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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         August 8, 2019        

     In this Issue:


  1. Conquer the Crater
  2. Upcoming Events    Aug 10 Sudbury Camino, Aug 11 Beaton Classic, Sep 8 Ramsey Tour
  3. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  4. Track North News





  August 4, 2019


More than 200 race Kivi Park in support of Miles Against Cancer
Locals Tracy Hayes and John Macdonald host Sudbury's first XTERRA: Conquer the Crater

by: Keira Ferguson

This weekend, locals Tracy Hayes and John Macdonald hosted the first XTERRA: Conquer the Crater event at Kivi Park in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation's Miles Against Cancer fund.

The three-day event welcomed more than 200 athletes from Sudbury and beyond, who competed in a variety of events for the chance to be one of 10 racers invited to the XTERRA World Championships held Oct. 31 in Maui, Hawaii.

Check out photos of Saturday's Kids Day event here.

The Miles Against Cancer fund was started by Hayes and Macdonald in honour of their son Malcolm, to alleviate some of the financial burdens Northern Ontario families face when having to travel for care.

At a young age, Malcolm was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in response to a solid tumour in his right ear, which presented as his face being paralyzed on the right side. His diagnosis alone required a two-week stay in Toronto said Hayes, followed by consistent return trips and a six-week stay for radiation treatment.

"You get told that your kid has cancer and then you either have to suddenly make your way to Sick Kids (Toronto) or CHEO (Ottawa) and you're staying in hotels, you have all these extra costs, you have all this extra stress, obviously, and depending on what type of cancer your kid has means you're going to be staying in those accommodations for a time," said Hayes.

"We're hoping to help with that."

Malcolm required 46 weeks of chemotherapy to become cancer-free said Hayes, which would critically lower his white blood cells to the point that he would be admitted to the hospital every 3-5 weeks. Thankfully, said Hayes, some of this treatment could be completed locally, which is not always the case for those in Northern Ontario.

While the Northern Cancer Foundation is just around the corner for Hayes and her family, she said those in Timmins, Chapleau or Sault Ste. Marie for example, are forced to visit Sudbury for their follow-up appointments. This can mean a considerable time off work and stress to a family's dynamics if one parent is forced to stay behind, said Hayes.

Having come to the end of their cancer journey, Hayes said she and her husband were inspired to support other Northern Ontario families through treatment and help raise awareness by introducing "amazing athletic events."

An athletic theme was a give-in for Hayes, who in addition to being a family physician passionate about health and wellness, shares a love of cycling and running with her husband. The two competed in an XTERRA duathlon in the past, which eventually inspired them to choose the international event as a partner.

Hayes competed in the mountain bike portion of XTERRA: Conquer the Crater's triathlon Sunday, with two of her close friends.

Hayes said she and her husband hope to make this an annual event, more similar to the style of a festival rather than a standard race; with an emphasis on family and fun.

Those interested in supporting the Miles Against Cancer fund can do so here.





Discovering Possibilities … Conquering the Crater

by Donna Smrek

A seed, a tiny little thought, was planted in my mind.
Come off the road, was all she said, leave pavement far behind.
The caveats not mentioned? this challenge will be threefold and terrain may not be kind.
That could have been a warning, but the door was open wide, a path to new discovery was waiting just outside.

Rocks and roots and trees and dirt presented quite a trial.
A form of riding, this old gal, ain’t done in quite a while.
The bounty of support I found encouraged me each mile,
Til there I was at Crowley Lake the morning of Xterra, to swim and climb and climb some more, and then a little later, I’d finish with a Kivi run and conquer that dam crater!!

The mist was rising ominous, the lake stood cool and calm.
We sent off all the full-course peeps, before I felt alarm.
Now standing in the chaos and forgetting to exhale, I sensed a very subtle nudge upon my tensioned arm,
‘Don’t forget you need to breathe’, in Simon’s words so wise, it’s up to us to take the nerves and ‘harness all those butterflies’.

The next 2:05 and 52 was somewhat of a blur.
Many cliched quotes and random thoughts, to my mind did occur,
Don’t Doubt your Limits...Limit your Doubts; Love the Journey; Please Don’t Die Here; Just Give’r!!
Extending past that comfort zone, can lead a person to pause, but the well-marked course and volunteers led me to a finish line complete with great applause.

Belief in yourself can sprout endless possibilities, thank you to everyone that encouraged me along this journey!!


All Photos Here

All Race Results Here



Upcoming Local Events



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







September 8, 2019

5k & 21.1 k Roadraces

The SudburyMasters Continental Insulation Ramsey Tour Sunday, September 8 at Laurentian University at 10:00 am.

5 km and a 1/2 marathon.

Register on-line here through the Running Room                         

  Manual Entry Form


(5k map)

(21k map)












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.








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