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- Real Life Super Hero (Jamie's Progress)
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Boston's Valentine Invitational Results - Laurentian Women's
Lost in the Yukon
(Martin Parnell Tackles the Yukon Arctic
Surrounded by ice fog,
we made our way along the trails during the Yukon Arctic
|It's 3.30pm and won't be long before darkness
falls. The ice fog is rolling across the trail and frost hangs
from the trees and bushes like a white blanket. I've got enough
water for a couple of hours but there's a small hitch, I don't
know where I am. Should I continue on this road or turn back?
Am I heading towards Whitehorse or Dawson City? Time to make
The day had had an auspicious start. Due to the unusually
warm weather the organizers of the Yukon Arctic Ultra had
changed the start location from downtown Whitehorse to Takhini
hotsprings 30 kms away. Buses were waiting to leave and
Cal, my stepson and I were running late. To get to the bus
I took a short cut through the hotel parking lot, tried
to hop over a wooden rail, slipped and bashed my shin against
the barrier. Not a good start. As I sat down I was pleased
to see that we weren't the last to get on. Simon Donato,
star of the TV series "Boundless" rolled up a
couple minutes later and we were off.
The Yukon Arctic Ultra consists of three races, a marathon,
a 100 miler and a 300 miler. In the latter two events competitors
can either run, ski or bike. Also, they have to pull a "Pulk"
(sled) with all their gear for overnight camping. I had
signed up for the marathon as I was looking for a good workout
before my 9th Quest, Rotary Coastal Quest 630, in the UK
At 10.30am we were all lined up at the start line and
I took a spot at the front of the pack to get a fast get
away. Next to me was Paul Trebilock AKA Turbo, the other
half of the "Boundless" duo, on a fully loaded
fat bike. Event organizer, Robert Pollhammer did a count
down from 10 and we were off. The route was an out and back
and I made great time to the turnaround point. The aid station
had hot water so I filled up my CamelBak hydration pack.
I was ready to head home but I had a concern. My Garmin
GPS indicated that I had only gone 19.5 kms which in total
would give me 39.00 kms for the race, this a marathon does
not make. I talked to Glenn, one of the volunteers and he
confirmed the distance. I asked him if it was OK for me
to continue down the trail and make up the extra distance.
He said fine and as I headed off I heard him chuckling and
saying "Crazy bugger".
I did 1.6 more kms and headed back. In this short distance
the hose on my hydration pack had frozen but I wasn't concerned
as I would soak it in the vat of hot water. As I ran up
to Glenn he told me the bad news, they had just dumped the
water. I continued for another hour and was getting a bit
light headed. I hadn't seen a route marker for a while and
there were no signs of the other competitors. I needed water
so I cracked open the top of the pack and chugged the contents.
I was lost and had to do something. Calling on all my Boy
Scout tracking knowledge I looked at the ground: no shoe
prints, no pole marking, no sled tracks. Conclusion, going
the wrong way, turn around and head back. Three kms later
I found the turn off. Homeward bound. I arrived at the finish
at 6.00pm in the dark, seven and a half hours from when
This is what Robert posted on the website: This is just
a quick message to let you all know that all athletes are
fine. We were starting to worry a bit about Martin Parnell.
He was late and reports we got indicated he took a wrong
turn. Glenn and Spencer headed out to look for him and sure
enough, 20 minutes later he reached the finish. Martin did
take a wrong turn on his way back. So did two more marathon
runners. They were cruising and possibly so confident that
they stopped looking for the markers for a while. All of
them realized at some point, turned around and finished.
Possibly they also just wanted to run an ultra rather than
Post-race report. I was last in the 39 km race, third in
the marathon and first in the 48 km Ultra. Not a bad day's
Life Super Hero Jamie McDonald
and 200 Marathons DONE!!
March 9, 2013 Start in St. John;s Newfoundland
March 9, 2013 the Atlantic
February 3, 2014 Finish at B.C. Children's Hospital,
February 3, 2014 the Pacific
Incredibly honoured to have met Fred - Terry Fox's brother
- after my talk.
Feb 10 I've had it too easy the past few days. It was
time to add a little fear back into my life, @Whistler_Bungee.
Feb 11 Final Farewell at Airport in Vancouver "Thank
Feb 12 In my bedroom, I hear my Mums famous scream "J',
dinners ready!!" Nothing's changed, it's
good to be home. Famous roast lamb dinner
Speaking at Terry Fox School
February 10 We may look the part, but we just about survived
the @WhistlerBlckcmb mountain. First time skiing.
Feb 11 Final Visit to BCCH
Feb 12 Home at last. Treated like a rock star on @AirTransatEng
- 1st class and everything. Feeling nervous about the
Jamie McDonald's Homecoming
Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St
Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester,
In recognition of a citizen
of Gloucester who’s gone to incredible lengths to
give back to the charities that supported him as a child,
a number of people have banded together to organise a
celebration and honour ceremony fit for Jamie McDonald.
This is an open invitation to join us
in welcoming Jamie back to the city after his historic
5,000 mile (200+ marathons!) run across Canada. We have
been fortunate enough to be offered Gloucester’s
most prestigious landmark, the Cathedral, in which to
congratulate him for his fundraising efforts.
The itinerary for Thursday 13th February is as
3pm: Jamie will arrive at the hospital to give a radio interview
to BBC Gloucestershire’s Claire Carter, who will be doing
her show from the hospital. Jamie will unveil plaques outside
rooms his fundraising has contributed to, including the Playroom.
He will talk to the children if possible, staff and other media.
Members of the public are welcome to the following:
6pm: everybody is invited to meet us at King’s Square,
Gloucester. Super hero outfit are optional but preferred –
as from King’s Square, Jamie will run to the Cathedral,
where he will be giving a talk about his journey.
(Please do not feel you have to meet at 6pm, otherwise you
can attend the cathedral at 6.30pm)
6.30pm: arrive at the Cathedral – please try to arrive
no earlier than 6.30pm, so as not to disrupt evensong.
6.45pm: Cathedral talk begins – there is room for approx
2,000 people including standing room, so don’t be shy,
come down to support Jamie! The more the merrier, it’ll
be a fantastic occasion for the young and the not so young alike!
The mayor of Gloucester, Chris Chatterton, will introduce Jamie
and present him with the Medallion of the City of Gloucester
– the highest city accolade the mayor can bestow.
Jamie will then talk for approximately 30 minutes about his
adventure running across Canada.
The media will be at the cathedral filming for the evening
8pm: At the exact spot Jamie broke the Guinness World Record
for the longest time spent cycling on a static bike –
more than 11 days! – a plaque will be unveiled by the
Leader of Gloucester City Council, Paul James, outside of North
Warehouse in the Docks.
8.30pm onwards: Fosters on the Docks has kindly said they’ll
provide space for a celebration of Jamie’s homecoming.
Expect music, food, drink and merriment!
Please join this open Facebook event if you intend to join
us from 6pm onwards: to help us with an idea of numbers (though
don’t feel you have to – everybody is welcome to
Jamie’s presentation at the cathedral). If you could then
share the event page, too, that would be great – let’s
make everybody in the city aware of and feel welcome to this
All this information can also be found at: http://www.jamiemcdonald.org/2014/01/30/plan-for-thursday-13th-february-jamies-homecoming-celebration/
Follow Jamie though
the links below
photos from Sudbury in early August to the west
Upcoming Local Events
March 9, 2014
OUT BREAST CANCER
JOIN US FOR THE
7TH ANNUAL SNOWSHOE EVENT OF THE WINTER
|Sudbury – Are you
ready to stomp out breast cancer? Join us for an energetic
morning of snowshoeing and celebration. On March 9,
2014, Tubbs Snowshoes and the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation (CBCF) are hitting the trails for the seventh
consecutive year in Ontario.
“You may be a weekend warrior or a first-timer;
it doesn’t matter. That’s the beauty
of this event, all are welcome” says David
Blasak of Tubbs Snowshoes. “It’s an
incredible feeling to organize something that brings
friends and families close together for some good
old-fashioned winter fun, during one of the coldest
month of the year. Even better? To support a great
Since inception is 2008, the Tubbs Romp to Stomp
Snowshoe Series has supported CBCF by raising over
$200,000 to help fund innovative research, health
education and advocacy programs. The Tubbs Romp
to Stomp Snowshoe Series includes a: 3 km snowshoe
race, 3km / 5km snowshoes walk and Lil Romper Dash
(for the little ones and their families) which benefits
the CBCF. This fun-filled day is an opportunity
for Rompers of all ages to make some memories, enjoy
the fresh air, and enter to win some great prizes
– all with one goal in mind, and that is to
support the breast cancer community.
“I’d like to thank Tubbs Snowshoes
and all of the Rompers for supporting CBCF and helping
to carry out our vision of
creating a future without breast cancer,”
says Leigh Jasmine, Community Development Director
at CBCF. “This year, we are also honoured
to have breast cancer survivor, Hannah McEdwards
with us as one of our speakers. Her story and spirit
will light up the day, so break out your best pink
winter gear, this is an event not to be missed.”
Key highlights of the day:
-Free snowshoe demos provided by Tubbs Snowshoes
- ?Lil Romper Dash - perfect for families!
- ?Great prizes for top race finishers, top team
fundraiser, and top individual fundraisers (including
a chance to win a
7-day cruise for two if you raise over $1,000)
- ?Goodie bag provided to all registrants
- ?Lunch provided post event
When: NEW DATE: Sunday, March
Where: Rainbow Trail at Laurentian University, Sudbury
Register here: Tubbs
Romp to Stomp Ontario
For more information visit: http://tubbsromptostomp.com/
Reserve now by emailing email@example.com
with your name, email and phone number and number of
spots to reserve.
Follow the Romp to Stomp conversation online too:
March 3, 2014
Now here again
10km Running Clinic.
Starting Monday March 3, 2014 at 6:00pm
Location: Sudbury Running Room
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent st
The SudburyRocks!!! and the Sudbury Running Room will
be hosting a 10k clinic designed to prepare you for
our 5k and 10k walk/runs on Sunday May 12, 2013. Rocks!!
members Sara McIlraith and Vince Perdue will once again
be your instructors.
to sign up online. You can also call the Running
Room Sudbury store at 705-523-4664 or drop in and register
Running Room Sudbury
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St.
This training program is designed to prepare you
for a 10K event.
Whether you are new to 10K training
or have a time goal in mind, this program will get you
there. In this program you will be introduced to hill
training and steady runs to build your training schedule.
Each session starts with a 20 to 30
minute class followed by a group run. You will then
join your group for Run Club on Wednesday evenings and
Sunday mornings to complete your weekly training.
The full program is 10 weeks and includes 1 information
lecture per week including a training walk/run plus
training sessions on Wednesday at 6:00pm and Sunday
at 8:30am. Cost is $69.99 plus tax.
Race week is finally here, join us this
Sunday at 9 a.m. for the Hypothermic Half Marathon.
Race proceeds will benefit the Alzeimer Society of
Sudbury. There are still a few spots open for Sunday's
race, registration includes one of the coolest finishers
medals out there along with a hat and glove set and
a brunch ticket for after the race at Buzzy Browns!
The weather looks to be the best we've had in years
for this year's race and we will have a new champion
as last year's winner Ryan Marsaw will be volunteering
Race Kit Pick - Up:
Saturday, at the Sudbury store from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Sunday morning for those coming from out of town
or who can't make it in Saturday)
Don't feel like running the event? we are always
looking for VOLUNTEERS to come out and cheer on the
runners and walkers during the race. We all know how
much of a difference it makes to have people cheering
you on during the race and pointing you in the right
direction. (Volunteers will also receive a brunch
ticket) Contact the store if interested.
See you Sunday!
Sudbury Store staff
Training Program News
We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and
Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
Join us for FREE Practice
North News - by Dick
Laurentian U. Results
- Dave Hemery Valentine Invitational
U. of Boston Indoor Track, February 7th, 2014
Eight athletes from the Laurentian women's
track team traveled across the border this weekend, competing
at the Dave Hemery Valentine Invitational at the University
of Boston. The squad returned with seven personal bests
and two OUA qualifying standards in this major meet that
involved dozens of east-coast universities and teams from
as far away as Texas.
The Vees were led by senior runner, Adrienne
Wilson, who ran a 3-second personal best in the mile with
a time of 4:56.69 (equal to a 4:35.19/1500m). She was 21st
of 168 runners. Only two hours later, she ran a 7-second
personal best time of 2:57.39 in the1000m, finishing 13th
and breaking the OUA qualification standard of 3:05.
The 3000m reaped four personal best performances
for Laurentian runners, with rookie Marissa Lobert running
a 14-second personal best time of 10:04.40; Alyssa Bedard,
a 16-second PB time of 10:11.92; Michelle Kennedy, a 22-second
PB time of 10:14.51; and Samantha Edwards, an 8-second PB
time of 10:17.15. Kennedy's time qualified her for the OUA
championships. The Vees placed 67th, 77th, 80th and 88th,
Alicia Violin met the OUA standard in the
triple jump, leaping an indoor best distance of 11.15 meters
for 18th place.
Laurentian's track team's next competition
is the Hal Brown Last Chance in Toronto, next Friday, followed
by the OUA Championships at York on February 21st.
21. Adrienne Wilson, 4:56.69 (4:35.19 equivalent) PB
13. Adrienne Wilson, 2:57.39 PB (OUA qualifier)
67. Marissa Lobert, 10:04.40 PB
77. Alyssa Bedard, 10:11.92 PB
80. Michelle Kennedy, 10:14.51 PB (OUA Qualifier)
88. Samantha Edwards, 10:17.15 PB
120. Katie Wismer, 11:07.65 PB
18. Alicia Violin, 11.15m (Indoor PB - OUA Qualifier)
18. Ashley Huard, 7.88
69. Alicia Violin, 10.07
49. Alicia Violin, 4.77m
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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