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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                      August 2, 2018            

     In this Issue:


  1. July 29 Canaqua Swim Run Challenge
  2. Eric Leishman and the evolution of his marathon
  3. Mattawa Canoe Race 2018
  4. Rocks!! Outdoors Wednesday Run
  5. Upcoming Events - , August 12 Beaton Classic, August 15 Finlandia Trail Run
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North News




  July 29, 2018


Sudbury SwimRun Challenge

July 29, 2018 at Kivi Park

All Photos Here

Second annual SwimRun challenge qualifies for a world event in Italy 4
16 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 in Sudbury.

“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!

Sara (centre) entering Crowley Lake at Kivi Park

What the 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 your shoes.

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.


The 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.


All Results Here





Eric Leishman 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 College.

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 that day.”

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 him.

“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 tearing up.

“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 foot.

“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 run.

“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

Scott 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

Robert Marcolini/Scott Hopkins


2018 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.


All Results Here




Rocks!! Outdoors Wednesday PM









Upcoming Local Events


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 community 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

Youth Tri Map

Beaton Classic Course Instructions

Contact: BeatonClassic@hotmail.ca

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  August 15, 2018


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









Run Club Update




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