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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         March 12, 2020        

     In this Issue:


  1. Academic All- Canadians
  2. So You Wanna Be A Yogi
  3. Running around the World – All 40,o75 Kilometres
  4. The Secret Marathon is coming back to Sudbury on June 10th.
  5. Sara and Neil at Hardwood Hills
  6. SFC Rankings after 1 Event
  7. Upcoming Events May 2 2020 Black Flies Track and Field Meet, May 24 Apex Dash, May 31 SudburyRocks!!! Marathon
  8. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  9. Track North






Academic All- Canadians

The Academic All-Canadian awards are always presented retroactively and last year 21 of our XC/Track athletes were Academic All-Canadians (2018-19). They were presented their awards at a new Academic Success Breakfast last Thursday. Although only six of our award winners were able to attend, Adam Kalab was on the scene and took some photos. They’re available on SmugMug. Our awards winners are listed below. Congrats!!!

Dick Moss

Alexandre Noel de Tilly, Breanne Steven, Caleb Beland, Danielle Roy, Dylan McKevitt, Eric Roque, Erin Hansel, Heidi Tuszkiewicz, Jessie Nusselder, Jordan Burkitt, Kelsey Lefebvre,

Kirsten Crowe, Liam Passi, Liam Pedersen, Megan Crocker, Michael Petta, Mika Muinonen, Miranda Boudreau, Nicole Rich, Pascale Gendron, Skyler Savage-Perreault

All photos by Adam Kalab at the link below






So You Wanna Be A Yogi

a new illustrated book by Krystel Houle (yogi, runner and mom)

Krystel Houle


This illustrated and informative guide to all things yoga is sure to amuse you. Developing a personal yoga practice can be overwhelming. Let the Cartoon Yogi show you the way in her casual and playful manner. So You Wanna Be a Yogi contains valuable information that yogis of all levels can benefit from and impress their yogi friends with. Let’s bust some common yoga myths & misconceptions! Learn about all the different types of yoga, where to start, why start, how to talk, how to walk, how to breathe, how to eat...and what’s the deal with chakras anyway? Written and illustrated by a certified yoga teacher who draws yoga better than she does yoga.

This is my biggest (and most time consuming) project to date and the one I'm most proud of, so I'm VERY excited to share it with you! Happy World Book Day!









Running around the World – All 40,075 Kilometres

by Martin Parnell



Sometimes you take a leap of faith and you have no idea where it’s going to lead. You make a decision that takes you out of your comfort zone and things are never the same again.

This happened to me on Friday, December 20th 2002. It was a snowy day in Sudbury, Ontario and in the late afternoon I got a call from my brother Peter. After some small talk he came to the reason he called……… he wanted to challenge me to a marathon. Without hesitation I accepted and hung up.

Now, the problem was I was 47 years old, over-weight and had never run. However, you never back-down from a challenge from a younger brother. That night I put on my tennis shoes, cotton pants, fleece top, toque and mitts and headed out. I ran one kilometer out and one kilometer back. It was terrible.

The next day I ran 2 kms out and 2 kms back and it was twice as bad. I realised I needed help so I joined the Sudbury Rocks Running club. Under the guidance of Vince Perdue and other members of the club, they taught me about what to wear, hydration, nutrition, electrolytes and pacing. My running journey had begun.

Fast forward to 6.00 pm Monday February 17th 2020 and I had just finished 15 km on the treadmill as part of my Boston 2020 training. Now, that was 17 years 59 days (6,298 days) ago and over that time I’ve covered 40,075 kms which happens to be the circumference of the earth.


So what happened between that snowy day in Sudbury and the treadmill run? Well, here are some of the adventures running took me on with RUNNING THE WORLD BY THE NUMBERS:



2.0 km First run on December 20th 2002
3.0 km The Secret 3k, Global
5.0 km Footstock 5 km, Cochrane, Alberta
10.0 km Terry Fox, all over Canada
12.0 km Grim Challenge, UK
16.0 km Gorilla run, Calgary
21.1 km Ottawa Half Marathon
42.2 km Calgary Marathon
42.2 km London Marathon
42.2 km Marathon of Afghanistan
48.0 km Yukon Arctic Ultra
80.0 km Fernie Ultra
82.1 km Golden Ultra
90.0 km Comrades Marathon, South Africa
100.0 km Rarotonga Quest, Cook Islands
106.0 km Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
126.6 km Boston (2004, 2008, 2010)
125.00 km Canadian Death Race
146.00 km Sinister Seven Ultra
160.00 km Lost Souls Ultra
193.00 km TransRockies Stage Race
1014.0 km South West Coast of England
10,550 km Running 250 marathons in one year
40,075 km Complete Running the World on February 17th 2020

So the first spin around the earth is done and it’s been a blast. Time to turn around and head back the other way. Who know what challenges and adventures there will be on the return journey.






The Secret Marathon is coming back to Sudbury on June 10th.

Here is the link for tickets:






Sara and Neil at Hardwood Hills

March 7, 2020

Race weekend 7. First time skiing Hardwood. Long haul race this time - 30k. We’re both happy. Neil thinks that was the end of race season. I’m not so sure....


30 km Sk Women 35-49 30 km. Free Mass Start
PL Bib Name Lap1 Rnk Lap2 Rnk Time Diff
1 403 Sara McIlraith 46:21.1 -1 48:26.1 -1 1:34:47.2  
2 401 Colleen Mortimer 48:22.3 -2 50:51.6 -2 1:39:13.9 +4:26.7
3 402 Heather Sherwin 52:28.6 -3 56:06.1 -3 1:48:34.7 +13:47.5
30 km Sk Men 50-64 30 km. Free Mass Start
PL Bib Name Lap1 Rnk Lap2 Rnk Time Diff
1 427 Mark Berger 43:49.9 -1 45:40.3 -1 1:29:30.3  
2 425 Neil Phipps 44:13.2 -2 48:50.9 -4 1:33:04.2 +3:33.9
3 419 Petr Jakl 44:50.4 -3 48:32.6 -3 1:33:23.0 +3:52.7
4 420 Jack Simpson 45:22.8 -4 49:02.8 -5 1:34:25.7 +4:55.4
5 421 Cameron Mahon 46:17.3 -6 48:08.6 -2 1:34:25.9 +4:55.6
6 424 Darren Barber 46:06.7 -5 49:29.5 -6 1:35:36.3 +6:06.0
7 426 Bruce Day 46:38.2 -7 51:10.4 -7 1:37:48.7 +8:18.4
8 422 Stephen Gentles 48:58.0 -8 53:23.5 -8 1:42:21.5 +12:51.2
9 423 Mike Huet 49:51.0 -9 55:44.7 -9 1:45:35.7 +16:05.4
10 418 Myles Magner 1:03:10.3 -10 1:06:36.9 -10 2:09:47.2 +40:16.9








Hi Folks, Attached are the 2020 Sudbury Fitness Challenge points standings after the first event! Couple of good battles shaping up already and both of last year's overall winners look to be starting the year fit! I have also attached the slightly revised points calculations for this year. Next event is the Sudbury ROCKS run on May 31st. For more information on all of the events this year visit the SFC Page

Neil Phipps











Upcoming Local Events


 May 2, 2020


The Laurentian University XC and Indoor Track Team will be hosting the 2020 Black Flies Track and Field Meet at the Laurentian Community Track. The meet will run from approximately 10am to 4pm. The meet will be open to all athletes in Grades 7 and 8, High School, University and Open.





 May 24, 2020




   May 31, 2020 NEW DATE


1k Kids, 5k, 10k, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon and Relay








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





Dick Moss






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