- 31th Annual Ian McCloy Island Swim
- Sudbury Fitness Challenge Heats Up
- Friendly Massey Marathon/Spanish River Half Marathon/ Chutes
- Upcoming Local Events - Sudbury
Fitness Challenge Beaton Classic August 10, 2014
- Running Room Update -
- Track North News -
31th Annual Ian
McCloy Island Swim
Sudbury Fitness Challenge
Event #4 – Ian McCloy Island Swim
by Sara McIlraith
Things are getting very interesting in the Fitness Challenge
following the latest event on Sunday. Both male and female
categories are extremely close, with many top contenders within
a few points of one another. It is so exciting to see so many
Sudburians enthusiastically participating in the Fitness Challenge
A big thanks to Laura Young and her volunteers for a really
well run, safe event. Laura even ordered perfect weather for
the day – warm temps and very calm winds. The Island
Swim offers distances for all ages, from 100m right up to
2 miles, with the majority of swimmers competing in the 1
mile swim (1 lap around Meda Island). In true fashion of the
Fitness Challenge, swimmers of all abilities come out. As
Rob Marcolini jokingly says, “my goal is not to get
lapped by the 2 milers”!
This year was my first foray into the 2 mile distance. I
wanted to try the longer distances in both the canoe marathon
and the island swim this year, a new challenge for me. I wasn’t
quite sure how it would go, having raced the Massey 10k earlier
in the day. The swim actually felt great, and I maintained
a steady pace throughout both laps. I think swimming is excellent
recovery for tired running muscles.
The next Fitness Challenge event is a big one – the
Beaton Classic! Hope to see all you Fitness Challengers out
on Sunday August 10th. It will be an exciting event to watch,
as many frontrunners in the challenge are competing solo this
year! We’ll all be working hard to earn our Dilly Bars
this time J
4 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!
4 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
- Overall and Age Group Standings (Excel) All
Fitness Challenge Information
See you at the next Challenge (Beaton Classic
August 10, 2014)
Massey Marathon/Spanish River Half Marathon/ Chutes 10K
Where: Massey, ON
Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 am
It's all About the Stool
If you win your age group in the Friendly
Massey Marathon or Spanish River Half your prize is a
milk stool. It's not $1000 or a new pair of the latest
shoes or a free trip to a dream location. It's an engraved
milk stool. Yet this stool is coveted by those who know
the run. They keep coming back in the hopes of finally
getting one or for the truly gifted runners maybe collecting
a dining room set's worth. The stool has become a defining
element of the run. This year was the 38th running of
the marathon, the 25th for the half and the seventh for
the newish 10k. And the stool has been around for most
of the event's journey. For the moment 10kers can only
look on with envy at the longer events. At present the
stools have not made it to the 10k awards. Runners should
not distress though. Rumour has it they may appear in
2015. The process could be nudged by emailing the organizers
and pleading your case. If you come out to Massey and
run fast you just might become a stooler. Good luck!
Conditions were excellent
for the 2014 running of the Friendly Massey Marathon,
Spanish River Half and Chutes 10k. Temperatures of
around 11 deg at 6:00 rose to only about 23deg by
the end of the marathon. A cool sunny morning with
little wind. There were no excuses for slow speeds
on this day. Well, unfortunately there was one good
reason for a slighlty less than stellar number. Due
to some confusion about course changes over the last
3 years the Chutes 10k actually became a 10.4k run.
The organizers realized the error too late to affect
a change leaving some less than happy folks at the
finish line. We have been assured all will be well
for 2015. The Massey group feel terrible and will
be sending an apology to the 10k participants. Hopefully
the pancake breakfast alleviated some of the sting.
Congratulations to all participants and a special
shout out to local runners who took part.
See you next year for the 39th annual event
It Takes Work to Get a Stool
by Brent Walker
One of the things I enjoy about running a race is
that you never know for sure how things are going
to turn out!
This past Sunday I took part in the Massey Half Marathon.
I left my house shortly before 5:00 AM thinking that
I would have lots of time to driving to Massey before
the 6:15 AM race start. Driving along RR#55 I spotted
a vehicle that had gone through the guard rails, traveled
about 50 feet, flipped a couple of times and was lying
on it's side almost in the lake. In a split second,
I was worried for what I might find in the vehicle.
After calling 911, I ran to the vehicle to find the
lone driver was unhurt but still in the vehicle. I
helped the driver out and amazingly the driver was
fine. This whole ordeal was eating up travel time
that I had not counted on. When the driver asked "Can
you get my smokes out of my car"? I knew it was
time for me to leave and continued onto Massey.
Days before the race, a good friend told me that she
went through the half marathon registration list and
didn't see any of the usual speedy runners registered.
Telling me "Hey Brent! I think you can win the
race". Okay I thought, thinking that if there
were no speedy guys there, I would go out with the
idea of running 4:00 /km for the first couple of km
and then thought I would back it down a bit. The gun
goes off and a couple of guys are stuck to me like
glue for more then a couple of KM. Hmmmm Okay, new
plan, hold this pace for a few more KM and hopefully
they will drop off. Nope -they are still there! New
plan again - try and hold the pace again. Trying to
survive the race, I went through 10 km in 39:25 and
kind of burned up a bit. These two younger guys left
me in their dust! Kids these days - No respect for
us older runner!
Overall I ran the race quicker then I thought I would
so I guess that's a good thing. Overall I was third
and won my 40 to 49 age group and was rewarded with
the coveted Massey Marathon stool.
Thanks go out to the race organizers who always do
an amazing job pulling the community together to host
this even! I'll be back next year when I move up to
the 50 to 59 age category.
Good afternoon Sudbury!
Have a great week,
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