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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                            January 25, 2018                                                      

     In this Issue:


  1. Walden Cross Country Ontario Cup
  2. Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
  3. Whistler Alpine Meadows adds daunting ultra distance
  4. Upcoming Events:  Walden Run under the Lights, Cross Out Cancer Ski Loppet, Love to Run 5k, Sofie Loppet and Hypo Half
  5. Running Room Run Club Update:  SPECIAL CHALLENGE
  6. Track North News   Ottawa Winter National Invitational Indoor Track Meet
    Louis Riel Dome, Ottawa January 20, 2018




Location: Naughton Trails
Host Club: Walden Cross Country Fitness Club


January 20 - 21


All Photos Here


PASCAL: Snow shortage doesn't spoil race
By Randy Pascal, For The Sudbury Star

The weather was anything but ideal for the folks involved with the Walden Cross Country Fitness Club, hosting their first set of Ontario Cup Nordic ski races in some four to five years.

Unseasonably mild temperatures had created some challenges this past week for organizers, albeit not insurmountable, especially for a group that was more than a little anxious to showcase some of the wonderful northern hospitality well documented in these parts.

"I'm so proud of Walden for pulling this off," noted Guelph Gryphon freshman Allison Caswell, a regular to the Naughton Trails during her time competing on the high school circuit as a member of the Lo-Ellen Park Knights powerhouse.

"My mom had been updating me all week on how much snow they were losing, how much rain they were getting. I knew all week it was pretty stressful, but I was impressed with the shape of the trails."

Within the provincial Nordic ski community, Ontario Cup events serve as a valuable gathering point, bringing together university delegations -- Laurentian, Nipissing, Algoma, Guelph, Waterloo and the University of Toronto all fielded teams this weekend -- along with club skiers of younger ages. The local competition even included a Para-Nordic component as coach Patti Kitler took advantage of the opportunity to race her talented youngsters as well.

It's been a busy first half year of post-secondary education for Caswell, adjusting academically -- she opted to make the transfer over to the Human Kinetics program prior to starting 2018 -- as well as wrapping her mind around a Nordic ski environment that does not exactly mirror her Northern Ontario hometown.

"I'm spending a lot less time on snow, which is expected, going from Sudbury to Guelph," she said. "This fall, we definitely did a lot more roller-skiing. Guelph is a lot more roller-ski friendly. In Sudbury, there's Delki Dozzi (track) and then there's nowhere else that's really safe to roller-ski. There are a lot of country roads near Guelph that are quieter, so I've been able to go on longer roller ski training sessions, which is nice."

Still, local athletes are more than happy to benefit from the traditional natural abundance of snow, though I am told they were trucking the stuff in for the finish area from local ski hills, given the meltdown last week. Thirteen year old Maggie Parks, a proud member of the Sudbury Nordic Racers, knows that this is not the norm for a sport that she has enjoyed, in these parts, since the age of five.

"My mom told me to go out and try it," Parks recalled. "A lot of people quit, but I was one of the ones who stayed in the sport. When I was six, I could only classic ski, but I learned how to skate ski, I taught myself, and that kind of kept me in it."

In fact, there were two days of races in Naughton this past weekend, with skiers tackling the classic events on Saturday and moving to the seemingly more favoured skate ski races on Sunday. "For classic, you have to go inside tracks and stuff, so your hands move differently," noted Parks.

"Skate skiing is obviously a lot more like the skating motion" - and, by all accounts, much easier and quicker to do. For her part, the Grade 8 student at Carl Nesbitt Public School picked up some valuable strategic knowledge as she prepares for the balance of the Ontario Cup season series.

"I liked the downhills, but I learned that I need to get out near the front," she said. "I got stuck in the back. I was trying to go up a hill and somebody was in front of me, and I couldn't get past them because there was no room."

Like his teammate, Patrick Wiss (also 13) favours skate ski to classic. And like his teammate, his progress in the sport is certainly a function, to some extent, of perseverance. "I remember my first races that I was in, I didn't place so well," recalled the Grade 8 student at Ecole Macdonald-Cartier.

"But I never gave up. Recently, I've been getting better places and better places. Technically, I'm training a lot more every aspect that you can think of. I have a better glide, I go up faster, if I fall, I get up faster." He's also developed a pretty quick "step turnaround," a deft move going into and coming out of corners that allows one to pass opponents with one swift lurch.

The technique allowed Wiss to make up ground after finding himself somewhat boxed in at the start. "At the beginning, I was with a couple of kids, but I felt it wasn't fast enough for me, so I caught up with the group ahead of us, and then I tried to get further and further ahead of that."

Now 19 years old and in his second year at Laurentian University (and his second year as a member of the LU Nordic ski team), Sault Ste Marie native Matteo Reich has to find different means for improvement, boasting a background in the sport that began at the age of four and would see him compete, in his youth, under the banner of the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club.

"I think technically, everyone is always improving a bit," said Reich. "The technique is always changing in cross-country skiing, you always see new things coming out. But, to be honest, it's mostly from the increase in training, that's where you see the improvement."

Though he also trained with the Laurentian cross country running team during his first fall of studies in Sudbury, Reich migrated back, come the winter, to the sport that is truthfully part of the very fabric of his being. "My parents put me in at a young age and it kind of clicked with me, right away," he said.

"I'm into the endurance sports, from mountain biking to cross country running. All of those endurance sports really transfer over." And after all of these years, he still finds a way to strike a balance, all while pursuing his degree in Kinesiology at L.U.

"It's all about the time management with school, the ability to come up with a schedule every week and planning your time effectively so that you can get in every workout," said Reich. "If you don't, you start missing workouts, it's a mess."

A mess indeed, kind of like the state of the Naughton Trails midway through last week -- and we'll have none of that in these parts of the Ontario Cup circuit.

Randy Pascal is That Sudbury Sports Guy. His column appears twice per week in The Sudbury Star.






Rocks!! Outdoor Action

Ania, Eva and Kaylie on Laurentian Lake


Brent Walker back country skiing in B.C.









Whistler Alpine Meadows adds daunting ultra distance
Whistler Alpine Meadows trail race adds a 115K option for 2018 as well as plans to host a 175K distance in 2019

January 18th, 2018 by Tim Huebsch | Posted in Trail Running

Whistler, B.C. will have a 115K (71 miles) trail race in 2018 and is on track to be the site of a 175K (108 miles) route in 2019.

Whistler Alpine Meadows, a Coast Mountain Trail Series race, added the new distance for the Sept. 22, 2018 race featuring more than 7,000m of climbing in the Whistler Valley. Gary Robbins posted the announcement to his Facebook page on Thursday. As part of the announcement, Robbins says that 100K of the 115K route “have never been used by us in a race before.”

Whistler Alpine Meadows also includes a 12K, 25K and 55K for 2018. The announcement adds that a 175K route is to be added for 2019 with close to 10,000m of elevation.

A true European style mountain race, right here in Whistler, BC!

September 22nd race date with registration going live on Feb 1st via TrailSeries.ca

12km / 25km / 55km / 115km

New for 2018 a 115km route with over 7000 meters of climbing via the four major mountains in the Whistler valley. No out and backs, no loops, no lollipops, no washing machine, no BS. 95% singletrack, 5% gravel service road, 100% amazing mountain terrain!

If you've run our 55km race in the first two years, rest assured, less than 20kms of the 55km route are utilized in the new 115km route, meaning almost 100kms of the 115km route have never be used by us in a race before. In fact, over 3/4 of the new route has never been used in any trail race to date.

Bottom line, you don't want to miss out, this is the coolest thing we've ever produced, period.

Also stay tuned for our new for 2019 addition of a 175km route with almost 10,000m following the exact same design principles, zero BS, 100% awesomeness.






Upcoming Local Events

  January 30, 2018 

Night Lights Race Series, 2018
Hosted by Walden Cross Country Fitness Club

Tuesday Nights this winter, test your speed at our Night Lights Race Series. Open to everyone - fast or slow, young or old - ski one event, ski all four, just ski before you sleep!

Series #2 January 30 - Skate Sprints

Registration: takes place in the chalet from 6:15 - 6:30. Races start at 7:00 PM.

Entry Fee: $10/race. Half price for those 12 and under.

Prizes awarded following each race, and for the overall series winners.

Contact us at program@waldenxc.ca for more information.





   February 4, 2018

Cross Out Cancer
Ski Loppet

Sunday, February 4th 2018

Mass start for the 5km and 15km. The tracks will go from 8 to 4 to 2.

Kids 1km at 10:30 am and 10:45 am for the 5km and 15km.





    February 10, 2018

FEB 10
Love 2 Run 5km
Public · Hosted by Running Room (Sudbury)

Saturday, February 10 at 9 AM - 12 PM

Running Room (Sudbury)
117-1984 Regent Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 5S1




  February 11, 2018


The events are on Sunday. Para nordic 1.5km - stadium and shed. 5km - gully, shed, wall, extension, 1 lap. 16km - gully, shed, wall, sophies, extension, two laps, 24km - 3laps. All races start on the field and all races conclude with one lap of the stadium.

Tentative start times on Sunday are 10:00 for the para nordic and 10:30 for the loppet.




  February 18th, 2018


Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Races


Sudbury Running Room - View Map
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1


9:00 a.m.

Event Information and Registration

Course Map





Run Club Update




Store News


Hello Runners and Walkers,

Starting off the promo for this week is 15% additional off sale Items.

I hope everyone is having a great start to their week. The past few days have been up and down with weather but we are finally back to good traction for winter running, just in time for the try us 4 free clinic starting at the sudbury running room Monday February 5th at 6pm. Its a 4 week free clinic to get you ready for the year ahead and its for all levels of runner. To sign-up go to www.runningroom.com/TryUs4FREE or get more infor as well.

The Run club challenge is still going on and you still have time to come out to enough run clubs to earn discounts this challenge is going on till Wednesday January 31st. Just remember to get your card initialled by a RR staff member.

Cheers, and see you all Tonight at 6pm run club

Eric, Ania, Cassandra, Brendan, Sam, Erich, Caleb



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






Track North News - by Dick Moss


Ottawa Winter National Invitational Indoor Track Meet
Louis Riel Dome, Ottawa January 20, 2018


The Laurentian indoor track team competed at the Ottawa Winter National Classic Indoor Track Meet this weekend, returning with five medals, 12 OUA qualifying standards, and 18 personal-best performances.

Heidi Tuszkiewicz won a gold medal in the 1000m, Nicole Rich and Jenny Bottomley won silver in the 1000m and 3000m respectively, and the women’s 4 x 200m relay team finished with a bronze.

Athletes from seven universities competed, including Ottawa, Queen’s, Sherbrooke, RMC, Carleton, Waterloo and Laurentian.

The Laurentian track team's next event is the York Open in two weeks.

Results - Laurentian


Women's 60m
7. Hannah Merjavec, 8.08 (8.17 Heat) - OUA Standard (PB)
11. Danielle Roy, 8.22 - (8.18 Heat)- OUA Standard
13. Kirsten Crowe, 8.31
44. Esther Nabatanzi, 9.61 (PB)

Women’s 300m
9. Natasha Mayer, 41.73 - OUA Standard
15. Kirsten Crowe, 42.68 - OUA Standard

Women’s 1000m
1. Heidi Tuszkiewicz, 3:00.76 - OUA Standard, (PB)
2. Nicole Rich, 3:04.19 - OUA Standard, (PB)
34. Hannah Merjavec, 46.04 (PB)
49. Esther Nabatanzi, 51.07 (PB)

Women’s 1500m
7. Nicole Rich, 4:54.00 (PB)
12. Breanne Steven, 5:03.25
13. Lindsay Robinson, 5:06.84 (PB)

Women's 3000m
2. Jenny Bottomley, 10:05.95 - OUA Standard, (PB)
3. Megan Crocker, 10:06.34 - OUA Standard, (PB)
5. Lyndsay Greasley, 11:23.99
6. Kelsey Lefebvre, 12:02.11 (PB)

Women's 4 x 200m
3. Laurentian, 1:48.02 - OUA Qualified
(Hannah Merjavec, Danielle Roy, Kirsten Crowe, Natasha Mayer)


Men's 60m
12. Skyler Savage-Perreault, 7.37 (7.40 Heat) - OUA Standard
18. Eric Roque, 7.45

Men's 300m
37. Eric Roque, 39.67 (PB)
47. Ali El Sahli, 40.79 (PB)

Men's 600m
6. Liam Pedersen, 1:23.30 - OUA Standard
17. Walker Houghton, 1:28.84 (PB)
22. Nick Orshinsky, 1:31.27 (PB)
23. Ali El-Sahli, 1:34.55 (PB)

Men’s 1500
9. Jarod Milford, 4:24.87 (PB)

Men's 3000m
7. Paul Sagriff. 8:45.15 - OUA Standard, (PB)
10. Caleb Beland, 9:02.50 (PB)

Attached Photo: "Sagriff_Passi" - Paul Sagriff (#8) and Liam Passi (#9) in the 3000m.

Dick Moss



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