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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         January 30, 2020        

     In this Issue:


  1. Woolly Hippo Loppet and World Snow Day
  2. Trail running: an essential life skill
  3. SudburyRocks Race, Run or Walk 5km Celebrity Challenge Trophy and Greg's Challenge
  4. Upcoming Events Feb 2 Cross Out Cancer Ski Loppet, Feb 9, Sofie's Loppet, Feb 16 Hypothermic Half
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North News





Woolly Hippo Loppet and World Snow Day
Walden Cross Country · Naughton

All Photos Here

Sunday was superhero day at the Walden Cross Country Ski trails in Naughton. Some took the challenge seriously and dressed for the occasion.

A mild day saw a record numbers of entrants when over 100 participants lined up for race distances between 350m and 15k.

Snacks including a special cake and hot drinks awaited all finishers.

Congratulations to the finishers and winners and a special thank you to the organizers and volunteers.

See you next year


All Results Here






Trail running: an essential life skill
When Einstein said "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" he was almost certainly referring to trail running
January 23rd, 2020 by Shelby Drope | Posted in Trail Running


Ashley Hayes at Run to Remember trail run

Trail running continues to grow in popularity among adults, as ever more of us discover its utility and benefits. Though perhaps more than anyone, it is our youth who need trail running the most. Nature deficit disorder has become ubiquitous among the young. Kids are increasingly confined to pre-ordained schedules and drab urban sprawl. The outdoors are a forbidden fruit for the modern youth. Yet, trail running is a safe, affordable way for our kids to “go and do something outside”, offering a source of freedom that previous generations took for granted.

For active souls, trail running is an excellent way to cross-train for any other athletic discipline. Co-ordination, reflexes, endurance, and strength are all improved with practice. Trail running and hiking offer invaluable time for families to spend together in nature. Teaching children how to appreciate and explore nature is something that might just save our civilization from itself. Kids who experience their local native plant and animal species up close are far more likely to care about and steward those creatures.

What about adults? We’re stuck with these meat skeletons from beginning to end. Cardiovascular diseases kill roughly as many people as all other causes of death combined. Really? Yes.

We’ve clearly evolved for a long-abandoned way of life, but don’t fret, because we can cheat death and have fun along the way. Trail running is a relatively low-impact activity that offers innumerable health benefits for all ages. Beyond fundamental health, trail running provides us with the physical intelligence and peace of mind required to navigate through life’s everyday challenges.

Move it or Lose it

What of our minds, and spirits? “Diseases of despair” are spiraling out of control, so much so that overdoses and suicides are lowering the average life expectancy of Canadians. This is a complex crisis with multiple overlapping causes, but this author humbly believes that trail running offers a pathway toward meaning and connection. Trail running is an egalitarian sport, bringing people of all means together in a good way. Belonging and connection within our natural world, and within community of like-minded individuals, are essential for human well-being. Deep breaths, an outlet for strong emotions, and a practice of total presence (while trying not to trip and fall), are all recipes for better mental and spiritual health.

Ask someone why they trail run, and you’ll get some interesting answers: “The forest keeps me sane,” or “I love to eat, so I need to run,” or maybe even “my dog makes me do it”–all fine reasons in and of themselves. We could add: the satisfaction of wanderlust, the thrill of the downhill, escape from the noise, the fresh air, the challenge, the presence of mind, and connection to nature. Yet our list would still be tragically incomplete.

We are stuck on this planet, after all. Complete with gravity, harsh terrain, and vast expanses of wilderness, our hard world becomes the trail runner’s oyster.

We can run on the beach and along the ocean’s rugged shoreline. We can run up the hills and into the endless mountains. Every dry creek bed is a highway. We can explore any community’s most beautiful scenes with such intimacy and freedom, yielding perspectives and moments that elude the less inclined. All for the low, low price of practice.

As a parent, coach, professional, and athlete, it is evident that trail running rises to the level of an essential life skill.

We all have different reasons to love and practice trail running. With any luck, we can enjoy and employ this life skill long into our years, with our friends and families and co-workers, in wild places and communities all over the world.







SudburyRocks Race, Run or Walk 5km Celebrity Challenge Trophy

Very excited to present 92.7 ROCK Sudbury's Greg Williams with his SudburyRocks Race, Run or Walk 5km Celebrity Challenge Trophy today!

Greg Wiliiams is Deadpool in the 2019 Celebrity Challenge


Greg's Challenge

The 2020 SudburyRocks Race, Run or Walk in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation will run on a new day this year... May 31st, and once again I will be running in the Celebrity 5K Challenge.

Last year, thanks to your generosity & support, we raised over $1300, and I ran the race in a Deadpool costume.

This year's twist, gives the power to you, to choose my outfit.

There will be 4 outfits to choose from:
1 - Mell's, 2 - Chris', 3 - Liz & Tannys from NCF, 4 - and 92.7 ROCK Supporters Choice. Whichever raises the most pledges, I will run in.

First, we need some suggestions from you, and when I return from vacation, we'll do an online vote to pick the costume to represent the 92.7 ROCK faithful. Deal? Please keep them at least PG-13, it is a family event, and Chris already had his first suggestion shot down
(the Alien is Chris', baby is Mell's)




Thanks for all your hard work last year Greg - we can't wait to see your time this year!

For more info on the 2020 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon, visit the race website at www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com!















Upcoming Local Events


   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:





   February 2, 2020

Cross Out Cancer
Ski Loppet

Sunday, February 2, 2020






   February 9 2020

Register below




The events are on Sunday. Para nordic 1.5km - stadium and shed. 5km - gully, shed, wall, extension, 1 lap. 16km - gully, shed, wall, sophies, extension, two laps, 24km - 3laps. All races start on the field and all races conclude with one lap of the stadium.

Tentative start times on Sunday are 10:00 for the para nordic and 10:30 for the loppet.




  February 16th, 2020


Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Races


Sudbury Running Room - View Map
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1


9:00 a.m.


Course Map (may be modified due to weather)

Alternate Map








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: Ottawa Winter National Results
January 18, 2020, Ottawa, ON

“Gareau and Wallingford bring home medals as Laurentian Indoor Track Team kicks off 2020 Season in Ottawa”

Eric Gareau (#7)

Keon Wallingford (#6)

Laurentian University’s Indoor Track team competed at the Ottawa Winter National this weekend and came home with two medals, 13 Top-10 finishes and nine OUA Championship qualifying marks.

The men’s team was led by Eric Gareau and rookie Keon Wallingford. Gareau (2nd year Forensics, London) won silver in the men’s 1000m (2:31.09), placed 5th in the 1500m (4:02.67) and 7th in the 800m (1:59.56). Wallingford (1st year Criminology, North Bay) ran a huge 14 second personal best in the men’s 3000m, winning bronze in a time of 8:40.83.

Additional top 10 performances on the men’s side included Liam Passi (4th year Actuarial Sciences and Economics, Sudbury) placing 7th in the 1500m (4:03.16) and Caleb Beland (4th year Kinesiology) placing 8th in the 1500m (4:03.96).

Top 10 performances on the women’s side included Natasha Mayer (4th year Health Promotion, Sudbury) placing 7th in the 300m (42.70) and 10th in the 600m (1:41.85); Christina Robert (1st year Kinesiology, Sudbury) placing 9th in the 60m (8.03) and Erin Hansel (3rd year Forensics, North Bay) placing 10th in the 800m.

“Eric had a solid two days of competition to open up his season this weekend” commented Darren Jermyn, Associate Head Coach. “His large base of training this past summer and excellent cross-country season have provided him with the aerobic base he needs to run well indoors. He’ll now focus on improving his top-end speed as we get further into our schedule.”

Regarding Wallingford’s breakthrough performance, Jermyn commented, “We knew following his past few practices that something special could happen for Keon this weekend and he definitely didn’t disappoint. He is on track to being ready to compete for both Team Canada at the Pan-Am U20 Cross-Country Championships at the end of February in Victoria and for Laurentian throughout the indoor track season.”

The Laurentian Indoor Track team will next compete as a full squad at the York Open, on Jan 31st and Feb 1st

Complete Laurentian Results:

Women’s 60m

Christina Robert – 8.03 – 9th (OUA Standard)

Hannah Merjavec – 8.28 (OUA Standard)

Janelle Robichaud – 9.34 – Personal Best

Men’s 60m

Alexandre Noël de Tilly – 7.49

Anthony Olowu – 7.63 - PB

Ebube Esinnah – 8.15

Women’s 300m

Natasha Mayer – 42.70 (7th)

Men’s 300m

Alexandre Noël de Tilly – 38.19 (32nd) - PB

Ali El Sahli 40.00 (47th) - PB

Women’s 600m

Natasha Mayer – 1:41.85 (10th)

Men’s 600m

Justin Graenert – 1:22.39 (11th) – OUA Standard

Liam Pedersen – 1:23.55 (13th) – OUA Standard

Women’s 800m

Erin Hansel – 2:21.56 (10th)

Men’s 800m

Eric Gareau – 1:59.56 (7th)

Women’s 1000m

Ashley Valentini – 3:26.40 (10th)

Men’s 1000m

Eric Gareau – 2:31.09 (2nd) OUA Standard

Ali El Sahli – 2:49.85 (14th) - PB

Ryan Vincent – 2:49.92 (15th) - PB

Women’s 1500m

Sarah Thackery – 5:14.94 (11th) - PB

Meghan Sippel – 5:16.09 (12th)

Men’s 1500m

Eric Gareau – 4:02.67 (5th) – OUA Standard

Liam Passi – 4:03.16 (7th) – OUA Standard

Caleb Beland – 4:03.96 (8th) – OUA Standard, PB

Women’s 3000m

Kelsey Lefebvre – 11:51.64 (13th) - PB

Angela Mozzon – 12:20.66 (14th) – PB

Men’s 3000m

Keon Wallingford – 8:40.83 (3rd) – PB, OUA Standard

Dylan Brown – 8:58.86 (7th)

Nick Lambert – 9:17.97 (11th) - PB

Women’s 4 X 200m Relay

Laurentian – 1:53.77 (5th)

Photos Attached (Credit to Adam Kalab)



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Laurentian XC/Track Team
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