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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                         February 27, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Community Builders Award
  2. Real Life Super Hero Says "Thank You"
  3. Upcoming Local Events - Let's Stomp out Breast Cancer Mar 9
  4. Running Room Update -
  5. Track North News - OUA Indoor Track and Field Championships - Results



Rocks!! Member Wins Sports and Recreation Award


Now 63, Vince Perdue was in his early 30s when he decided he wanted to be fi t for life. Now, it's hard to say if he lives to run or runs to live.

"Running is my life now. I retired from Inco Ltd. in 2000 and (since then) I have been doing running things. There's no money in it but that's what I keep myself very busy doing."

"In 2008 Vince took me under his wing as a novice reporter to teach me about running for a story I was writing. We ran fi ve kilometres together that day. As a rookie runner, Vince never made me feel like I was out of my league. Instead, he fostered my passion for running. Vince continues to be a pillar of support at all local running events and a smiling face at every fi nish line," says Laurel Myers, managing editor, Sudbury Sports Magazine.

Perdue is honoured with the 2014 Community Builders Award for Sports and Recreation for his enthusiastic efforts to share his passion for running with people of all ages and abilities. He is president of the Sudbury Rocks Running Club and one of the founders of the Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes, Northern Ontario's largest distance race. The event has raised more than $300,000 for diabetes research in the past eight years. His admirers say he is always volunteering—the kind of guy who is the fi rst to arrive and the last to leave. His dedication is "endless," says friend Russ Thom.

Perdue has mentored hundreds of Sudbury runners, many of them have not been naturally athletic, such as Catherine Perrin.

"He very quietly but persistently invited me to join the running group," Perrin says. "I ignored him until one day I thought I might as well just give it a try. I met with his group of runners and tried my best to keep up. They were much too fast for me and I pulled back after just a couple of kilometres. He never once dissuaded me from trying or made me feel I was not good enough to start out with them...Now, I have actually qualifi ed for the Boston Marathon. My life has changed dramatically because of Vince."

Leslie McClosky met Perdue at Cambrian Fitness Centre in the mid-1990s when he organized a group to run during the lunch hour. This group grew into the Sudbury Rocks Running Club.


"Vince is an accomplished runner but his forte has always been his ability to draw people in and mentoring them to become the best they can be," she says. "He has coached both newbie and seasoned runners, striving on challenging and supporting them in achieving their goals."

Members of the running club get together for a run every noon hour Monday through Thursday and Saturday morning at Laurentian University. There are about 75 paid members and Perdue has a mailing list of 300 names who receive information on a regular basis. He also maintains the club website which takes a fair bit of time and commitment on a weekly basis.

"I am the most proud of the website. Sudburyrocks.ca is probably the biggest link to running in the north," he says.

The Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes has grown from 400 participants in its fi rst year to more than 2,000 in 2013. The Rocks marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, thanks to Perdue, and it attracts runners from across Canada.

The 2014 event, which includes full and half-marathons, an eight-person marathon relay and 10-km, 5-km and 1-km runs, will take place May 11.

Perdue is also an organizer of the CIBC Run for the Cure, an event that raises money for breast cancer research. As well he is involved in most of the city's running events such as the Beaton Classic, Walden Firecracker 5km, Hypothermic Half-Marathon and Turkey Trot.

Perdue, who ran his first marathon in 1980, is credited with persuading the Running Room to open a store in Sudbury.

In 2012, Perdue received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for promoting health and wellness in Greater Sudbury. That same year, he participated in the Northwest Passage Marathon in Nunavut. "It wasn't the hardest race; it was the hardest to get to," he says.

Perdue runs almost daily and spends more time as an event organizer than as a participant. Still, he is just 20,000 miles short of reaching his "career goal" of running 100,000 miles. He has completed marathons in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, New York City and Venice. His wife, Lise, shares his interest in running and she runs half-marathons. The couple are on a quest to participate in marathons in every Canadian province and territory.

"Vince has contributed to the better health and well-being of our community," says McClosky. "They go and share his vision and passion with others and so it spreads, one runner at a time."

View Vince's Award Video Here



Community Builders winners help make Sudbury greater

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff
Feb 20, 2014 - 9:59 PM
Northern Life adds eight more names to distinguished winners' list

The winners of the 11th annual Community Builders Awards of Excellence are (in back, from left) Georges Brouillette (Economic Development), Vince Perdue (Sports and Recreation), Kevin McCormick (Education) and Zaccharie Lefrançois (Young Leader), and (in front, from left,) Lorraine Leblanc, executive director of Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin (Health Care), Muiriel Checkeris (Arts) and Naomi Grant (Environment). Missing is Bela Ravi (Hall of Fame). Photo by Arron Pickard.


Vince Perdue,

On behalf of the SudburyROCKS!!! Race Run or Walk for Diabetes organizing committee and all of the SudburyROCKS!!! members, I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you on receiving the Sudbury Community Builder Award in the Sports and Recreation category. The Community Builders Award recognizes those individuals in our community that inspire others in the community to reach their full potential. You have demonstrated that when we step out in the community and strive to make a change for the better by encouraging others to be more fit, or participate in many of the running events you have helped organize, we can have a positive change on the community. Your continued dogged determination has inspired many in the community to become more fit and for that I commend you.

Good Job Vince!

Kind regards

Brent Walker

Thursday, February 20, 2014





                     Real Life Super Hero Jamie McDonald


The next few people I mention (as well as you) are the reason why I completed my run across Canada.


Ed Archer / Athlete Academy, Performance coach - Ed developed an invaluable strength and conditioning program for the journey to battle against the monotonous repetition of running more than 200 marathons. He also used his own life experience to pass on wisdom from time to time, something that really helped me through. Especially in his authoritative South African accent, which made me feel like he'd kick my butt if I wasn't listening. I'm glad I did.
Twitter: @Athlete_Academy
Kev Brady / Cousin, Adventurer, Fundraiser - Recently, Kev finished paddling the Mississippi River for our local children's hospital as well as doing many other crazy adventures in the past. Kev's more than a cousin, it goes way past his skills from what he's achieved. He's my soul mate and I simply couldn't do what I do, without him.
Twitter: @KevBrady8
Jody Gooding / Fundraising co-ordinator and "big ideas" - Jody was able to pass on his experience as a former English and Great British beach volleyball player to allow me to think big. After I broke the world record on the static bike and before I made the decision to run across Canada. Jody was there to give me the extra push of confidence I needed to take on the next challenge. I like to think as Jody as "the man with ideas".
Twitter: @GBRBeachVolleyball1
Rich Leigh / PR and marketing specialist - Rich has a pure talent of understanding people and without his help the size of the audience - and most importantly, the fundraising - would have been non-existent. Doing what I do is hard enough as it is; it’s even harder if nobody knows about it and with thousands of fundraisers, standing out is tough. Rich reached out through the media and social media to help spread my story worldwide in the hope to inspire more people for one reason only: he cares. He told me millions of people would know about my story before I left and he worked hard to make it happen.
Twitter: @RichLeighPR
Jamie Richards / Nutritionist and Life Guru - Jamie greeted me with a massive, inspirational hug the first time I met him – a hug that has now travelled the world. Having an expert (who consistently thinks outside the box) keeping an eye on my health, not just for the run but for my future, is priceless. Jamie has a knack of understanding me, better than I know myself. Jamie has opened up new doors to my life and I quickly realised that nutrition was just the beginning of his guru wisdom.
Twitter: @JRNutrition
Parents - 5 years ago I watched my Mum and Dad take on a challenge of their own. My Dad quit his well paid job as a bricklayer, to start caring for people with learning difficulties and mental health. In that time my parents began to foster, which had been my Mum's lifelong dream. Living with my parents, watching and helping them pursue their dream had a huge impact to where I'm at now. They directed my path into an unimaginable place of helping people that I didn't think was possible.
My last thank you is to you. For every person that liked, shared, helped spread word and of course - donated - I think I can talk on behalf of all the hospitals, sick children and their families who we've raised money for - that there simply aren’t enough words to tell you how much it's appreciated. It’s like a puzzle – each of us represent a piece and the whole picture wouldn’t be complete without all being put in place. You’ve helped to make a difference and that’s incredibly special.




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

The weather might not feel like it but spring is fast approaching! Of course Spring means no more snow and warmer temperatures but it also means that Sudbury Rocks! race, run or walk for Diabetes is just around the corner now. This great event gets bigger and better every year and starting next week we will have 2 more clinics that will be training towards race day.

10K clinic starts Monday (March 3rd) @ 6pm from the store with coaches Sara (top female finisher at this years Hypothermic Half Marathon) and Vince Perdue. Registration is only $69.99 and there is a lower rate for repeat sign ups.

5K clinic starts Thursday (March 6th) @6pm from the store and will be coached by Cassandra Bigras.

Our clinics will help you finish your race upright and smilling!

- 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


OUA Indoor Track and Field Championships - Results

York University, Feb 21-22, 2014

Photo: Adrienne Wilson leading

Seven athletes from the Laurentian University women's track team competed at the OUA Championships this weekend at York University. They returned with two top-8 finishes and a number of personal best performances.

The Voyageur contingent was led by senior Adrienne Wilson (Kitchener), who placed a surprise 6th in the 1000m with a personal best time of 2:56.91.

Pentathlete Alicia Violin (Hanmer) was also a surprise, finishing 7th with a personal best score of 3068 points. Violin, new to the event, racked up pentathlon bests in all five events, with running 9.48 in the 60 hurdles and 2:37.23 in the 800m; jumping 1.51m in the high jump and 5.05m in the long jump, and throwing 8.85m in the shot put. Violin also competed in the open high jump and triple jump on the second day of the meet, placing 9th in the high jump with a leap of 1.52m and 11th in the triple jump with a distance of 10.59m.

The Vees had three women in the 1500m, with rookie Marissa Lobert (Sault Ste. Marie) running a personal best time of 4:49.83 to place 16th. Sam Edwards (Toronto) followed with a 4:52.50 for 19th and Adrienne Wilson, coming off her hard 1000m the day before, placed 20th with a 4:53.13.

In the 3000m, Marissa Lobert finished 14th with a time of 10:08.79. She was followed by Alyssa Bedard (North Bay), 20th with a 10:19.04, and Michelle Kennedy (London), 21st in 10:26.86.

Adrienne Wilson is currently ranked 14th in the nation in the 1500m and has a small chance of qualifying for Nationals, with the decision to be made by Wednesday. Otherwise, this concludes the indoor season for the Laurentian women's squad. They now take a couple of weeks off, then begin training for summer meets and next Fall's cross-country season.

Laurentian Results

6. Adrienne Wilson, 2:56.91
20. Samantha Edwards, 3:08.63

7. Alicia Violin, 3068
60mH, 9.48
HJ, 1.51m
LJ, 5.05m
Shot, 8.85m
800m, 2:37.23

16. Marissa Lobert, 4:49.83 PB
19. Samantha Edwards, 4:52.50
20. Adrienne Wilson, 4:53.13

14. Marissa Lobert, 10:08.79
20. Alyssa Bedard, 10:19.04
21. Michelle Kennedy, 10:26.86

Triple Jump
11. Alicia Violin, 10.59m

High Jump
9. Alicia Violin, 1.52m


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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