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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                      June 10, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Jogging into the Unknown
  2. Join Team 'Sudbury Rocks for the Cure'
  3. Learn to 'Run for the Cure'
  4. Upcoming Local Events - Sudbury YMCA Triathlon Camp, Spring Sprint 2010 and Sudbury Fitness Challenge Canoe Event
  5. Running Room Update -
  6. Track North News - Track North Results - OFSAA Track'10


Jogging into the Unknown


Calgary distance runner set to run 100th marathon of the year on Sunday. Good thing he likes ice cream

Photo by CHRIS BOLIN for The Globe and Mail

by Hayley Mick

Martin Parnell, from Calgary Alta., runs along a path on Thursday, June 3, 2010. From Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2010, Parnell will attempt to run 250 marathons. His goal is to raise $250,000 for Right To Play.

Martin was a member of the Sudbury Rocks!! before he moved west a few years ago. In his attempt to complete 250 marathons Martin will be running a marathon in Sudbury on Thursday August 19.

Visit Martin's website at: http://www.marathonquest250.com/

Calgary distance runner set to run 100th marathon of the year on Sunday. Good thing he likes ice cream

On Sunday June 6, for the 100th time this year, Martin Parnell will rise at dawn and devour a pile of berries, whole milk, high-fat yogurt and Mini-Wheats. Then he will run a marathon.

It's not the daily routine of your average 54-year-old, but then, what the mining engineer from Cochrane, Alta., has been putting his body through since January is hardly normal, and neither is his goal.

He plans on finishing 250 marathons in 2010.

Five days a week, when most adults are at work, Parnell runs 42.2 kilometres. Each session lasts about 51/2 hours, not counting a couple of eight-hour marathons he walked in minus-30 degrees with a leg injury this winter, a water pack frozen on his back.

He consumes 5,500 calories daily. His blood, heart and bone health are regularly tested. He's on his 10th pair of shoes.

“It's a full-time job,” Parnell said recently, his long legs plunged into two buckets of ice.

Marathon 100 will put him only five short of the Guinness world record, but Parnell isn't after records. He is raising money for Right To Play, a charity that uses sport to improve the lives of children in developing countries. The organization's core values match the beliefs instilled in Parnell when he rode a bicycle through 10 African countries, stopping to kick rag-tied soccer balls with youth who owned little else.

“Sport transcends boundaries,” he said. “I hadn't really realized that until I travelled through Africa.”

But as he nears the halfway mark, Marathon Quest 250 is becoming more than a way for Parnell to baffle and inspire. (“Are you nuts?” one newscaster asked.)

Researchers say the father of three is jogging into the unknown. Despite growing participation rates in endurance races such as ultramarathons, little is understood about the physical effects of such superhuman feats. Health professionals and biomechanics experts are watching Parnell closely to see how his body withstands the pounding that comes from running 10,550 kilometres in a year – the equivalent of running from Cochrane to Boston, then west to Vancouver before returning home.

“There's not much precedent for this,” said Reed Ferber, a researcher and director of the Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary. “But shoot, he's almost halfway there.”

Eight years ago, Parnell ran his first five-kilometre race and it transformed his life. His adult children had left home, and he had lost his wife to cancer two years before. In running, he found an outlet that fulfilled him athletically (he grew up in England playing soccer and tennis) and spiritually (winding through new mountain and river terrain feels magical). As he quickly advanced from marathons to Ironmans to ultramarathons 160 kilometres long, figuring out how to feed and pace his body in order to survive “appealed to the engineer in me,” he said.

Soon after he left the nickel mines of Sudbury and settled in Cochrane with his second wife, Susan, an English school teacher he met on the eve of 2004, he began looking for a way to use his passion to give back.

Right To Play was an important cause, he decided, and he could afford to take a year off from his consulting job in the mining industry.

“I was going to do Marathon Quest 365,” he said of his initial plan to run a marathon every day. “My wife sent me to the doctor.”

For the green light, he turned to Dr. Bill Hanlon, a family doctor in Cochrane who has climbed Mount Everest and skied across Antarctica. But even Hanlon says he thought Parnell's plan sounded “a little crazy and not really achievable.”

Few have come even close. American Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 days across 50 U.S. states. In 2008, a 64-year-old lawyer from San Antonio, Larry Macon, ran 105 marathons and set the Guinness record for running the most marathons in one calendar year. (Parnell won't beat Macon's record because due to cost and other restrictions, not all of his routes are measured by officials. Most of his runs are measured using GPS, but he has included several races, such as the Boston Marathon in April.)

As a compromise, Hanlon suggested Parnell try 250 marathons, allowing him two days rest a week. “There's a strength and resolve which I think was important not to squash,” Hanlon said.

At first, Parnell alternated nine minutes of running with one minute of walking. But in February, he developed a repetitive stress injury in his leg and was forced to take 11 days off.

Without a proper training regimen or technique, runners going as few as 10 kilometres can develop injuries, including stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, knee injuries and shin splints, Ferber said.

Some studies have shown that ultramarathons leave athletes susceptible to postrace illnesses, Ferber said. But due to a lack of funding and the relatively small pool of people to study, no major studies have assessed the long-term health effects of training at extreme distances, he added.

Undaunted, Parnell began to tweak his regimen in order to keep going. He began walking and jogging at five-minute intervals, allowing different muscle groups some rest, but maintaining his time of about 5.5 hours. He also switched to a flatter route and began weekly visits to a chiropractor and physiotherapist, who donated their time.

He's still stiff all the time, Parnell says, but the physical challenge has begun to pale in comparison to the mental taxation. The people who joined him for portions of his first marathons have disappeared. To combat boredom, he photographs scenery. He often stops for ice cream.

The high points are always on Thursdays, when he gives a talk at a local school, then runs the marathon in loops around the building. Kids jog alongside him at recess. Many have emptied their piggybanks.

One hundred marathons in, regular monitoring of his weight, blood levels and bone density shows he's in remarkably good health. He maintains an average heart rate of about 110 beats a minute. He has maintained his weight despite his massive appetite.

“His heart and his lungs have responded to this brilliantly,” said his physiotherapist, Serge Tessier.

Parnell's biggest fear is flu or a stumble could knock him off his schedule. The injury in February cost him 11 of the 12 off-days he allowed himself as a buffer for unexpected problems.

Right now it's the fundraising side he needs to work on, he says. He's raised about $32,000 so far. But that's well off the pace of his goal of $250,000.

Parnell, ever the optimist, believes donors will pick up the pace as he comes closer to fulfilling his role.

“Now that I've done almost 100, that'll be 40-per-cent done,” he said. “So I'll be 40 per cent less nuts.”






by Sheila Yaw-MacLean

Hello Everyone

I've once again registered the Sudbury Rocks For The Cure!!! team to participate in the CIBC Run For The Cure on October 3rd 2010. With the help of Maureen Moustgaard, Stephanie Koett and Vince we hope to make this year bigger than last. Please, please if you are considering running this race go to www.runforthecure.com, click on Register, choose Sudbury as the location and click Join a Team. there's a drop down menu to find the team name or just type it in.It's as easy as that. If you're thinking I'll register later cause October is a very long time away, please think again. If you register now you can start collecting donations all through the summer. If you're not considering running please go to the website and make a donation to someone that is running. Any amount would be greatly appreciated by any runner.

We attended the Team Captain luncheon kick off today and the numbers were staggering. Sudbury alone raised a phenomenal amount of money last year ($278,000) and 70% of that came from team participation. However the best part of that luncheon was the attendance of Tessa Bonhomme, Olympic Gold Medalist for the Canadian Ladies Hockey Team and she brought her gold medal with her. (Tessa is our Run's Honourary Chair for the 2010 event) Tessa has registered a team as well and inspired us all to work even harder this year to bring an end to the need of "Running For The Cure". Tessa's team is registered under the same category as our team and it would be great to have a little competition going to see which team can raise the most amount of money. I'm thinking Sudbury Rocks!!!! will have to work very very hard. Doesn't matter though, no matter who wins the outcome will hopefully be big enough to make a huge dent in the fight against breast cancer.

Photo by Laurel Meyers Northern Life.ca

On a personal note Stephanie Koett, one of our own runners and a dear friend to so many of us celebrated her 5 year anniversary this year of being breast cancer free. She is another inspiration.
Please consider registering sooner than later and start collecting donations. Women with breast cancer benefit daily through new research and procedures made available because of the money generously donated to events like this. Also, in case you were wondering a good portion of what is raised in Sudbury stays in Sudbury. How great is that!!!!!
Hope to see all Sudbury Rocks!!!!! Running Club members on race day :)
Sheila Yaw-MacLean




Learn to Run for the Cure


A FREE 12 week “Learn to Run” program sponsored by the Breast Action Coalition of Sudbury. Our goal race is the CIBC Run for the Cure, held at Cambrian College on October 3rd 2010.

If you can walk for 30 minutes, you can learn to RUN a 5K race in 12 weeks, under the guidance of a Certified Kinesiologist.

Running-specific and personalized warm ups will allow you to train efficiently and injury-free.

Course begins TUESDAY JULY 13th, 5:30-7pm at the TREE OF LIFE NORTH, 251 Regent Street.

Contact Jessica Brugess to register: (705) 207-5430

2010 RUN DATE: Sunday October 3



Upcoming Local Events

         Triathlon Training Camp

Camp Falcona

June 11 - 13, 2010


YMCA Sudbury is giving you the opportunity to learn about various aspects of the triathlon world while getting in great shape and having a lot of fun. You will be guided through all workouts and workshops by certified coaches and experienced triathletes.

All Event and Registration Information here (Word Doc)



June13, 2010

Important Details for 2010

Date: Sunday, June 13th, 2010 RAIN OR SHINE!

Location: Collège Boréal

Distance: 2.5 KM or 5 KM walk or run

Registration Opens: 10:00 AM

Event Begins: 11:00 AM

Website info

July 1, 2010




Visit our Events Section for all the Details


Run Club Update





New Books in stock!!! Looking for new resources or motivation?

Check out our latest supply of books on topics such as running anatomy and biomechanics. Aside from learning about the importance of the biochemical aspects of running, there are great anecdotal stories and training schedules that cover the mental aspects and effects of running on those around us.

We also still have a few books left at reduced prices that can be a handy resource for the beginner or elite runner.


We now have in store registration for the Walden Firecracker. Cost is 20.00$ in advance. Kids race is 2.00$. Kids run at 6pm and the 5K run starts at 7pm.



July 1st, Walden Firecracker 5K


July 18th, Friendly Massey Marathon


July 24th, Western Manitoulin 5 & 10K Event 2010


October 10th, Turkey Trot



Join us for FREE Practice Club




Track North News - by Dick Moss


Track North Results - OFSAA Track'10



Ross Proudfoot at 400m mark of 1500m final race

Friday, June 4th, 2010

It was an outstanding day for local track and field athletes at the Ontario High School Provincial OFSAA Championships contested at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.

Caroline Ehrhardt, a grade 12 student at Espanola High School, broke her own Canadian Interscholastic Record in the Senior Girls Triple Jump competition, winning gold with a best jump of 12.78 metres. Competing in front of a packed stadium at the TD Waterhouse Stadium on the campus of the University of Western Ontario, Ehrhardt solidied her position as the best high school triple jumper in Canadian history with her third consecutive gold medal in triple jump in OFSAA competition. Ehrhardt also claimed the gold medal in Senior Girls long jump with a best performance of 5.87 metres.

Ross Proudfoot,a grade 12 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, ran to a silver medal in the Senior Boy's 1500m race, setting a new personal best of 3 minutes, 50.56 seconds. Making a gutsy move with 500 metres to go, Proudfoot separated himself from the field of twelve finalists being outkicked only in the final 50 metres by Rob Denualt of Newmarket. Proudfoot's finishing time is the second fastest high school 1500m time in Canada this year.

Other outstanding performances by local athletes include: Serena San Cartier's fourth place finish in the Senior Girls 100m hurdle race with a time of 14.62 seconds. Newcomer, Katie Wismer of Lockerby Composite's surprise eigth place finish with a time of 5 minutes 17.84 seconds in the Open Girls 1500m steeplechase.


Caroline Ehrhardt: "I am extremely happy with my performances. I will be competing next weekend to try to exceed the qualifying marks for the upcoming World Junior Championships in Moncton later this summer."

Ross Proudfoot: "We got out fast but when the paced slowed, I decided to take the lead and see if anyone was willing to go with me. I broke free of the field but couldn't hold off Denault at the end."

Saturday June 5th, 2010

Proudfoot claims bronze in OFSAA 3000m.

London, ON

Ross Proudfoot, a grade 12 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School ran to a bronze medal in the Senior Boy's 3000m race today at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships being held in London, ON. In his final OFSAA track and field competition, Proudfoot battled with the lead pack of elite distance runners from across the province, eventually breaking away and earning the bronze medal with a new personal best time of 8 minutes 24.09 seconds. Proudfoot, who also won a silver medal in the 1500m event on Friday night, was the only senior boy athlete in the province to claim two medals in the middle distance events (800m, 1500m, 3000m). This caps a phenomenal season for Proudfoot that saw him break the Sudbury City and NOSSA 1500m and 3000m records. Proudfoot also won the prestigious Nike Rowland Games 3000m event in Toronto earlier this season.

Proudfoot will now concentrate on the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships being contested in Moncton, New Brunswick from July 2nd to 4th. The meet will serve as the qualification for the World Junior Track and Field Championships also being held in Moncton from July 22nd to 28th.

Alannah MacLean, a grade 11 student at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School had an outstanding final day at the OFSAA championships, earning a 7th place finish in the Senior Girls 400m hurdle event. MacLean, who just began hurdling this year, came into the competition ranked 18th, yet earned a place in the final after running an impressive morning heat time of 1 minute 4.45 seconds. Her time in the final was 1 minute 5.48 seconds.

Emily Marcolini, a grade 9 student at St. Benedict's Secondary School turned in the surprise performance of the day with a 7th place finish in the Midget Girls 3000m event. Marcolini charged to the front of the twenty-four competitor event and led the race for a few laps, pushing the field through a fast opening two kilometres. Marcolini's finishing time of 10 minutes 42.55 seconds was a 22 second personal best. Marcolini also finished 13th in the 1500m event.


Ross Proudfoot: "The pace was faster than expected but I was able to cover all the moves of the leaders and keep myself in contention. I'm ecstatic about running to a new personal best and earning another OFSAA medal in my last high school competition."

Alannah MacLean: "I am really excited with my races today. I hurdled extremely well in the morning heat and was able to finish strong and set a huge new personal best. I had a bit of difficulty with a few hurdles in the final but I'm very happy with placing seventh in the province in my first year running the event".

Emily Marcolini: "I felt really good at the start of the race and knew if I could stick with the leaders, I could run to a solid time and place well. This was my first OFSAA Track and Field experience and I look forward to my summer track season."

Full meet results at:


Dick Moss, Coach,
Track North Athletic Club/Laurentian U. XC,


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Vincent Perdue
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9

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