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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                      July 19, 2018            

     In this Issue:


  1. Friendly Massey Marathon
  2. Sudbury Fitness Challenge Island Swim and Fitness Challenge Standings
  3. Finlandia Trail Run #2
  4. Upcoming Events - July 22 Mountain Bike Tour, July 29 Canaqua Swim Run Challenge, August 12 Beaton Classic, August 15 Finlandia Trail Run
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North News





July 15, 2018

Ryan Marsaw and Jordan Nurmi finishing the marathon in Boston qualifying times

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The 43rd running of the Friendly Massey Marathon and other events turned out to be a shade more challenging than usual. Actually the shade was quite good as fog enveloped the course for the majority of the runs. But while the overcast was welcome the humidity was not. At nearly 100% with warm temperatures conditions caused runners a bit of discomfort. As a result overall times were a bit down.

Except for a few individuals including 2 Sudbury runners taking on the marathon. Their goals - to qualify for the Boston Marathon. The entry time to Boston for Ryan Marsaw and Jordan Nurmi is a fast official 3:15. To make things a little more difficult actual qualifying time is close to 4 minutes faster for their age division due to the large numbers of entrants. So, going in to a hot humid marathon they realized a 3:10 marathon was necessary.

THEY DID IT! Both ran smart strategic pacing with even splits to cross the finish line right on their targets, a feat I didn't think probable on this day. Ryan Marsaw broke the tape in 2nd position overall turning 3:10:08.6. Jordan Nurmi turned 3:10:19.9 in 3rd pace overall. Boston, here they come!

Congratulations to Ryan, Jordan and all participants and thank you to the organizers and volunteers for putting on an exceptional community minded event. The extra aid stations with sponges were greatly appreciated and the pancake breakfast was a proper event capper. Good on everyone who picked up award stools again. For those who missed out there is always next time.

See you in Massey in 2019.


Massey Marathon 2018 - A Marathoner's Experience
by Ryan Marsaw

On July 15th I ran the Friendly Massey Marathon for the first time. In fact,
it was my first ever Massey race. I was supposed to have run the same marathon
four years earlier, but a series of events did not allow me to toe the line for
the 2014 edition. I cannot believe that it took me since that time to decide
to race in Massey in 2018. Had I known how enjoyable this race really is I'd
have added it to my list of yearly events long before even 2014.

I wasn't quite sure how I was going to perform in this race. First off, I had
run the SudburyROCKS!!! marathon about 8 weeks earlier, on Mother's Day.
Running two marathons in a two-month span is not something I tend to do. Heck,
only once before have I ever run multiple marathons in a year, and the two were
separated by over five months. However, my recovery from ROCKS!!! went
exceptionally well. After less than two weeks I was already doing long runs,
which got me thinking that I actually could race the Massey marathon instead of
the half (which I had initially chosen to run). I gave myself one more week
and one more long run to determine if my legs could withstand another 42.2 km
journey. I promised myself that I wouldn't register for the Massey marathon
unless I knew that I could run a time similar to the one at ROCKS!!!

Another reason for the uncertainty in my race performance was the weather. A
heat warning one day out from race day is not something runners want to see!
Running in hot and humid weather is something that I'd actually been practising
during our torturous July, including the almost unbearable Firecracker Road
Race on Canada Day. Hot weather training did help me focus on proper pacing
and hydration, though, and I like to think that this knowledge carried over to
race day.

I wasn't going to put any pressure on myself that morning. I figured that just
crossing the finish line was going to be the real victory.

Because the marathon started at 6:00 AM the only real threat at that point was
the humidity and not the sun. My race plan was to start slow and then work my
way up gradually. At about 2 km my plan went out the window, at least for a
little while. Let me say that it's very difficult to slow your pace when
there's a cheering area! I don't know why, but I think all runners can agree
that when we're being cheered on in a race, we tend to pick up the pace. It's
at about that same 2-3 km point at the River Rd. turnaround where the
marathoners see runners in the half marathon coming from the opposite
direction. Seeing all these people together gave me an additional boost in my
stride. I ran the first 5 km of the race quicker than I would have liked, and
the side stitches I was developing that early into the run caused me great
consternation. By 8 km I was already drenched, and I think the only thing
keeping me upright was concentrating on keeping in contact with the then-3rd
and 4th place marathoners. And I knew that Jordan Nurmi was lurking and
plotting somewhere behind me...

At halfway I was still in 5th position, but chasing fast. I think I caught the
two (probably Attila Kovacs and Sheldon Cook) at about the 22 or 23 km point,
and suddenly found myself in 3rd spot. A few glances behind reminded me that
Jordan was still there, just lurking, plotting...

I forget exactly at what point I moved into 2nd, but it had to be near 32 or 33
km. Julio Ramirez was running his first marathon and told me that he was
hoping to finish in 3 hours, 10 minutes. A quick look at my watch confirmed
that we were pretty much dead on 3:10 marathon pace. Julio and I ran together
for a little while before I eased ahead, a little surprised that he stayed
back. I believe at this point Jordan also passed Julio to move into 3rd. The
next few kilometres saw me and Jordan running essentially side by side (Jordan
slightly behind, not wanting to take the lead). He was probably hatching some
sort of plan and waiting for the right time to pounce.

Near the 40 km point Jordan did make a couple of surges, but I wasn't having
any of it! I tried hard to keep up with him as our pace increased closer to my
half marathon pace. We ran stride for stride until we reached the top of
Reserve Rd. and at the left turn onto the bridge I made a sprint for the finish
line with a few hundred metres left to run. I didn't look behind me to see how
far back Jordan was; I was just hoping I had enough speed left to get me to the
finish line. Jordan crossed the finish line only about 10 seconds after I did
to shed an incredible 30 minutes off his personal best time.

The FRIENDLY Massey Marathon truly lives up to its name. The volunteers and
organizers were extremely nice and helpful. The aid stations, along with the
cheering sections, made my marathon experience that much easier to bear
considering the weather that morning. And of course the awards. Probably the
one thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Massey races is the
much-coveted milking stool, which I was lucky enough to earn later that morning
at the awards ceremony. This special prize will forever remind me of the
wonderful time I had at Massey this year.






Chichi Salmaso did great at the Friendly Massey Marathon Weekend! She was the youngest competitor in the 10k, first in 19 and under, and 3rd overall female. So many familiar faces, great morning! Thanks to all the volunteers who make these races run so smoothly! She is loving the maple syrup and wooden stool prizes!!

Faith Salmaso


What a fun and wild day; that started at 3:30am! Early morning runs TOTALLY deserve participation medals.
Thank you Henry Wong for the ride over and company, thank you Vince Perdue for the advice and encouragement, and thank you Tricia Yoga and Brandon Birdsong-Johnson for the kind words and cheers. Oh, and congrats to all that ran! It was a great test! And I am always inspired by the strength that I see.

Akasha Beharriell



All Results Here


Friendly Massey Marathon/Spanish River Half Marathon/ Chutes 10K

Where: Massey, ON
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 am


July 15, 2018

34th Annual Ian McCloy Island Swim

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All Results Here






Fitness Challenge Standings after (4) Events






Finlandia Trail Run Series returns to Laurentian Nordic Ski Trails this summer.

July 18, 2018 Run #2

Emily Dodge in the 6k


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Upcoming Local Events


  July 22, 2018


Family, Fun & Fitness Too!
Sudbury Fitness Challenge Mountain Bike Tour

Save Sunday July 22, 2018 on your calendar.





  July 29, 2018



Canaqua Sports is proud to announce that the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge is now an official qualifying race for the Aquaticcunner IWC World Championship Individual SwimRun Championships which will be held in Grado, Italy on September 16, 2018! The top two men and top two women finishers will be granted entry into this prestigious event.

Join us on July 29, 2018 at Kivi Park for the opportunity to compete on the world stage.



August 12, 2018

We're back for the 34th running of the Beaton Classic! The quadrathalon will take place at Moonlight Beach on Sunday, August 12th. This event is one of seven Sudbury Fitness Challenge events, aiming to promote healthy and active living in the commmunity in a fun, competitive way.

Registration details are available on the Running Room website. Race day registration is available but not recommended.


Solo: All four events. Male and female categories.
Doubles: Male, female and mixed categories. If mixed, female must do at least two events.
Fours: One event each. If mixed, must be at least two events done by a female. Can be a team of three

Beaton Classic Route Maps

Beaton Classic Course Instructions

Contact: BeatonClassic@hotmail.ca

Register below:



  August 15, 2018


Finlandia Trail Run Series returns to Laurentian Nordic Ski Trails this summer.









Run Club Update




Store News


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See you all at Run Club tonight 6pm


your Sudbury Staff,

Eric, Caleb, Brendan, Ania, Sam




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