- Volunteering Rocks!!
- 75 Thoughts Every Runner has..
- Martin Parnell's Rotary Coastal Quest - It's Done
- Upcoming Local Events -
1 - Sudbury's First 5km Night Run and - 2 - SudburyRocks!!!
- Running Room Update -
- Track North News -
Did you know that the week of April 6th through
12th is National Volunteer Week? In honour of National Volunteer
Week, we would like to send a heartfelt thank you to our dedicated
Sudbury Rocks!!! volunteers, and a welcome to all our new volunteers.
As one of the 13.3 million Canadians who volunteer, you may
already know that volunteering is as beneficial to you as it
is to the causes you care the most about, but here are a few
specifics showing top ways that volunteering benefits you:
Benefits of Volunteering:
• Is good for your mental health. Volunteering
helps people manage and lower their stress and improves their
• Is good for your physical health. Volunteering
keeps you active and has been shown to reduce chronic pain and
heart disease symptoms.
• Boosts your self-confidence
• Helps to fight depression
• Expands your social network
• Helps you develop new skills.
• Makes a difference in causes that are important
The Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes
is Northern Ontario’s largest road race, and a race of
this magnitude depends on an enormous volunteer support crew.
Our support crew includes over 350 volunteers who help with
every facet of our race. From registration to finish line support,
volunteers are on board helping make our race a success.
Please celebrate National Volunteer Week and the Sudbury Rocks!!!
Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes. Already volunteering? Thank
you! Considering volunteering? Please email us (email@example.com),
we would love your help! Running? Take a moment to thank the
volunteers you encounter on race day. We couldn’t do it
without our volunteers!
75 Thoughts Every Runner
Has While Going Out For a Run
submitted by Neil Phipps
|1. What a beautiful day for a run!
2. This sucks.
3. Well, five miles is only two and half miles each way, which
is basically two miles each way, so I’m really only
running four miles. That’s not too far.
4. It’s starting to feel far.
5. How long have I been running? A year?
6. SIX MINUTES?!
7. I can barely remember what my life was like before I started
8. OK, concentrate. There are still four-plus miles to go.
9. But who counts the first and last mile? This is pretty
much an easy three miler.
10. Oh, crap! A fellow jogger!
11. Should I wave?
12. I’m totally gonna wave.
13. OOOK, they didn’t wave back. Never doing that again.
14. Just keep running, no one saw. Except that old guy who
may or may not be averting his eyes.
15. Man, I think I’m hitting that “second wind”
thing my gym coach was talking about.
16. Wait, never mind. I’ve been running down a decline.
17. If I leap to avoid dog shit, does that make me a CrossFit
18. What the heck is CrossFit anyway?
19. Mental reminder: Google CrossFit when I get home.
20. If I ever get home.
21. If I had a heart attack right now, I wonder who would
find my body.
22. OMG, I hope I never find a dead body. Joggers always find
23. Bodies. Body. Bod-ay. Runnin’ all day, no one can
catch … may.
24. OK, I must be halfway done by now.
25. What?! Only two miles in?
26. Alright, stay focused. What am I going to eat when I get
27. I’m running five miles so I should probably eat
five slices of pizza.
28. Or I could buy one pizza and ask them to cut it into five
29. I should probably get a side salad too.
31. Forget the salad actually.
32. Man, what are these people doing in front of me? Walking?!
33. Is this a contest to see who’s the worst at walking?
Because you are both champions in my heart.
34. Maybe if I pound my feet on the ground they’ll hear
me coming and let me pass.
35. Oh, God. They didn’t turn around and now I’m
right behind them. They’re going to think they’re
getting mugged by the world’s sweatiest criminal.
36. You know what? Now seems like a good time to run in the
37. * Jumps off curb * Parkour!
38. Hi hi hi please don’t hit me with your car.
39. Pedestrian pedestrianizing over here, let me cross.
40. Thank you, Mr. Blue Honda. I’m trying to smile at
you but it probably looks like I’m having a stroke.
41. Actually, I wonder what I look like right now.
42. * Checks out reflection in shop window * Yeesh.
43. Is that what I look like when I run? What am I, a newborn
deer with a drinking problem?
44. Whatever, I must be almost done by now.
45. Heck yes. Three miles down, two to go. It’s all
downhill from here.
46. Except for that very real uphill in front of me. God damnit.
47. Wait, is that… Is that…
48. A DOG!
49. Hi dog! You are so cute. You are now my mascot. I will
finish this run for you, pup.
50. And — hello — what do we have here? Your human
is pretty cute too.
51. Hope you like drunk fawns, Cute Human.
52. Watch my bambi ass prance up this hill.
53. Holy crap, prancing is exhausting. I am exhausted.
54. Honestly, I don’t even like running.
55. Why do I even run?
56. Why does anyone even run?
57. Why are we even alive?
58. OK, let’s not go down that road.
59. Focus. Focus on that sweet, delicious ‘za waiting
at the finish line, calling your name with its cheesy breath.
60. Wait, less than one mile to go? I am KILLING this run.
61. I AM THE SWIFTEST GOD OF ALL TWO-LEGGED CREATURES.
62. YES, including ostriches.
63. Honestly, I should sign up for a marathon.
64. What is it, like 30 miles?
65. That’s just 15 miles each way, which is practically
10, and 10 is twice five, and I can run five miles EASY.
66. That’s it, I’m doing it. Thirty miles.
67. Thirty-mile marathon…30-mile marathon…30 Rock
68. On second thought, I’ll probably just binge-watch
every episode of 30 Rock. That takes a lot of dedication and
I will be winded from laughing so hard.
69. But I could probably do a marathon IF I wanted.
70. OK, almost home. Should I shower first and order pizza
or order pizza and shower before it shows up?
71. Yep, definitely ordering first. I earned that shit.
72. Oh, no. Oh god no. Another runner. Should I wave?
73. No, be strong! Do not get burned again.
74. OMG, SHE waved first! Hello! Yes! We are both runners!
Look at us run!
75. I guess running’s not so bad.
Coastal Quest 630: The End
Posted by martin.parnell
Run 630 miles (1014 kms)
around the SW coast of England
March 4th to April 1st 2014, averaging a marathon
Attempting to raise 100,000 pounds for Right To
It’s done. I started Rotary Coastal Quest 630
on March 4th at Minehead, Somerset and finished the
South West Coast Path on April 1st at South Haven Point,
Dorset. I must admit though two weeks ago I didn’t
think it would happen. I had completed 300 miles around
the North Coast of Devon and Cornwall and Kurt Kowalchuk,
President of the Rotary Club of Calgary Sarcee, had
joined me on the run.
That morning we were crossing the beach at Porthallow
to look at the half way marker when I bashed my left
shin on a boulder. I didn’t think too much of
it but the next day it started to ache. The day after
the muscle was inflamed and the repetitive strain injury
I had had in 2010 was back. I tried to run but it was
no good and that night it was time to get acquainted
with an old friend, frozen peas.
Every night we were picked up by Rotarian hosts and
taken back to their place. Rotarian David Laud had organized
this and he made sure they knew about my medical needs.
During the trip I talked at a number of Rotary clubs
including Minehead, Bude, Brauton Caen, Bideford, Launcetown,
Wadebridge, Perranzabuloe, St.Ives Bay, Plympton, Plymouth,
Torbay and Ringwood.
They call this route the South West Coast Path however
I must question the name. To me a “Path”
is two people wide, gravel and rolls up and down hills.
What I came across was more like a goat track. The route
would head up a cliff, sometimes with steps, then straight
down the other side through brambles and large mud puddles.
Daily mileage ranged from 20 to 32 miles and instead
of the planned 7 hours a day I was on the trail for
9 to 11 hours.
My shin slowly improved but because I compensated for
the injury my left knee and hamstring started to seize
up. This situation wasn’t helped with the large
number of diversions I came across. The cliffs had been
hammered by the winter storms and particularly along
the Dorset coast rerouting was the norm.
The last day I walked up Shell Beach and Sue and her
sister Lynne came to meet me. We arrived at South Haven
Point at 11.30am and were greeted by our friends Stephen,
Marlene, Pip and Bev, Logistics Manager David and George.
It was over, 4 weeks and 630 miles completed. It wouldn’t
have been possible without the help of Rotarians across
the South West. Why did we all push ourselves to the
limit? To support Right To Play and help kids. Now that’s
the best reason in the World.
To support Rotary Coastal Quest 630 please go to www.righttoplay.com/rcq630
Quote of the week:
"Patience and perseverance have a
magical effect before which difficulties and obstacles
vanish." John Quincy Adams
April 1, the end of the South West Coast
Path at South Haven Point, Dorset.
Congratulations to our fellow
Rock!!, Martin Parnell
It appears that spring has finally arrived for us
in the north and just in time too, as we are just
over a month away from the biggest road race of the
year in Sudbury. The Sudbury Rocks! race, run or walk
for Diabetes goes Sunday May 11th. The race routes
have had some minor changes made to them this year
so be sure to check out sudburyrocksmarathon.com for
all the updated information on this year's event!
Join us on Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings
at 8:30 for our 5k, 10k and half marathon clinics
that are training for the Sudbury Rocks! race.
Looking for something different from the usual 5k
race? Well, the Sudbury Water Sports centre is hosting
Sudbury's first 5K NIGHT RUN on Saturday, April 26th.
Registration starts at 8 p.m. and the run gets underway
at 8:30 p.m. from the Sudbury Canoe Club (506 Elizabeth
We are looking for some coaches to teach upcoming
spring clinics: learn to run, 5k, 10k, for women only...
If you are interested please contact the store firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Program News
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Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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