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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                      May 3, 2018            

     In this Issue:


  1. Coming Soon Eastlink Rocks!!! Documentary
  2. Spotlight: Helen Francis
  3. Rocks Outdoor Action
  4. Upcoming Events:  May 13 SudburyRocks!!! and May 27 MOVE Series Cancer Centre Walk, Run, Bike
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North News





Coming Soon Eastlink Documentary

Elizabeth Priebe (left and Sara McIlraith (right) being interviewed by Eastlink's Ryan Manahan

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To help celebrate SudburyRocks!!! Marathon's 13th year, Eastlink's Ryan Manahan is putting a documentary together. It will include a short history of the event plus interviews with a Run representative, a sponsor and supporter and participants taking part in this years run. There will be pre and post run footage. Rocks!! members Elizabeth Priebe (10K) and Sara McIlraith (Half Marathon) were very excited to take part in the first interviews. Look forward to a late May release.






                                          April 26, 2018

                                          Employee Spotlight: Helen Francis

Run Through the Forest

With the Golden Gate Bridge peeking out from the fog behind her, Helen Francis, program leader, Digital Mine Transformation at Operations in our Ontario, gives a cheerful two-handed wave during an
80-kilometre race last month in California. Photo: ChasquiRunner

Most of us can only imagine it. But Helen Francis makes it a reality. The program leader, Digital Mine Transformation, at our Ontario Operations, is an ultra trail racer, running 100 miles on rugged forest paths, and up and down mountains.
As if that’s not enough, Helen is a mother of five kids ranging in age from age 11 to 24, a long-time community volunteer and a multi-award winner, most recently the YMCA Sudbury’s 2018 Women of Distinction Award in the sports and active living category.

Mom’s crazy
“My kids think mom is completely crazy but they’re also quite proud of me,” chuckled Helen, who is married to Heiko Leers, manager of Reliability for Canada and the UK at our Operations in Ontario, and one of the inspiring home cooks featured in last year’s Vale News series, Food, Glorious Food!

Helen, originally from the U.K., moved to Canada at age 21. She holds an undergraduate degree in mining geology, a master’s in mining engineering, and has worked at our company since 1998, with an additional recent focus on gender equity as a member of the Mining Industry Human Resources Council’s Gender Equity in Mining Task Force. Helen is currently the vice-chair for YMCA Canada and is the past chair for YMCA Northeastern Ontario. Her connection to the worldwide community-building non-profit organization goes back to her arrival in Canada.

Finding friends and fitness

Sudbury-based Helen Francis, smiling away during the 80-kilometre Marin Ultra Challenge race in California last month. The course, which takes runners through the headlands by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, included a 3,300-metre elevation gain. Photo: ChasquiRunner

“The YMCA was probably one of the first communities I felt part of when I moved to Canada,” Helen said. “I initially turned for health and fitness, but it quickly became more than that. It became the social network that, as a newcomer to Canada, I valued, and it really helped me with a sense of belonging.”

Helen took up ultra trail running a few years back. Ultra running, she explained, is defined as more than a marathon (42.2 kilometers). Trail running typically takes place on a multitude of different terrain such as mountains and forests, and “the harder the better” is how Helen likes it.

Last year, she won first place for women in the Run Off-the-Grid 50-kilometre trail race in Mattawa, ON., last summer, captured second place for women in both the Haliburton Forest and Trail 80-kilometre (that’s 50 miles) ultramarathon and the Hamilton-based Sulphur Run (through) forest, run!

This is Sinister
This year she’s focused on the Sinister 7 Ultra, a 161-kilometre (100 miles!) race up and down seven peaks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. “It’s probably a bit of a perverse attraction,” Helen joked. “But it’s just another way of challenging myself physically – obviously – but there’s an awful lot of a mental challenge as well. I do it as much for my sanity as I do for the pure physical exercise.”

So just how does she get it all done? Two words: time management. “There’s a lot of forethought that goes into my scheduling. If I’m dropping one of my kids at acting or basketball, I’ll run while they are in their activity, or I’ll go in the very early mornings,” she said, adding that she does her strength training with her husband. She admits having very little time for pure leisure, like sitting on a couch watching TV or reading a book.

Good luck with the Sinister 7, Helen! We’ll catch up with you (figuratively, not literally) after
your big race.






Rocks!! Outdoor Action

May 1, 2018

Mike, Patrice, Jesse and Yves on the Idylwylde Golf Course

All Photos Here








Upcoming Local Events


   May 13, 2018

1k Kids, 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon and Relay




   May 27, 2018

Cancer Centre

Sunday, May 27th 2018







Run Club Update




Store News

Hello fellow runners and walkers. We are looking for a part time sales associate to join our Sudbury Team. You are a passionate runner/walker that can provide the level of customer service of the Running Room reputation. Requirements - you are a runner/walker with minimum 1 year sales experience -friendly and enthusiastic - a self starter that can work independently and as a team - flexible availability to work weekdays, evenings and weekends Responsibilities - recommendations and sales of store products - Cash handling - Cleaning If interested please drop off your resume at the Sudbury Running Room


See everyone Wednesday for Run Club 6pm

Happy Trails,

Eric, Erich, Cassandra, Ania, Caleb, Sam

Training Program News
The next round of clinics are coming up starting with the
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.






Track North News - by Dick Moss





Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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For information call me.
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