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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                         November 23, 2017

  In this Issue:


  1. Rocks!! Run to Science North
  2. Pub Run - Christmas edition DEC 2
  3. What We Permit We Promote
  5. Upcoming Events:  Dec 2 Santa Shuffle
  6. Running Room Run Club Update
  7. Track North News  



Rocks!! Wednesday Evening Run to Science North



Pub Run - Christmas edition DEC 2

6 Pubs/6 Km/6 Hours · Hosted by Ania Derecka

The second edition, aka Christmas edition of the Pub Run is on! Put your favourite runnings shoes on, dress for the weather, bring a head lamp, arrange for a dd ahead of time, and, don't forget to dress up for the occasion (Christmas costumes, lights, ugly sweaters, funny hats, whatevers sparks your holiday spirit...). Our first pub will be Buzzy Brown's. We are meeting at 6pm sharp and we will head towards downtown but the exact route will be kept a secret :) Feel free to share/invite interested friends. The route is approximately 6km and we will stop at 6 pubs with the final one carefully chosen to do some dancing. Who is in?

Saturday December 2 at 6:00 pm

Buzzy Brown's Cedar Pointe Plaza

Contact Ania Derecka: aderecka@hotmail.com




What We Permit We Promote
By Ravi Singh - November 15, 2017

The cycle gets more sickeningly familiar by the day. In the past few weeks alone, a deluge of men in positions of power have been revealed as abusers who knew no consequences, in some cases for decades.

The most high profile of these stories have come from the world of celebrity, but the running community can’t pretend we have no role in the conversation or in changing this violent cycle.

For years now, we’ve had certain cycles of our own on repeat. On social media and message boards, womens’ athletic ability and talent can’t seem to be separated from their appearance. Every now and then, an article documents the violence that women face on the run. Stories of abusive coaches crop up too. A furor follows, but we know some variation of that article will appear again.

(You should read: Running While Female)

These dynamics are not isolated from the stories we’ve read in the past few months. They’re part of a cultural cancer that continuously reinforces the notion that women are inferior and can be controlled and intimidated.

When we’re silent, it grows. What we permit, we promote. The we I’m referring to in this case is the men in this community. We’ve long been past the point where we can claim shock or ignorance. We have no choice but to own this issue.

This is precisely why I didn’t interview any women for this piece. For one, women have told their story and at this point it’s merely a matter of whether or not we choose to accept the reality of the situation. Additionally, this is not meant to be a piece that proposes magic bullet, simple solutions to a complex issue. Each of us runs in a unique context and there is no one size fits all solution.

The objective I had in putting these words down is to encourage us to see ourselves as part of a solution that begins with dialogue, especially the listening part, and accountability. This is an invitation to acknowledge this issue in a real way and for any male runner — whether a coach, writer like myself, or run group leader — reading this to listen to the women they run with.

In a sport that celebrates community, we know that running shapes our values and the people we are in the world at large. Cross country and track teams of all levels, races, and local running groups are all spaces where we learn and are shaped as individuals. These same spaces have to be where change begins.

Jean Paul Bedard has for years used running as a vehicle for advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual abuse. “There’s an opportunity for mentorship in this sport,” Bedard says. “Running is not solitary, it’s a community that has leaders and role models.”

Bedard adds that running should take lessons from professional soccer, where community engagement and mentorship is written into the contracts of players. Running at its very top level has to model and encourage the behaviour we want to see in the world.

(You should read: Real Talk Reflections with Myself on Body Image)

Canadian running is lucky to have a wealth of exceptional role models among our elite athletes. For Bedard, the privilege of being a sponsored athlete (Bedard is sponsored by Brooks Running) entails a responsibility to engage with the public.

Running publications have a responsibility too to promote and celebrate the diversity of those who pursue our sport. If the elite athlete, and the associated body type, is all that we celebrate, we find ourselves complicit in a toxic culture. The images we put into the world have a power to dismantle or reinforce the notion that someone’s body, usually a woman’s, is tied to their worth.

(You should read: What Does a Runner Look Like?)

For editors and writers, we can’t be tone deaf and ignorant when it comes to how we talk about women. We can’t in one breath express outrage over abuse and mistreatment but in our words and actions not afford women an equal place among their male counterparts.

There’s an obligation as well for publications to serve as a forum for honest conversations about body image to also be a place where the images of women we convey to the world show them as full human beings. Our role is to allow women to tell their story or to honestly capture their perspective, not impose our own.

We’ve been comfortable enough condemning harassment and the violence women face on the run and within the running world from a distance, but dealing with it as it occurs directly in front of us is imperative. This is where awkward conversations have to begin.

Local running groups can make the space for these conversations. Uncomfortable as it may be, running groups have to make it explicit what will and will not be tolerated and understand directly from those who are vulnerable what they’ve faced, what needs to change, and follow through on that change.

Have the conversations outside of the run to understand what the women you run with are dealing with, how to identify it, and what you’re expected to do when that happens. Most importantly, we need our fellow runners to know that when they come forward that they will be greeted with trust and compassion.

We’ve learned that it can’t be taken for granted that unacceptable behaviours will be acknowledged and addressed. If we care about the women we run with, we have to make it clear that we’re ready to listen and act.

(You should read: Men Stop Me Running)

It’s not meant to be enjoyable to bring to light abuses or harm that may be taking place in our own community, or the ways in which we may be complicit, but it’s essential to living up to the values we claim to cherish. Furthermore, it’s essential to creating spaces where these values will be passed on to other men who run.

“When we run,” Bedard says, “We’re travelling through a community and have a voice in it. When we can be brave enough to acknowledge a problem and show that we won’t stand for something, we create the space for more allies to come forward.”

This understanding has to work its way through from the smallest of run clubs to the largest of university teams. No one’s right to participate can trump another’s right to safety, respect, and autonomy. Every failure within our own community to listen and take action says that we don’t care.

As runners, we won’t change anything until we are that change. If that change can be reality in our community, it can be a reality in the wider world.




By Randy Pascal, For The Sudbury Star

Congratulations to Cambrian's amazing Cross Country Runners, Mary Strain and Emily Marcolini! After a stellar finish at the CCAA XC National Championships, they were named CCAA All-Canadians at the Awards Banquet!

Slowly – very, very slowly -- Cambrian cross-country coach Eric Leishman is building a program.

Much in the relatively recent tradition of both Meghan Juuti and Jack Kosmerly, Leishman has invested the time and energy in a big way, hopeful that his passion for the sport will transcend a roster that more often than not features more casual runners (casual, at least, by post-secondary standards) than those who remain committed to their training 12 months of the year.

Sure, there have been the recent one-offs, OCAA titles captured in back-to-back years by Emily Marcolini and Mary Strain. But the fall of 2017 marked the first time in a while that the Golden Shield came ever so close to actually fielding a team of four to five runners who could contend for schools with a much larger base of student athletes.

The tail-end of the 2017 schedule and some interesting potential news for 2018 represent an interesting alignment of the stars that would appear to bode well for Leishman and his merry band of harriers. While this year’s CCAA Championship in Blainville, Que. did not produce a Cambrian visit to the podium a la 2016, there was still a pair of top-10 placements to celebrate, as both Strain (seventh – 22:28) and Marcolini (10th – 22:40) kept themselves within eyesight of the lead pack throughout the six-kilometre race.

Throw in a solid performance from freshman Shawn Belanger (86th of 131, 28:45 over 8 km), representing Cambrian for the first time at nationals, and one can sense at least some reason for optimism on the part of Leishman.

“I would give them all an A for what they were capable of on that day, given the circumstances of the season,” he said.

“They pretty much ran second for second what they ran all year. I wouldn’t say they unperformed. It was more a case of everyone just being much faster than expected.”

As is so often the case in the world of cross-country running, trying to assess relative times is typically an exercise in frustration, given the variance in so many factors moving from one venue to the next.

“The dynamics of the course were totally different,” said Leishman. “You just can’t compare running on grass, like in the Sault (2016), which is a lot slower than running on a hard packed almost track-like surface. The surface itself just made it a lot faster.”

And to some extent, an element of race day luck is always helpful.

“Emily lost her shoe in the first 50 metres, so she was playing catch-up from the word go,” said Leishman. “She went through the field extremely fast, basically shot through the field by four and a half kilometres. If everything had gone 100%, she would have been even further up.”

All in all, the news from nationals alone would have likely created a very upbeat environment for the former Cambrian Male Athlete of the Year, heading into the winter months. But it seems like more good news is still to come.

“I’m pretty sure that Tim (Yu, Cambrian athletic director) is going to allow us to compete in indoor track this winter,” noted Leishman. “There is actually an unofficial OCAA indoor track championship.”

It goes without saying that any kind of racing options often provide the carrot to be dangled directly in front of those who live with a need for speed.

“It’s exciting,” said Leishman. “This is a sport where you often need another reason to get motivated for the winter. Indoor track is definitely something that keeps things rolling into the summer.”

In fact, he sees no reason why this addition to the varsity schedule, should it come to pass, could not serve as leverage to grow the running team even more.

“I would like to put the word out there that anyone can compete,” he said. “There’s distances from 800 metres to three kilometres. We might just interest a middle distance guy who is going to Cambrian to pick up his old spikes and run the 800 metres or something.”

Still with running, congratulations should be extended to coach Eric Leishman, who recently finished second at the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope. His time of 2:30.06 not only marked a major improvement for the native of Chapleau, but was second only to Torontonian Bonsa Gonfa, who captured the event in a time of 2:23:33.


The Cambrian Athletics column runs weekly during the OCAA sports season.




Upcoming Local Events



December 2, 2017

Santa Shuffle

Location at College Boreal

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Run Club Update




Store News

Hello Runner's and Walker's,

Good afternoon Runner's and Walker's,


Half Marathon Clinic supposed to get underway Thursday November 16th but will be pushed back for the last time to try and draw more interest. New start date will be the following Thursday the 23rd starting at 6pm from the Running Room.

Your instructor will be Eric Leishman

You can also get a deal for one of your friends if you and them sign up for the same clinic together you can get 30% off the second person signing up for the same clinic.


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






Track North News - by Dick Moss



Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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For information call me.
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