In this Issue:
- The Secret Marathon
- Sudbury at the Army Run
- Niagara Falls Barrelman
- Cross-Country captures the excitement
quotient at Cambrian
- City’s x-country runners hyped
to host Ontario finals this year
- Upcoming Events
29 Shred Cancer Mountain Bike, Oct 6 Run for the Cure
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
Bill Salter/Western International Cross Country Meet
Thames Valley Golf Course, London, ON, 9/21/19
The Secret Marathon
Sep 22, 2019
Martin Parnell in Sudbury at Cinefest
Martin Parnell is a former Sudbury mining executive, world-record-holding
marathon runner, humanitarian, and author(and also a SudburyRock!!).
Rocks!! Run to Cinefest
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 to run.
Martin and Kubra in 2016
THE STORY OF THE FILM
It all started in 2015, when Martin
saw an article about Zainab, the first Afghan woman
to run a marathon in Afghanistan. At the time he was
recovering from a massive blood clot on his brain,
and vowed that if he could get better, he was going
to run with Zainab in Afghanistan the following year.
Kate met Martin at an
event, and the wheels started turning that maybe this
could be a documentary. Maybe Kate should go too.
Maybe Kate should run her first marathon… and
maybe that marathon should be the Marathon of Afghanistan.
Since this was Kate’s
first film, she reached out to Scott, an experienced
filmmaker, to round out the team. That was it. The
three of us decided to make a documentary. We would
produce it together, and Kate & Scott would co-direct.
easy in the best of times, but when you can’t
actually tell anyone you’re making the documentary
because it would put the marathon at risk… it
makes it a lot harder. You can’t fundraise.
You can’t promote what you’re doing. You
just have to hope for the best and put in a lot of
Through one generous
donation from Viiz, we were able to cover our costs
in sending Kate, Martin, and a small crew of 2, Colin
(DOP/Camera op) and Liam (Camera & Sound), to
Afghanistan for the marathon. What happened while
they were there was incredible… and you’ll
have to watch the film to find out.
When they got back, it
was time to create a story out of the roughly 100
hours of footage captured, so Scott started editing.
Not an easy task under any circumstances, and because
we were working in our “free time”, that
first rough cut took about a year to make. We knew
it was important to send the edit to the women in
Afghanistan to make sure they were comfortable with
how they were being portrayed, so that was the next
It was at this time that
we learned that some of the women who ran in the marathon
were receiving threats to themselves and their families
simply for running in the race. This was a full year
after they had run, and the threats continued. Some
of these were the main characters of our film, and
understandably they asked to be removed from our story
for their safety and the safety of their families.
This is the real story.
This is why the film is important. Our first priority
is always going to be the safety of everyone involved,
but to lose these stories meant losing the whole reason
we were making the film. So, we had a decision to
make. Do we make a short film that lacks substance?
Do we scrap the project all together? Or do we find
a way to tell this story that won’t put anyone
It might sound like an
easy decision to make, but keep in mind we had all
been working unpaid on this project for 2 years. You
either cut your losses, and turn it into a 10 minute
short film that lacks substance, or literally double
down on the work needed. After much discussion, we
decided we would put in the work.
Scott got to work on
completely re-editing the entire film. Some stories
needed to be shifted. Some stories needed to be removed.
Basically, the film needed to be rebuilt from scratch.
Kate partnered with our Afghan colleagues and advisors
to write the script for an animation that would appear
throughout the film, telling the story of what your
average Afghan woman experiences when hoping to run.
Martin put his efforts into raising funds through
a crowd funding campaign and wrote a book about his
experience in Afghanistan. Together we worked. We
worked for another full year. We hired an artist to
create the images for our animated story. We hired
a composer to write beautiful, original music for
the film. We hired an audio guru to make this film
sound as good as it could possibly sound. We hired
a colourist to make it look as beautiful as possible.
We had a dedicated team now and together we finished
So here we are. Three
years later, and we have a film. It’s not just
a film anymore though. Martin wrote a book about the
experience. We created The Secret Marathon 3K which
has become an annual event promoting equality around
the world. We’ve built a community of people
who believe in this story. Martin’s idea to
run in support of the women in Afghanistan, has turned
into a movement for equality… and we haven’t
even released the film yet. It’s incredible.
We want to thank everyone
who has been and is involved. Our community has grown
beyond our wildest expectations, and we are so excited
to share this film with you all. Thank you for believing
in us and thank you for believing in this story.
Martin with Lucia (Chichi) Salmaso
The universe is wild!
I try to teach the girls life lessons in ways they
can relate and sometimes the universe helps me out.
With Chichi Salmaso I send her articles on famous
female athletes, Indigenous athletes, on finding yourself
through sport, setting goals, dealing with failure
and success, being kind, etc.
This morning she did
a 10k with a group from the running room. They were
running to the Secret Marathon Cinefest presentation
to see this documentary.
Check out The Secret
Marathon documentary, it’s amazing, sad, empowering
From the cannon used as a “starter’s
pistol” to the “dog-tag” medals
soldiers place around all participants necks at the
finish line, this unique event is “military”
from start to finish. More than anything, though,
Canada Army Run, is about Canadians and the Canadian
Armed Forces – Air Force, Army, and Navy –
joining together in the spirit of camaraderie and
community. It’s a chance for the troops to extend
the military esprit de corps to Canadians and to thank
them for their support. And, it’s an opportunity
for Canadians to say thanks to the men and women who
serve them in so many ways at home and abroad
Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon
2019-09-22 • Barrelman Triathlon
740 Participants • 273 Women •
Sudbury athletes Monika Haring and Brent Byers for
their great showing in this year's Niagara Falls Barrelman
Half Iron Distance Triathlon
Cross-Country captures the excitement quotient
These are exciting times in the realm
of the Cambrian Golden Shield cross-country program.
For the first time since
the days of Josh Bujold (circa 2008), the Cambrian
men can boast a provincial medal contender in the
fold, as Eric Leishman steps down from the OCAA coaching
ranks, supplementing his academic resumé and
taking aim at a national podium finish this fall.
Adding to the hype surrounding
the New Sudbury campus, these days, is the fact that
Leishman has company, as a group of seven to eight
male participants have vaulted the Cambrian lads into
the discussion of qualifying for the CCAA championships
in Alberta (November 8th-9th), as a team, something
that has not been seen in these parts since 2009.
A season opening race
at Maiden Park in Windsor (site of the 2019 OCAA finals)
last weekend confirmed what the most optimistic of
folks at the home of the Shield might have dreamed
possible, with Leishman finishing second only to Carter
Free (St Clair) in the individual standings, while
Cambrian slid nicely into fifth place as a grouping,
their 98 point total nestled in between the fourth
place Humber Hawks (80) and U of T Mississauga (138)
“I definitely played
it fairly conservative on my part, feeling it out
and not having raced Carter Free before,” noted
Leishman, addressing his time of 26:19.7 over the
8 km course, still a ways back from the host school
freshman, who captured the race in an impressive time
of 25:42.2. “I probably should have played it
a little bit differently, just going out harder and
kind of running my race.”
“When he made his
move, I didn’t have a response. I kind of made
a mistake in that sense.”
Since last competing
for Cambrian some seven years ago, Leishman has been
establishing quite the reputation on the Canadian
marathon circuit, creating an interesting transition
back to the shorter distances of cross-country, with
the accompanying change of venues, as well. “I
wouldn’t say that I made an adjustment, in the
case of long runs and stuff, but more for the surface,
for me,” he said.
it’s quite soft and you don’t get as much
traction from the grass as you do from the roads.
The whole dynamic is so different, because you’re
never completely comfortable on the hills or the terrain.
It’s a matter of getting comfortable with being
uncomfortable with all of the rhythm changes and that
so different from what I have been used to doing the
past three to four years.”
While Leishman was viewed
as an Ontario collegiate elite talent from the time
he announced his intentions to return to school, the
potential of the Golden Shield as a men’s team
was anything but expected.
“We were kind of
surprised with how we did, finishing fifth out of
ten teams,” said Leishman. “We haven’t
been there in about ten years, with a chance to make
nationals.” That much was made evident thanks
to the performances of Erich Mundt (27th – 30:33.2),
Brandon Murray (44th – 32.19.9) and Aurel John
Fox (52nd – 33:32.7), while the likes of Cameron
Duff and Brennan Gregoire look to further close the
“With us being
closer to fourth than sixth is to us, it’s exciting
from a team aspect,” said Leishman. “I’m
going to run my race, and whatever is going to happen,
is going to happen. But our team could evolve throughout
the season and potentially get into the national rankings
as we progress.”
“The most important
people on the team are those third and fourth runners,”
Leishman added. “They can make up more points
than I can make up. If they are in the forties and
move up six or seven spots each, that’s more
of an impact than Erich and I.”
For his part, the native
of Chapleau acknowledged that his contribution to
the team can hopefully extend beyond simply adding
a point total that will be counted on just one hand
to the team composite score.
“I need to bring
a calming influence, because of the experience,”
he said. “I need to remind them that once the
gun goes off, things take care of themselves. As long
as you’ve taken care of your nutrition, that
you have slept right, and that you have done the necessary
training preparation in the weeks coming in, the race
will take care of itself.”
City’s x-country runners hyped to host
Ontario finals this year
Kivi Park will play host to the 2019 OFSAA cross-country finals
runners like Lo-Ellen Park Secondary senior Meredith
Kusniercyzk (pictured) are gearing up for another
season on the trails. (Randy Pascal/SudburySports.com)
There is likely just
a little extra buzz in the air this fall as local
high-school cross-country talent starts hitting the
trails on a near weekly basis.
That heightened anticipation
will happen when you know that qualifying for OFSAA
in 2019 brings with it the chance to strut your stuff
in front of the hometown family and friends.
In case you haven’t
heard, on Nov. 2 Kivi Park hosts the 2019 OFSAA Cross-Country
Championships. Convenor Karen Passi and her crew of
volunteers are preparing to welcome upwards of 1,700
runners from across Ontario to the Nickel City.
A season opening race
in Naughton last week served only to whet the appetite
of athletes, coaches and fans of the sport. Most athletes
are still getting into a groove at this point, but
a handful appeared in mid-season form or better.
"This is a little
early to have a race, but it's nice to get back into
it, for sure," noted Lo-Ellen Park Secondary
School senior Meredith Kusnierczyk, who captured her
age bracket with a time of 22:12, nine seconds ahead
of Danica Levesque from Sacré-Coeur.
"This is kind of
a kick to keep pushing forward."
Coming off a summer where
she took a little time away from her training, Kusnierczyk
said she is even more likely than normal to just go
with the flow as she enters her final year of high-school
"At the start of
the season, I usually just run as I feel," she
said. "It's not really with any expectations
for time. That usually comes later in the season."
The senior boys race
promises to be a good one as former OFSAA bronze medal
winner Calum Passi (1st - 17:20) of Lasalle will find
Collège Notre-Dame Grade 12 race veteran André
Larocque (2nd - 17:37) in hot pursuit at pretty much
every local race that is scheduled.
The day's most impressive
performance came courtesy of Lo-Ellen junior Avery
Sutherland, who registered a winning time (20:56)
that was not only well over two minutes faster than
anyone else in her classification, but also 76 seconds
faster than the quickest senior girl in the field
(with both covering 4.5 kms).
Fresh off a very busy
summer of triathlon training, Ian Mackenzie (Confederation
Secondary) easily took home top spot in the junior
boys division, while Sophia Oommen (Lo-Ellen) and
Alex Pharand (Notre-Dame) laid claim to early season
bragging rights in their respective races of Grade
9 talent (now referred to as the "Novice"
division, versus the previous "Midget" classification
of the past four or five decades).
Following are the top five finishers,
based on results that were shared by race organizers,
in each of the six categories:
Novice Girls (3 kms)
1st - Sophia Oommen (LOE) - 14:07
2nd - Mia Toner (Sacré-Coeur) - 14:11
3rd - Emma Dawson (Lasalle) - 14:59
4th - Gabby Alexander (LOE) - 15:28
5th - Kaija Beljo (LCS) - 15:36
Novice Boys (3 kms)
1st - Alex Pharand (CND) - 11:23
2nd - Carson Crane (CFD) - 11:31
3rd - Kohen Crane (CFD) - 12:16
4th - Kaeden Ward (LOE) - 12:21
5th - Landon Doyle (CFD) - 12:24
Junior Girls (4.5 kms)
1st - Avery Sutherland (LOE) - 20:56
2nd - Alison Symington (LOE) - 23:25
3rd - Amanda Symington (LOE) - 23:28
4th - Abby Lanteigne (LCS) - 24:08
5th - Jessy Trottier (Horizon) - 24:25
Junior Boys (4.5 kms)
1st - Ian Mackenzie (CFD) - 18:37
2nd - Scott Rienguette (BAC) - 20:16
3rd - Troy Wilton (CFD) - 20:35
4th - Owen Roney (CVDCS) - 21:45
5th - Travis Annett (LCS) - 22:04
Senior Girls (4.5 kms)
1st - Meredith Kusnierczyk (LOE) - 22:12
2nd - Danica Levesque (Sacré-Coeur) - 22:21
3rd - Charlie Herold (LCS) - 23:36
4th - Emily Binks (LCS) - 23:43
5th - Kristen Mrozewski (LOE) - 24:21
Senior Boys (4.5 kms)
1st - Calum Passi (Lasalle) - 17:20
2nd - André Larocque (CND) - 17:37
3rd - Matthew Smith (CFD) - 18:43
4th - Alex Lambert (LOE) - 19:03
5th - Max Mahaffy (LOE) - 19:11
Tidbits from the Trails: A grade 12 student at Lo-Ellen
Park, Isabella Mastroianni technically finished third
in the senior girls race, posting a time of 23:29
- however, having transferred from St Benedict Catholic
Secondary School last January, the talented multi-sport
athlete is not eligible to compete for the Knights
And while no one is suggesting
that Lo-Ellen is about to surrender the boys &
girls aggregate banners that they have captured in
five consecutive years any time soon, their task was
made a little more difficult this fall as Fiona Symington
(3rd - Sr Girls - 2018) is spending the first term
of 2019-2020 studying in Switzerland, while sisters
Kalila and Chandyn Bachiu (1st/2nd - Jr Girls - 2018)
are also out of town until Christmas.
Welcome to CIBC Run for the Cure
We registered Sudbury
Rocks !! Running Club as a team in the CIBC
Run for the Cure on October 6, 2019. Please join the
team. We also want to have our team name on the back
of our shirts. The deadline date is below. We hope to
see you all on October 6.
(the deadline is past but you
can still join the team)
RUN START TIME:
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Sudbury, ON, P3A 3V8
Upcoming Local Events
Fitness Series: Shred Cancer Mountain Bike
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Speed & Precision
are what it's all about when it comes to
shredding Kivi Park's mountain bike trails!
Compete on your own or part of a team and
raise funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation!
REGISTRATION: 10:00 a.m.
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-1km (Kids) Free 3km Kids
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Welcome to CIBC Run for
the Cure in Sudbury
We invite you to run or
walk with us on Sunday, October
6, 2019 for the CIBC Run for the Cure
in Sudbury. Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve
participated for years, we look forward to having you
join the movement! Help make this year’s event inspirational
and memorable, all while you help the Canadian Cancer
Society create a future without breast cancer.
RUN START TIME: 10:00 AM
Cambrian College, 1400 Barry Downe Rd.
Sudbury, ON, P3A 3V8
Good afternoon Sudbury Runner's and Walker's,
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights
at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
North News - by Dick
Bill Salter/Western International Cross
Thames Valley Golf Course, London, ON, 9/21/19
The Laurentian university men’s
and women’s cross-country running teams competed
at the Bill Salter/Western International on the weekend.
The men scored scored a total of 226 points for 8th
place, while the women score was 315 points for 12th
The men’s team was led by Eric
Gareau, who placed 23rd with a time of 26:43 over the
8km course. He was followed by rookie, Keon Wallingford
who placed 39th in 27:26; Dylan Brown who was 58th in
28:03; rookie Maurice Graenert, who placed 73rd in 28:25;
and Alexandre Fishbein-Ouimette who rounded out the
scoring in 98th with a time of 28:56. Nick Lambert and
Justin Graenert were the displacers, finishing 130th
and138th with times of 30:17 and 30:40 respectively.
The women’s squad was led by Meghan
Sippel, who finished 69th with a time of 25:59 over
the 6km course. She was followed by rookie Elizabeth
Drake, who was 81st in 26:39; Sarah Thackeray who was
83rd in in 26:45; Miranda Boudreau who finished 89th
with a 27:08; and rookie Ashley Valentini who finished
96th in 27:35. The displacer was rookie Angela Mozzon,
who finished 119th in 28:57.
The cross-country team's next race is
the Waterloo/Don Mills Open on October 5.
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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