- Rocks!! in Inaugural Banff Marathon
- Miners Mayhem Draws over 500
- Amazing Day at Fitness Challenge Canoe Marathon
- Walden Firecracker Roadrace
- A Rock!! Runs in Moonbeam 10k Trail Run
- Sudbury Fitness Challenge 3 Events Complete
- Upcoming Local Events - Ian
McCloy Island Swim July 20 + Massey Marathon
- Running Room Update -
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in Inaugural Banff Marathon
Lynn Stubbings, Ken Stubbings, Vince Perdue and Lise Perdue
Posted by martin.parnell
The first Banff Marathon was scheduled for last June. The route
was marked, aid stations readied and people, not just from Canada,
but all over the world had arrived in town to run. Then the
rains came. The Bow River flooded causing massive damage to
Highway#1 and towns and cities along its route.
Friends of mine from the Sudbury Rocks Running Club, in Ontario,
had flown in to run the race. One of them, Vince, was my mentor
when I had started running in 2002 and I had most recently run
with him in the 2011 Prince Edward Island Marathon. They ended
up on flood watch.
But, you can never hold a good marathon down and the folks
who organized last year’s effort were back for 2014. This
would definitely be the inaugural Banff Marathon and hopefully
nothing would stop it. The scenic course runs through one of
Canada’s iconic national parks. The planned route follows
the Bow Valley Parkway, the Legacy trail, and finishes in downtown
Banff national park is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage
site and, because the area is protected, the race is limited
to 1,500 entrants. This is the only marathon in North America
contested completely inside a national park.
This year’s race was on Sunday June 22nd and the night
before I received an email from the organizers. The heading
caught my attention, IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ROUTE CHANGE. We
had had no flooding this year so what could be the issue? I
soon found out. The message stated that “We have a female
grizzly with two young cubs in the Vermilion area. It appears
that she is successfully hunting elk calves and is seeking security
from three large males. It is probable that she will have a
very low comfort level near any humans due to her wary nature”.
The race was still on but we would run in the opposite direction.
My running buddies had returned from Sudbury and on a sunny
Sunday morning I met up with Vince at the start line. The gun
went off at 10.00am and we headed out, on the alternative route,
toward the park gates on the outskirts of Canmore. This path
runs parallel with Highway #1 and is fairly flat. This was good
because the day started to heat up and I was beginning to suffer.
Being an out and back course we cheered on the front runners
as they blew past us and wished that we were that much closer
to the finish.
At the 32km mark Vince and I were passed by a woman dressed
in green. She stopped a few metres in front of us and introduced
herself as Lindsay Woodcock. She said she had read my book MARATHON
QUEST and that it had inspired her to run, her first, marathon.
Fantastic. Vince and I said goodbye to Lindsay and we plodded
on. We were now both paying a price for the hot weather and
were very happy to reach the finish line.
The inaugural Banff marathon was in the bag. Beautiful day,
well organized and great people. I will definitely be back for
next year’s event and maybe this time we can run the planned
route. Third time’s the charm.
“Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she
weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.” James
Rival grizzlies force Banff
officials to extend bear warning
At least seven grizzly bears are spending time around the
Banff townsite, prompting officials to extend a warning
that was issued a couple of weeks ago and change the route
of the Banff Marathon on Sunday.
The warning has led to a route change for Sunday’s
Banff Marathon, running for its first year after it was
cancelled last year due to the June flood.
Instead of going down Vermilion Lakes Road, the race will
now head in an easterly direction toward Canmore on the
Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald
Second Inaugural Banff Marathon and
Our 2nd attempt at being the first to run a half and marathon
in Banff came off almost without a hitch. Last year the Rocks!!
group of Lise Perdue, Lynn Stubbings, Ken Stubbings and Vince
Perdue travelled to Alberta to run the inaugural event. Our
plan is to run a marathon (men) or half (ladies) in each province
and territory. What a phenomenal setting to add the province
of Alberta to our done list. Unfortunately the rains and floods
came ending that 2013 chance. No problem though. We just took
the opportunity to have 2 excellent trips to the western mountains
and it was surely worth the effort.
The only hitch as Martin noted above was the route change the
day before the run. We actually were made aware by an email
from the run director as we were scouting the western course
on the Bow Valley Parkway. No problem as the "Plan B"
course is beautiful and actually easier with only a few real
I usually run alone in marathons unless I'm pacing someone
but this run was different. Martin and I stayed together for
the duration and his 'Right to Play' reputation had a few people
jump on with us on different occasions to brush with fame. We
got many shout outs along the way, 99 Martin to 1 Vince. A fellow
I met in the Nunavut's marathon saw me and was kind enough to
say hello. Thank you Jim for keeping my ego intact.
What a great run.Well organized and lots of positive vibes.The
location and views just put it way over the top. If you like
destination marathons, this one should be high on your bucket
Province and territory update: 3 more to go
Miners Mayhem draws more than 500 participants
By: Arron Pickard - Sudbury Northern Life
Jun 21, 2014 - 2:09 PM |
For 18-year-old Karly Marcotte, her first time participating
in the Miner's Mayhem race on June 21 was just her way of testing
it out. She wasn't there to compete with the top runners. She
was there to have fun and run with her friends.
“It was a challenge, and instead of running the entire
time, it was fun to have all the obstacles along the course,”
she said. “For future runs, I would like to do it more
competitively.” Climbing to the top of Adanac ski hill
was the most challenging part of the course she said.
Marcotte was one of almost 550 people to participate in the
third annual race. Miner's Mayhem race director Donna Smrek
said there's room to accommodate a lot more competitors, but
she's pleased with this year's turnout. “It's awesome,”
she said. “We had 200 people register on Monday, which
makes for a bit of scramble at the end, but I'm happy with the
numbers. We can accommodate a lot more on this hill, but we
need people to register a lot soon, so we can take more time
to organize the waves of runners. We can have anywhere from
800 to 1,000 people.”
What makes the event a big hit with runners of all levels is
the fact there's no pressure to compete. While people do get
an official time when they cross the finish line, it's more
for the competitive runners. “There's no time limit, which
means you can walk it if you want,” she said. “If
you get to an obstacle like the climbing wall, and you don't
want to climb it, then you can do burpees beside the wall and
continue on. Our goal is to have everybody finish.”
Funds raised at this year's Miner's Mayhem will support Minds
in Motion, a project under the Alzheimer Society of Sudbury-Manitoulin
designed to help patients with dementia spend more time with
The first Miner's Mayhem raised funds for Maison Vale Hospice.
Last year, it was Big Brother Big Sisters that benefited. The
idea is to have a different charitable organization benefit
each year, Smrek said.“We want to keep the funds for organizations
where the money stays in the community.”
You Tube video:
Event Site: http://tristyle.weebly.com/the-miners-mayhem.html
Amazing Day on Ramsey
Lake at the Annual Sudbury Fitness Challenge Canoe Marathon
Sunday June 23rd marked the 3rd event in the Sudbury Fitness
Challenge. Competitors broke out their paddling gear in hopes
of gaining sufficient points to increase their ranking. The
weather couldn’t have been better for a day on the waters
of Lake Ramsey. Hot and sunny and very calm conditions made
for happy paddlers, although likely a bit sunburned too. A big
thanks to Rob Marcolini and the Sudbury Canoe Club for hosting
the canoe marathon. Rob is always a very animated race director,
and the prizes are well worth sticking around for.
There was a great turnout, and many newcomers to the event,
including Laurel Myers, who is on a quest to participate in
every Fitness Challenge event. Laurel excelled in the kayak
category, winning the 4k event outright!!! In true spirit of
the Fitness Challenge, there were events and distances for everyone,
from 4km to 9km to a full 18.5km (which is actually 20 km Rob!).
Paddlers are welcome to use canoes, kayaks, racing shells, and
we even had a stand-up paddle boarder this year!
Neil and I just invested in a brand new ultra-light canoe,
and in its honour, I decided to sign us up for the super long
haul distance. This was a brand new challenge for us, having
always paddled the 9km course. I always say that if a couple
can canoe together, they can get through anything that life
throws your way. I’m very happy to report that Neil and
I not only ‘got through it’, but we actually had
an amazing time out there together. Neil, you definitely earned
your DQ Dilly Bar this year J.
Congrats to everyone who participated! Next up
in the Fitness Challenge is the Ian McCLoy Island Swim on Sunday
Tuesday, July 1st,
2014 - Walden Arena
Celebrating Canada Day
‘In the Fast Lane’
by Sara McIlraith
As a runner, my Canada Day rituals would likely make many Canadians
cringe. Rather than spending the day on the water with a drink
in 1 hand and a very bad for you snack in the other, I stay
out of the sun and definitely away from the snacks. This rather
‘boring’ day is all in preparation for my evening
celebrations – the Canada Day Firecracker 5k race. 2014
marked my 5th time racing the Firecracker, and it was definitely
worth spending the day laying low.
The Firecracker will likely be my last 5k race before my goal
event in September, and I wanted to see how my training was
progressing. My goal was to take 20 seconds off my Sudbury Rocks!!
5k time in May. Neil is fighting an injury following last week’s
Twilight meet, and wasn’t sure he could race last night,
so he offered to pace me. What a treat! I’ve never been
paced in a 5k before, and was pretty excited to have Neil there
to push me. I put my trust in Neil, and decided not to look
at my Garmin at all – something I’ve never done
before. I was a bit concerned as we finished the first km, as
I was having trouble settling into the pace, but then I relaxed
and managed to find my comfort in the un-comfort. The last km
was a real struggle, but Neil’s constant words of encouragement
helped me push through. I looked at the clock as I neared the
finish, and was very excited to see I was a bit ahead of my
goal – and I actually finished a full 10 seconds faster!
Thanks so much Neil, for your support – both on and off
the race course!
I love being able to celebrate Canada Day doing what I love
Basic details regarding the race may also be found
MOONBEAM CANADA DAY RUN/WALK
I had a really good July 1st 10km run through the Moonbeam
nature trails. Everybody started at the Community Center
on Albert Street, run along the Golf Course and into the
forest on a paved path the whole way. I didn’t see
any wild life but lots of wild roses along the way. Very
well organized and lots of happy volunteers along the
way. Registration is actually free. Happy Canada Day!!!
"The goal of this 5th annual event is to encourage
people to participate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings
of Remi Lake, Rene Brunelle Provincial Park and the Moonbeam
Nature Trails. Runners and walkers alike are encouraged
to test their limits or stretch their legs in this wonderful
79 Lise Perdue Sudbury
Rocks!! Race Results
10km Results http://www.racesplitter.com/races/F13BE7655
3 EVENTS COMPLETE!
The Sudbury Fitness Challenge
is a series of seven athletic events that take place
each year in the City of Greater Sudbury area. The Challenge
consists of the following events: Sofie Manarin Nickel
Loppet, SudburyRocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes,
Canoe Marathon, Ian McCloy Island Swim, Mountain Bike
Tour, Beaton Classic and Youth Triathlon, and the Walden
Turkey Gobbler and Nature Walk. These events are offered
to promote the value of an active and healthy lifestyle
through participation in physical activity.
Don't get left behind!
3 events are already complete. But there are still more
chances to challenge your friends and rivals in the
quest to become Mr. or Ms. Fit. There are youth categories,
overall categories and age group categories.
Do you want to check out the competition? Here
are the Fitness Challenge standings after the first
- Overalland Age Group Standings (Excel) All
Fitness Challenge Information
See you at the next Challenge (Ian McCloy Island
Swim July 20)
Upcoming Local Events
Ian McCloy Island Swim
register, for the kids 100-metre swim, the 500-m, 1.6km,
and 3.2-km events sign up by contacting Laura Young at
--Mark the Date
Island Swim is booked for Sunday July 20th, 2014.
Any one interested in volunteering can contact Laura
Celebrate swimming and Sudbury’s Lake Nepahwin
at the Ian McCloy 31th annual Island Swim on Sunday,
The swim features events for children and adults, including
a 100-metre youth swim, 500-m, 1.6-kilometre and 3.2-kilometre
Good afternoon Sudbury!
Have a great week,
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Free hat. Register online today at runningroom.com
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