In this Issue:
- Kenyan Sets World Record at Berlin
- Locals Compete in the 2018 Barrelman
- Terry Fox run goes in Sudbury
- Tons of training does the trick for
triathlete Kelly Thompson
- Shell Shocked in Dublin
- Finlandia Trail Run Series #4 Photos
- Upcoming Events
Sep 23 Killarney Mountain Lodge
Fall Classic, Sep 30 Run
for the Cure, Oct 7 Turkey Gobbler Trail Run
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
Kenyan Sets World Record
at Berlin Marathon
Eliud Kipchoge completes marathon in 2:01:39, beating the record
by more than a full minute
33, celebrates winning the Berlin Marathon. He also
is the reigning Olympic champion in the marathon. PHOTO:
Sept. 16, 2018 6:41 a.m. ET
BERLIN—Eliud Kipchoge shattered the world record
in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday by more than a full
minute, running 2:01:39 to establish the Kenyan athlete
as one of the best distance runners in history.
Kipchoge, 33, is the reigning Olympic
champion in the marathon and has run the fastest recorded
time over 26.2 miles—a blistering 2 hours and
25 seconds— as part of a Nike-sponsored marketing
event last year that wasn’t a ratified race. He
has been virtually unbeatable at the distance, winning
10 of 11 marathons he has entered.
But the official world record—until
Sunday, 2:02:57—had eluded Kipchoge for years,
despite several attempts in London and here in Berlin,
where he was hindered last year by dismal weather and
in 2015 by malfunctioning sneakers.
Sunday’s performance was perhaps
one of Kipchoge’s most dominant. He crossed the
halfway mark in 61 minutes and 6 seconds, more than
half a minute under world-record pace. Kipchoge accelerated
the pace in the second half, clocking in at 60 minutes,
33 seconds. He finished the back end of the race entirely
on his own because the last of his appointed pace setters—athletes
in striped kits who run a fixed pace just ahead of Kipchoge—dropped
out by the 25 kilometer mark, unusually early for a
world-record attempt. It wasn’t immediately clear
why the pacers dropped out so early.
Kipchoge was coy about his goals for
the Berlin marathon, saying he merely wanted to set
“a personal best.” Prior to this weekend,
his personal record for the distance was 2 hours, 3
minutes and 5 seconds, a gasp away from fellow Kenyan
Dennis Kimetto’s world record set in Berlin in
2014. Kimetto congratulated Kipchoge
in a tweet, saying, “Fantastic run, you’re
an example for each and every runner on this world.”
The race re-affirms Berlin as the fastest
marathon course in the world, as the world record has
now been broken seven times here since the turn of the
Also Sunday, Gladys Cherono of Kenya
won the women’s race of the Berlin Marathon in
Locals Compete in the
in the Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon start their
swim in the waters of Welland International Flatwater
Centre Sunday morning. The swim portion of the event,
and part of the bike, were held in Welland and Wainfleet
before moving on to finish with the run portion in Niagara
Falls. - Dave Johnson,The Welland Tribune
Locals in the
at the Barrelman
||TIME OF DAY
with the new TT Bike
Out There – Barrelman Half Ironman
by Sara McIlraith
Recently a running friend of mine congratulated
me on a race I had just completed. One of her comments
surprised me, “you never have a bad race, it’s
amazing”. Pondering why she thought this, as I
have definitely had many bad races, I considered maybe
this perception was because we don’t usually talk
about our ‘bad races’. We athletes happily
talk to anyone willing to listen when we achieve a PB,
but we usually quietly hang our head in disappointment
when things go badly (at least I do). With my head hanging
just a bit, I decided to share my story from this weekend’s
not so successful race. I believe that the tough races
are the ones that teach you important lessons, as long
as you are open to listening.
In 2017, I jumped into my first half
ironman distance triathlon just 3 weeks before the race.
I had little time to ramp up my training distances –
especially on the bike. My goal was simple - to finish,
which I accomplished, even PBing on my bike and swim.
In December I decided to sign up again, and upped my
expectations beyond just completing. I trained hard
all summer - many 100k rides, a new TT bike, double
digit swim kms every week, some solid half marathon
training runs, double sport training days almost every
day and 5 great triathlon races under my belt, I felt
When you race something this long, successfully
balancing speed and effort is critical. Mistakes will
always come back on you. Throw weather into the mix,
and that balance is even harder to find. Another factor
in maintaining this balance is fuel. Read any intro
article on distance triathlons, and you will learn they
actually have 4 components to them – swim/bike/run/fuel.
Someone my size will burn about 4000 calories in a half
ironman! That requires some serious fueling.
Race morning weather was, as it has
been for every one of my tri races this year, very hot
and humid. I told myself that I had raced and trained
in this weather all summer, so I should be okay. I went
through my fueling plan in my head, knowing that the
heat would increase the need for electrolytes. Hopefully
I can sustain my planned paces to achieve my goals without
overtaxing my system.
was pouring off me as I stood on the start line in my
wetsuit, already looking to the run with dread. I held
back a bit on the swim, trying to preserve energy so
that I could sway the balance a bit on the bike and
run. I transitioned to the bike cleanly, and settled
into the pace I hoped to hold for about 3 hours of riding.
The winds were up a bit, eating away at any energy stores
I had. Fueling is always a challenge for me. I rarely
fuel in training, and have a tough time getting in calories.
I tried to sip on my large supply of extra strong grossly
warm ELoad, but it left me gagging. I forced down the
Cliff Blocks at regular intervals, and downed a couple
bottles of water. Water seemed to be the only thing
I wanted. As the kms ticked on, it was getting really
hard to keep my goal speed up. Even when we finally
turned north out of the wind for the last 12k, I couldn’t
push my pace. That’s when I started to really
Finally reaching T2, I got my feet out
of my shoes and attempted my flying dismount. I practice
dismounts endlessly, and have never had a disastrous
one - until now. My right leg was so cramped that it
clipped my back water bottle when I tried to reach it
around. I slid into the dismount line on my side, thankful
I was actually ‘dismounted’ when I crossed.
Embarrassed, I picked myself up and hobbled to my run
gear, quite distraught that my cramped up foot was barely
able to land on the ground. I threw on my running shoes,
grabbed my fuel, and eased into the run.
My run goal was to hang on to 5min/km
pace. Thankfully my foot loosened up quickly, and the
pace felt very manageable over the first 5k. I even
resisted the urge to pick it up. I then climbed up a
steep hill, away from any cooling effect of the river,
and started to bake in the oppressive mid-day heat.
My legs started to yell at me, the pace now feeling
hard to maintain. My breathing was easy, but my legs
wouldn’t turn over. I usually gauge my effort
by breathing, but it was the legs failing me today.
I resorted to running and walking, setting mini goals
for how long I could run before I walked. I felt like
I was cooking on the inside and my legs were barely
holding me up, and I was overdoing it on water consumption.
I’d definitely lost my balance of speed/effort/fueling,
I was short-circuiting!
I did finish, but without the joy and
satisfaction I felt last year. My personal goals were
not reached, and I felt disappointed and really sick.
I walked over to the splash pad strategically placed
beside the finish line and let the cold water pour over
me. With my internal body temperature finally coming
down, I started to digest my day. It was definitely
a day to learn from. Never underestimate the impacts
of heat and humidity, and you simply cannot perform
at your best without a lot of fuel over that long a
Neil encouraged me to look at my results.
I was actually quite surprised to see how I compared
to my fellow age groupers. My placing improved significantly
from last year. This left me slightly optimistic that
my hard training all summer actually did show improvements.
I won’t call this race a ‘failure’,
but I will call it a learning opportunity. Now on to
planning for next year.
Terry Fox run goes in
Dempsey For The Sudbury
Published on: September 17, 2018
This young participant
cuts the ribbon to start the Terry Fox Run on Sunday.
Keith Dempsey/For The Sudbury Star
took part in the 38 annual Terry Fox Run in Sudbury on
The Terry Fox Run is an
annual non-competitive charity event held in numerous
regions around the world. Proceeds go towards the Terry
Tons of training does
the trick for triathlete Kelly Thompson
by Randy Pascal
in the 2018 Beaton Classic
Many a runner, cyclist
and swimmer have worked their way over the world
of triathlons upon realization that they might not
possess elite potential within any one individual
component of this multi-faceted discipline.
Easier to perhaps remain competitive
by being very good at each of the three elements
of the triathlon than worry about trying to be absolutely
great in either the pool, on the bike, or in the
Eighteen year old Sudbury native
Kelly Thompson takes that notion, arguably, one
step further, laying claim to not necessarily even
being all that good, initially, in any one sector
of the triathlon. Not that this has stopped him
from finishing first, overall, this past summer,
at both the Heart of Gold Triathlon in Timmins,
as well as the North Bay Triathlon, one week earlier.
Of course, sharing the wealth, as
an athlete, comes quite naturally for the youngest
of four children in the family. On the side, he
mixes in a little baseball – Thompson actually
cracked the roster of the inaugural Laurentian Voyageurs
team this fall – as well as graduating from
Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School as a distinguished
member of the ultra-successful nordic ski team during
his time as a Knight.
If all of this seems a bit much
for a young man who has succeeded through hard work
probably more than any other single factor, Thompson
would likely agree. “I chose to swim a little
later than all of my siblings, around eight or nine,
and got into it because my sister (Kasey) was really
good at it,” said the first year Sport and
Physical Education major.
“I didn't start racing until
I was ten or eleven – I was scared of racing,”
he added with a laugh. “I didn't get any provincial
standard times until I was thirteen.” With
baseball keeping him busy during the summer months,
Thompson made his first leap into the world of triathlons
before starting high school, with absolutely no
visions of grandeur at all.
In August of 2014, the young
man tackled the St Joseph Island Triathlon. “I wasn't
very strong at all,” he said. “I got beat
by a lot of people. I wasn't even thinking about being
competitive back then, I was just thinking about doing
it for fun. That was before I even thought about running
cross country at Lo-Ellen, which changed everything.”
That it did.
There is a remarkable symmetry when one
looks at the progress that Thompson has made, almost regardless
of which athletic endeavour he undertakes. “In midgets
(grade nine), I was 30th at NOSSA in cross-country,”
he said. “Then I was fourth in the city in grade
“In grade nine, I didn't know how
to do nordic ski at all. I went from 140th (OFSAA) in
grade nine to 50th in grade ten. That's when I kind of
realized that if I just kept at it, things would start
That path was also being mirrored when
it came to his involvement in triathlons. Though Thompson
has never seen himself as a top end swimming talent, there
was no disputing the hours and hours of training that
he had garnered as a member of the Sudbury Laurentian
“I definitely changed over time,”
he acknowledged. “I used to be just the “swimmer”.
I used to try and build a lead off the swim and just try
and survive the rest. But my cycling speed has really
improved the last two years, since I joined the Sudbury
Cycling Club. I worked on being more aerodynamic on the
bike, being able to hold higher numbers (pace) for the
whole duration of the event.”
“Cycling is a weird sport,”
Thompson added. “The more you cycle, almost regardless
of what pace, at least I find, you improve. As long as
you put in the hours, you improve, no matter how fast
you are going.” Truth be told, it seems like this
ultra devoted athlete never stops going.
Realizing the strides he was making, Thompson
affiliate with coach Michael Nawaleniec and the Sudbury
Triple Threat Triathlon Club a couple of years ago. In
the meantime, even his off-season regimen was more than
just a little busy, developing into a top notch nordic
skier along the way. It seemed that once this snowball
of training got rolling, it picked up steam continuously,
regardless of the sport or venue the teenager would tackle.
This past spring, he would compete at
the OFSSA swim championships, entered in the Open category,
facing those swim devotees still training six to seven
days a week, despite the fact that Thompson had backed
out of the club scene early in his high school career.
Seeded 32nd coming into the 50m freestyle, Thompson placed
fifth in the preliminary heats, settling for eighth in
“I didn't even think I would make
it to “B” final,” he confessed. “But
the OFSAA ski championships were the week before, so the
fitness was there. It was a pretty big week in my life,
actually.” By now, there was no denying that the
combined sporting model was producing rewards for the
2017 champion of the Timmins triathlon.
“This year was a lot faster in Timmins,”
said Thompson. Completing his swim in 10:22, the local
triathlete held a 30-second lead entering the bike segment,
figuring he could simply settle in and cruise to victory
as he had done comfortably one year earlier.
“Someone (Michael Hay) flew by me
on the bike with two to three kilometers to go. I had
no idea who it was. I got out of the transition a little
faster, but he was about 15 metres behind me for the whole
five kms. I thought he was waiting to strike, so I ran
my fastest five kms in a triathlon by like a minute and
a half. I was just running scared.”
If modest expectations were evident in
almost every early sporting venture that Thompson would
attempt, such is clearly no longer the case. His dreams,
these days, are inching closer to reality. “Eventually,
I want to get into the Ironman, the long stuff, that's
my goal,” he said. “But I don't have a deadline
for the goal.”
And as he knows better than most, time
is his ally.
Shell shocked in Dublin
member Steve Matusch writes:
a little shell shocked over here in Dublin. Bren just
won (one of 3) first place prizes at the European Union
science fair(EUCYS)! This is a competition for the
100ish winners of the national science fairs from around
the world. It’s like winning a gold medal at the
sci/tech nerd Olympics" (Brendon
is 3rd from the left).
recently took up running as a way to keep his abundant
energy levels in check. His Ramsey Tour 5k time indicates
energy to spare.
42 5730 Matusch, Brendon M14 Unattached
NEWS 18 September 2018 Dublin,
Ireland Research and Innovation
30th EU Contest for Young Scientists:
and the winner is…
This year's European Union’s
top prizes for young scientists were awarded to siblings
Adrian Fleck and Anna Amelie Fleck from Germany for "FleckProtec
– Body Protection Made From Starch", Nicolas
Fedrigo from Canada for "Improving Spinal Fusions:
Redesigning the Pedicle Probe to Prevent Vertebral Breaches",
and Brendon Matusch from Canada for "Development
of a Level 2 Autonomous Vehicle Using Convolutional Neural
Networks and Reinforcement Learning". The winning
young scientists will receive €7000 for each of the
three outstanding projects.
The three second prizes and three third
prizes were awarded to projects from France, Estonia,
Portugal, Georgia, South Korea, China. A detailed list
is available online.
The winners were among 135 promising young
scientists aged 14 to 20 from 38 countries and the European
schools. They presented a total of 88 projects at the
30th edition of the EU Contest for Young Scientists over
the last few days in Dublin, Ireland, in the hope of impressing
an international jury. All the winners shared a total
of €57.500 in prize money, as well as other prizes
such as science trips.
Full article: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/30th-eu-contest-young-scientists-and-winner-2018-sep-18_en
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