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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                            March 1, 2018                                                      

     In this Issue:


  1. What are you doing this Sunday?
  2. Sudburians superb at OFSAA Nordic
  3. The Secret Marathon 3k; Running, Walking and Working together for Equality
  4. Ross Proudfoot dominates Peterborough Half in debut
  5. Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
  6. Upcoming Events:  Mar 4, MOVE Snowshoe Trek For Cancer
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North News  OUA Indoor Track and Field Championships
    Dennis Fairalll Fieldhouse, Windsor, February 23-24, 2018





What are you doing this Sunday?

What are you doing this Sunday?

Hopefully the 3rd annual Trek for Cancer - MOVE Kivi Park Fitness Series at Kivi Park in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation. This is the second of six MOVE - The Kivi Park Fitness Series events! Strap on your snowshoes and hit the course for a fun day on Kivi Park's beautiful trails. Compete on your own or part of a team and raise funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation!

Hope to see you there!






Sudburians superb at OFSAA Nordic

By Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star

Friday, February 23, 2018


All Photos Here

After watching one purple-and-gold streak after another cross the finish line this week, it might be hard to believe Lo-Ellen's surging cross-country ski team had a sluggish start to the season.

Once the weather began to co-operate, however, the Knights more than made up for lost time, dominating city and regional meets before a spectacular showing at the OFSAA Nordic event, held at Laurentian University in Sudbury on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We had a slow start to the season and we weren't able to get out as much as we hoped to," said Lucas Mrozewski, a Grade 11 student and key member of Lo-Ellen's senior boys team. "But we started pulling through in the second half, we got everyone out on the trails, everyone was pushing each other, we got groups out on long skis together, we were just training and doing everything right, and it all turned out pretty well for the entire team."

After hitting the podium in several individual and team categories on Wednesday, Lo-Ellen qualified all four of its teams for finals in relays on Thursday. The Knights captured bronze in junior girls and junior boys, finished sixth in senior girls and then, saving the best for last, the senior boys group including of Mrozewski, Cameron Boland, Josh Tillson and Kelly Thompson struck silver.

"We had a great team and we were really hoping we would do really well this year, and we did," grinned Boland, not long after Thursday's relays. "We came up big."

While racing as an individual, Boland was buoyed by the support structure the fast-growing, rapidly-improving Lo-Ellen squad has created under coaches Neil Phipps, Colin Ward, Sara McIlraith, Ryan Lafreniere, Vanessa Catto and Lance Patry.

"It gives me a lot of confidence," explained Boland, another Grade 11 student. "I know if I don't do too well, a lot of my team will, and that just helps me, confidence-wise."

Confident or not, Mrozewski was pleasantly surprised by just how well the Knights performed, even on their hometown trails.

"Our junior team came third last year, me and Cameron were on that team and we said, 'We came third last year against the juniors – how are we going to come in third or better this year, against the seniors?' " he said. "But it ended up happening. I don't know how, we all had great races, I guess. It's a great feeling."

That feeling was shared by Phipps, one of the technical experts on LEP's coaching staff, tasked these last couple of years with transforming cross-country runners and hockey players into bona-fide Nordic racers.

"It's a very technical sport," Phipps said. "That's the biggest thing we focus on right from the get-go, taking those athletes who are otherwise fit – Colin runs a fantastic program that's not just a running program, but also has a large strength and conditioning component that allows those runners to be cardiovascularly fit and to transfer those skills into other sports, like cross-country skiing. It's technical like swimming and there are huge time gains there, so that's the big challenge and what we focus on right through the year, especially with the new-to-skiing skiers. It's a nail-biter, because sometimes, those aha moments don't drop until a week or two before OFSAA. The junior boys are an excellent example. They would have been a long shot to medal, but things just started clicking individually for them and now, it's a double medal for them."

Boland is excited about what those juniors, namely Max Mahaffy and Kendyn Mashinter, can help the seniors achieve in 2019.

"We won bronze with them last year, so hopefully, they can help us to the same or better next year," Boland said.

Mrozewski is already eager to start another season. Next time, he hopes he doesn't have to wait so long to convene with his teammates.

"I think the success of the program just makes it grow more and more and the kids just see we have lots of fun, we don't take it super seriously, like some schools might, but we like to enjoy the time we spend together and compete and do well. It's an all-inclusive package."

Read The Star's coverage of Wednesday's races here

full results from both days of competition at www.ofsaa.on.ca/nordic-skiing.


OFSAA Nordic convener Perry Sakki was happy to see the championships go off without a hitch, other than a one-hour delay on Wednesday as some out-of-town teams sorted out transportation issues.

"The lead-up to this event, we had some potential for disastrous conditions, but Mother Nature favoured our event," Sakki said on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 750 skiers from across the province descended on the city for provincials.

"I think Sudbury should be proud, Laurentian University is proud, the skiers are raving about the conditions, the course, the organizing committee and everybody pulled themselves together and were able to pull off one of the biggest OFSAAs for Nordic skiing in Sudbury."


Twitter: @ben_leeson






The Secret Marathon 3k; Running, Walking and Working together for Equality

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The three-kilometre run and walk distance is aimed at raising funds to help complete a groundbreaking documentary about the courage of women in Afghanistan who challenged convention and overcame their fears by running alongside men over a 42-kilometre distance in their wartorn homeland, in what became known as the Secret Marathon.

It is also hoped that the event, which takes place across Canada starting at 6.30 p.m. on March 7 on the eve of International Women’s Day, will bring awareness to how many people in Canada, especially girls and women, don’t feel safe running alone at night.

Two Alberta filmmakers, Kate McKenzie and Scott Townend, are currently editing the raw footage from the Afghanistan race in November 2016. They hope funds raised by the upcoming March event, which is being organized with the help of the Running Room chain, will allow completion of their documentary by late spring for a planned release in the fall. Read more...



Ross Proudfoot dominates Peterborough Half in debut
Big name wins low-key race in Peterborough, Ont.

February 26th, 2018 by Tim Huebsch


For its 40th anniversary, the Peterborough Half-Marathon featured one of the top distance runners in Canada.

Sub-4:00 miler, sub-13:30 5Ker, two-time Canadian senior cross-country champion and 2014-15 Canadian university male athlete of the year Ross Proudfoot won the event’s half-marathon in Peterborough, Ont. on Sunday. He covered 21.1K in 1:09:33.

According to Proudfoot (via his Instagram post), he split 16:45, 16:28, 16:22 and 16:15 for each of the 5K splits through 20K as part of a “good progression.” The 25-year-old’s effort was good for a course record, eclipsing the previous mark from 2008 of 1:10:39, according to the Peterborough Examiner.

To put his performance into perspective, note this: his average pace for the half-marathon was faster than that of the ‘half-a-half’ (10.55K) and 5K. (Proudfoot’s reported first 5K split was however slower than the 5K winning time.)

“I’ve been running through the winter through Peterborough so why not come out and do the biggest race they have and support the community,” he told the Peterborough Examiner. “I’ve always loved to join the running community anywhere I’ve been living. I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to run with everybody who runs in Peterborough.” The Examiner notes that Proudfoot slowed to 4:40 per kilometre pace at times due to the challenging hills. (His finish time averages out to 3:18 per kilometre.)

Proudfoot is a product of the University of Guelph during what was a cross-country and track and field dynasty. He was a 19-time national medallist during his Guelph tenure and is one of the most decorated athletes in Canadian university sport athletics history. The Sudbury, Ont. native recently moved to Peterborough from Guelph and has been relatively quiet since the summer recovering from an injury after the 2017 Summer Universiade (World University Games).

Kasey Walsh was the women’s YMCA Peterborough Half-Marathon winner clocking 1:31:01.






  February 28, 2018

Rocks!! Winter Outdoor Action






Upcoming Local Events

   March 4, 2018

Snowshoe Trek
For Cancer

Sunday, March 4th 2018







Run Club Update




Store News



Good afternoon Sudbury Runners and Walkers,


Yep Hypothermic Half is now behind us and we look forward to new challenges as the days get longer and the weather gets better. Winter seems to sticking around for just a bit longer so make sure to get in those beautiful back country runs before its to late.

We also have a promo going on right now in the spirit of saying so long for another year to February so spend over $100 dollars and save 28 dollars, get it 28 days in February save 28 dollars lol.

See you all tonight at 6pm for Run Club at 6pm

Eric, Erich, Ania, Cassandra, Sam, Caleb



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






Track North News - by Dick Moss



OUA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Dennis Fairalll Fieldhouse, Windsor, February 23-24, 2018

Jenny_Meghan: Women's 3000m, Jenny Bottomley (#76) and Megan Crocker (#77)

The Laurentian track team competed at the OUA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, returning with five top-10 finishes and five personal-best performances.

Megan Crocker cracked the top-10 in both the 1500m and the 3000m, with finishes of 8th and 9th and times of 4:44.59 and 10:13.21 respectively. She was joined in the 1500m by Jenny Bottomley who placed 10th with a time of 4:47.00. Senior Nicole Rich, running in her final meet for Laurentian, placed 10th in the 1000m with a personal best time of 3:00.31. Also in the top-10 was the 4 x 200m relay team of Hannah Merjavec, Danielle Roy, Kirsten Crowe, Natasha Mayer, who placed 7th in a time of 1:47.78.

Hannah Merjavec, Kirsten Crowe, Nicole Rich, Heidi Tuszkiewicz, and Caleb Beland all ran personal best times in their events.

This concludes the Laurentian track team’s season.

Results - Laurentian


Women's 60m
17. Hannah Merjavec, 7.99 (PB)
21. Kirsten Crowe, 8.09 (PB)
24. Danielle Roy, 8.17

Women’s 300m
18. Natasha Mayer, 42.18
20. Kirsten Crowe, 42.74

Women’s 600m
21. Natasha Mayer, 1:39.71
26. Nicole Rich, 1:41.51

Women’s 1000m
10. Nicole Rich, 3:00,31 (PB)
11. Heidi Tuszkiewicz, 3:00.44 (PB)

Women’s 1500m
8. Megan Crocker, 4:44,59
10. Jenny Bottomley, 4:47.00
17. Heidi Tuszkiewicz, 4:53.89

Women's 3000m
9. Megan Crocker, 10:13.21
14. Jenny Bottomley, 10:50.96

Women's 4 x 200m
7. Laurentian, 1:47.78
(Hannah Merjavec, Danielle Roy, Kirsten Crowe, Natasha Mayer)


Men's 60m
12. Skyler Savage-Perreault, 7.19 (7.16 Heat) Ranked 26th
20. Eric Roque, 7.50

Men's 600m
12. Liam Pedersen, 1:23.77

Men’s 1000m
14. Caleb Beland, 2:36.22

Men’s 1500
22. Caleb Beland, 4:10.01 (PB)

Men's 3000m
20. Liam Passi, 9:04.92

Dick Moss



Heidi_Megan: Women's 1500m, Heidi Tuszkiewicz ( #10), Megan Crocker (#11)


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