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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                         February 13, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Lost in the Yukon
  2. Real Life Super Hero (Jamie's Progress)
  3. Upcoming Local Events - Hypothermic Half Marathon THIS SUNDAY
  4. Running Room Update -
  5. Track North News - Boston's Valentine Invitational Results - Laurentian Women's Track Team



Lost in the Yukon

(Martin Parnell Tackles the Yukon Arctic Run)


Surrounded by ice fog, we made our way along the trails during the Yukon Arctic Ultra

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 a decision.

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 in March.


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 I started.

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 a marathon.

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 work





 Real Life Super Hero Jamie McDonald

5000 Miles 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, Vancouver

February 3, 2014 the Pacific

After the Finish

February 6 Terry Fox School

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 you Canada"

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 homecoming now!


Jamie McDonald's Homecoming Celebration

Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England


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 follows:

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 news.

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 celebration.

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


https://www.facebook.com/jamiemcdonald.org                       http://www.jamiemcdonald.org/

https://mobile.twitter.com/MrJamieMcDonald                   http://jamie.t24solo.com/     

Some photos from Sudbury in early August to the west






Upcoming Local Events


February 16, 2014                              THIS SUNDAY


Information and Registration Here

Half Marathon Map

Volunteers Get Free Brunch Too. Come on out and Give a Hand!

Where: Sudbury Running Room, Sudbury, ON
Date: February 16, 2014
Time: 9:00 am


  Sunday March 9, 2014





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 cause too.”

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

Event details:
When: NEW DATE: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Where: Rainbow Trail at Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario
Register here: Tubbs Romp to Stomp Ontario
For more information visit: http://tubbsromptostomp.com/
Reserve now by emailing romptostomp@tubbssnowshoes.ca with your name, email and phone number and number of spots to reserve.

Follow the Romp to Stomp conversation online too:
Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/77701362



  March 3, 2014

Now here again for 2014!
10km Running Clinic.

Starting Monday March 3, 2014 at 6:00pm
Location: Sudbury Running Room
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent st
Sudbury ON
Phone 705-523-4664

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.
Click "REGISTER" to sign up online. You can also call the Running Room Sudbury store at 705-523-4664 or drop in and register there.
Running Room Sudbury
Cedar Pointe Plaza
117-1984 Regent St.
Sudbury ON

10k Program

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.





Run Club Update



Store News

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 this year.

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 Club



Track North News - by Dick Moss


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, respectively.

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.

Laurentian Results

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

Triple Jump
18. Alicia Violin, 11.15m (Indoor PB - OUA Qualifier)

60m Dash
18. Ashley Huard, 7.88

60m Hurdles
69. Alicia Violin, 10.07

Long Jump
49. Alicia Violin, 4.77m

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/


For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
341 Fourth Ave, Sudbury On. P3B-3R9
vt perdue@cyberbeach.net

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