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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         July 18, 2019        

     In this Issue:


  1. 35th Annual Ian McCloy Island Swim
  2. Big Five Marathon Recap
  3. Upcoming Events    July 21 Massey Marathon, July 21 Mountain Bike Tour, July 28 Canaqua Swim/Run
  4. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  5. Track North News





July 14, 2019


35th Annual Ian McCloy Island Swim

July 14. University Beach

All Photos Here

All Results Here







Big Five Marathon Recap

by Will Tai


The day of the race started with a 5am knock on our door from a ranger (we were not allowed to walk alone outside, since we were guests in the home of the animals and there were regularly elephants, baboons, warthogs, wildebeests, zebra, and lions amongst other animals outside of our rooms).

We were greeted by a beautiful sunrise, as we were driven the 40 minutes up the mountain to the start of the race at Lakeside Lodge. The race course was the toughest course that either of us has ever done! The first 10k was a steadily rolling uphill on dirt roads through the African savannah, however the beauty of the Entabeni mountain, the music and traditional dancing of the South African volunteers, and the serenity of the vast landscape and several animals distracted us during our run.

With a maximum decline of 43 degrees there was a tough decent to get to the bottom of the Yearwood Valley, after which there were several kilometres of trudging through sand that was several inches deep (several times while we were driving these routes in the Toyota Landcruisers on our game drives the vehicles had their tires spinning). The race was also made tougher by the fact that the whole course was well over a kilometer above sea level, and the lower oxygen levels than what we are used to in Northern Ontario was definitely noticeable. By the end of the sand section my running shoes were full of sand, and I was very grateful for the aid station prior to the steep climb from the Yearwood Valley. The volunteers at the aid station removed our shoes and washed our feet. I then changed out my socks that I had left at the aid station prior to the race, and picked up some supplies (gels and energy chews).

The next couple of kilometers were a slow walk up from Yearwood Valley, and we were very grateful for the volunteers and spectators at the top who greeted us and cheered us on. As we neared the end of the marathon we were greeted by a ranger who told us that due to elephants on the course we would be stopping at roughly 40.5 km and driven a couple of hundred meters from the finish line to end the race for our safety … what an experience, and one which you can only encounter on an Adventure Marathon!

Finally, at the finish we were greeted by our fellow competitors, given a beautiful and memorable medal, and I was warmly greeted by my wife with an ice cold beer!!! It was a fitting end to completing my 6th continent and Tawnecia's 5th continent on our journey to finishing the Seven Contents.

Our next planned Adventure Races are the Iceland Volcano Marathon in 2020 and the Patagonia International Marathon in 2021, and we hope to meet our new friends again.

May your race adventures bring you all new inspiration and lifelong memories!

William & (Tawnecia)

Just as a side note to brag a little about my wife; she completed the race in 2:56:09 which placed her as second Canadian to cross the finish line, 34 out of 151 finishers and 12 out of 87 women. I am very proud of her accomplishment






Rocks!! Outdoors










Upcoming Local Events


July 21, 2019

Friendly Massey Marathon/Spanish River Half Marathon/ Chutes 10K

Where: Massey, ON
Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 am


  July 21, 2019



Family, Fun & Fitness Too!
IONIC Walden Mountain Bike Tour
Save Sunday July 21, 2019 on your calendar.

Registration Here

2019 Poster Here




  July 28, 2019


Coming to Sudbury on July 28, the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge. This is the 3rd year of this event and we invite all Sudbury triathletes to come on and give SwimRun a try. To find out more, check out our website www.swimrunchallenge.ca

ALSO, we are looking for volunteers to help on the day of the event.

Volunteers will be positioned along the course ensuring the safety of the participants and also assisting in making sure they are heading in the right direction. We are also looking for lifeguards for the swim portion. If you are interested please email us at info@canaquasports.com











Run Club Update




Store News


Good afternoon Sudbury Runner's and Walker's,


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








Track North News - by Dick Moss



Dick Moss, Head Coach
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