In this Issue:
- What are you doing this Sunday?
- Sudburians superb at OFSAA Nordic
- The Secret Marathon 3k; Running, Walking
and Working together for Equality
- Ross Proudfoot dominates Peterborough
Half in debut
- Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
- Upcoming Events:
Mar 4, MOVE Snowshoe Trek For Cancer
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News OUA
Indoor Track and Field Championships
Dennis Fairalll Fieldhouse, Windsor, February 23-24,
What are you doing this Sunday?
What are you doing
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
Hope to see you there!
Sudburians superb at OFSAA Nordic
Ben Leeson, Sudbury Star
Friday, February 23, 2018
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
"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
The Star's coverage of Wednesday's races here
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
The Secret Marathon 3k;
Running, Walking and Working together for Equality
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
Ross Proudfoot dominates
Peterborough Half in debut
Big name wins low-key race in Peterborough, Ont.
26th, 2018 by Tim Huebsch
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
Kasey Walsh was the women’s YMCA
Peterborough Half-Marathon winner clocking 1:31:01.
February 28, 2018
Rocks!! Winter Outdoor
Upcoming Local Events
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.
North News - by Dick
OUA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Dennis Fairalll Fieldhouse, Windsor, February 23-24,
Jenny_Meghan: Women's 3000m,
Jenny Bottomley (#76) and Megan Crocker (#77)
track team competed at the OUA Indoor Track
and Field Championships this weekend, returning
with five top-10 finishes and five personal-best
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
17. Hannah Merjavec, 7.99 (PB)
21. Kirsten Crowe, 8.09 (PB)
24. Danielle Roy, 8.17
18. Natasha Mayer, 42.18
20. Kirsten Crowe, 42.74
21. Natasha Mayer, 1:39.71
26. Nicole Rich, 1:41.51
10. Nicole Rich, 3:00,31 (PB)
11. Heidi Tuszkiewicz, 3:00.44 (PB)
8. Megan Crocker, 4:44,59
10. Jenny Bottomley, 4:47.00
17. Heidi Tuszkiewicz, 4:53.89
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,
12. Skyler Savage-Perreault, 7.19 (7.16 Heat)
20. Eric Roque, 7.50
12. Liam Pedersen, 1:23.77
14. Caleb Beland, 2:36.22
22. Caleb Beland, 4:10.01 (PB)
20. Liam Passi, 9:04.92
Heidi_Megan: Women's 1500m, Heidi Tuszkiewicz
( #10), Megan Crocker (#11)
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <email@example.com>
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