In this Issue:
- SudburyRocks!! this
- Visually impaired runner making strides
to eliminate diabetes at Sudbury race
- Sudbury's Eric Leishman Places 2nd
in Mississauga and more...
- Rocks!! at Goodlife
- Rocks 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
Thanks for your participation in making
the 2018 SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run, or Walk for Diabetes
a huge success and your support of the Canadian Diabetes
Association. Please take a look at our final instructions
to ensure all aspects of your run goes as planned.
*ALL RACE EVENT LOCATIONS: Sunday
May 13 starting on Minto St. beside Tom Davies Square.
Events and Start
CIS SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon
Walk - 6:00 AM
CIS SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Run – 7:55 AM
SudburyRocks!! 8 Person Marathon Relay Run -7:55 AM
The PERDUE Family Half Marathon Run/Walk - 7:55 AM
SudburyROCKS!! 1K Kids Run - 8:05 AM
Continental Insulation 10K Run/Walk - 8:35 AM
SudburyROCKS!! 5k Run/Walk - 9:00 AM
Vale Celebrity Challenge Run - 9:00 AM
* Online Registration closes Wednesday May 9 at 11:59
* Manual Registration STILL AVAILABLE and packet pick
up for all events at the Race Expo on Saturday only.
* EXPO LOCATION: The Race Expo with Race Kit pick-up is
Saturday May 12 between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at École
Secondaire Du Sacré-Coeur, Greater Sudbury, ON
Address: 261 Notre Dame Ave, Sudbury ON
* Note: There is Sunday late registration and packet pick
up for the 1km and 5km registrants only. Packets can be
picked up Sunday between 6am-8am
* 5km registrants be aware. Sunday morning will be very
busy at the registration area. If at all possible please
register and pick up kits on Saturday during the Race
Expo. We cannot guarantee you will be electronically registered
for the race if you attempt after 8:00
Race kit pick up procedures
All participants have been assigned a bib number. When
you arrive at the Expo a display board will list all the
race participants' names alphabetically with their assigned
bib number. Bibs are then handed out by bib number range.
The race kit pickup steps are:
1) Look up your bib number on the alphabetic list of names
2) Go directly to the table handing out bibs that has
your number range and tell the volunteer your bib number.
3) Go to the shirt hand out table
4) Drop off pledges to the Diabetes pledge drop off table
5) Visit the many wonderful display booths that are at
the race expo
You will receive your bib, disposable timing chip, and
t-shirt along with many other fabulous goodies in your
race kit. All race participants are to wear the assigned
race bib on their front during the race. The timing chip
must be securely attached to your shoe for the race. If
you don't wear the timing chip, your time will not be
There are numerous free lots in Sudbury's downtown core
- Elgin St. between Minto St. and Durham St., Elgin/Larch,
the Sudbury Arena on Minto St., plus another City lot
on Minto St and in many other nearby lots.
visit our website for more detailed information.
The Run Committee
runner making strides to eliminate diabetes at Sudbury
Richard Holloway says May 13, Mother's Day has special
meaning, since his late mother motivate him to run
Gemmill · CBC News · Posted: May 08, 2018
Holloway of Parry Sound is visually impaired, but
that hasn't stopped him from running. Over the past
20 years he has completed almost 60 half and full
marathons. He will be in Sudbury on May 13 for the
Sudbury Rocks race. (Supplied/Richard Holloway)
It was 20 years ago
that Richard Holloway of Parry Sound, Ont., made
a promise to his mother to begin training to run
He will be doing his 60th half-marathon
this weekend when he travels to Sudbury to participate
in the Sudbury Rocks! Race, Run, Walk for Diabetes.
In 1998, Holloway's mother, who
was on oxygen and preparing for a double lung
transplant, motivated her son to become more active.
"She was walking on a treadmill training
to get her transplant," the 54-year old Holloway
recalls. "She said 'You know if I get my
lungs you should train and do a marathon,' "
he said. Holloway says two weeks later, when his
mother received her new lungs, he began training
for his first race. His mother died two years
after that. "Maybe she had an underlying
secret to get me off the couch and get my health
in order because she probably knew I was going
to get diabetes."
Holloway is registered to run
the half-marathon in the Sudbury event, which
is scheduled for Sunday, May 13, Mother's Day.
"My lucky number is 13. [The race] is on
the 13th, and my mom motivated me to run,"
he said. Holloway will be running alongside two
guides. That's because Holloway is visually impaired.
"They work as my eyes."
was born with juvenile glaucoma, and has no peripheral
vision. He describes his sight as 'tunnel vision'.
His eyes are sensitive to the light, and so he wears
tinted glasses during daylight.
One guide runs in front of Holloway
to acts as a pacer, while the other guide is beside
him throughout the race. "They run beside me
and if anybody is cutting me off they'll push them
away or ask them nicely to move...the first two
times." Holloway also
runs with a sign on his back that says 'visually
impaired/blind runner' to notify other participants
in the event.
Diabetes is an issue Holloway wants
to raise awareness about. That's because he's had
six friends who have died recently due to complications
connected to diabetes. He says he doesn't think
people take diabetes seriously, but the illness
can affect other things like one's sight, limbs
or even someone's heart. "All
these people that I've known...that have passed
they just didn't respect [diabetes]. I have a lot
of respect for diabetes, because I just don't want
to go down that road," he said.
The Sudbury Rocks! race raises awareness
and funds for Diabetes Canada. Holloway says he's
been collecting pledges and has over $250 in donations
Advice for others
"I've always battled weight...I'm a big guy."
Holloway has some advice for anyone
who may be interested in starting running or becoming
more active. "Anything is possible, that's
the way I look at it," he said. "It's
like lifting weights, running a marathon or climbing
a mountain...if you get yourself off the couch you
can do almost anything."
Mississauga Marathon is an event with a strong following.
This year the marathon launched a social media campaign
called #15yearrunner to celebrate the 15th anniversary
for the event. This hashtag showcases runners who are
longtime devotees to both the Mississauga Marathon and
to running. Over 40 participants in Sunday’s race
have run the Mississauga Marathon every year since its
inaugural event in 2004.
Leishman Places 2nd
Sudbury in the
Half Marathon Run/Walk
Rocks!! in the
Race recap: by Jessica Guenard-Valiquette:
I went into this race a bit unprepared but totally
optimistic. Realistically I hadn’t trained
enough, with my longest run being 8km. I
went in hoping for a 1:15, but would have been
happy with less than 1:20.
We prepared for a
hot sunny run, but got a warm, rainy run. Meh...we
are Sudburians...we’ve run in worse. And
it’s a great course. Sharon
DeVellis, Denise Wilton Clement and I started
the race together but separated at various points
to run our own races.
Thanks to Denise
pacing me for the first 4.2km, I settled into
a good rhythm and felt great. Imagine my surprise
when I finished in 1:08, well under my ideal goal
We were super blessed
to have Eric Leishman and Carlee Vendramin there
to cheer us in—even though Eric should have
been resting for his attempt at a podium finish
Marathon (more on that later) .
Honestly—Sudbury Running community is the
most supportive community. I’m
really happy with how the race went and can’t
wait to do another.
Thanks to all who
have supported me virtually; thank to Denise for
being the best training partner ever. You’re
Purdy great. (Ahem)
Carlee and Eric,
thanks for cheering us in. And congrats on your
SECOND PLACE FINISH. We are crazy proud of you.
Sharon, Jessica and
2018, the year the #TorontoMarathon
FINALLY got some luck with the weather! We couldn’t
have asked for better conditions and hope everyone
had as much fun in the sun as we did!
2018 Toronto Marathon first female
over all Julie Hamulecki finished in the impressive
time of 2:52.08 ! Great performance today Julie!!
Winner, Dave Freake the overall
winner of the 2018 Toronto Marathon in a time
of 2:33.55. Great job and thanks for coming out
Rocks!! in Toronto Marathon
Rocks!! in the
Upcoming Local Events
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
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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