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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                      May 10, 2018            

     In this Issue:


  1. SudburyRocks!! this Sunday
  2. Visually impaired runner making strides to eliminate diabetes at Sudbury race
  3. Sudbury's Eric Leishman Places 2nd in Mississauga and more...
  4. Rocks!! at Goodlife
  5. Rocks Outdoor Action
  6. Upcoming Events:  May 13 SudburyRocks!!! and May 27 MOVE Series Cancer Centre Walk, Run, Bike
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North News





Final Information and Instructions

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 Times

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 pm.
* 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 recorded.

Downtown Parking
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.

Please visit our website for more detailed information.

Good luck!
The Run Committee



Visually impaired runner making strides to eliminate diabetes at Sudbury race
Richard Holloway says May 13, Mother's Day has special meaning, since his late mother motivate him to run

Angela Gemmill · CBC News · Posted: May 08, 2018

Richard 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 a marathon.

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."


He 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 so far.

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."





The 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.

Sudbury's Eric Leishman Places 2nd

778 Tsegaye Dissasa Toronto M20-29 1 1 1 1:14:50 2:31:29 2:31:29
5 Eric Leishman Sudbury M20-29 2 2 2 1:13:00 2:36:44 2:36:44
818 Peter Speight Toronto M30-39 3 3 1 1:20:50 2:44:00 2:44:02
699 Clemence Vauzelle Etobicoke F20-29 35 1 1 1:30:06 3:02:15 3:02:17
2 Truphena Busienei Hamilton F30-39 45 2 1 1:28:00 3:05:05 3:05:05
197 Marie-Pier Drolet Boischatel F30-39 49 3 2 1:32:34 3:06:33 3:06:43

Sudbury in the Half Marathon Run/Walk

2979 Sonya Melin Sudbury F40-49 255 72 16 00:38:40 01:46:49 RUN 1:47:25
2955 Thomas McGibbon Sudbury M50-59 31 13 4 01:08:06 02:58:53 WALK 3:01:58


Rocks!! in the 10k

5172 Denise Clement Wahnapitae F40-49 425 157 42 1:03:50 1:04:01
5214 Sharon Devellis Oakville F40-49 515 198 52 1:06:59 1:07:11
5305 Jessica Guenard-Valiquette Sudbury F40-49 561 227 57 1:08:50 1:09:01


10km 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 of 1:15.

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 Denise









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 Dave!!



Rocks!! in Toronto Marathon

1378 YVES ROBICHAUD SUDBURY M55-59 617 459 22 01:53:54 03:15:09 04:03:46 04:04:30
751 JESSE WINTERS SUDBURY M60-64 772 562 22 02:02:23 03:31:15 04:18:03 04:18:48

Rocks!! in the Half

5263 MICHAEL WILSON SUDBURY M45-49 1566 997 110 01:32:05 02:05:23 02:06:11







Rocks!! Outdoor Action

May 9, 2018

Idylwylde golf course

All Photos Here








Upcoming Local Events


   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.
Vincent Perdue
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9
vt perdue@cyberbeach.net

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