: Algoma, York
Start” - (L to R): Caleb Beland (#60), Paul
Sagriff (#68), Liam Passi (#67) (Photo Credit - Adam
The men’s squad
was led by rookie Paul Sagriff, who placed 28th over
the 10km course in a time of 31:46. He was followed
by Liam Passi who was 34th in 32:08, Caleb Beland
who was 51st in 33:09, Sam Delage who was 63rd in
34:32 and Jarod Milford who was 66th in 34:52. Displacers
were Gordie Chown and Jordan Burkitt who placed 76th
and 78th in 35:29 and 35:39 respectively. Six out
of the seven runners ran personal best times.
"The men have made
remarkable progress since their return three years
ago," said head coach, Dick Moss. "Their
team average today was 33:17 for the 10km, and they've
improved by almost a minute every season. Today, they
were only three points from qualifying for nationals.
And they know how to race hard when it counts. Almost
all of them ran personal bests over a hard course
Individual Results - Laurentian Men (10km)
28, Paul Sagriff, 31:46
34, Liam Passi, 32:08
51, Caleb Beland, 33:09
63, Sam Delage, 34:32
66, Jarod Milford, 34:52
76, Gordie Chown, 35:29
78, Jordan Burkitt, 35:39
Team Results - Men
1. Guelph, 41
2. McMaster, 50
3. Queens, 85
4. Western, 99
5. Windsor, 117
6. Toronto, 162
7. Laurier, 234
8. Laurentian, 237
9. Waterloo, 241
10. Brock, 300
11. Lakehead, 312
12. Nipissing, 339
13. Ryerson, 354
14. Trent, 425
Incomplete Teams: Algoma, York
The women’s team competes next at the USports
National Championships in Victoria, BC, on November
11th. The men will soon begin preparations for the
indoor track season.
In case you aren't on Facebook, we have a lot of
photos from the OUAs.
Adam Kalab’s Photos:
Mackenzie Crowther’s Photos
Mark Dewan’s Photos
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