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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         January 16, 2020        

     In this Issue:


  1. 2020 Ahead — Water makes for ongoing success of masters athletes
  2. A brother, two sisters and the Boston Marathon
  3. Why I Run
  4. Rocks Wednesday Pm Run
  5. Upcoming Events January 19 MOVE Snowshoe and Fat Bike for Cancer, January 28 Walden Ski Under the Lights
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North News Laurentian Track: Indoor Schedule for 2020






2020 Ahead — Water makes for ongoing success of masters athletes
Laura Young For The Sudbury Star
Published on: January 6, 2020

Stephen O'Neill, right, pauses for a photo with his partner, Mike Ranta of Killarney.


On a perfect fall afternoon in October, Stephen O’Neill and I were discussing his journeys paddling across Canada.

And there we were: Inside a coffee shop, not worrying about the wind, having a bowl of soup and a coffee, respectively.

“When you’re out there (paddling) in some crazy situations, you’re realize how much you should give thanks in your life.”

And so heading into 2020, I give thanks for being able to write and interview every athlete (sometimes ever made and in every sport ever made!). But in 2019, the masters and older athletes really struck a chord. And the common thread binding all of them, all of us, young and seasoned — water.

Lakes Nepahwin, Ramsey

Since 2009, Stephen O’Neill has spent significant sections of his summers paddling across Canada. He used to live on Lake Ramsey and competed in the various events on and in Ramsey and Lake Nepahwin.

The Sudbury-based lawyer has been following a version of the Voyageurs’ route of Alexander Mackenzie. It started in Montreal and will end at Tuktoyaktuk (Tuk) at the Beaufort Sea. In July 2020, he plans to finish with a 35-day, nearly 2,000-kilometre trip from Fort Resolution, near Hay River, to Tuk. He also chronicles his journeys year by year in hard-cover format.

“There’s not a single thing about your life from start to finish that you don’t think about. You also think about your friends, your family, especially family. And you also think about the future.”

His reasons why are as varied as the Canadian landscape. He loves the water and has always loved the water. There’s the Indigenous fact of Canada that he is honoured to witness in all its forms, There’s the beauty of Canada. There’s a love of paddling. There was a sense of legs no longer being able to enjoy the running and biking like they used to, back in the day.

O’Neill will complete his journey with Mike Ranta, who lives in Killarney but hails from northwestern Ontario via Fort Frances and then Atikokan. Ranta has twice canoed across Canada — solo.






A brother, two sisters and the Boston Marathon
Randy Pascal

On any given year, Sudbury and area representation at the Boston Marathon might number between eight to twelve runners, with perhaps another small handful of athletes on hand with some sort of connection to this part of the world.

Come April of 2020, no less than three members of a singular family, born and raised in Sudbury, will take part in the grand-daddy of all marathons.

Ironically, none of the Savoie siblings (Robert Savoie, Lorraine Doucet, Michelle Bryson) would count themselves as runners, at least not in the competitive sense of the word, in their youth. In fact, this whole affiliation to the sport is far more organic in nature, dating back to their childhood in Minnow Lake.

"We've always been influenced by our mother," said Bryson, the youngest of the four children in the family, with Francois (the second eldest) still quite athletic, though not a runner. "She always worked out, home workouts and stuff, so we always had that in our life."

"My mom and her brother used to go out at like midnight, for a run, and then come back and order pizza," said Savoie, with a laugh. "They did it just for running."

That mindset would be passed along, as taking to the streets and trails offered the ability to unwind and embrace the solitude, with the Savoie trio tapping into running as an opportunity to relax, to some extent or another.

"I think it helps me that I've always run, just not competitively," stated Robert. "At (age) 50, I might not be as fast as I would have been at 20, but I also don't have that same wear and tear of someone who ran competitively for years. I was probably doing a half hour, 45 minutes, anywhere from five to ten kilometers."

"When I was going through my divorce and had a lot on my mind, I kind of immersed myself in running. I would do like 16 kms, sometimes twice a day, no pace, no training, just me running to blow off steam. And I would be relaxed when I got back."

But it was Lorraine who became the ring-leader, at least in the sense of moving from casual running, with no end goal, to making the leap of faith into racing. The 2020 Boston Marathon will represent the eighth time the current resident of Ottawa will tackle the daunting course.

"After I had my kids, I lived a half a kilometer from my mom's house, and she used to call me at 5:45 in the morning and we would go out for a half hour, a 45 minute run. I kind of ran on and off after that, but I always exercised in the morning, always worked out."

Still, in the back of her mind lurked the bucket list goal of completing a marathon. "I did my first half-marathon and could not understand how people could do double that distance," said Doucet. "I think it was in my 40th year that I did my first marathon, in Ottawa, and Michelle ran her first half-marathon. It was really truly special."

Truth be told, the scope of the strength of the family bond in this troika seeps into virtually every tale of this journey they have enjoyed. Their love of running is dwarfed, many times over, by the love and closeness of their relationship with each other. Laughter fills every recollection of the cross-connections they have experienced.

"All you have to run is 21 kilometres - it's not that far," exclaimed Bryson. "That was her (Doucet's) way of coaxing me. But it came easier than I thought. I think we have a mental toughness that we can just plow through it."

Though the similarities are many, each possesses their own unique approach in preparation. "I need structure, I couldn't just go out and wing it," acknowledged Bryson, who works within a steady stream of numbers in the finance department at Vale. "I need someone to give me a program, tell me what pace I need to hit, how far I have to run."

She would turn to the John Stanton books, of Running Room fame. For Robert Savoie, it was all in with the Jack Adams approach, beginning in 2018. "I knew that Robert would qualify," said Doucet. "When he started, he said that he wanted to do a marathon at fifty, and he was telling me his pace, and I knew he would qualify."

"I'm very much OCD, so when I started training, I knew that I was basically going to give 'er to get there," said Savoie, a registered nurse by trade. And like many runners, the eldest of the family quartet shares a love of music, with Michelle, as a means of turning minutes into hours, while trekking along the highway from Skead towards Hanmer.

"I have a good play list, the music that gives you goose bumps," he said. "I've got dance music, I've got Elvis Presley on there, a bit of everything." If not listening to music, Bryson, for her part, will turn to her remaining passion. "Sometimes I do math in my head, working through my pace and times in the race," she said with a smile.

The smile, however, is a trademark of the Boston veteran, the woman is has also ventured over into the world of ultra-marathons and triathlons. "I'm like chatty Cathy that runs next to you," laughed Doucet. "I go to marathons and just talk to people."

"Lorraine is that person who will smile the whole race," Bryson agreed. "She will talk throughout the whole thing. She's having a great old time." And given that she is also running with a pair of Boston first-timers, she can also be that voice of experience.

"I will give advice, but I know they won't listen," said Doucet, chuckling to herself. "And that's OK, because I didn't listen either. They're going to be like I was. You really have to go slower than you think in the first half. But I know my siblings, and they are going to just go for it."

Like three peas in a pod, and definitely something of a Sudbury rarity in this race.






Why I Run
--by Nicholas Triolo, syndicated from territoryrun.co, Jan 12, 2020

Photo by Amber Konikow


There is something magical about running; after a certain distance, it transcends the body. Then a bit further, it transcends the mind. A bit further yet, and what you have before you, laid bare, is the soul. --Kristin Armstrong

It is just after 4:00 am. I was dreaming about Missoula, running around Mount Sentinel just before dawn. I threw on a blue hoodie and began reciting in my sleep why I run:

I run to remember. I run for order. I run because I fear disorder. I run because the folds of my belly say run. I run because wolves run. I run towards. I run away. I run to feel, to feel, to feel. I run because it’s free, because it’s egalitarian, because it’s subversive, because people tell me I shouldn’t. I run because there aren’t memberships or green fees. I run because 4.5 billion years of evolution watch me and wonder if I’ll keep using these legs. I run to thank heart and lungs. I run to praise gravity. I run for those who can’t. I run to feel strong. I run until I’m weak.

I run for a view, for a longer view. I run to stir up red-tailed hawks and magpie iridescence. I run because it’s hard. I run to listen. I run to learn my limits. I run to escape. I run to leave. I run away from claustrophobia, from the condensed, human-made world. I run to encourage others to run. I run to check in with that streambed, that great-horned owl, that throne of granite at the summit. I run on roads at rush hour because passing cars on foot might be one of the best feelings in the world. I run to play. I run to rely on myself, to know that I’m good enough. I run so that I don’t have to stare at my laptop and make these ridiculous lists. I run to think, to follow, to earn that breakfast burrito. I run from anger. I run from commitment. I run to commit.

I run when the world becomes too sad, too divisive, too full of hate for me to bear, and the only antidote is singletrack and breath and raven croak. I run to hack at the digital. I run to feel young. I run for structure. I run knowing that some outings will be light and fast, while others will be lead-footed and gassy. I run because if all else fails, if our machinery dies and all we have left are our two legs, I’ll be ready. I run to honor what’s already been lost, as oil fields pump dry, as greed and populations exhaust ecosystem after ecosystem hinged on man’s egosystem. I run because when the old world ends, there will be a new world waiting, and that world is etched not in strip mines and eight-lane freeways but in game trail and footpath.

I run towards this new world, a world where humans remain fair-footed and landscapes bubble with life on the move, always on the move, running and flying and swimming and dancing. I run to catch up, to join this movement, the movement towards attention, towards subtle mind, towards pumping heart, lactic burn, and clenched teeth.

I run to remember.




Rocks Wednesday Pm Run

Jan 15












Upcoming Local Events


   January 19, 2020   THIS SUNDAY


Trek for Cancer Snowshoe Fun Run and fat Bike Race
Sunday, January 19 2020

If you can walk, you can snowshoe.
If you can bike, you can fat bike, too!
We're excited to expand the Trek for Cancer to include a fat bike race this year!
4 years in and the Trek for Cancer remains one of the best ways to get out and be active
whether you're a competitive runner or just out for a day with the family.

All proceeds from the Trek for Cancer support the Northern Cancer Foundation
for patient care, research and equipment purchases at the Northeast Cancer Centre in Sudbury, ON.







   January 7 to March 3 2020


Night Lights Race Series
Public · Hosted by Walden Cross Country and Sudbury Nordic Racers Powered By Walden Cross Country

January 7 – Skate (3 km, 6 km & 9 km)
January 28 – Skate Sprints (1 km heats)
February 11 – Skiathlon (1 km or 6 km)


March 3 – Headlamp (3 km, 6 km & 9 km


Registration at Zone 4 below:









Run Club Update




Store News


Good afternoon Sudbury Runners and Walkers,


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








Track North News - by Dick Moss


Laurentian Track: Indoor Schedule for 2020

Here's our upcoming indoor schedule. To those who provided financial, moral and/or volunteer support...you made this happen!! On behalf of the entire team - thanks!!

January 17-18, 2020 - Ottawa Winter National, Ottawa
(56-Passenger Bus)
Destination: Louis Riel Dome, Ottawa
Depart: 9:30 AM, Friday Jan 17
Return: Sat. Jan 18 - Depart after meet at about 4:00 PM - return by around 11:00 PM

Jan 31-Feb 1 - York University Open, Toronto
(56-Passenger Bus)
Destination: York University Track, Toronto
Depart: 9:00 AM, Friday Jan 31
Return: Sat. Feb 1 - Depart after meet at about 5:00 PM - return by 11:00 PM

February 14-15 - Hal Brown Last Chance, Toronto
(24-Passenger Bus)
Destination: U. of Toronto Track
Depart: 9:00 AM Friday Feb 14
Return: Sat. Feb 15 - Depart at 9:00 AM. Return by 1:00 PM

February 20-22: OUA Championships, Toronto
(Bus type: tentative - Depends on number of qualifiers)
Destination: York U. Indoor Track, Toronto
Depart: 11:00 AM, Thurs Feb 20
Return: Sat Feb 22. Depart after meet at about 5:00 PM - return by around 10:00 PM

March 5-7: U SPORTS Championships, Edmonton
Destination: University of Alberta Universiade Pavilion (AKA, the Butterdome)
Depart: Wed March 4 - Sudbury Airport
Return: Sat March 7 or Sun March 8, 2020



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