In this Issue:
- Unbreakable Spring Open
- Boston Marathon Revisited
- Maturing Your Goals
- Rocks Winter Outdoor Action
- Upcoming Events:
May 13 SudburyRocks!!! and May 27 MOVE
Series Cancer Centre Walk, Run, Bike
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
1km Kids Run and 5km Walk/Run
Rotary Park Trails
fails to deter Sudbury runners
Randy Pascal, For The Sudbury Star
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:14:5
The worst weather
conditions in recent memory greeted runners at
the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon last
week. Given the pre-race training conditions for
those participants with a Sudbury connection,
the cold and rain did little to dampen the spirits
of the local contingent.
With no expectations other
than simply to finish the 26-mile race,
Kaylie Iserhoff produced an astonishing
personal best time of 3:25.43, in spite
of following a training regimen she termed
as "unconventional," at best.
"My quads were hurting
something fierce before the halfway point,
as I had been warned they would," noted
Iserhoff, in a post-race blog that she shared
with long-time run supporter Vince Perdue,
for his Sudbury Rocks! Running Club website.
"But I reasoned that if my legs hurt
and nothing else, keep going.
"At 30km, I still hadn't
hit the wall, so I 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."
For those who have never
experienced the entire event that is the
Boston Marathon, it is difficult to comprehend
just how much the entire community embraces
"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," recalled Iserhoff.
"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"
While no longer living
in Sudbury, Kassandra (KC) Gallo was easily the
pride of the local family connections in town,
covering the course in a time of 3:07.23. The
Toronto native and daughter of Arnie Gallo is
not new to athletic excellence, having played
NCAA hockey with the Mercyhurst Lakers several
"Running kind of started
when I graduated from Mercyhurst (2003) and hockey,"
said Gallo. "Six or seven years ago, I hooked
up with Nike Run Club here in Toronto, and it
kind of exploded from there."
In fact, over the course of the
past five years, Gallo indicates her completed
marathon resume numbers somewhere from 10 to 12,
including running Chicago no less than four times.
That said, there is clearly a
mystique to Boston.
"For runners in general,
it is the one race that you have to qualify for,"
said Gallo. "No matter what, you would have
had to run another marathon before that."
And while the elements certainly
affected many of the racers, the one-time northern
girl virtually laughed off the forecast.
"Based on the winter that
I trained through, it was something I was ready
for," she explained. "I was ready for
it to throw everything at me, except maybe a day
where it would have been 25 degrees. That probably
would have been the only thing I was not prepared
Making her third appearance
in Boston, St Charles College teacher Chantal
Dagostino also recorded a new personal best
time (3:46.38), a pretty significant feat
considering the far less than ideal running
environment on April 16. Still, she found
herself more than a little philosophical
looking back on her 2018 experience.
"All runners want the
perfect race, but if you chase a perfect
race, you will end up disappointed,"
Dagostino noted. "You can train as
much as you want, but weather always has
the last word of the day."
Yet another runner from
the teaching profession, Jody Nadjiwon completed
her Boston jaunt in a sub four-hour time
of 3:52.02. Never one to sit still for too
long, the 45 year-old native of Whitefish
has been active in the past with triathlons
and as a member of the Sudbury Cycling Club.
With a varied athletic background throughout
her youth, she started down the path that
would eventually lead to marathons in a
most unorthodox manner.
"I actually started
running because I got a black lab dog and
he would not sleep, so I learned to run
- but I had never raced through high school
or anything like that," she confessed
a few years back. From there, crossing paths
with ultra-distance competitor and mentor
Mike Coughlin initially attracted Nadjiwon
to the triathlon bug, smitten with the lure
of the entire atmosphere that surrounds
As for her most recent marathon,
her Facebook posting on race day seemed
to perfectly summarize her sentiments. "Proud
to finish, but that was a tough run,"
There's a pretty good chance those
feelings were shared by 58 year-old Sudburian
Martha Auchinleck, after completing her trek down
the fabled path in 4:03.19.
Closing out the Sudbury crew,
to the best of our knowledge, was Cyril Varney
principal Jacques Mantha, who was running Boston
for the very first time after hitting the qualifying
standard at the Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope in
November of 2016. His time, last Monday, was 4:10.40.
Randy Pascal's column runs three
times a week in The Sudbury Star.
Why Boston 2018
was captivating (and “Breaking 2” wasn’t)
April 17, 2018 ~ Amy Friel
When you run
the marathon, you run against the distance — not
against the other runners, and not against the time. Haile
In my lifetime, there has
never been a marathon to equal what was witnessed yesterday
on the streets of Boston.
By this, I do not mean that Boston 2018
was the fastest, or the flashiest, or the most competitively
stacked. This isn’t about some record-shattering
time, some nail-biter duel between lifelong rivals. By
any standard, yesterday was a slow day — a brutal
day that saw runners contend with freezing rain and a
merciless 40km/hour headwind in one of the coldest Boston
Marathons on record. It was the kind of weather most marathoners
pray they’ll never have to face come race day.
The punishing conditions wiped out more
than half of the elite field, including Olympic bronze
medallist Deena Kastor, two-time Boston Marathon champion
Lelisa Desisa, and American supervillain favourite Galen
Rupp. In a race so often and so thoroughly dominated by
East African distance runners, only Geoffrey Kiriu and
Edna Kiplagat survived to crack the top ten.
Mile by mile, step by step, the elite
field dropped like flies.
Into that wet and windy vacuum ran the
unlikeliest of athletes: an unsponsored Japanese marathoner
with a cult following and a government day-job, and a
Michigan-based perennial runner-up who describes herself
(that is, until yesterday) as “still searching for
that big W”. If a Desiree Linden/Yuki Kawauchi championship
wasn’t unlikely enough, consider the relative unknowns
who rounded out the women’s podium: American Sarah
Sellers, an unsponsored 26-year-old nurse anesthetist
from Arizona who, unlike the invited elite field, qualified
and paid entry fees in order to run, and Canada’s
own Krista DuChene.
The 41-year-old DuChene — a registered
dietitian, mother of three, and certified badass —
overcame a broken femur (as well as Athletics Canada’s
controversially exacting standards) to represent Canada
in the 2016 Rio Olympics. But while DuChene has become
a household name within the Canadian running community,
on the world stage, she’s just another face in the
crowd — and the longest of long-shots for a Boston
Marathon podium finish.
(A post-race interview with LetsRun.com,
in which DuChene describes her utter disbelief upon learning
she’d finished third, adorably begins with the question
“Can you pronounce your last name for me, please?”)
It’s nearly impossible to overstate
just how far from ideal Monday’s conditions were.
It was a hellish, brutal, messy, and unpredictable race
— it was, in the words of Reid Coolsaet, “absolute
And it was captivating.
In the age of professionalization, the
captivating marathon is an endangered species. As governing
bodies and sponsors look with increasingly singular focus
to the cold, quantifiable business of records and results,
the narrative aspect of the marathon has taken a back
seat. The saddest and most singular embodiment of this
trend has to be Nike’s “Breaking 2”
project — a clinical, controlled 42.2K time trial
aimed at breaking the two-hour barrier under the most
ridiculous of controlled conditions.
Like most marathoners, I have on occasion
found myself defending my sport against the charge that
distance running is “boring”. Having followed
the sport closely for years, I confidently assert that
running is not boring — it’s subtle.
Except time trials. Those are boring.
By now, my whole thing with Nike’s
“Breaking 2” stunt is pretty much a matter
of public record. The time trial was promoted as a must-watch
event, complete with the sort of media hoopla befitting
a World Marathon Major. While the project ultimately came
up short of breaking the two-hour barrier, it was successful
in demonstrating the vulnerability of Dennis Kimetto’s
world record under painstakingly engineered (and in no
way race-legal) conditions.
It was also overwhelmingly, aggressively
boring, in the way that only something so artificial and
sanitized can be.
Professionalization has benefited the
sport in myriad and significant ways — from improved
apparel, gear, and fuelling options to impressive national
and world record progressions. But it’s worth remembering
that the core of the marathon has nothing much at all
to do with world records, or big-name sponsorships, or
ugly shoes that give a 77% energy return on the forefoot.
Of this, yesterday’s race was a
There’s a reason Jon Dunham’s
2007 documentary “Spirit of the Marathon”
is so perennially moving and fascinating, 11 years and
multiple viewings later; at all levels of competition,
the marathon is a dramatic, unpredictable, heart-rending
experience. It’s also deeply personal. The stories
that make a marathon captivating aren’t told by
splits or rankings — they must be seen, be experienced,
to be understood.
In my lifetime, there has never been a
marathon to equal what was witnessed yesterday on the
streets of Boston. The time trial hype men would do well
to take notice.
Chase big dreams.
Maturing Your Goals
by Sara McIlraith
When I was a newer runner,
I focused my goals on competing against fellow runners.
My ‘worth’ was based on how I placed in
every race. As Vince often told me, the hardest place
to be is at the top. There is nowhere to go but down.
It took me many years to shift my mindset from competing
against others to challenging myself. I realized that
I didn’t have to prove my worth by placing well
to gain respect from my running community. I also realized
that the most important person I should be competing
against was myself. Even more, it shouldn’t be
competing against myself, it should be about challenging
This shift in mindset has opened a whole
new world to me. I feel freer setting goals that better
match my opportunities to grow as an athlete, not just
running myself into the ground trying desperately to
get faster. Last year I trained for my first half ironman,
with the goal of finishing strong. This winter I opted
out of endless indoor track workouts to focus on my
first love – Nordic skiing. I felt a renewed strength
and energy to train every time I put on my skis. I loved
hitting the trails, finding endless mini goals to focus
on, even the intensity workouts were a lot of fun. I
did compete in many ski races, even large ones like
the Ontario Cup circuit. I set a few season goals, which
were not time-based. I wanted to ski a 100km day, and
I wanted to ski 1500km over the winter. I achieved both
goals, and actually finished skiing on Monday with 1611km
for the season. Accomplishing these very personal non-competitive
goals was every bit as rewarding as racing my first
sub-20 minute 5k.
I urge you all to try setting a few
personal just-for-you goals. Make sure they are shared
with your support network, and make you feel just a
little bit scared thinking about them. Personal goals
need to challenge you just as much as competitive goals
do. Enjoy the journey and may they help you grow as
an athlete. They certainly have for me.
Ladies Yearly Mature
Rocks!! Winter Outdoor
Helen Bobiwash snapped
a pic of this coyote, her spirit animal, near her home on the
Rotary Park Trail - (on her wedding day)
Upcoming Local Events
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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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