In this Issue:
- Boston Marathon 2018
- Terry Fox marathon of Hope Celebration
- These kids are ready to rock at Sudbury
- Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
- Upcoming Events:
April 22 Unbreakable Spring Open and
May 13 SudburyRocks!!!
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
2018 Boston Marathon
Boston experienced snow flurries yesterday,
but thousands of determined athletes still took to the
historic Boston Marathon course on Monday morning to run
the 122nd annual 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Copley
Square. The elite men’s and women’s fields
led the way through whipping headwinds and persistent
rain, starting with the mobility impaired division, which
launched this year’s race at 8:40 a.m.
At Women’s Running, we always focus more on the
women’s division than the men’s, but this
year we were not alone. The American elite women’s
field in particular has garnered more attention than usual
throughout the last year, due largely to the record-setting
American woman debut at the marathon distance by Jordan
Hasay at the 2017 Boston Marathon and Shalane Flanagan’s
victory at the New York City Marathon last November. With
competitors like Hasay, Flanagan, Desiree Linden, Molly
Huddle and American marathon record holder for women Deena
Kastor stacking the field, the running community’s
excitement leading up to the race was palpable—and
when Hasay withdrew from the race last night, the competition
between the elites only tightened.
When six-time Boston Marathoner Desiree Linden raced to
victory more than four minutes ahead of second-place finisher
Sarah Sellers, finish line spectators and reporters in
the media center a block away nearly burst with excitement
for the first American woman to win in 33 years.
Desiree Linden (USA) (2:29:54)
Sarah Sellers (USA) (2:44:05)
Krista Duchene (CAN) (2:44:20)
Rachel Hyland (USA) (2:44:29)
Nicole Dimercurio (USA) (2:45:52)
Shalane Flanagan (USA) (2:46:31)
Kimi Reed (USA) (2:46:47)
Edna Kiplagat (KEN) (2:47:14)
Hiroko Yoshitomi (JPN) (2:48:31)
Joanna Thompson (USA) (2:48:31)
Yuki Kwauchi (JPN) (2:15:58)
Geoffrey Kirui (KEN) (2:18:21)
Shadrack Biwott (USA) (2:18:32)
Tyler Pennel (USA) (2:18:57)
Andrew Bumbalough (USA) (2:19:52)
Scott Smith (USA) (2:21:47)
Abdi Nageeye (NED) (2:23:16)
Elkanah Kibet (USA) (2:23:37)
Reid Coolsaet (CAN) (2:25:02)
Daniel Vassallo (USA) (2:27:50)
Tatyana McFadden (USA) (2:04:39)
Susannah Scaroni (USA) (2:20:01)
Sandra Graf (SUI) (2:26:32)
Aline Dos Rocha (BRA) (2:31:18)
Arielle Rausin (USA) (2:32:24)
Vanessa Cristina De Souza (BRA) (2:57:31)
Marcel Hug (SUI) (1:39:41)
Ernst Van Dyk (RSA) (1:40:23)
Daniel Romanchuk (USA) (1:43:53)
Patrick Monahan (IRL) (1:47:14)
Masazumi Soejima (JPN) (1:47:15)
Joshua Cassidy (CAN) (1:49:57)
Takashi Yoshida (JPN) (1:51:41)
Krige Schabort (USA) (1:55:41)
Ryota Yoshida (JPN) (1:57:20)
Jordi Madera Jimenez (ESP) (1:58:24)
1st American Woman to Win Since '85
For the first time
since 1985, an American woman has won the Boston
Desiree Linden captured the victory Monday with
an unofficial time of 2:39:54. Linden is the first
American woman since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach to
cross the finish line first at marathoning's preeminent
She battled treacherous
conditions, highlighted by rain and cold temperatures,
to pull away from the field for a relatively easy
"I don't have the right words. I'm thrilled.
It's supposed to be hard," Linden said afterward,
per the race's Twitter account.
Sarah Sellers finished more than four minutes
behind in second place.
Of course, not all of Linden's slowish time was
the result of the weather. In a fun sign of solidarity,
Linden stopped with teammate Shalane Flanagan
early in the race when she used a restroom on
mile 2, 3, 4 I didn't feel like I was gonna even
make it to the finish line," Linden said,
via Roxanna Scott of USA Today. "I told her
[Flanagan] in the race, I said if there's anything
I can do to help you out, let me know because
I might just drop out.
"When you work together, you never know what's
going to happen," Linden said. "Helping
her helped me and kind of got my legs back from
Linden is the 16th American woman to win the marathon,
though the race has been dominated by other nations
in recent years. The race winner had come from
Kenya or Ethiopia for the last decade.
Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia led for more than half
of the race but faded down the stretch. Linden
took her lead in the 21st mile, passing Daska
and then Gladys Chesir of Kenya. Seven different
American women finished in the top 10.
Japan's Yuki Kawauchi Wins Men's
Japan's Yuki Kawauchi won a rainy and cold
men's Boston Marathon on Monday with a time of 2:15:58.
"For me, these are the best conditions possible,"
Kawauchi said of the whipping winds, chilly temperatures
and rain, per the event's Twitter account.
Kawauchi became the first
Japanese man to win the event since Toshihiko Seko in
1987, per Jill Martin of CNN.com. It was his fourth victory
this year alone, according to Malika Andrews of the New
Kawauchi never seemed bothered
by the wintry conditions, perhaps because he's suffered
through adverse weather before. As Chris Chavez of Sports
Illustrated noted: "People forget he ran 2:18:59
in temperatures below five degrees in January. Gotta love
Kawauchi, who has now won
five consecutive marathons, didn't undersell the achievement.
"This is the greatest day of my life," he said
through tears, per the AFP. "This is Boston. This
is the greatest race in the world."
It was a historic day at the Boston Marathon as Desiree
Linden became the first American woman to win the event
"I love this city, this race, this course. It's storybook.
I'm thrilled to be here and to get it done," Linden
said, per the AFP. "This is a race the entire city
cares about. Even on a day like today when it's pretty
miserable, the people show up and embrace the race."
Sudbury in Boston
Kaylie done photo
Kaylie finish line
Kaylie: My time in
Boston was phenomenal
believe it hit me until Friday, the morning
of my departure, just exactly what I was going
to do. My 2018 got off to a rocky start, and
Boston was intended to be a distraction.
I started running again about two years ago
after a 3 year hiatus. I had been told I’d
never run again, and believed it. I started
back with a 5km, then Ramsay tour, then I
felt brave enough to start running with Sudbury
Rocks in January 2017. I found myself running
with a welcoming, supportive group who had
done it all, and made it look achievable and
I made it to Boston because
of the great running community, work family,
family, and friends that I have. I never thought
I’d want to run marathons, let alone
chase down time goals. Without the encouragement
and support of those around me, I wouldn’t
have made it to Boston. Friday morning I felt
overcome with gratitude for all those that
helped me to get there.
My time in Boston was phenomenal. I had very
few expectations, having started training
on March 11th. (I’ve already been asked
to share said plan, although I must say a
lot of it is unconventional.) I walked too
much, taking in a game at Fenway, Bruins vs
Leafs game at TD Garden, and a walking tour
of Beacon Hill, Public Garden, and the Charles
River Esplanade with local Bret Clancy, who
has some pretty phenomenal photos of Boston
available in print or canvas form at http://BretClancy.Etsy.com.
I had a few too many beverages on Friday and
Saturday night while making friends with the
locals and catching up with fellow Sudbury
runner Jody Nadjiwon and her niece Jayden.
Ate too much, but I was going to be running
It was a very relaxed time leading up to the
race, with my only expectation being that
I finish. The weather forecast was brutal,
nobody was certain how to dress, I hadn’t
done nearly enough training, and was hoping
for a miracle that I’d pull off a 3:40.
I had so little expectation that at 7km a
girl asked for one of my GU gels because she
had lost hers, and I gladly gave one up.
I don’t know if it was the relaxed attitude
I had about the whole thing, but I got out
there and I felt amazing. The crowds (although
apparently smaller than previous years) had
me smiling for the first 24 miles until it
wasn’t fun anymore. The atmosphere,
the music, the offerings of dry sock, gloves,
licorices, bacon, beer, gin and tonics, pudding
shots-I couldn’t help but to smile!
My quads were hurting something fierce before
the halfway point, as I had been warned they
would. But I reasoned that if my legs hurt
and nothing else, keep going. At 30km I still
hadn’t hit the wall, so decided to let
it rip. I had no expectations, but thought
I had more in me. I finished with a chip time
of 3:25:43, about 20 seconds faster than my
previous personal best.
After the race, while trying to make my way
back to my room, my feet were cramping heavily
while I was walking through the mall. A complete
stranger, who was waiting for her husband
to finish racing, took my shoes off for me
and massaged my feet. That one act pretty
much sums up Boston on marathon weekend. Everyone
was just so kind, welcoming, and extremely
proud and excited for you. I didn’t
pay for a single drink Monday night!
Everyone should get after all the things they
think they can’t do. They might surprise
themselves. And even if they don’t,
they’re sure to have some great experiences
and meet some great people along the way.
Chantal: Pre and Post
April 15: Tomorrow
will be my 3rd time running the Boston Marathon.
I trained over the past 4 months with at least
1200 km in -40 weather, windy condition, and
some light rain with cold weather! Tomorrow
I will line up in Hopkinton at 10:50 to run
this historic marathon in weather that will
test my physical , my physiological and my
determination to try and finish under 3:52!
When people ask me why I train in miserable
weather it is to train my body to accept any
condition that race day will throw at you.
We all dream of warmer temperature and dry
but it is not a guarantee!
I am proud to be surrounded by my amazing
husband who is always there for me , my sister
" Gregoire Nadia" who I will run
part of the race with and all of you at home
following me and hoping I get an amazing result.
Inspiring others through my actions is something
I believe in. I am so proud of all of you
who are going out for your daily runs and
pursuing goals no matter what.
April 16 post race recap!
I am very happy with my pb of 3:46:38! Boston
2019 hope for a faster finish.
I spent most of my day Saturday trying to
get down to the right gear according the weather
I never raced in before! I ran with my winter
legging with my short on top of it for easy
access to my gels. Used my Brooks compression
socks for extra coverage on my calf with my
Saucony freedom ( super light shoes and kick
dry). then on top I wore my t-shirt, with
long sleeve merino wool and my winter jacket
on top of that!
I managed to stay mostly dry until getting
into my coral with 3 min before the race started.
I used the stryd power race and was very focused
on keeping everything slow at the beginning
and picking up the pace after 5-6 klm into
At times it was mentally tough because of
the rain and windy conditions. This time around
I kept pushing and not once did I stop for
a break. I was determined to finish this one
personal best of 3:46:38!
I am very impressed
with what the stryd power racing did to almost
give me a qualifying time. I think if weather
conditions would of been on my side it would
of allowed me to push at the end.
At the end of the race I told myself even
if I like summer weather at this point I do
better in rain! All runners want the perfect
race but if you chase a perfect race you will
end up disappointed because you can train
as much as you want but weather always has
the last word of the day!
Now I will take a week off with lots of biking
in my garage and get ready for another marathon
to requalify for Boston 2019!
Canada's Krista Duchene takes
3rd in the 2018 Boston Marathon
Krista DuChene on her historic
Boston Marathon finish
By Krista DuChene - April 17, 2018
know when you create this crazy story in your
mind that race conditions will be so bad that
it will work to your favour and you will get
a podium finish at the Boston Marathon?
her full race account here)
Terry Fox Marathon of
April 1980, Terry Fox started his
iconic cross-Country run.
Terry's wish was that we all come
together as a nation to help keep his dream alive.
Your participation in this very special event
will help us do just that.
Running Room`s Celebration of Hope
Terry Fox Running
Group Vince, Lucia and Steve
Lucia Salmaso finishing 10+k
Lucia and Vince Perdue
of Hope in Moncton with Mary Lou
I was in Moncton,
New Brunswick this past weekend and participated
in the Terry Fox Marathon of
Hope event at the Running Room there with my daughter,
brother-in-law and niece in-law and about
40 runners. We were greeted with warmth as is
typical of hospitality at different Running Rooms.
event there was run along the River Trail –
the Petitcodiac River – an amazing trail
of more than 20 km
of relatively flat sand and gravel trail. It is
a runner’s and walker’s delight. The
trail is marked out
every kilometer and the scenery is lovely –
saw ducks, geese, pheasants etc along with beautiful
bushes etc and, of course, the river as the tide
comes in and out. There was also a lovely tribute
form of bronze statutes to the three mounties
who were killed several years ago by a gunman.
was also a tribute to Irish families who settled
in the region – many familiar surnames could
If you are ever in the city of Moncton, be sure
to schedule a run or walk along the River Trail.
Sudbury, people greet you as you pass them on
the trail with a smile and a hello.
Mary Lou Trowell
interviews Fred Fox before the Terry Fox Marathon
of Hope Celebration
By John Stanton - March 14, 2018
was 1982, the whole country was mesmerized
and inspired by a young Canadian, named
Terry Fox. My two sons and I laced up to
run the Terry Fox 10K in Edmonton to show
our support for Terry’s vision to
find a cure and provide care for cancer
victims. The fact that Terry was an amazing
visionary, tenacious fundraiser, brilliant
speaker and motivator was only eclipsed
by the amazing athletic accomplishment of
running a marathon each and every day, day
after day. He did so on an archaic prosthetic,
by today’s standards. This feat so
inspired and motivated us all to help continue
his dream. Running a 10K was frail and pale
compared to Terry’s athleticism!
One of the foundations of the Running Room—and
of races across Canada—is they all
create a win for some charitable cause in
the community. This too was started by Terry
Fox. Terry was first an athlete and an amazing
Canadian who would be proud of how Canada
and the world have mobilized his dream.
Canada as a country will be forever indebted
to Terry Fox and the Fox family.
caught up with Fred Fox, Terry’s brother,
ahead of the Marathon of Hope celebration
on April 15, 2018. Read the full interview
at the link below.
These kids are ready to rock
at Sudbury Rocks, are you?
Sudbury Rocks!!! Marathon now open for registration, grade 1
Churchill class signs up
Sudbury Rocks committee member Vince Perdue
rouses excitement amongst the students at Churchill Public School,
who will be participating in the 1 k.m. run set to take place
on May 13, 2018. (Allana McDougall/Sudbury.com)
Churchill Public School students are training
in their school gym for the 1km event that is part of the Sudbury
Rocks Marathon. (Allana McDougall/Sudbury.com)
It's time to bust
out of this long winter, Greater Sudbury. The
kids at Churchill Public School are ready to rock
-- and it's time for you to get ready, too.
Gathering in the school's gym to hear a presentation
from Diabetes Canada and Sudbury Rocks!!! Race,
Run, Walk for Diabetes, Churchill Public School
is one of the first to sign up for Sudbury's largest
running event. Registration officially opened
and fundraising has begun.
As always, there are many ways
to participate; the plethora of races and walks
offered by Sudbury Rocks makes the event unique
within the province. Whether you'd rather run
as a team, or hit the pavement solo for the full
Boston qualifier race, here are the eight events
you could take part in this Mother's Day which
falls on Sunday, May 13 this year:
-CIS SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Walk - 6 a.m.
-CIS SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Run – 7:55
-SudburyRocks!!! 8 Person Marathon Relay Run -7:55
-The PERDUE Family Half Marathon Run/Walk - 7:55
-SudburyROCKS!!! 1K Kids Run - 8:05 a.m.
-Continental Insulation 10K Run/Walk - 8:35 a.m.
-SudburyROCKS!!! 5k Run/Walk - 9 a.m.
-Vale Celebrity Challenge Run - 9 a.m.
Proceeds from the Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run,
Walk for Diabetes will go to Diabetes Canada.
"It's important to support an event such
because it helps to raise awareness and gain awareness
of the effort to find a cure for diabetes,"
said David McKillop, who works in community engagement
with Diabetes Canada. "I believe that a strong
community is what unites people. If we can get
that healthy lifestyle message out there we will
take a step toward ending the disease."
Sudbury Rocks 2018 will mark 13 years that the
event has made its run through the streets of
Nickel City. Having only 100 runners in 2004,
to 500 in 2005, Sudbury Rocks!!! has now become
Sudbury's largest annual running event, with approximately
2000 participants running and walking in the last
few years. "Our goal was to provide an avenue
for people to have an easy way to get fit. Running
may not be an easy way to get fit, but we provide
something for everybody," said Sudbury Rocks!!!
committee member Vince Perdue. "You can walk
every event, we have something for the kids, a
1km, 5km, 10km, half-marathon, full marathon and
even a relay in the full marathon. If you want
to be part of a full marathon but can't run it
yourself, gather 7 of your friends and run it
in a relay."
Are you ready to rock? Sign
up online here.
Electronic Registration closes on May 9 at midnight.
Sign up is still available at our
Expo on May 12.
forward to seeing you on race day!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Congrats to all the runners that braved the Boston
Marathon yesterday. Those were some of the toughest
conditions I've ever seen. A special shoutout to one
of our run clubbers that had a fantastic run. Kaylie
Iserhoff running a time of 3:25:43 under the conditions
was a wonderful great job.
See everyone Wednesday for Run Club 6pm
Eric, Erich, Cassandra, Ania, Caleb, Sam
Training Program News
The next round of clinics are coming up starting with
10km clinic starting Tuesday April 24th at 6pm
Women's only clinic set to start Saturday April 28th
2018 at 10:30am
Followed by the Learn to Run and 5km on Monday April
30th at 6pm
The Half marathon clinic is starting its 18 week program
Thursday April 26th Followed by the Marathon Clinic
Friday April 27th for a fall Half and Marathon respectively.
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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