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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         February 13, 2020        

     In this Issue:


  1. Feb 9, Sofie's Loppet
  2. LU seeks to define — what’s a mascot?
  3. Can You Help? Volunteers Needed for the Hypo Half
  4. The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next % is here, and it’s legal (probably)
  5. Upcoming Events Feb 16 Hypothermic Half
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North News York Open Indoor Track Meet
    Toronto Track and Field Centre, February 1, 2020




   February 9 2020

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‘‘Twas another good day out on the trails...in the “not dead yet category”! As always, big thanks to the groomers, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers....stellar efforts from all these dedicated fine folks are what makes the Sudbury Fitness Challenge one of the funnest events around!
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LU seeks to define — what’s a mascot?
Laura Young For The Sudbury Star

Published on: February 10, 2020


Victor the Voyageur

A quick Google search reveals Serge Demers in his mathematical element, reflecting on EQAO scoring in a video posted on the Learning Exchange website.

These days, however, Demers, the interim vice-president academic and provost, is mulling an equation where a male mascot is both positive and negative and whether a university’s parts can be summed up in a giant caricature.

Regardless, it’s a problem the university hopes to have clarification in the next few weeks.

Demers believes the discussion reflects the world in which we live and that it is the university’s role to review the comments and weigh the viewpoints to arrive at a solution.

“And that solution will not please everyone, either. I’m very much aware that’s the outcome, whatever it ends up being, will not please everyone,” he says.

Since 2013, when he was updated and newly outfitted, Victor, a giant male Voyageur/lumberjack or coureur de bois, patrolled the campus like he owned it, high-fiving and mocking referees, imitating high-strung coaches.

But he’s been missing all season and back in January, Shanleigh Brosseau, the editor of Lambda, wrote the story of Victor’s status.

“The fact that the mascot had been sort of missing from games and events sparked some confusion around older students,” Brousseau recalls.

It was interesting for Brousseau to find people to talk about the missing mascot. One of the reporters connected her to a hockey team goalie with Victor painted on his mask.

Other students have said Victor reflects a brutal colonial history that doesn’t speak to the current face of the university, which is Indigenous and international.

Brosseau enjoyed the connection and identity a mascot gives athletics.

“But it’s also very important the reason why the mascot may not be included on campus, and to find out why, that is for the people who feel the mascot does not represent them and do not have that identity or connection with the mascot. It’s important to give equal voice to both sides of that,” Brosseau says.

The local media also visited: CBC reflected on an Indigenous perspective, Radio Canada was looking into the French history. CTV looked at the cultural significance. Northern Life talked Rob Sacchetto, who was employed to redesign the costume in 2013. Laurentian even held a contest on Facebook to name him.

It’s a conversation the university should have held back then.

And so from a sporting perspective, mascot changes to reflect cultural sensitivity have played out on the sports fields and in the arenas for the past decade.

But it’s remarkable that Victor’s “existence” gets more conversation than, say, safe sport and what exactly constitutes an athlete-coach relationship.

If you’re in athletics, this could be seen as another hit to the far-east end of the campus, where some tender loving care and other capital injections are in order.

The mascot is a social discussion, rather than an athletic one, says Demers. And to be fair, he did express his appreciation for the high calibre of varsity sport on campus and the concerns people have.

As those who appreciated the mascot, the university isn’t saying the mascot won’t return — although in what form remains the question, he says.

“I think we need to at least listen to people in terms of their comments. It doesn’t mean we need to change everything because of one or two comments, but I think we will be missing our role in society as a university if we were not at least listening to what the other point of views are.”

Within the month, the committee reviewing the aspects of the mascot will then bring forward a recommendation to the executive team in terms of next steps, he says.

“The mascot may return as is. It may return in a different format, or we may actually conclude that in 2020 we don’t need a mascot anymore.”

What’s in a name?

But if the mascot is under review, can the name Voyageur be far behind?

Nothing has come up about the name, at least to his office, says Demers.

“My understanding at this point in time is we are strictly looking at the mascot.”

But let’s ask. Is the Voyageur part of a racist, colonial past?

Can women and the international face of Sudbury’s post-secondary student bodies (which include Cambrian College and College Boreal) connect with a Voyageur?

Or, shall we employ a metaphor?

Back in 1977, NASA launched two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, to explore Jupiter and Saturn and their moons.

In stunning defiance of their lifespan, these space crafts continue to journey, speaking to us as they travel now deep interstellar space, one reportedly back online after having a recalibration issue.

So then, a Voyageur, was indeed a porter, “ruptured by their load” on the trail near Mattawa. But she was also a woman painting the paddling encampment.

And now Voyagers are subcompact car-sized craft, journeying literally through time and space, thanks to ingenuity, collaboration, and a measure of luck.

In that sense, we’re all Voyageurs — regardless of the mascot that represents that.

Laura Young’s Personal Best column runs regularly in The Sudbury Star.




  February 16th, 2020

Can You Help!

Volunteers Needed

Please contact by phone or email (info below)


Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Races


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117-1984 Regent St
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S1

Phone: (705) 523-4664



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Course Map (may be modified due to weather)

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The Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next % is here, and it’s legal (probably)

The shoe has a single carbon-fibre plate, air pods, and (presumably) a stack height of not more than 40mm
February 5th, 2020 by Anne Francis | Posted in Running Gear


Seemingly in defiance of speculation that the shoe worn by Eliud Kipchoge when he ran a 1:59 marathon would be banned under World Athletics’ new shoe rules, today at the 2020 Future Forum in New York City, Nike revealed the Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, claiming it meets all the requirements for elite competition.

The brand also unveiled similar shoes for training and track racing incorporating variations on the technology featured in the Alphafly, but the running world is focused on the marathon shoe, which will most likely be on the feet of Nike athletes first at the U.S. Olympic Trials on February 29 (i.e. in limited release), and at the Olympic marathon in August.

Apart from the green/black colourway, the new Alphafly looks very much like the shoe Kipchoge wore in Vienna. Nike isn’t revealing the exact height of the foam platform, but the new rules say it can’t exceed 40 mm, which is still 4 mm higher than the Vaporfly Next% and 9 mm taller than the Vaporfly 4%. The rumour about the shoe having multiple carbon plates turned out to be false–the consumer model, at least, has only one, another limit imposed by WA

3 main components of the Alphafly Next%:
-the full-length carbon-fibre plate embedded in the midsole, to provide overall stability as well as stiffness in the forefoot, which propels the runner forward
-the very lightweight ZoomX midsole cushioning, to maximize energy return
-the Zoom Air Pods in the forefoot that we saw in the Kipchoge INEOS 1:59 shoe, which are designed to enhance cushioning and provide even greater energy return. (Neither the previous version of the Next% nor the Vaporfly had pods.

The shoe has a super-light flyknit upper called Atomknit, and retains the off-centre lacing system that we first saw in the Vaporfly 4%.

The other models introduced today include:

-Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% (which has a plate made of composite material rather than carbon fibre, the more durable Nike React foam in the heel, and similar air pods to the Alphafly) for marathon training
-Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% FlyEase (for lookin’ fly)
-the Nike Air Zoom Victory track spike, designed for 800m to 10,000m races
-the Nike Air Zoom Viperfly, a spike designed for the 100m












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 16th, 2020



Half Marathon, 10km and 5km Races


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

Phone: (705) 523-4664



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


York Open Indoor Track Meet
Toronto Track and Field Centre, February 1, 2020

York Open Indoor Track Meet
Toronto Track and Field Centre, February 1, 2020
The Laurentian indoor track team competed at the York Open Indoor Track Meet this weekend, returning with two gold, two silver and one bronze medal plus three new OUA qualifiers and 11 personal-best performances.

First place finishes were earned by Sudbury native, Natasha Mayer, and London's Eric Gareau in the 600m and 1500m respectively, with second place finishes going to Erin Hansel and Dylan Brown in the 1000m and 3000m. Nick Lambert placed third in the 3000m. New qualifiers for the OUAs were Natasha Mayer in the 300m and Alexandre Noel de Tilly in the 60m.

Mayer's winning 600m time of 1:37.24 was the fourth fastest in Laurentian history.

The meet included over 520 entrants from 10 universities, including Laval, Waterloo, Toronto, Guelph, Ryerson, RMC, Brock, Western, York and Laurentian. International level athletes from a number of track clubs were also involved.

Laurentian Results

Women’s Events

22. Christina Robert, 7.96
39. Hanna Merjavec, 8.10

13. Natasha Mayer, 42.23 (OUA qualifier)

1. Natasha Mayer, 1:37.24 (Personal best)

2. Erin Hansel, 3:04.49 (OUA qualifier)
7. Sarah Thackeray, 3:15.07 (PB)
8. Meghan Sippel, 3:16.86 (PB)
11. Ashley Valentini, 3:29.06

17. Meghan Sippel, 5:21.72
20. Sarah Thackeray, 5:38.01

10. Kelsey Lefebvre, 11:46.64 (PB)

Men’s Events

46. Alexandre Noel de Tilly, 7.37 (PB, OUA qualifier)
53. Anthony Olowu, 7.51 (PB)
72. Ebube Esinnah, 8.02

29. Alexandre Noel de Tilly, 38.83

5. Liam Pedersen, 1:23.16
6. Justin Graenert, 1:23.50
24. Ali El Sahli, 1:30.69 (PB)

5. Caleb Beland, 2:38.52
16. Ryan Vincent, 2:51.48
18. Hayden Ring, 3:00.32 (PB)

1. Eric Gareau, 3:58.22 (Indoor PB)
7. Keon Wallingford, 4:05.06 (PB)
17. Nick Lambert, 4:18.78 (PB)

2. Dylan Brown, 9:07.43
3. Nick Lambert, 9:30.47


Dick Moss

Photo: Natasha Mayer in the 600m (photo attribution to Nicole Rich)


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