In this Issue:
- Guelph Lake 2 Success
- Jesse Winters and the Ramsey Tour
- Fitness: Running and the cartilage
- Leo Roininen: Sudbury Olympic Flashback
- Upcoming Events
SUNDAY SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey
, Sep 15 Colours of Hope, Sep
16 Terry Fox, Sep 16 Northern Corner Run, Sep 30 Run
for the Cure
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
Triathlon~ 750m- 30K-7K
This is a great venue for a race, which
is why we come here twice a year. Water temperatures
are usually very comfortable and we will have you well
spaced out with a one loop and interval wave start.
You begin on the beach swimming in a rectangle clockwise
direction. The swim finishes with a relatively long
run over grass and gradual uphill to transition. The
bike course is fast with rolling hills but nothing too
difficult. If it is windy you’ll feel it because
the roads are open and exposed, but it’s out and
back so you won’t see a headwind the entire time.
Be aware of the speed bumps on the road that leads in
and out of the conservation area. It’s easy to
lose a water bottle if you’re not careful. The
run is completely contained within the park and composed
of flat paved roads with short rolling hills.
Huge Congrats to Sara McIlraith
for third female overall.. including the pros!!
Sprint Triathlon~ 750m- 30K-7K
||TIME OF DAY
Sara on bike and run
Matusch: Had an awesome day today at the
Guelph Lake triathlon!!! First tri in 13 years. And
finished in top third of my age group!!!
Our Manitoulin Island Rock!!, Steve Fessenden
competed in the event as well
Jesse Winters and the
Winters on the Yukon River
This coming Sunday
morning, the Sudbury Masters Running Club will
stage the 42nd annual edition of the Ramsey Tour.
For the past quarter century, however, the event
has been inextricably linked to one Jesse Winters,
race director for every single one of those 25
early September gatherings.
Not that Winters and the Sudbury
Masters require anything close to six degrees
of separation. Truthfully, they have been joined
at the hip for quite some time.
Born in 1953, Winters owes his
start in running, in part, to a work-related placement
with a mining company in the Northwest Territories'
outpost of Pine Point. “I was playing in
an open hockey league, I was 31, and playing against
guys right out of juniors,” he recalled.
“I thought the only way I could compete
with these guys was to be in better shape than
Winters laughed as he explained
the brainwave that launched his running career.
“The mine was three miles from town, so
I started running to work, worked all day and
ran the three miles from work back home.”
The steady diet of running, hockey and even refereeing
a couple of nights a week did the trick for the
local financial advisor, reaching the point where
a 10 km race was navigable.
Still, he was not a runner. By
his own admission, he ran primarily to stay in
shape for hockey. All of that changed when northern
Ontario became the career destination of choice.
“We moved to Sudbury in 1986,” said
Winters. “I got a membership at the old
YMCA (at the corner of Elm and Notre-Dame), running
six to eight kilometers, a couple of times a week.”
There he would meet Mike
Narozanski and Dan Welch. Though the Sudbury Masters
dated back to the year 1969 and names like Louis Moutsgaard
(still involved to this day), Vic Bridle, Mike Furlong
and Ted Coe, it was the Narozanski/Welch tandem that
lassoed Winters into what would become a much longer
than first anticipated partnership with the group.
“Those guys are pretty chatty,”
said Winters with a smile. “They found out I was
running and eventually talked me into coming out and
running with them at Sudbury Arena.” A ten kilometer
run to the Four Corners and back was pretty much standard
fare for the group. “They talked to me all the
way there and all the way back, and before you knew
it, we were finished. They were very encouraging.”
Quickly ingrained within the Masters
group, Winters would gradually expand his horizons,
both as a runner, but also, initially, as an administrator.
“In 1993, I don't know how this happened, but
I started organizing the race (Ramsey Tour). I would
get the guys to volunteer. We raised enough to cover
our expenses and give a little bit away. When you haven't
done a lot of race directing, it can be overwhelming.”
Though Winters would expand the scope
of race sponsors, there were challenges beyond his control
that lie ahead, the wave of popularity of the “Participaction”
era of the 1970s and 1980s giving way to a less active
soon-to-be new millennial group. “There was a
gradual decline in runners through the 1990s,”
“But as soon as the Running Room
came to town (early 2000s), there was a resurgence.
They have certainly put an emphasis on running, and
their “learn to run” programs and clinics
have been really helpful. Right away, you have ten to
twelve new people in this clinic that are going to run
On a more personal level, about the
same time, the local man was ready to tackle a running
goal of his own.
“When I turned 50, I was the only
guy in the Club (Masters) who had not run a marathon,
and I heard about it every day,” said Winters.
“What better excuse to run a marathon than when
you turn fifty? Vince (Perdue) drew up a four month
schedule and told me that if I followed it strictly,
I would finish the race. I had two goals: to finish
the race, and hopefully break four hours.”
Crossing the line in Ottawa with four
minutes to spare, Winters returned to the same venue
again in 2005, but would not tackle a third marathon
until heading to Green Bay in 2008. Breaking the 3:45
barrier, he would qualify for Boston, and has since
padded his marathon resume with stops in Chicago, Berlin,
New York City and London.
On Ramsey Tour race day, however, he
puts away the shoes for a bit.
“You don't have time to run the
race if you are organizing the race,” confessed
Winters. Over time, his troop of dedicated game day
volunteers has expanded beyond the ever-faithful presence
of a large number of folks who have witnessed twenty
or more of these races, later welcoming aboard the primary
beneficiaries of the event.
“When the university stopped funding
the varsity cross-country teams, we decided to help
them out with our race fundraising,” said Winters.
“That's when Dick (Moss) got involved. Now, Dick
and Darren (Jermyn) organize the whole five kilometer
race. They have all the volunteers, they have all of
the folks in the chute, and Darren looks after all of
“Within five minutes of the finish
of the race, we have all of the results, and accurate
results. I just have to organize the volunteers for
the half marathon.” And, playing to his strength
in the sales department, Winters' portfolio includes
working with the sponsors, a group to whom he is immeasurably
thankful. “Look at a guy like Chris Laking –
he has been sponsoring the race since before I arrived
There will come a time that Winters
will step back, just as a juncture will be reached when
he can no longer endure the toll of a 26-mile marathon.
For now, however, the Sudbury running community will
remain thankful for his ability to participate, both
as an athlete, and an organizer.
Tour Tidbits: The
2017 half-marathon champion was Ryan Marsaw, in a time
of 1:29:09 ... the fastest two times posted in the event
in the last five years both belong to female participants
– Kaitlyn Toohey (1:22:32) and Megan Kuikman (1:22:33),
both in 2016 ... Marsaw has cracked the top five in
four of the last five years, with Pierre Dumont and
Brent Walker not that far behind with three appearances
& 21.1 k Roadraces
SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey
9 at Laurentian University at 10:00 am.
(8:30 am for the half walk)
5 km and a
the Running Room Manual
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on Sunday,
September 9 .
Fitness: Running and
the cartilage conundrum
Don't assume that pounding the pavement degrades knee cartilage:
it might actually be an ounce of prevention.
Barker, Special to Montreal GazetteJill Barker, Special to Montreal
knee takes its share of the impact during a run, and pain
deserves attention, but don't be too quick to hang up
your shoes. ADRIAN SHELLARD / POSTMEDIA NEWS FILES
It’s a rare runner
whose knees haven’t felt the brunt of their running
habit. It has a reputation for being tough on the joints:
peak loading at the knee is three times that of walking
and eight times more than standing. It’s not unusual
for the well intentioned to suggest retiring your running
shoes in favour of an activity that’s more knee
Before you start researching the cost
of a good road bike, it’s worth noting that long
distance runners have a lower risk of osteoarthritis
than the general population. So while it’s easy
to assume that kilometre after kilometre of pounding
the pavement slowly degrades the cartilage — the
cushioning that keeps bone from rubbing against bone
— running might actually be an ounce of prevention.
In fact, sports like soccer and weightlifting have a
higher incidence of osteoarthritis among their athletes
than the running community — even when taking
into account traumatic knee injury, which raises the
risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Keeping in mind that the cause of osteoarthritis
isn’t totally understood and is probably caused
by a combination of factors rather than a single lifestyle
choice, the debate about why runners are less —
not more — likely to experience a loss of cartilage
is ongoing. One hypothesis is that the cartilage is
actually stiffer during activity than during periods
of inactivity, which decreases the impact stress on
the joint while running. In practice, that means the
cartilage is under more stress when standing for 30
minutes than while running for 30 minutes, which might
explain why osteoarthritis is higher among those who
stand for a living versus runners who log an impressive
amount of training hours. It might also be the reason
athletes who put excessive amounts of load on their
joints but in a more static position (like weightlifters)
and those who walk around day after day carrying excess
weight have higher rates of osteoarthritis.
It’s also possible the cartilage
becomes conditioned to the stress of running, provided
it has enough rest and nutrition to recover from the
effects of a long run. Perhaps physical activity like
running promotes the growth and health of cartilage
along with strengthening the stabilizers around the
knee, which distributes the stress more evenly across
the joint. Then there’s the simple assumption
that runners are leaner than non-runners, which means
less day-to-day stress on the knee.
Jeffrey Geller, chief of the division
of hip and knee reconstruction at Columbia University
Medical Center, points out that blood flow to the knee
cartilage occurs only during physical activity.
“Activity and weight-bearing forces
the nutrients in the joint fluid to diffuse into knee
cartilage, and that is its main source of nutrition,”
he says in a quote in the Journal of the American Medical
Association (JAMA) article Can Exercise Prevent Knee
Keep in mind that running is less likely
to stress the joints of healthy runners, but might not
offer the same protective benefits for runners who have
other risk factors related to osteoarthritis, like suffering
a traumatic knee injury (meniscus or anterior cruciate
ligament tear). About 10 per cent of adult-onset knee
osteoarthritis is related to previous injury, experts
Like all studies, the results can’t
be extended to all runners, especially those who log
an exceptional number of training hours. This elite
crowd might push the limits of the protective benefits
of running, crossing the line into overuse. But be wary
of associating an aggressive training schedule with
damage to the soft tissue surrounding the knee or the
likelihood of experiencing knee pain later in life.
There’s no proof that ultra distance runners are
shortening the life cycle of cartilage.
Bottom line: Don’t be put off
when someone tells you a cautionary tale about running
exposing your knees to undue stress. The same goes for
runners north of middle age. There’s no evidence
that running is any less protective of the knee joint
as the decades add up. And the final piece of good news
is that you don’t need to be a current runner
to benefit from the protection it offers the knees.
Studies show that anyone with a history of running is
less likely to suffer knee pain than non-runners.
Does that mean runners’ knees
are bulletproof when it comes to injury? Not necessarily,
though most osteopaths will tell you that knee pain
is often a symptom of poor mechanics or a misalignment
elsewhere in the body. The knee takes its share of the
impact during a run and pain deserves attention, but
it’s rarely a reason to give up running altogether.
So don’t hesitate to seek expert advice if knee
pain is putting a damper on your running, but don’t
be too quick to heed well intentioned advice to hang
up your running shoes for good.
Leo Roininen: Sudbury Olympic
There is no denying the
mass appeal of the Olympics.
Even non-fans of sport in the Sudbury
area would recognize the names of Devon Kershaw, Meagan
Duhamel, Rebecca Johnston, Tessa Bonhomme and Collin
Cameron from recent winter incarnations of the Games.
Though it's now been more than twenty
years since the memories of Atlanta in 1996, few locals
have forgotten their pride of cheering sprinter Robert
Esmie and his teammates on the track. Much the same
holds true for Alex Baumann and his double gold medal
performance in 1984 in Los Angeles.
Leo Roininen, by contrast, is not nearly
as well-known, even by the most ardent of Olympic followers
in northern Ontario.
A graduate of Sudbury Mining and Technical
School, Roininen was representing the Sudbury Alerts
Athletic Club by the time that the re-launch of the
Olympic Summer Games was approaching in 1948.
Following the 1936 Games in Berlin,
the Olympics endured a lengthy hiatus due to the advent
of World War II, with cancellation of the event in both
1940 and 1944. The timing of the London Games in 1948
coincided nicely with the rise to national prominence
of Roininen, a top level thrower who specialized primarily
in the javelin and the shot put.
In June of 1948, Roininen would capture
both competitions at the Olympic and Ontario Track &
Field Championships, which were hosted, somewhat ironically,
in London, Ontario. The athletic Finn sailed the shot
put 43 feet 9 3/4 inches before heaving the steel point
178 feet plus.
Little surprise that he was named as
one of 45 athletes who would represent Zone 2 at the
Canadian Olympic Track & Field and Dominion Championships
in Montreal, a meet that was staged on July 9th and
After finishing third in the shot put,
trailing both Eric Coy of Winnipeg and Johnnie Pavelich
of UBC, Roininen won the javelin bracket, recording
an impressive best throw of 197" 9 7/8th', just
barely missing the Olympic standard.
Thankfully, Canadian officials enjoyed
some flexibility in those days, naming the Sudbury man
to the Canadian Olympic team, with Roininen joining
many of the athletes who would don the maple leaf, assembling
in the port of Halifax on July 15th (1948), setting
sail for London, with the Games running from July 29th
to August 14th.
Though he would finish 20th in his only
Olympic experience, Roininen was one of ten members
of the Canadian track contingent that were named to
compete as part of the British Empire team, facing the
United States in a dual meet immediately following the
Roininen would go on to capture a gold
medal in the javelin at the British Empire Games in
1950, also earning bronze in the shot put at the same
competition. As for the 1948 Summer Olympics, Games'
stars included Czech long-distance runner Emil Zatopek,
who went on to claim three gold medals at the 1952 Summer
Olympics in Helsinki, as well as Dutch sprinter/hurdler
University of Western Ontario track
and field athlete Bob McFarlane earned the honour of
carrying the flag at the 1948 Opening Ceremonies, festivities
that were presided over by King George VI.
Upcoming Local Events
COLOURS OF HOPE
5K IN SUDBURY
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
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
Sunday, September 16, 2018
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
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.
ladies and gents,
I have registered
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as a team for Run for the Cure.
my team and tell your friends
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Select 'Sudbury' in 'Select
Click 'Join A Team'
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Click 'Join' on your team profile
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Good afternoon Sudbury Runner's and Walker's,
See you all at Run Club tonight 6pm
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We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
North News - by Dick
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
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 <email@example.com>
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