HomeAbout UsContact InformationNewsletter ArchivesClubsEventsPhotosRace ResultsLinks




      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                      August 30, 2018            

     In this Issue:


  1. 2018 Canadian Marathon Canoe Championships
  2. Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis
  3. Upcoming Events September 9 SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour , Sep 15 Colours of Hope, Sep 16 Terry Fox, Sep 16 Northern Corner Run,                            Sep 30 Run for the Cure
  4. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  5. Track North News




   August 25 - 26, 2018


2018 Canadian Marathon Canoe Championships
Sat, Aug 25, 2018 7:00 AM Sun, Aug 26, 2018 5:00 PM
Northern Water Sports Centre (map)
Sudbury's SCC to host the 2018 Canadian Marathon Canoe Championships

All Photos Here

The Sudbury Canoe Club once again played host to the Canadian Marathon Canoe Championships on Ramsey Lake this weekend.

In partnership with the Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA), the SCC welcomed more than 100 athletes from Sudbury and beyond, including the United States and Belize to the waters of Ramsey Lake and the surrounding area.

Racers hit the starting line at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Northern Water Sports Centre, making their way across Ramsey Lake to a portage into and out of Bethel Lake, before turning around in South Bay.


Race results and more can be found here.

Marathon Canoe Championships a nice fit for all concerned
by Randy Pascal

Yet another small wave of Canadians has been introduced to the local jewels that are Ramsey Lake and the Northern Water Sports Centre (NWSC).

Over the weekend, the NWSC played host to the Canadian Marathon Canoe Championships for a second straight year, more than doubling the number of competitors as some 85 paddlers converged on the city this year.

"We got off to a really late start for nationals in 2017," noted the past-president of the Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA) Don Stoneman, from Cambridge, who co-chaired the local event along with Sudbury Canoe Club commodore Rob Marcolini and vice-commodore Aaron Hutchings.

"We weren't able to get the publicity out that we wanted. We decided, last fall, that we were going to run them in Sudbury again this summer, and have been working on this for months." The end result was a field that included a large contingent from across Ontario, along with pockets of paddlers from Québec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, along with a trio from Bélize (formerly British Honduras in Central America). "We were able to ramp it up this year," Stoneman added.

One other advantage to the early preparation work was the opportunity that it provided to approach various levels of government. Most notably, the event received a generous "hosting" grant through the province of Ontario, funding that has allowed for a lasting legacy locally, one that features three new marathon racing canoes, six bent-shaft paddles, as well as training and certification offered for three new Sudbury coaches in the sport of sit-down marathon canoeing.

Of course, much of the above really won't mean all that much if the competitors, themselves, do not find benefit with the northern Ontario setting. "Sudbury is really a different place," said Stoneman. "We don't usually do a lot of racing on lakes, so this is really different."

"You'll have a tail-wind, you'll have a side-wind, you'll have a head-wind, all on one course that takes about an hour. I understand the two portages are quite challenging. It's a great venue - the paddlers really liked the event. Even the poor people who had to portage liked the course."

That, of course, is exactly the kind of feedback that Marcolini and countless others involved with the NWSC are grateful to hear. "This event is a good fit, in that it's probably not something that is as formal as the Henley (Royal Canadian Henley Regatta), or even some of the sprint races that the kids go to," said Marcolini.

"This appeals to people that are in good shape, but that are a bit more adventurous. The Ramsey Lake venue really fits that mold. For better or for worse, it's built up all the way around, so it's easily accessible from many points, and there are many good vantage points to watch the races."

Marcolini also took time to praise the lake users, noting not only the respectful nature in which they interacted with the paddlers - some water-skiers were more than happy to accommodate a move to another location in the lake, in order to not interfere with the racers - but also even something as simple as not disturbing the buoys and markers that dotted all corners of Ramsey on the weekend.

"And the support that we received from all levels of government and partners, like OMCKRA, that really resonated with me," he said. "We leaned on them more this year."

That said, it's likely time for the locals to take a bit of a breather. "I don't think we will do it next summer, but we've learned a lot, even for our own Canoe Marathon (Sudbury Fitness Challenge event)," stated Marcolini.

A good numbers of the participants will now make their way to "La Belle Province", as La Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie welcomes folks to a waterways trek that will run from La Tuque (PQ) to Trois-Rivières, covering a distance of some 200 kilometers, from August 31st to September 3rd.





Extreme Athleticism Is the New Midlife Crisis
People in middle age are flocking in record numbers to intense workouts and challenging races. What are they chasing?

Paul Flannery
Aug 22


The last thing I remember before passing out was the pain. It had overtaken everything, hunching my back, and curling my fingers into claws pecking out incoherent thoughts on my laptop before finally collapsing. It was 3 a.m. on the morning of my 43rd birthday, and depression had finally consumed me.

There was no clear reason as to why it was happening. Objectively, my life was good. I had a beautiful family, I owned my house, and I had a dream job covering the NBA. But I have lived with a form of mild chronic depression since I was a teenager, and depression has a way of taking everything that’s good and turning it against you. My job was a pressure cooker with endless travel and sleepless nights in hotels. My house felt like a 30-year millstone. My family tried to give me space, but all I really wanted to do was escape. That a lot of people would eagerly trade places with me only added to the feelings of guilt and negativity. I spiraled. Things had to change. I had to change.

I had been a runner for years, and it had long provided a rare respite from stress and anxiety, though it was paying diminishing returns. One day about a year ago, I noticed a trailhead that I had run by countless times without so much as a passing glance. It beckoned me to enter, and I did, plunging deep into the cool shadows of the forest. I ran until I was two towns over from where I began. I felt rejuvenated, at peace. I kept going. When I found my way out of the woods hours later, I told my wife that I was now a trail runner. Nine months later, I ran my first 50K on a cold, raw April day over 5,000 feet of vertical gain on a rugged, unmarked course.

In 1957, a Canadian psychologist named Elliot Jacques presented a paper to the British Psychoanalytical Society on what he called the mid-life crisis. There it sat until 1965 when “Death and the Mid-life Crisis” was published in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Jacques’ theory was that as we approach middle age we begin to realize our own mortality, and then, consequently, we begin to freak out.

The focus is less on what happened before the crisis and more on what happens after.

There’s much debate over whether the phenomenon actually exists as a matter of science, but the idea makes intuitive sense. Getting older can trigger a kind of introspection, and often that introspection focuses on how much time has passed, how much is left, and what to do with it. That can create anxiety, and that anxiety can be multiplied by depression, stress, or good old-fashioned existential ennui.

For decades, the midlife crisis has been expressed in tired pop-culture tropes in which (usually) white men buy sports cars and carry on affairs with younger women in a doomed and desperate bid to feel young again. But increasingly, people are responding to the anxieties of middle age not by clinging to the last vestiges of expiring youth but to taking on challenges that seem to belong to the young alone: by pushing the limits of what they’re physically capable of through endurance athletics and extreme fitness. The focus is less on what happened before the crisis and more on what happens after. Call it the midlife correction.

Today, almost a third of all triathlon participants in the United States are between the ages of 40 and 49, according to the U.S. Triathlon organization. That’s the largest age demographic by decade and one of the most competitive. The same holds true for the Boston Marathon, where more than 8,200 runners in their 40s crossed the finish line in April, a little more than 31 percent of the total field. The largest field of competitors at the 2017 New York Marathon was between the ages of 40 and 44. In London in 2015, those 40–49 runners had faster overall times than the 20–29-year-olds.

The trail runners, bless their hippie souls, don’t keep as detailed records, but as the number of races has more than doubled over the last decade, so have the ranks of graybeards. A research paper by Martin D. Hoffman and Kevin Fogard found that the average age of participants in 100-mile ultras was 44.

Of course, there’s no telling what motivates all people to push themselves like this, but from my experience and the experience of many athletes I’ve spoken to, extreme fitness is less about being young again and more about building yourself up for the years ahead. In other words, getting better at getting older.

For some, a midlife crisis arises from a fear that the weaknesses that have dogged you are not just temporary challenges to cope with, but a permanent part of who you are. The chance to confront those weaknesses and recognize the hold they have over us is a key benefit of ultra-marathons, Cross-Fit, or whatever other endurance sports people turn to.

Christine Cassara was one of these people. She and her husband were struggling with fertility issues, and at one appointment the doctor told her he’d rather treat a 40-year-old than someone who was obese. The cruelty of the comment took her aback. Cassara was pushing 40 and weighed 340 pounds.

After a couple of false starts, Cassara lost over 200 pounds with the help of a diet, but she worried about backsliding, so she tried running. Beginning with a couch-to-5K plan, she worked her way up to half marathons and signed up for a full marathon only to realize she didn’t actually like running all that much. A friend suggested triathlon, and she started small with pool laps, short bike rides, and mile runs. Cassara fell in love with the sport and completed Sprint and Olympic triathlons. In late August she traveled from her home in St. Petersburg, Florida, to Copenhagen for her first Iron Man.

“In the back of my mind I always considered myself a quitter,” Cassara says. “The most important thing it’s done in all aspects is to give me the will to continue and not quit.”

Others experience a midlife crisis as a sense of slackening, of lost focus, or ambition. That’s what Lisimba Patilla, a 44-year-old sales manager from Medina, Ohio, by way of Flint, Michigan, felt when he discovered triathlons. Three years ago, the former Division-II college football player and track athlete worried he had grown complacent in life and was losing his edge.

On a business trip to Reno, a cousin recommended a book on triathlons, and Patilla was so inspired he called his wife and told her he was going to be a triathlete. There was one significant problem. He nearly drowned when was 12 and the experience left him so traumatized he wouldn’t let water from the shower hit his face.

“If you fall off your bike and get a wound on your leg, you can still get on that bike,” Patilla says. “When you have a traumatic experience, it puts a wound on your mind, and it becomes a recurring nightmare.”

Patilla bought the thickest wetsuit he could find and experimented with a half-dozen snorkels. In his first triathlon attempt, he made it 500 meters before being pulled out of the water. From that point on he told himself that he was going to swim like everyone else. Patilla went to a pool twice a day and learned how to swim in the shallow end. He competed again a few months later and completed his first sprint triathlon.

Extreme fitness is less about being young again and more about building yourself up for the years ahead.

“I can’t tell you I didn’t panic,” he says. “I can’t tell you a grown man didn’t cry. But I got through it. When I got done, I was exhausted, but I knew at that point I could do this.” He did, and in doing it, he gained a measure of clarity about what he’s capable of. “Triathlons don’t lie,” he says. “At 44 years old I need that.”

When Suzanna Smith-Horn burned out on the corporate lifestyle in her 40s, she sold her shares in her startup and quit her job. Her friends thought it sounded fantastic to have all that free time, but Smith-Horn struggled with the loss of identity. “The reality was that’s a really tough place to be,” she says. “Because you’re trying to figure out, what should I be doing in life? Who am I? What’s my purpose? I went into these places in life where I was pretty depressed.”

She started running, and her existential question was answered. She ran a marathon and then advanced from there to 100-mile races. With a career in tech sales, Smith-Horn, now 51, is able to work from her home in the Upper Valley of Vermont where she has access to a wide assortment of trail systems. There are days when it’s hard to get out the door, especially in the bitter cold of winter, she says, but after a few miles, her mind clears.

“Sometimes you’ll be like, where am I?” Smith-Horn says. “You’re in the zone. Nothing else really matters and you’re just there. It doesn’t come overnight. You learn every race, every trail. You’re constantly learning. You have to learn how do you take care of yourself. You really have to learn how to manage yourself for hours on end without a lot of support.”

This realization was hard-earned. During the winter of 2016, Smith-Horn slipped on a patch of ice and broke her neck. Her doctor told her that running was off limits and so was hiking, but she had the Grindstone 100, an ultramarathon, on her schedule that fall and that was non-negotiable. She walked every day for 4–5 hours with her neck brace to maintain her fitness.

Eight months after her fall, the 51-year-old finished the 100-mile race in the Allegheny Mountains, in just over 31 hours, beating half the field of finishers and coming in10th among all female runners. Not that place has much relevance to her.

“I’m a 50-year-old middle of the pack,” she says before catching herself. “Ehhhh, I hold my own. Everyone has a story and there’s an importance to everyone who’s out there, whether they’re finishing a course in record time or the last one finishing. We’re all doing the same thing.”

There’s a moment in 100-mile races that ultrarunners call “the dark place.” It’s usually late in the race when everything goes to hell and you experience the greatest pain you will ever feel. When you arrive there, there’s nothing left to do but, “embrace the suck,” as sports psychologist Dolores Christensen put it.

A midlife crisis is a response to a dark place of a different kind.

For her dissertation, Christensen conducted a field study of 100 milers as they went through the race. She tracked their emotions and their levels of confidence as they journeyed through the various stages. What she found is that runners who were able to accept their pain and not see it as a threat were able to succeed on the trail.

“There’s really something transcendental about that experience,” she says. “People need to go to the edge. Somehow that’s good for us, to be reminded of our mortal limits.

When we push our body to that end it creates such a sense of compassion and gratitude for what your body can do. In doing that it honors the work and the energy and effort which drives us to do it again. That process regenerates itself.”

This, to me, cuts to the heart of the matter. A midlife crisis is a response to a dark place of a different kind. It could be the fear of mortality, or aimlessness, or futility, or obsolescence, or loss of self. You could view these things as threats, or you could accept them as part of your existence, and move forward.

What am I doing getting up with the sun and pushing my body farther than I ever thought possible? That question has been at the heart of my journey and I’ve had to confront hard truths along the way.

What I’ve come to understand is that depression has always defined me, even if very few people knew it was there. When those moods take over, I wrapped myself in a protective shell to keep them at bay. More often than not, I simply retreated from view where I could be alone with my inner turmoil. It’s an exhausting way to live and ultrarunning has focused my intentions beyond simply managing my symptoms.

The routine keeps me balanced, and I have gradually expanded it to include better nutrition and smarter strength training, along with yoga and meditation practice. Outside of family and work responsibilities, my life revolves around my training schedule.

If any of that gets out of whack, I start to feel the pull of the abyss. When it all locks into place, I feel like a modern day warrior. Achieving a healthier balance is what training is all about and no matter how far I go, I’ve finally accepted that I can’t outrun my depression, and I can’t live passively with them. So, I’m making it my training partner. It keeps me motivated to avoid the lows and grounded when I get too high. It will be with me for the rest of my life. All I can do is keep moving.

Paul Flannery






Upcoming Local Events


September 9, 2018

5k & 21.1 k Roadraces

The SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour

Sunday, September 9 at Laurentian University at 10:00 am. (8:30 am for the half walk)

5 km and a 1/2 marathon.

REGISTER  on-line here    through the Running Room                           Manual Entry Form

The Sudbury Masters/Continental Insulation 42nd annual Ramsey Tour will take place on Sunday, September 9 at Laurentian University. The 1/2 Marathon walk will start at 8:30 am and both the 5 km and 1/2 Marathon runs will start at 10:00. We invite runners/walkers of all abilities to participate in the oldest continuous road race in Sudbury. All proceeds from this event will go to support students at both Laurentian University and Cambrian College.

You can register on-line through the Running Room, on Saturday, September 8 during the race pick-up at the Running Room between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, or from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on Sunday, September 9 just prior to the start of the race at the Laurentian University track. For further information please contact Jesse Winters at 705-677-6285 or at jesseawinters@gmail.com.

See you on Sunday, September 9 .

(5k map)

(21k map)



September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM
Kivi Park, Sudbury

Support Colours of Hope 5K Sudbury!

Add a splash of colours to your running calendar with the Canadian Cancer Society's Colours of Hope 5K at KIVI PARK! You'll be transformed in more ways than one during this non-competitive, fun-filled event which celebrates life and raises important funds to fight cancer.

When it's over, the colour will wash away, but your smile is there to stay. Register to begin fundraising online for the Canadian Cancer Society's Colours of Hope 5K.




September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Run Day Details

Registration: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Official Ceremonies: 10:30 am
One Start: 10:45 am
Location: Grace Hartman Amphitheatre off of Bell Park Boardwalk



September 16, 2018



  September 30, 2018

Welcome to CIBC Run for the Cure in Sudbury

We invite you to run or walk with us on Sunday, September 30, 2018 for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Sudbury. Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve participated for years, we look forward to having you join the movement! Help make this year’s event inspirational and memorable, all while you help the Canadian Cancer Society create a future without breast cancer.


Cambrian College, 1400 Barry Downe Rd.
Sudbury, ON, P3A 3V8


Route Map

Contact Information

Team Coordinator


Volunteer Coordinator





Hello ladies and gents,

I have registered Sudbury Rocks!! Running Club as a team for Run for the Cure.

Please join my team and tell your friends and family.

Register with the team (SudburyRocks!! Running Club) at the following link:


Select 'Ontario' in 'Select Province/Territory'
Select 'Sudbury' in 'Select Run Location'
Click 'Register'
Click 'Join A Team'
Type 'SudburyRocks!! Running Club' under Team Name
Click 'Join' on your team profile

Thank you, Lise Perdue














Run Club Update




Store News


Good afternoon Sudbury Runner's and Walker's,

The Sudbury sidewalk sale is officially on from today till September 9th, come check it out

See you all at Run Club tonight 6pm


your Sudbury Staff,

Eric, Caleb, Brendan, Ania, Sam


We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.







Track North News - by Dick Moss






Hey LU and Track North Athletes, Alumni & Supporters,

The school season (both university and high school) is almost here, and with that, our first race, the Ramsey Tour.

The race will take place at the LU track on Sunday September 9th at 10:00 PM. If you're racing, great. If not, we could use some help. This is a major fundraiser for the Laurentian XC/Track team (many of whom are Track North runners).

As usual, our primary responsibilities will be the finish line for both the 5k and half-marathon. And also marshaling for the 5k race. This year, we'll need more marshals than usual because of construction on Loach's Road.

We'd need you at the Laurentian track starting at about 8:45 AM on Sunday September 9 (timers at 8:15 AM). You should be finished by about 1:00 PM if you want to stay for the entire event. If you just have time
for the 5km, you'll be out of there by 11:30 AM.

If you're a high school student, you can receive volunteer hours for helping out. Just bring me your form and I'll sign it. All volunteers will get a free lunch...including Dairy Queen ice cream!!

We'd appreciate your help in running this annual event... thanks in advance!! If interested, please reply to this email.


P.S. If you can help and have a preference for finish line or marshalling, please let me know.








Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laurentianxctrack/

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

Proud sponsor of the Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes



All photos images and content copyright Sudbury Rocks!!



Click to Enter Site