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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                         February 20, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Hypo Half Results
  2. Real Life Super Hero (Final Installment)
  3. Upcoming Local Events - Let's Stomp out Breast Cancer Mar 9
  4. Running Room Update -
  5. Track North News - Laurentian Track Results: Hal Brown Last Chance Memorial Meet




All Photos Here


Conditions were favourable for sudbury's 9th running of the Hypothermic Half Marathon. And that's a good thing considering some of the weekend running conditions that we have endured this winter. For a change Sunday was bright and sunny. Temperatures at the start line hovered around -18 but quickly warmed up to about 13 below for the last half of the race. The dreaded and predicted high winds didn't really materialize to any great extent. And the footing was excellent. No slipping and sliding on this day.

Congratulations to all the runners and walkers. A special shout to out to walker Norm Trowell who completed his 70 th half marathon Sunday!

The winners; Eric Leishman took top honours for the men...even though he got a very late start. Our own SudburyRock!! Sara McIlraith was top lady. The rest of us walked and ran as fast as we could to get back for the included brunch at Buzzy Browns. Free bacon is always a highlight for me.

Take care all and see you next year for the 10th annual Sudbury Hypo Half.

All Results Here









 Real Life Super Hero Jamie McDonald

5000 Miles and 200 Marathons DONE!!


The Last Installment in the Series:


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.



Children's Hospital Visit

Civic Medal with Mayor

Cathedral Entrance 2

Local Support


Plaque Detail

Cathedral Entrance

Jamie Speaking

Congratulations and thank you Jamie McDonald

My homecoming stands out to me as the proudest day of my life.

To start the day, I visited Gloucester Royal Children's Hospital to see where the money raised from my previous challenges has gone. Raising money is a huge motivation, but without getting to see the impact it makes, it’s sometimes easy to forget that it does make a big difference. I was incredibly happy to see that some of the money was used to fund a play room and a school room - two areas I believe are crucial to any kid’s health and future. Firstly, the play room is a much-needed place of distraction where kids can enjoy their time at the hospital. Making kids happy aids recovery, something I know from experience. Secondly, knowing my money has helped with the education of children during their stay is powerful. I feel that I missed out on a lot of education as a kid, mostly because I was a naughty so and so(!), but also, through my illness, so it’s strange to have been able to have an impact. Revealing the plaques for these rooms had me tearing up on both occasions.

After seeing where and on what the money was spent I then went on a tour around the hospital visiting the children. I had my Flash suit on, which entertained the kids no end. Everyone, that is, but one 10 year old girl who was battling cancer. We sat with her for quite some time and when I tried to give her my "superhero" bracelet – something I said helped me through tough times, she looked right at me and simply said "I don't like superheroes." Everyone laughed, you have to love the honesty and innocence of children. At least I know for next time, Peppa Pig or Barbie, apparently!

For me, the hardest part about the experience is seeing the kids battle and the families looking on, going through their own battle. All any of us can do, through fundraising and any other way we can, is be positive and try to make a difference. I was touched by the kindness of the parents, who just don’t realise what incredibly strong people they are.

Next up was a (very!) gentle jog to Kings Square in Gloucester city centre. Before I turned the corner, I wondered if anybody would be there – like when you organise a party and sit eagerly by the door for the first arrivals. I shouldn’t have been worried, I was amazed to be greeted by hundreds of people - family, friends and others who had been following the journey. Kids and adults alike were dressed up as superheroes and it was all incredibly overwhelming to see so many faces and hear people talk, as if they had been on the journey with me. It's funny, because all the time I was running, I just couldn't see how it was reaching out to people.

We were joined by Gloucester’s town crier Alan Myatt, who, ringing a bell and using his famous booming voice, assembled all into a marching line, encouraging us to link arms to walk through the heart of our city to the Cathedral, probably our most famous landmark.

Entering the Cathedral I was extremely nervous. I knew that I was to be honoured with the Medallion of the City of Gloucester by our Mayor, Chris Chatterton. I also knew I would have to deliver a speech for the first time to my home crowd. However, once I’d been handed the award, and punched it into the air for all to see, there was a huge roar. The nerves disappeared as it dawned on me - "I just can't believe I did it." I delivered a speech, with my first line "I would have never of guessed that I'd have been given the medallion by Mr T.", a light-hearted nod to the Mayor’s bling! Facing my biggest crowd yet, of more than a thousand people, all I could do was speak from the heart. I will remember the response to my speech for the rest of my life. It’s incredibly hard to put into words, but the feeling is once in a lifetime.

Walking out of the Cathedral felt like my wedding day. People hugged me, kissed me (on the cheek of course) and sent warm wishes my way. I never wanted it to end and wished I could have thanked everybody individually for attending. People often tell me my journey was selfless, but they have no idea how much I get from it and my homecoming was no different.

We again assembled behind Alan, who led us to the Docks, and the location at which I broke the world static cycle record. There, councillor Paul James introduced the unveiling of a plaque on the ground, marking the spot. I can't wait to stroll on by at 70 years old with the Grandkids and say, "have a look at that."

The night wasn't finished there, though. Hundreds of people found their way to Dr Foster’s pub, where, alongside some fantastic bands, we all happily drank too many beers... and ate the most incredible spread of food, complete with my very own Flash cake. It was the perfect end to a perfect day. I’ve never felt prouder to say I’m from Gloucester.

This ends our journey with the phenomenal Brit who successfully ran 5000 miles and 200 marathons without a plan and in doing so positively affected the lives of so many along the way. JamieMcDonald, you truly made a a big difference. Many Canadians thank you for your efforts, for your dedication to finishing the task you set for yourself, for all the funds you raised , for your inspiration to achieve ones best and for being an amazing person! Your family , friends and Canadians are very proud of you!!!

More Photos Here

Homecoming Photo Gallery 1

Homecoming Photo Gallery 2

Visit to Children's Centre

Some photos from Sudbury in early August to the finish





Upcoming Local Events



  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

Congrats to everybody who ran/walked/volunteered at the Hypothermic Half Marathon Sunday morning. The weather was a bit cool but Eric Leishman managed to win the race (even after starting 5 minutes late) with a time of 1:18. I would also like to give a shout out to walker Norm Trowell who completed his 70 th half marathon Sunday!

Thank you to all the volunteers who made the race happen and cheered on the runners and walkers.

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 Track Results: Hal Brown Last Chance Memorial Meet
U. of Toronto Track, 2/14/14

The Laurentian women's track team sent a partial squad to the University of Toronto for the Hal Brown Last Chance Memorial meet this weekend.

The team was led by 3000 metre runners Lyndsay Greasely and Emily Marcolini, who ran excellent team tactics in pushing the pace over the gruelling 15-lap race. Greasely finished 4th with a time of 10:46.48, just ahead of Marcolini's 5th place 10:47.09. It was a personal best for Greasley and and indoor best for Marcolini.

Other personal bests were achieved by Meghan Rothenbroker and Leanne Sanders in the 600m; Carly Charbonneau in the 1000m; and Alicia Violin in the shot put.

The Voyageurs next competition is the OUA Championships next Friday and Saturday at the York University track.

Laurentian Results

9. Meghan Rothenbroker, 1:44.64 PB
11. Leanne Sanders, 1:50.38 PB
12. Jenna Thornber, 1:51.89 PB

5. Carly Charbonneau, 3:16.04 PB

4. Lyndsay Greasley, 10:46.48 PB
5. Emily Marcolini, 10:47.09 Indoor PB

Shot Put
1. Alicia Violin, 8.95m PB

Long Jump
3. Jackie Bray, 4.51m

Triple Jump
2. Jackie Bray 9.99m

High Jump
6. Alicia Violin, 1.43m

Dick Moss

P.S. Photo attached: Emily Marcolini (L), Lyndsay Greasley (R)


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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