In this Issue:
- July 29 Canaqua Swim
- Eric Leishman and the evolution of
- Mattawa Canoe Race 2018
- Rocks!! Outdoors Wednesday Run
- Upcoming Events
- , August 12 Beaton Classic,
August 15 Finlandia Trail Run
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
July 29, 2018 at Kivi Park
Second annual SwimRun
challenge qualifies for a world event in Italy 4
h by: Gia Patil
Kivi Park has hosted many
races in the past, but none compare to the endurance,
and physical tests participants had to go through for
the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge event today.
Despite the chilly summer
morning, some twenty participants had travelled from as
far as Montana to participate in the qualifier event for
the Aquaticrunner IWC World Individual SwimRun Championships
being held on Sept. 16 in Grado, Italy.
Eugine Woo travelled from
Markham, ON to take on the 19 kilometres challenge here
“This is my first time
doing a swim-run challenge, my strategy is to pace myself,
not get tired and finish the race,” Woo said.
The race started with 20
participants scattering to take on four runs and three
swims before circling back to the finish line.
Despite the low number of
participants for the race, the organizers are confident
that the numbers will grow each year as the word spreads
about the race.
“We are still in our
growing stages, its only our second race and the hope
is that the participants will have fun and will bring
out more people to this race every year,” Ian Feldman,
the race director said.
Feldman first heard about
the swim-run challenge in Europe from a friend and decided
to bring the challenge to Canada.
“I always wanted to
do something different, and when I saw how much the event
has grown in Europe and is competing with triathlons.
I had to try and bring it here,” Feldman said.
“This race is equally
challenging, however its geared more for people who like
swimming rather than cycling,” Feldman said.
For Eugine, that’s
precisely what brought him to participate in the race.
“I am a swimmer, I
have done some long-distance swimming of up to 10 kilometres,
and some running but doing them together would be a challenge,
so I decided to participate,” Woo said.
Two similar races are being
held in Ontario and one in New Brunswick.
However, the top two men
and top two women from the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge will
become qualifiers for the world event and will join 250
other SwimRun athletes from around the world.
If you missed out on the
action, check out our photo gallery for all the challenges
participants had to endure.
And the winners of the
Sudbury SwimRun Challenge are
Men - Alexander Titiora 1st Stephen Gentles 2nd
Women Sara McIlraith 1st and Ginny Denomme 2nd.
These four people have
qualified for the Aquaticrunner IWC World Individual SwimRun
Championships being held in Grado Italy on September 16,
2018. Congrats on your top finish, and good luck in Italy!
entering Crowley Lake at Kivi Park
Heck is a Swim Run?
by Sara McIlraith
A new sport has emerged out of the
Nordic countries in Europe over the past decade,
and is slowly gaining popularity in Canada. The
Swim Run takes endurance to a whole new level. Think
long distance trail running with a bunch of swims
thrown in. Many Swim Runs do not mark the course,
requiring racers to self-navigate to the swim sections.
The other big catch is that you have to carry all
your equipment for both swimming and running over
the entire course. Yes, that means swimming with
There are only a handful of Swim
Run events held in Canada, one of which happens
to be right in our backyard. Canaqua Sports, a swim
event organizing company, first brought Swim Run
to Sudbury last year, and returned last Sunday for
the second year.
race was held in Kivi Park, a mecca for endurance
events, with a bit of everything to offer from rugged
single track trails to wide crusher dust ‘roads’.
A Swim Run, however, also requires a swimmable lake.
Kivi newly acquired a hidden gem named Crowley Lake.
Located well south of the main trails, Crowley Lake
is a bit tough to get to for the majority of park
goers. There are also 2 large ridges between the
main chalet and the lake. Perfect terrain for a
Swim Run race!
My summer has been filled with training
for another half ironman in September, and I thought
the Swim Run would be a great opportunity for a
super long brick workout. Never having trained with
hand paddles or pull buoys (normal equipment for
those serious Swim Runners), I opted for a non-traditional
method of carrying my shoes. I look at my running
bras as another ‘pocket’, storing everything
from gels to tank tops, so I thought I’d expand
that to running shoes. It actually worked well for
me, the shoes stuffed into the front of my tri suit
didn’t cause much drag and maybe even a bit
of floatation. The race director chided me at the
end, saying if I’d been using paddles and
a pull buoy, I may have won the race outright. I
guess I’ll have to add these to my swim training
routine for next year :).
I really enjoyed this race. We had
a small contingent of racers, but they travelled
from as far away as Montana to take part, and were
all extremely supportive. This race was the only
qualifier in North America for the World Swim Run
Championships in Italy in September. The top 2 male
and female racers were awarded entry into the championships
and 2 nights stay. What an amazing prize! Unfortunately
you won’t be reading a post-race report from
me from Italy, as the race is the same weekend as
my Half Ironman in September.
I strongly encourage you to try
out this really unique race next year. It is really
rewarding to extend out beyond your comfort zone
just a little bit. You might even discover something
else that you are really good at.
and the evolution of his marathon
As an aging runner, it isn't about how much you run, but how
smart you run, he says
by: Randy Pascal
Life isn't slowing
down Eric Leishman's marathon running, it's only forcing him
to evolve. (File)
Eric Leishman was a very
good cross-country runner during his time at Cambrian
The native of Chapleau was consistently
among the top finishers in the OCAA, making four consecutive
visits to the national championships.
His progress in the marathon, however,
is at a whole other level.
Leishman finds himself currently ranked
25th in the country after finishing second at the Mississauga
Marathon in early May. Though his time of 2:36.44 is
not all that close to his best ever time trial run of
2:26.00 or so, it still represents a quantum leap from
where he was some five years ago.
“My marathon pace (per km) now
is faster than when I ran eight kms in college,”
said Leishman. “I can run 14:16 (5 kms) on the
track now – I hadn't even broke 15 (minutes) in
college. The training was so different back then. I've
gotten faster just by running more now.”
That said, he is a long way still from
the perfection he seeks, still looking at each and every
attempt at the 26-mile pilgrimage as an opportunity
to learn. His sixth shot at the marathon, in Mississauga,
was no different. “I went out very aggressive,
I led at the halfway mark by two minutes,” said
the 27-year-old, who also serves as coach of the Golden
Shield cross-country team these days.
“Because of the heat, I should
have played it as a race, and not a time trial. I wanted
to PB. It's not always the best move to go for a PB.
You kind of kick yourself after, realizing that you
need the perfect race in perfect conditions. It wasn't
In general, Leishman is making progress.
“My ability to handle the training,
to handle the distance, is much better. But at this
point, I haven't got it right in terms of prioritizing
when I peak. I started too soon this spring and peaked
in the first week of March.”
That would lead to Leishman scorching
through the half-marathon distance on his home treadmill
that is specifically designed to replicate the course
conditions of the Boston Marathon in a time of 1:04.57.
“Running that on a training run,
that's bizarre, but it felt like it was over, just like
that,” said Leishman. “I've had some races
like that, the Sudbury Rocks Marathon in 2016.”
There are still times, however, when
the boundless enthusiasm of youth gets the better of
“I looked at the field (in Mississauga)
and who was running, and knew if I ran a really good
race, I should win,” he said. “A decent
race would put me top three.
But I didn't run a smart race. It's
easy to get ahead of yourself when you're feeling really
good, right out of the gate. The last 10 kms, you can
hit the wall hard.”
And, of course, there is the whole mental
aspect, ranging all the way from how to occupy the mind
through two-plus hours of running, to staying in the
moment. “I still haven't mastered that emotional
state,” said Leishman. “I remember, about
halfway through the race, going through and thinking
to myself, 'man, I'm going to win this,' and almost
“You can't be emotional during
a marathon. You're using up energy that you will need
for the tail-end of the race.”
And finally, there is that small matter
of dealing with the inevitability of injuries. At the
moment, Leishman finds himself battling some issues
with his Achilles and a slight stress fracture in his
“I wanted to run a fall marathon,
but it probably won't happen. But I'm better at being
patient. You've got to remind yourself that you're not
going to lose it in two weeks or four weeks. It isn't
always about how much you're running, but how smart
“You try and find something else
in your life. As I've aged, it's been easier to find
comfort with other parts of my life.”
And it doesn't appear to be slowing
him down in the least.
Mattawa Canoe Race 2018
64km race from North Bay to Mattawa. 12 portages - for some
of us! Others chose to run the rapids.
by Scott Hopkins
Hopkins Photo Gallery Here
4th Place out of
13 boats in our class - not a podium, but took
over 1 hour off from last year
Mattawa River Canoe Race a Success!
Jul 30, 2018 - by Scott Hopkins
Seventy teams from across
the country participated in North Bay-Mattawa Conservation
Authority’s 42nd Annual Mattawa River Canoe Race,
on July 28th. Paddlers launched from Olmsted Beach,
North Bay and made their way through the 64 km trek,
five mandatory portages and low water levels to Mattawa
Island, competing for the top spot in the race. Fiona
and Mike Vincent of Regina captured the Fastest Overall
Time trophy, finishing with a time of 6:09:38, ahead
of second place finishers Derek and Robert Reed from
Sudbury with a time of 6:13:20.
This was the second time
that Rob Marcolini and I participated in the Men’s
Recreational A Division. We did the race last year,
and learned a lot about the race and portages (twelve
in all if you don’t run the rapids!!), and really
wanted to improve our time. The perennial favorites,
Rob Gregoris and Shawn Bruins, were entered, as was
veteran John Larmer who enlisted young Jordan Hotta
as his teammate. Additionally, brothers Rob and Derek
Reed were competing in the Men’s Pro C2 Division,
and they were expected to also perform at the top.
As forecast, the day was
ideal for the race with a drizzle and westerly winds
providing a tailwind. The wind also carried the smoke
from the Parry Sound 33 forest fire to North Bay which
reminded us how lucky we were to be away from this hazard.
The race started in 15 minute waves, with the slowest
boat divisions going first. By the time we arrived at
the first portage approximately 20 km down Trout Lake,
we had caught the majority of the slower boats, but
the Pro Boats also had caught up to us. As a result,
the first few portages were very congested with teams
attempting to pass each other down a wilderness bush
trail while carrying a canoe. Rob and I took turns carrying
the canoe at each portage, so I did manage to take a
few photos when my hands weren’t full.
Rocks!! Outdoors Wednesday
Upcoming Local Events
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 community in a fun, competitive
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
Classic Route Maps
Classic Course Instructions
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your Sudbury Staff,
Eric, Caleb, Brendan, Ania, Sam
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