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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                  May 7, 2020        

     In this Issue:

     

  1. Dagostino wants love of running to continue despite cancellations
  2. A birthday adventure for the books!!!
  3. Kerry MacKelvie's Fitness & Art Home Exercise Channel
  4. THE TOE CRUSHER CHALLENGE (5km downhill virtual road race)
  5. Walden CC announces "volunteer of the year " award
  6. Photos This Week
  7. Upcoming Events NEW VIRTUAL May 24 Apex Dash, SudburyRocks!!! MOVED to OCT 25
  8. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  9. Track North

 

 

 

 

Dagostino wants love of running to continue despite cancellations
Laura Young For The Sudbury
Published on: April 29, 2020

 

Marathon runner Chantal Dagostino is an organizer for FitSpirit and Girls Run Sudbury. JOHN LAPPA/SUDBURY STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK


Finding alternatives has become as familiar as running for marathoner Chantal Dagostino after the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled and postponed the events she organizes to share her love of running and fitness.

The teacher and mom is feeling “demotivated” without the Girls Run 2020 and FitSpirit events to host.

She will bring the Girls Run event back in 2021. The event launched in 2015. FitSpirit won’t prove so easy. Dagostino says the Quebec-based non-profit has closed its operations temporarily.

She feels sad and empty because she can’t organize a race or see people out being active.

“I feel there’s a piece of me missing that I cannot find right now — which is to organize something for the city, something that is helpful and active.”

It feels like there’s nothing really to look forward to, she says.

“At this point it’s now to find the reason we’re doing it. Sometimes it’s competition, but at the same time, it’s for the enjoyment of it. For some people, the time we spend training is what makes it fun.”

For Dagostino, part of the fun was also in the organizing.

In addition to the Girls Run, she also coordinated FitSpirit, which had five locations in Ontario. The Quebec-based non-profit designed programs to help teenage girls to remain physically active their entire lives. In mid-April FitSpirit cancelled all its events in Quebec, Ontario and B.C.

There’s uncertainty as to how it will continue and Quebec’s economy will have to be rebuilt first, she says.

Dagostino expects to continue with FitSpirit on a smaller scale, she adds.

Fall 2020 is looking to be a time to catch up on racing, so Dagostino decided not to attempt the Girls Run then instead of its usual June date.

Dagostino was supposed to run the BMW Berlin Marathon in September. Germany has prohibited events with more than 5,000 people until at least Oct. 4. Marathon organizers say on their website that they are working to “co-ordinate further steps.”

Instead, Dagostino hopes to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, set for Oct. 18.

She doesn’t want to take anyone’s date in the fall to host the Sudbury Girls Run day.

“There are so many uncertainties with what’s going on. They could decide to cancel everything in the fall. I don’t know.”

And then there were the Wednesday night runs for women only, which Dagostino launched with running friend Tricia Goeldner in 2019. Those runs are currently on hold, but she says to look on Facebook for updates.

As for her own running, Dagostino had been recovering from bone spurs in her left heel, which kept her off her feet until late January, when her specialist gave the all-clear to start again, slowly, she says.

After riding a cycling trainer most of the winter, Dagostino is back to running about 70 kilometres a week.

Life as an athlete during a pandemic has been a big learning curve for everyone, she says. Still, it’s not about dropping things but finding alternatives and holding herself accountable, she says.

There’s the challenge of having both kids at home while trying to teach her St. Charles College classes over a wonky computer. She lives outside urban Sudbury and misses flatter areas to run.

Under the pandemic, she won’t complain as she has friends who live in larger cities and who can’t get outside to run because there are too many people.

Last year, she ran the Boston Marathon for the fourth time, finishing with a best-ever 3:39.20.

She was happy with that time considering that Kathleen Dagostino, her mother-in-law, had died at the end of January 2019, and the winter had been hard for running with all the snow.

Follow Laura Young on Twitter at @LauraEYoung2.


 

 

 

A birthday adventure for the books!!!

by Kristofer Cacciotti

 

          


A birthday adventure for the books!!! I knew that I wanted to set a PB (personal best) as a gift to myself. When I woke up, I told Lesley, "I'm getting that 10km PB today," to which she responded, "I figured you'd be getting into the bush today." That's where the 26km trail running PB was born! "Yes! I'll set a PB... a distance PB," which is a much more challenging, grueling, and rewarding PB to achieve.

My dad - on his horse Booboo - was my trail escort, and am I ever glad to have had them along for the journey. Not only did they keep me from getting lost, but it was also really fun to be running along aside a horse - passing him in the technical sections, and eating his dust during the climbs. It added an awesome playfulness to the run.

Physically, this run was HANDS DOWN the most challenging thing I've ever done. Those trails have to be up there with the big boys in the "most rugged trails in Ontario" conversation. 4 hours and 15 minutes on the trail, but 30 of those minutes were spent downed by two separate charlie horses.

The first was my right calf around 19km. The second was a double hammy around the 25km mark. This second one was brutal. I was downed in a swamp, laying in water, all by myself. 15 minutes of pure agony later, I was able to get up and trudge on. I came to a field about 500m ahead that I could start running on, and from there I was only 700m from the finish line. I dug deep, tapped the bravery beads on my chest, and finished strong, as always.

Of course, this would not have been possible without my absolutely next level wife, Lesley who 1- encouraged me challenge myself and go for a trail run, 2 - bought me a running vest for my bday, which allowed me to carry water and gels with me on the trials, and 3 - provided the air cover on the home front and managed the two kids WHILE WORKING FROM HOME so I could go spend the entire afternoon in the bush!

I'm very proud of this achievement, but at the same time I know that there is LOTS of work to do. These trails got the better of me on this day. They left me bruised and broken. They won. I will definitely be stepping up the training so that it doesn't happen again.




 

 

 

 

Kerry MacKelvie's Fitness & Art Home Exercise Channel


 

Hey Track North People!

If you're looking for a truly unique home exercise program that combines
fitness and the arts, check out this YouTube channel by Track North
alumnus, Kerry MacKelvie-O'Brien and her husband, Shane.

Kerry has a PhD in Kinesiology. Shane (a very fast 800m runner in his
day) is an art dealer. Together, they've developed a home exercise
channel in which each exercise is performed in front of a different work
of art. It's very cool!!

See it here:
https://bit.ly/2YqITNH

Dick Moss




 

 

 

 

THE TOE CRUSHER CHALLENGE (5km downhill virtual road race)

 

 

 

We organized and executed a virtual challenge for our training group (current athletes and alumni). Coaching requires some innovation these days. This exercise was a lot more fun than I anticipated.

Also, moving more of the team communication and monitoring to Strava has been a great thing! This is one adaptation that will remain with us once things get back to some form of normal.

WE'VE HAD OUR FUN, NOW DO YOUR WORST!

Strava peeps (and anyone else for that matter), the segment is now your's to conquer. The Leaderboard awaits you!

https://www.strava.com/segments/23641815?filter=overall

Start line is marked with a yellow line near the gate on Silver Lake Road, and the finish line is marked with a yellow line, just past the lower Kivi parking lot on Raft Lake Road.

Enjoy.

 

 

   

 

Rank Name Pace Time

Overall Leaderboard

1 Kendyn Mashinter 3:13/km 16:04
2 Neil Phipps 3:35/km 17:59
3 Eran Bursey 3:37/km 18:09
4 Josh Tillson 3:40/km 18:21
5 Liam Lacroix 3:41/km 18:25
6 Austin Mashinter 3:50/km 19:10
7 Kaeden Ward 3:53/km 19:27
8 Laydon Bursey 3:56/km 19:40
9 Kelly Thompson | Sessions Ride Co. 3:57/km 19:46
10 Max Mahaffy 3:59/km 19:55

 

Rank Name Pace Time

Women's Leaderboard

1 Sara M. 4:02/km 20:13
2 Kasey Thompson 4:07/km 20:39
3 sophia oommen 4:19/km 21:39
4 Meredith Kusnierczyk 4:20/km 21:40
5 Mikayla Oommen 4:33/km 22:46
6 sydney brooks 5:00/km 25:02
7 Sarah Ieropoli 5:29/km 27:25




 

 



 

 

Walden CC announces "volunteer of the year " award
Sara McIlraith
Neil Phipps

Neil Phipps and Sara McIlraith

 


Sara McIlraith: Sara started coaching at Walden around 2008. She taught level 4 first for 2 years and then moved over to JD. Then switched back over to jackrabbits and track attack where she is still coaching to this day. For races, she is always baking cookies or muffins to bring, volunteers with registration, creates all the t-shirt designs, and helps with clean up after the events are done. She also helps with the ski swap set up and during the actual sale. The races include loppets, the Woolly Hippo, O cups, and Turkey Gobbler. Back when we used to do fundraisers by grocery bagging at the Independent she helped with that too!

Neil Phipps : Neil coached JD in the fall back to around 2008. He helped with waxing for the Walden racing team until 2013 when he and Sara switched to helping with the Lo-Ellen high school team. It was only Kate, Allison, Nathan and Chris Barclay so not much of a team but they took that over and helped get it to where it is to-day, OFSAA champs. In terms of races he organizes the Sudbury Fitness Challenge and at the club, the Turkey Gobbler which is a huge fundraiser for the racing team. He also acts as chief of stadium at all the O cups and Woolly Hippo. He is always helping to set up the courses the night before and/or day of and always taking stuff down and not leaving until it is all put away. He also helps with ski rental repairs too! On top of that, they also race in nearly every race in between the volunteering.

Kate McIraith

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Sara and Neil are great volunteers and proponents of the club and Sudbury’s Fitness Community .
We are proud to announce them as recipients of the Walden Cross Country’s Volunteer of the Year award !!

 



 

 

 

 

Photos This Week

(to soothe the soul)

Front Line

   

Helen and Glenn

Darren on Laurentian trails

Ania on Laurentian trails

1939 Cadillac in Laurentian back 40

The Flying Goddess

City from Mt. Ramsey Trails

Laurentain Mates

First turtle of the season

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

Upcoming Local Events

 May 24, 2020


We made the hard decision to change the Apex Trail Race series to virtual. Your safety, and health is our biggest concern. With that in mind from the start date of the event we are giving everyone 7 days to race and enter their results. You create your own start time, and have the option to run your own course.

Race 1 - May 24-31
6km / 12km
We will have a course marked from the start looping around 6km. You have the choice to run this course or your own. Please choose to run trails as this is a trail running race.
For the 12km racers complete 2 laps

Race 2 - July 1-8
6km / 12km / 25km
No course will be marked out, run any trail of your choice and upload results!

Race 3 Sept 20-27
6km / 12km / 25km / 50km
A 6km course will be marked out, complete 2 laps for the 12km. More info to come for longer distance courses.

Register at www.apexwarrior.ca

 

https://raceroster.com/events/2020/29782/the-apex-dash

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL NOTICE
Given the current situation related to COVID-19, the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon organizing committee has decided to postpone our race. The new date for the 2020 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon will be Sunday, October 25th. We know this news may be disappointing to you and for that we are very sorry, however we recognize this is the right thing to do at this time.
We are still encouraging participants and the public to register for the 2020 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon and to support our beneficiary the Northern Cancer Foundation by collecting pledges. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
If you have any questions please feel free to connect with Elizabeth Taillefer at the Northern Cancer Foundation by email at etaillefer@hsnsudbury.ca or by calling 705.523.4673.
The organizing committee will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and keep our participants and friends up to date.
Please take care and stay healthy.
Thank you,
SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon
Organizing Committee


http://www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.


We made the hard decision to change the Apex Trail Race series to virtual. Your safety, and health is our biggest concern. With that in mind from the start date of the event we are giving everyone 7 days to race and enter their results. You create your own start time, and have the option to run your own course.

Race 1 - May 24-31
6km / 12km
We will have a course marked from the start looping around 6km. You have the choice to run this course or your own. Please choose to run trails as this is a trail running race.
For the 12km racers complete 2 laps

Race 2 - July 1-8
6km / 12km / 25km
No course will be marked out, run any trail of your choice and upload results!

Race 3 Sept 20-27
6km / 12km / 25km / 50km
A 6km course will be marked out, complete 2 laps for the 12km. More info to come for longer distance courses.

Register at www.apexwarrior.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track North News - by Dick Moss

 

 

 


 


Dick Moss


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Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/laurentianxctrack/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@luxctrack
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laurentianxctrack/

 

 

 

For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
vtperdue@cyberbeach.net

Proud sponsor of the Sudbury Rocks!!! Race-Run-Walk for the Health of it

http://www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com/

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