- Community Builders Award
- Real Life Super Hero Says "Thank You"
- Upcoming Local Events - Let's
Stomp out Breast Cancer Mar 9
- Running Room Update -
- 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
"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
"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
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
"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,"
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."
Vince's Award Video Here
Community Builders winners help make
By: Sudbury Northern Life
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.
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!
ANNUAL CBA Awards Gala
Thursday, February 20, 2014
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
- 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
OUA Indoor Track and
Field Championships - Results
York University, Feb 21-22, 2014
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
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
6. Adrienne Wilson, 2:56.91
20. Samantha Edwards, 3:08.63
7. Alicia Violin, 3068
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
11. Alicia Violin, 10.59m
9. Alicia Violin, 1.52m
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <email@example.com>
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