In this Issue:
- Sudbury SwimRun Challenge
- New record set at Mattawa River Canoe
- The Secret Marathon Coming to Cinefest
- Beaton Volunteers Needed
- Upcoming Events
4 Conquer the Crater, Aug 10 Sudbury Camino, Aug 11
Beaton Classic, Sep 8 Ramsey Tour
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
McIlraith, Ian Feldman and Mat Legault
Event Director Ian Feldman,
Well the 3rd annual
Sudbury SwimRun Challenge is now history, and I
wanted to thank everyone who assisted in running
this event and to congratulate all the athletes
First and foremost, Congrats to
Sara Mcilraith and Mat Legault for placing 1st and
2nd over all, and to each of them for being the
first ever Canadian female and male champions. I
hope that you display your plaques with a source
of pride knowing that you are 2 of the pioneers
of SwimRun in Canada. There can never be a first.
As you all know, this event was
also the Canadian qualifying event for the IWC world
Individual SwimRun Championships being held in Grado
Italy with the top 2 men and top 2 women gaining
entry into this event. Mat has already entered,
and will be the first ever Canadian to be in this
race. I already know that Sara cannot attend, to
Sebastien and Mona, please let me know ASAP what
your plans are.
To all the other participants Congratulations
on taking part in the first ever Canadian Individual
SwimRun Championships. Some of you we have seen
before, and some were first timers to our great
sport of SwimRun. You are all champions and are
the present and future of SwimRun.
Special thanks goes out to Kivi
Park, and all the volunteers who helped make this
a great day.
Canaqua Sports is working hard to
grow SwimRun across Canada. Our goal is to continue
to bring on more events in different regions to
help grow the sport. Starting next spring we will
be hosting clinics as a way to introduce people
to our sport. If anyone is interested in putting
on a clinic in your area, let me know, and we will
get it going. As mentioned on Sunday. I am looking
at setting up the Canaqua Sports SwimRun Outreach
Program, and invite those who have participated
in our events to take part. Our goal is to get a
group to 20 to 30 people to help be the face of
SwimRun in Canada by running SwimRun clinics, potentially
helping to run an event in your community, and to
generally help to grow the sport. I am still working
on the details. If you are interested, please let
me know by sending me and email and I will put you
on the list. I am hoping to have the program in
place sometime in September.
Thank you all once again for being
a part of the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge. We are
already working on next years events, and look forward
to seeing you there.
My goal after last year's Canaqua
swimrun race was to learn how to swim with a pull
buoy. I joined LU Masters Swimming and learned so
much. Now a 5k swim is just normal and I love pulling!
Pretty happy with my race today, but always more
to learn. Next year it's all about paddles. While
a kind of wierd sport, it definitely challenges
me. Switching between 4 tough trail running sections
and 3 longish swims is pretty cool! I even managed
to out chick all the men. Sara M.
are the results from this years event.
Canaqua hosts Canada's first Individual
SwimRun National Championship
Sudbury's Sara McIlraith and Mat Legault
finish first and second out of 22 participants from across
Canaqua Sports hosted Canada's
first Individual SwimRun Championships Sunday morning
at Kivi Park, making this the third SwimRun challenge
in Sudbury since the organization was introduced by
its president Ian Feldman in 2006.
The seven-stage course
included three swims and four runs, on four different
trails, equaling a total distance of 17.3 km. Out of
22 participants, Sudbury's own Sara McIlraith and Mat
Legault earned first and second place, allowing them
to advance to the World Individual SwimRun Championships
taking place in Grado, Italy on Sept. 8.
Canaqua is a multi-faceted
organization that hosts Open Swim and SwimRun events
across Canada, in addition to supplying swim clubs,
races, and organizations with equipment such as t-shirts
and medals. In the past five years, the Toronto-based
company has established races across the country, with
plans to expand to British Columbia and Nova Scotia
in the coming year.
The preliminary races for
this afternoon's event were held in Welland, ON and
Kenora, ON, but that doesn't mean the season has come
to a close. Canaqua also held a race in Alberta today
and will be hosting another in St. John, New Brunswick
next week, as qualifiers for next year's Sudbury-based
Originally introduced as
a distributor, Canaqua has evolved over its lifetime
to suit its founder and the country's evolving athletic
environment. As a long-time swim coach, swimmer since
he was eight and former triathlon athlete, Feldman said
he knew the athletic community wanted a change, but
it wasn't until he tried open water swimming that he
found the solution.
The experience took place
eight years ago and inspired Feldman to begin hosting
races under the umbrella of Canaqua. Five years later
Feldman was introduced to SwimRun, a program started
in Sweden around 15 years ago, that he said has surpassed
triathlons popularity in Europe.
"I believe that over
the next five years SwimRun is going to grow considerably
across Canada and around the world," said Feldman.
"There's definitely a want and a need for something
Second place winner Legault,
was also introduced to SwimRun by a friend but this
year ran alone and in record time. This he said, was
thanks to years of running experience and particularly
intense training this past winter to prepare for the
When asked whether it was
the swimming or trail running that motivated him to
return for a second season, Legault said it was a little
bit of both.
"I like both honestly,
just because it breaks it up - it’s not just running
or just swimming, both together it’s just fun,"
While swimming may not
have been what motivated first place winner McIlraith
to return, she said it has been the focus of her training
this past year.
"I did the SwimRun
last year and was a little sad with how slow my swimming
was, so I joined the Laurentian master’s swimming
club and swam my heart out all winter, to see how it
would improve this year - and it did," she said.
"It's a real boost
to know that my training is paying off."
Feldman said that Canada's
SwimRun events are mild compared to the 70-80 km courses
hosted in Sweden, but it was important for him to find
a course worthy of the sport's extreme reputation. "We
needed a place where we could have a good challenge,
but not be so hard that it's going to scare people away,"
In the search for a location
to host his event, Feldman was approached by a Sudbury
resident who suggested Kivi Park as the "perfect
spot" - which he said, it was indeed.
"First off, the park
is gorgeous," said Feldman "and it's hard
to find a place where you can find 15-20 km of running
trails in a singular park." "The whole set-up
makes it ideal for this type of race."
While this year's event
did attract more participants from as far as British
Columbia, Feldman said he hopes to establish a local
following by developing stronger community partnerships
moving forward. This focus on community and expanding
the variety of events offered by Canaqua will mean big
changes for next season's championship.
"The next step is
trying to involve kids and introduce clinics such as
lesson programs and workshops – so people can
get a feel for what SwimRun is like," said Feldman.
"It's about finding new angles to build support."
New record set at Mattawa River
'Paddlers pushed through five mandatory portages,
low water levels and high winds'
Ellen Padzdior (bow)
and Bonnie Pankiw set a record in C2 Stock Women's Class with
a time of 7:47:37 smashing previous record of 9:00:12 courtesy
Paddlers were put to the test competing
for top spot during the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation
Authority’s 43rd Annual Mattawa River Canoe Race.
Sixty-six teams from three provinces and
two countries, Hong Kong and Africa, set off early Saturday
morning from Olmsted Beach in North Bay, tackling the
64 km route that ended at Mattawa Island.
Paddlers pushed through five mandatory
portages, low water levels and high winds.
“The water is quite low especially
once they get past Pimisi Bay. So, there are more portages
than usual,” explained Paula Loranger, community
relations coordinator for the NBMCA.
In the end, Michelle Laprade and Ryan
Stepka of Gatineau Quebec won the Fastest Overall Time
trophy with a time of 6:09:43.
Bonnie Pankiw from Chelsea, QC and partner
Ellen Padzdior from Ottawa set a record in the C2 Stock
Women’s Class with a time of 7:47:37 shattering
the previous record of 9:00:12.
Paddlers in the 13 km family and junior
races pushed off from Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park,
also finishing at Mattawa Island.
The family race was added in 1996.
“They only have the one portage
which is around Hurdman Dam, so it is a good introductory
race for families to get out and have a good time together,”
First time competitors Maeve Stemp and
mom Susan Stemp were looking forward to a good day on
“As far as preparation, we went
out for a few times at our cottage, paddled around, did
a few portages, played around with who would go in the
front and the back. A couple of years ago we did go from
North Bay to here, a two-day camping trip. It was about
20 km a day, so that was good experience,” said
“We were more in this one just to
finish it with a good time and just racing against ourselves.
My dad has been doing the 64 km for a few years.”
Mom Susan said she was inspired by her
“We watched Mike train for the last
few years doing this, and we thought about doing the race.
We didn’t get around to it last year, but we thought
it would be a good thing to do the family event. Before
today we only did 7 km but that was on big open water
with winds and white caps on occasions,” said Susan.
“It is good mother-daughter bonding
time for sure.”
The North Bay team finished second in
the Recreational Family A category with a time of 2:02:02
behind Paul and Sedona Terry of Stirling with the winning
time of 1:45:58.
The complete list of results and photos
are available on the NBMCA’s website at https://www.mattawarivercanoerace.ca/
Sudbury at Mattawa
The Sudbury contingent enjoyed another
tough Mattawa River run yesterday. This was the
43rd version of the famous race that was to include
some serious cross wind challenges while traversing
Talon Lake! All eventually prevailed to enjoy the
always surperb meal/ celebration that the organizers
treated us to.....thanks to all these fine people,
the tireless volunteers, and sponsors for staging
yet another way fun event!
from our division in the Mattawa Canoe Race. No
podium for us this year (again!).
Secret Marathon Coming to Cinefest
by Martin Parnell
Thrilled that "The Secret Marathon"
is screening at Cinefest at 11.00am on Sunday, September
22nd at Silver City. Just bought tickets for granddaughter
Autumn, Sue and Myself. Running for freedom and equality.
Get your tickets now below.
When the first Afghan woman stood up for her freedom and
ran in the Marathon of Afghanistan, she started a movement
for equality that spread around the world. Zainab’s
story inspired legendary marathon runner, Martin Parnell,
to imagine what his life might be like if his gender prevented
him from going outside to run. Martin vowed to run in
the Marathon of Afghanistan the following year to support
Zainab, and partnered with filmmaker and first time marathoner,
Kate McKenzie, to tell the story. To avoid making the
marathon a target for terrorist attack, they must train,
and travel to Afghanistan in secret, where they will uncover
unexpected beauty, incredible hardships, and the amazing
people who stand for change. This is the story of the
brave Afghan women who are risking it all for the freedom
SilverCity SudburySun, Sep 22 11:00 AM
PLEA FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE BEATON CLASSIC
Neil and Sara are in search of volunteers
for this year's Beaton Classic. We are looking for
help with set up, marshaling on the bike and run course,
timing/registration, transition zone, data entry,
parking, canoe moving.
The Beaton is on Sunday August 11, and volunteers
are needed from 7am to 1pm. Volunteers get a technical
t-shirt, personalized goody bag, the best food of
any race in the city, and home made jam.
Please email Neil and Sara at email@example.com
Upcoming Local Events
Event date: August 4th, 2019.
Location: Kivi Park, Sudbury Ontario,
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
Sudbury Camino 2019
Saturday, August 10th,
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
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
are available on the Running Room website. Race
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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
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September 8 at Laurentian University at 10:00 am.
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