In this Issue:
- The 42nd Annual Sudbury Masters Continental
Insulation Ramsey Tour
- Are you ready to run? CIBC Run for
the Cure is two weeks away
- What It’s Like to End a 45-Year
- Upcoming Events
Sep 15 Colours of Hope, Sep 16
Terry Fox, Sep 16 Northern Corner Run, Sep
23 Killarney Mountain Lodge Fall Classic,
Sep 30 Run for the Cure
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
21.1 k Roadraces
Masters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour
Sunday, September 9 at Laurentian
Please note: Medals
not received on run day can be picked up at the Sudbury Running
The 42nd Annual Sudbury
Masters/Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour took place
on Sunday, September 9 with close to 140 participants.
Once again we had excellent weather resulting in some
very good times. You can see all of the results by going
to the Sudbury Rocks website. I would like to thank
all of the volunteers who helped make the event a success.
Without the volunteers and also our sponsors, especially
our title sponsor, Continental Insulation, we would
not be able to host the race. Thanks to all of those
who participated and we hope to see everyone next year
for the 43rd Annual Ramsey Tour.
Jesse Winters, President,
Sudbury Masters Running Club
Hello LU XC Team. from
Congrats on a solid season opener today.
I've attached a summary of today's race (both women
and men) and included an historical analysis of results.
Please note the Course and LU Records
listed are only as of 2003. As you heard today, the
race has been hosted for 42 years but I don't have results
from the earlier days! That being said, Jenny B ran
the 3rd fastest time by an LU female athlete since 2003
and Paul S ran the fastest time by an LU Male since
we started the program back up in 2015 and his time
is the 2nd fastest on the course since 2003.
Cambrian rookie and vets race
at the 42nd annual Sudbury Masters Continental Insulation
The Ramsey Tour might not be included
in the list of OCAA official cross-country races, but
that won't stop Cambrian College Golden Shield from
using the traditional early September event as a great
barometer for the upcoming run season.
Beyond the fact that Cambrian
could lay claim to unofficial race bragging rights –
coach Eric Leishman did capture the 5 km distance, after
all, scorching through with a new course record of 15:27
– there were plenty of other positive takeaways
for Shield athletes and supporters alike.
While more depth would
be welcomed across the board, on both the men's and
women's teams, those who have stepped forward provide
some very interesting storylines. A trio of returning
male runners in the form of Erich Mundt (18:08), Sudburian
Shawn Belanger (19:54) and Gergely Szabo (20:55) are
all anxious to build on the base they founded with coach
Leishman one year ago.
“I ended up cutting
five seconds off my time this year, which is really
great,” said Mundt. “I was a little nervous
coming into it, because I just made the drive up to
Sudbury from London this past weekend, so I wasn't really
able to get in any speed work this week.”
Mind you, being back in
his hometown (London) all summer long did carry some
benefits when it came to his training program in preparation
for year two of OCAA competition. “I am in a little
bit of a lucky situation, because I train the runners
at the Running Room (back home), so my work was in the
store, as well as on the track,” said Mundt.
“A lot of the times,
I would head over later at night at the track and there
is always a very large number of competitive athletes
there. It's not that hard to find someone to do a speed
On the girls side, the
Shield did not return provincial caliber threat Mary
Strain, following her successful two year run. Rather,
they inherited more of a longer term project in the
form of Sudbury Lady Wolves' defenceman and Collège
Notre Dame graduate Jamie Ricci.
“I think I ran cross-country
in grade nine, but after that, I kind of ran recreationally
every once in a while,” noted the third year nursing
student. “It's never been a competitive sport
for me, but I've always enjoyed running.” In fact,
unlike other relative newcomers to the sport, Ricci
has no issue with the longer distances, having tackled
the half-marathon at the Sudbury Rocks race back in
(former hockey teammate) and I decided that we wanted
that challenge, so we decided to sign up,” said
Ricci. “We looked at that as a goal to kind of
push ourselves a little bit. That was quite the experience.
I've never run that far in my life.”
With a time of 25:11 as
a starting point, this fall is all about self-improvement
for the always positive 20 year-old. “Now I know
what to expect for future races,” said Ricci.
“I'm going to work on my intervals, pacing myself
to make sure my consistency is there. Aside from that,
it was a great beginner race.”
Sidelined at the moment
with a lower back injury, 25 year old Kevin Jeanveau
understands exactly where Ricci is coming from, as he
steps in as a quasi “assistant coach” while
healing, looking to hopefully return to competition
either this year or next.
“I can relate to
that because last year, I was brand new to running competitively,
coming off a soccer background my entire life,”
he said. “From last year, I will definitely take
away the importance of giving back to the team by being
as supportive as I can, having my ear open for any time
they (the athletes) need to talk, especially the newer
and the coaches last year were a huge part of my growth
as a competitive runner, so I would like to give that
back to everyone.” The Golden Shield cross-country
crew will kick off the college season, in earnest, next
weekend, travelling to London for the Fanshawe Invitational.
men looking to nationals - starting with the Ramsey
Just four years into the re-launch of
the men's varsity cross-country program at Laurentian
University, the Voyageurs appear poised to leap forward.
"Ever since I arrived
here, our goal has been to get to nationals as a team,"
noted Kingston native Paul Sagriff, not long after finishing
second overall in the Ramsey Tour 5 km, trailing only
race winner Eric Leishman (15:27) with a rock solid
time of 15:36.
"That's the number
one goal. Everyone just stay healthy, make sure the
training is going well, and run well at OUA and qualify
as a team." The reason for Sagriff's current optimism
goes well beyond in own performance last Sunday morning
Laurentian racers would
secure spots two through five in the finish, demonstrating
some depth with teammates in eighth, 11th, 17th and
18th. "Our top four were all really close to each
other, within 25 seconds or so," noted Sagriff.
In fact, Liam Passi (15:49),
Eric Gareau (16:02) and Caleb Beland (16:05) all crossed
the finish line before Sagriff had much of an opportunity
to catch but a breath or two after his dash.
Entering his second year
with the team, Sagriff is understandably anxious to
get into the meat of the team's fall schedule. "The
training went well this summer," he said. "I
was injured for most of the winter season. May and June
were just about getting back into it, in July and August
the mileage went up, and I've been feeling good. The
body has been feeling good."
"I wasn't expecting
to run this well today," Sagriff suggested. "I
think having Eric Leishman pushing the pace really helped
the result, so I'm happy with that. He was checking
his splits on his watch. I think at 3 kms, he said we
were through in 9:11, so I knew we were moving pretty
well and I just wanted to hang on as long as I can and
see how I do."
That type of friendly competitive
banter between a varsity runner at Laurentian and the
cross-country coach at Cambrian College is somewhat
emblematic of events hosted in these parts. It's just
part of the reason why Track North Athletic Club alumnus
and long-time Nipissing Lakers varsity coach Donna Mae
Robins keeps coming back, year after year.
"We compete against
each other, but we really are something of a northern
running community," said Robins, who at age 41,
posted the third fastest women's time in the 5 km, covering
the traditional course in a time of 19:27.
"It wasn't a bad race,"
she said. "I've had better, but I'm also not getting
any younger." Having played a little soccer in
her youth and competing in the cross-country circuit
while in high-school, Robins really gravitated to the
sport during her post-secondary days in St Catharines,
studying at Brock University.
"My first year was
a learning process, moving away from home, but also
getting involved with the whole running community down
there," she recalled. "There was a track team
there too, so I ran with them in the winter."
"When I finished university,
I just stuck with it, and after a couple of years, I
started coaching at Nipissing, and I've been doing it
since 2003." This year, however, she would have
her attention divided, providing support both for the
contingent of Lakers' athletes, but also keeping an
eye on the progress of her son, Emmitt Reid.
"He's seven and this
is just the second 5 km he's ever done. That was fun."
Following are results for some of the top finishers
in both of the day's events:
Top 20 Men - Five Kms
2nd - Paul Sagriff - 15:36
3rd - Liam Passi - 15:49
4th - Eric Gareau - 16:02
5th - Caleb Beland - 16:05
6th - Teagan Retty (NIP) - 16:45
7th - Thomas Steele (NIP) - 16:54
8th - Alex Fishbein-Ouimette (LU) - 17:04
9th - Keon Wallingford (WID) - 17:11
10th - Alex Lambert (EL) - 17:26
11th - Jarod Milford (LU) - 17:32
12th - Nicholas Lambert (EL) - 17:33
13th - Malcolm McCubbin (NIP) - 17:34
14th - Connor Jermyn (LOE) - 17:42
15th - Travis Mann (NIP) - 17:44
16th - Ian Mackenzie (CFD) - 17:45
17th - Jordan Burkitt (LU) - 17:59
18th - Mika Muinonen (LU) - 18:07
19th - Erich Mundt (CAMB) - 18:08
20th - Kendyn Mashinter (LOE) - 18:11
Top 10 Women - Five Kms
1st - Jenny Bottomley (LU) - 18:24
2nd - Megan Crocker (LU) - 19:17
3rd - Donna Mae Robins (NIP) - 19:27
4th - Nicole Rich (LU) - 19:29
5th - Jessie Nusselder (LU) - 19:46
6th - Breanne Steven (LU) - 19:53
7th - Katie Gibson (NIP) - 19:56
8th - Emily Gibson (NIP) - 19:58
9th - Jennifer Leroy (NIP) - 20:46
10th - Meghan Sippel (LU) - 20:56
Top 10 Men - Half Marathon
1st - Ryan Marsaw - 1:28:13
2nd - Mike Banks - 1:31:01
3rd - Ewan Craig - 1:31:40
4th - Robert Schinke - 1:33:32
5th - Steve Matusch - 1:45:21
6th - J-P Butler - 1:45:55
7th - Mathieu Legault - 1:47:28
8th - Konrad Wiltmann - 1:54:11
9th - Robert Marcolini - 1:54:30
10th - Bernie Smith - 1:54:39
Top 5 Women - Half Marathon
1st - Erin DeVeber - 1:36:18
2nd - Mitchell White - 1:51:48
3rd - Tricia Grynspan - 1:53:32
4th - Michelle Brunette - 1:57:17
5th - Marlee Clement - 1:58:00
Are you ready to run?
CIBC Run for the Cure is two weeks away
If you donate before Sept. 13, CIBC will match
all donations up to $500,000
first CIBC Run for the Cure took place in 1992 in Toronto’s
High Park. A group of volunteers brought together approximately
1,500 people and raised $85,000 for the breast cancer
cause. With her friend and previous race director Stephanie
Koett (right), Pam Pancel will be participating in this
year's run for her 19th consecutive year.
The Sudbury CIBC Run for
the Cure kicked off at longtime fundraising supporter
Cambrian Ford today with a huge announcement, followed
by a list of speakers whose lives have been touched
by breast cancer.
From now until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard
Time on Sept. 13, 2018, every donation in support of
the CIBC Run for the Cure will be matched by CIBC, dollar
for dollar, up to $500,000.
Robert Giroux, general manager of CIBC
at Southridge Mall said that donation matching and raising
funds for the Run is a great way to give back. The enthusiasm
with which CIBC employees participate has been inspiring.
"It's something that, if you go
into any of our banking centres — you'll see they
are decorated, we have fundraisers going on, that the
Run is well-supported," Giroux said.
Not only will branch staff encourage
members of the public to participate in the Sept. 30
event, they will create their own teams to raise funds
beyond the working week. In 2017, 15,000 Team CIBC members
volunteered, walked, ran and raised more than $3 million
in support of breast cancer research, contributing to
a total of $17 million raised by run participants across
Canada last year.
According the event website, the CIBC Run for the Cure
began as a joint initiative between CIBC and the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). Last year, CBCF and
the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) joined forces under
the CCS banner.
"We're very excited about the announcement
that was made today by the CIBC and we look forward
to anyone that will be making a donation online, to
do it in the next two days," said Cathy Keaney-Burns,
senior manager at the Canadian Cancer Society Sudbury
and Sault Ste. Marie office about the CIBC pledge to
match online donations today and tomorrow.
Above and beyond the contributions made
to support breast cancer research, health education
and advocacy programs, the Run has also become an opportunity
for cancer patients to connect with one another and
to those who are committed to the cause.
Pam Pancel is one of those people who
made a connection through the fundraiser. This year
will be her 19th year of participating. Pancel ran for
the first time back in 1999 with her dear friend, Myra.
Less than a year after the two first participated in
the run, Myra was diagnosed with breast cancer. They
continued to run on the same team.
Since her passing in 2011, Myra's helpful,
encouraging and strong spirit has been remembered in
the determination award that is given out each year.
"Myra was such an advocate. She
was just strong. Like Pam, she was able to see the funny
things," said former run director, committee member,
and breast cancer survivor Stephanie Koett at the launch.
For her, research, prevention and education are important
goals to strive toward; more important than that, is
a cancer patient's need to connect with people who care
or are experiencing similiar challenges — as survivors
and as family members and friends.
"It's important to look at it from
the support perspective. We need to have support and
to accept the support we have," said Stephanie
Koett, a former run director, committee member, and
breast cancer survivor. "People like Pam, people
like my husband, there's no words to describe what they
did for us."
Koett and Pancel were actually unknown
to each other until they met at a Run one year.
"Ever since then, if I need something,
I can reach out for her and vice versa," Koett
said. "No one should be alone going through treatment,
and through cancer and breast cancer."
The 2018 CIBC Run for the Cure takes
place on Sept. 30 at Cambrian College, with registration
beginning at 8 a.m. and the run starting at 10 a.m.
Visit the CIBC Run for the Cure website
or call 1-888-939-3333 for more information.
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Please join my team and
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Thank you, Lise Perdue
What It’s Like to End a
45-Year Run Streak
Steve Gathje, 63, didn’t run on July 27 for the first
time in almost 17,000 days.
SEP 6, 2018
If not for his high school
football coach, Steve Gathje, now 63, might never have
become a runner. That would have made the next several
decades unfold quite a bit differently: Beginning when
he was 17 years old, Gatje ran at least one mile every
day—and kept that up for just shy of 45 years
and 10 months.
Then, on July 27, he left
his running shoes at the door, ending the fifth-longest
run streak in American history.
Entering Lourdes High School
in Rochester, Minnesota, in 1969, the only sport for
Gathje was football, despite his wiry frame. But when
his coach told everyone on the team they had to run
track to stay in shape, “I decided this was a
whole lot more fun than sitting on the bench in football,”
Inspired by his new coach
and the pages of Runner’s World, Gathje went on
to represent Minnesota’s Saint John’s University
at Division III national meets. He studied to become
an actuary, the beginning of a 40-year career in the
field, and continued to race. In 20 years of racing,
he’s finished more than a dozen marathons, with
a PR of 2:27:30, plus countless other shorter distances.
During his run streak, Gathje averaged
around seven miles a day, and settled for one mile only
10 times. He ran the day before marathons, after marathons,
his wedding, the birth of every one of his four children,
when he flew to Hawaii for vacation and to Europe on
business. Once, when stranded in Newark’s airport
because of a canceled flight, he got his mileage in
by doing laps in the parking lot.
“I just thought, hey, that’s
pretty cool. I can’t stop now,” he says.
And that attitude never wavered.
Despite the streak, Gathje strove to
keep running on the periphery of his life. Most of his
runs took place before the world was awake. For a while,
he ran his commute, slotting it into his existing schedule.
The amount of discipline needed to continue
a 45-year streak is immense, but Gathje insists that
after a while, it just became automatic. Plus, his “numerically-inclined”
career contributed a lot, too. He dutifully recorded
details of every run in notebooks, then transitioned
to spreadsheets when computers arrived.
The level of analysis he’s reached
is incredible: With a few clicks, he can find any arcane
statistic imaginable, like his 20th-fastest 30-mile
week. But despite being a number’s guy, Gathje
was never sucked into tech’s intersection with
running. He has no idea what Strava is—the running
world’s loss, because what a profile that would
be—and he just recently bought a Garmin smartwatch,
whose data went straight to his spreadsheet after each
But he didn’t have much time to
enjoy that automatic input. Soon after, Gathje knew
it was time for his running streak to come to an end.
The osteoarthritis he’d been dealing with in his
right hip—which had been bothering him for six
months—grew worse. In fact, he’s due for
a hip replacement soon.
“When we first found out, we were
walking around in a stupor,” says Laurie, Gathje’s
wife, of when the doctor told them how serious things
were. “It was hard on both of us, because I know
it was devastating to him.”
The transition from running has been
difficult, but Gathje says he has no regrets. The running
streak community—which he keeps tabs on through
Facebook groups and the USRSA lists—has been overflowing
with comradery because of its basic principle: You can
never pass someone in the running streak charts until
they end their streak, and to wish the end of decades
of effort and discipline upon someone borders on cruel.
“There’s really no reason to root against
people,” Gathje says. “It’s really
about you doing your best, them doing their best.”
And while it has been difficult to put
aside his running shoes, he’d do it all again
without a second thought.
“I’m pretty satisfied with
my life. It’s been good, and running has played
a part in it,” he says. “I wouldn’t
be me if I hadn’t done this.”
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
Lodge Fall Classic 2018
5k : Sunday September 23, 2018 @ 9:00 A.M.
10k : Sunday September 23, 2018 @ 8:30 A.M.
Half Marathon : Sunday September 23, 2018 @ 8:00 A.M.
For more information please contact Kelly McAree
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.
Good afternoon Sudbury Runner's and Walker's,
See you all at Run Club tonight 6pm
your Sudbury Staff
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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