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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         July 25, 2019        

     In this Issue:


  1. Ionic Mountain Bike Tour
  2. Fitness Challenge Points after 5 Events
  3. Friendly Massey Marathon
  4. Upcoming Events    July 28 Canaqua Swim/Run, Aug 4 Conquer the Crater, Aug 10 Sudbury Camino, Aug 11 Beaton Classic
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North News





July 14, 2019


Ionic Mountain Bike Tour raises $39,000 for bladder cancer diagnosis, treatment
Northeast Cancer Centre named the beneficiary for the second year, in the races 8th season
by: Keira Ferguson

A sun-soaked Naughton Trail Centre hosted their 8th annual Ionic Mountain Bike Tour Sunday, raising $39,000 for bladder cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Northeast Cancer Centre.

Since being introduced as a component of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge, the Ionic Mountain Bike Tour has attracted crowds of participants, representing a wide variety of ages and fitness levels.

It was this growing success and the sudden diagnosis of one committee member Ryan Lougheed, that inspired the Walden Mountain Bike Club to host the annual event in support of Bladder Cancer Canada and the Northern Cancer Foundation for the first time in 2018. Since then, in addition to sponsoring the community cancer centre, the event hosts representatives of Bladder Cancer Canada to discuss symptoms and screening of the disease.

Bladder cancer is the fifth-fastest growing cancer said Tannys Laughren, executive director of the Northern Cancer Foundation, which affected the lives of nearly 9,000 Canadians last year alone. In an effort to combat this growing problem, Laughren said 100 per cent of the proceeds from these past two events will go toward the purchase of equipment designed to detect and treat bladder cancer.

"It was important for us at the cancer centre to offer that technology."

While Laughren said she has seen a steady increase in attendance over the years, she credits this to the centre's pristine trails, which are maintained through a partnership with the Walden Mountain Bike Club and Walden Cross Country.

Maintenance of these grounds is no easy task according to Rusty Hopper, president of the Walden Mountain Bike Club, who said that every year the group logs over 800 hours grooming the area and hosting events such as the Ionic Mountain Bike Race. But it's worth it.

"In order for mountain biking to take off the way it has, you need spaces that are set up so that people can come and expect the trails to be marked, the trails to be groomed, they know it's safe," said Hopper. "It's a place they are guaranteed to come out and enjoy."

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Points after (5) Events





July 21, 2019

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

Locals Win in Massey

Record times for Lindsay and Ryan and an outright win for Lindsay in the Massey Marathon

Tricia wins the Spanish River Half Marathon. Son Josh comes 3rd in the 10k




Eric Leishman wins Chutes 10k


Congratulations go out to all who participated in friendly Massey's events on Sunday. Conditions proved excellent for a morning in July. Both humidity and temperature were well under control allowing runners to explore their limits if desired.

Special mentions go out to a few locals who excelled in their events.

In the marathon Lindsay Moreau-Verlaan came first overall female in the marathon breaking her record in the process finishing in 306:15. Ryan Marsaw also stepped up placing a strong 3rd overall and bettering his personal best by a few minutes finishing in 3:03:43.

Tricia Grynspan took on the half marathon and not only won in style but got a personal best as well finishing in 1:40:22. Her son Josh pulled off a fast third overall in 1:26:03. You can see where he inherited his speed and will power.

It was no surprise to anyone when Eric Leishman won the 10k. He has been the best local distance runner for some time now and is a formidable player on the national stage. He finished in 32:28.... and then ran 16k pacing our 2 local marathoners.

Amy Crawford took first place female overall in the 5k finishing in 20:22.

A big THANKS to the event organizers and all volunteers and supporters for staging a great event. All runs went well and pancakes with real maple syrup and sausages were a proper sign off to the day.

See you next year.

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Results Here

Massey Marathon 2019 - A long overdue personal best
by Ryan Marsaw

I had only one real goal for the 2019 Friendly Massey Marathon: To run a
personal best time. For almost six years my time of 3 hours, 9 minutes, 38
seconds stood as my fastest marathon, and the only race that was run in under 3
hours, 10 minutes. For someone who has run most of his marathons in the same
3:10-3:14 range for nine years, you'd think that he'd have peaked at the
distance. However, I knew, somewhere in the back of my mind, that I was
capable of lowering that marathon personal best. This line of thinking usually
takes place at the end of summer, right around the time of the Ramsey Tour half
marathon in September. For the past two years I'd managed to lower my half
marathon PB at the Ramsey Tour, yet my marathon times had remained relatively

I figured that I just needed the right race, one with the essential ingredients
for a successful outcome: weather, pacing, fitness.

Apart from some tweaking of my diet, my training for Massey was nothing out of
the ordinary. I concentrated mainly on acclimatizing myself to the hot weather
in case of a hot race day, a little extra mileage and recovery. Fortunately,
the hip pain I experienced during my training for the SudburyROCKS!! marathon
earlier in the year was not even a factor during my training for the Massey
race. I was confident in my fitness level at that point, so if there was ever
a time to attempt a long-awaited PB in the marathon, it was now.

As far as pacing's concerned, I lucked out yet again. My favourite racing
partner, Lindsay Moreau-Verlaan, registered for the Massey marathon a few days
earlier with the goal of running a personal best: under 3 hours, 10 minutes.
With the two of us racing together, and with favourable weather, I was fairly
certain that we'd reach our goals together.

From the moment we crossed the start mats, I had a strong suspicion that this
was going to be a fast race. Unlike for last year's Massey race, the weather
was almost perfect this time around. It reminded me somewhat of racing in the
fall. Two club runners from Oakville, Chris Watson and Troy Cox, took the lead
immediately and I knew that they were more than likely going to finish 1-2.
Lindsay and I ran together in fifth and sixth position, trying hard not to go
too fast. Our first three kilometre splits were right on goal pace, but when
we saw the half marathoners coming at us in the opposite direction in the 4 km
kilometre, the adrenaline kicked in and our pace increased significantly over
the next 3 kilometres. Boy, is it ever hard to run intelligently for the first
5 km of the Massey marathon!

We finally settled down at the 6 km point and focused our attention on the
runner in fourth spot. I found out a little later in the race that he's a
local runner from Garson by the name of Rob Savoie. Rob was running a
well-paced race, and I figured that running as a trio would take some pressure
off. Just before one of the major turnaround points, Lindsay eased ahead and I
stayed back, running with Rob for a bit before rejoining Lindsay at about 15
km. Our little group of three ran together for another 3 km or so. At the 18
km point, Eric Leishman, fresh off his win at the Massey 10K race earlier in
the morning, decided to do pacing duties for us. At first I thought he'd run
until halfway, but lucky for us Eric would end up as pace setter for the rest
of race: 24 kilometres.

We caught up with the then-third place runner near the halfway point, so at
21.1 km there were five of us, including Eric. The quick pace was beginning to
take its toll. Shortly after 23 km one of our pack dropped back, and a few
kilometres later it was only Lindsay and me contending for third place in the
race. At the last major turnaround, Lindsay unfortunately had to slow down,
and for the next 7 kilometres it was just me and Eric, trying to get me to the
finish line at a pace that was about 10 seconds per kilometre faster than any
other marathon I'd ever run. With a few hundred metres to go, and with the
finishers' chute in sight, I sprinted for the finish line and crossed the mat
in 3:03:43, a 6-minute personal best. Lindsay crossed the mat less than three
minutes later for a huge personal best herself.

Once again, the organizers and volunteers did an amazing job at the Massey
races. It was so cute seeing all the kids handing out the water and sports
drinks at the aid stations, and the pancakes that I ate after the race never
tasted sweeter than they did that morning! Huge props to Eric Leishman for
winning the 10K event, and for running with me for a lot longer than I thought
he would.

Special congratulations to Lindsay for getting her well-deserved PB in the

I will definitely be back to race Massey next year.












Upcoming Local Events


  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






  August 4, 2019


Event date: August 4th, 2019.

Location: Kivi Park, Sudbury Ontario, Canada.

Address: 4472 Long Lake Rd, Sudbury, ON P3G 1K4 – Approximately 10 min from Sudbury and 4 hrs north of Toronto.

XTERRA Conquer the Crater: a race like no other!

100% in support of Miles Against Cancer (a joint partnership with the Northern Cancer Foundation), XTERRA Conquer the Crater is set on 450+ acres of Cambrian Shield overlooking Long Lake in Sudbury. Kivi Park itself is entirely operated by volunteers and is a premier destination for sport, outdoor activity and adventure.

Element Racing is proud to join forces with MAC to bring the world class style of XTERRA racing to Ontario’s cottage country.


All Information and registration below






Sudbury Camino 2019

Saturday, August 10th, 2019


It's back! Challenge yourself to complete the 30km hiking challenge and join us on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 for the annual Sudbury Camino, and experience Sudbury in a whole new way!

Inspired by the famous El Camino De Santiago pilgrimage routes, the Sudbury Camino offers an on-foot exploration of urban and wilderness trails along the Sudbury portion of the Great Trail.

This unique challenge has continued to grow in numbers and distance each year, and 2019 is no exception. What started as a 21km journey has now transformed into a 30km hiking adventure which will begin at the Kinsmen Sports Complex and finish at Moonlight Beach. The Sudbury Camino can be completed in segments as well!

DON'T MISS OUT! Go to the link for information and registration details






August 11, 2019


We're back for the 35th running of the Beaton Classic! The quadrathalon will take place at Moonlight Beach on Sunday, August 11th. This event is one of seven Sudbury Fitness Challenge events, aiming to promote healthy and active living in the community in a fun, competitive way.

Registration details are available on the Running Room website. Race day registration is available but not recommended.

Solo: All four events. Male and female categories.
Doubles: Male, female and mixed categories. If mixed, female must do at least two events.
Fours: One event each. If mixed, must be at least two events done by a female. Can be a team of three









Run Club Update




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