In this Issue:
- Walden Cross Country Ontario Cup
- Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
- Whistler Alpine Meadows adds daunting
- Upcoming Events:
Walden Run under the Lights, Cross Out Cancer Ski Loppet,
Love to Run 5k, Sofie Loppet and Hypo Half
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- 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
PASCAL: Snow shortage
doesn't spoil race
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,"
"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
"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
Randy Pascal is That Sudbury Sports
Guy. His column appears twice per week in The Sudbury
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
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
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
Night Lights Race Series,
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!
#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 email@example.com
for more information.
February 4th 2018
for the 5km and 15km. The tracks will go from
8 to 4 to 2.
at 10:30 am and 10:45 am for the 5km and 15km.
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
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
Tentative start times on Sunday
are 10:00 for the para nordic and 10:30 for the
February 18th, 2018
10km and 5km Races
Sudbury Running Room - View Map
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1
Information and Registration
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.
North News - by Dick
Ottawa Winter National
Invitational Indoor Track Meet
Louis Riel Dome, Ottawa January 20, 2018
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.
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.
seven universities competed, including Ottawa, Queen’s,
Sherbrooke, RMC, Carleton, Waterloo and Laurentian.
track team's next event is the York Open in two weeks.
Results - Laurentian
7. Hannah Merjavec, 8.08 (8.17 Heat) - OUA Standard
11. Danielle Roy, 8.22 - (8.18 Heat)- OUA Standard
13. Kirsten Crowe, 8.31
44. Esther Nabatanzi, 9.61 (PB)
9. Natasha Mayer, 41.73 - OUA Standard
15. Kirsten Crowe, 42.68 - OUA Standard
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)
7. Nicole Rich, 4:54.00 (PB)
12. Breanne Steven, 5:03.25
13. Lindsay Robinson, 5:06.84 (PB)
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
12. Skyler Savage-Perreault, 7.37 (7.40 Heat) - OUA
18. Eric Roque, 7.45
37. Eric Roque, 39.67 (PB)
47. Ali El Sahli, 40.79 (PB)
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)
9. Jarod Milford, 4:24.87 (PB)
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, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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