- The Army Run
- Brain Tumour Walk Raises over $7000
- Run Off the Grid
- Sudbury Fitness Challenge Standings
- We Need Volunteers for the Turkey Gobbler Trail Run
- Upcoming Local Events - Laurentian
Elementary X Country Challenge, Run for the Cure, Turkey Gobbler
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- Track North News - Laurentian
Women Run to Race Record at Western
Hurley Published on: September 21, 2014
When Master Corp. Wally Rau crossed the finish line Sunday
at the Canada Army Run, the aviation technician broke
Rae suffers from PTSD after a rocket landed 100 metres
away from him, and he was forced to help with repatriation
ceremonies for more than 40 soldiers during a two-year
“I was crying because it was a big badge of honour
for me to be able to do this,” said the 26-year-veteran
who served several tours in Afghanistan. “It was
also to honour the fallen guys I managed to send home
on their final journey.”
Rau joined 13,000 others who walked or ran the five-kilometre
route to raise money for Soldier On and the Military Families
Fund to support ill and injured soldiers.
Rau himself has benefited from the services of Soldier
On since he realized his time in Afghanistan had deeply
affected him. In 2010, Rae was diagnosed with PTSD.
|“When rocket attacks come in, it plays on your mind
a lot,” he said after the race. “You don’t
realize it until later.”
Maj. Jay Feyko, the lead officer for Soldier On, ran
the five-kilometre race with his wife, Tory Feyko.
He was injured in Afghanistan in 2004 when a suicide
bomb detonated close to his patrol. Corp. Jamie Murphy
was killed in the attack and three others were injured,
including Feyko who suffered shrapnel wounds and became
blind in one eye.
Feyko said it was humbling to see the amount of people
who lined the streets or participated in the race to support
“For us, it’s just inspiring and motivating
ill and injured members to take up something and do something,”
In total, 25,000 people took part by running, walking
or rolling through the five-kilometre and half-marathon
races. The number of participants has more than doubled
since the first run in 2008, which saw 11,000 people turn
out to raise money.
The five-kilometre and half-marathon routes were lined
with supporters cheering on the participants.
Cathy Anderson cheered on Robert Wein, who was one of
five cyclists injured on July 19, 2009 when a car crashed
into them on March Road. Wein, who was left with brain
damage from the crash, had a simple message about the
“Awareness that people matter,” he said.
“If they’re injured, they’re still people.”
Joey Desjardins, the winner of the ambulatory half marathon,
suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him a paraplegic
in a motocross crash in 2009.
Since then, Desjardins has become an advocate to hand
cycling, which is how he made it to the finish line in
Although he came first, he didn’t receive a medal.
The Army Run board of directors voted to discontinue medals
for the winners in the ambulatory category.
“(The race) shows everyone how we can overcome
the challenges in our lives, but you’re not doing
anything for the people that are overcoming those challenges,”
Maj. Gus Gerant, the race director, said ill and injured
civilian and military members approached the Army Run
to ask them to discontinue the medal.
“They just felt that the Canada Army Run was not
about competing for a medal,” Gerant said. “It
was all about participation.”
The medals for the racers in the non-ambulatory five-kilometre
and half-marathon categories were still handed out on
Maxime Leboeuf was given a medal for first place finish
in the army run half marathon. He said he welcomed the
downpour Sunday as he crossed the finish line.
“It feels incredible,” Leboeuf said after
he crossed the finish line after one hour and 10 minutes
of running. “For the spectators, maybe it’s
not ideal conditions.”
The 27-year-old worried that the runner 100 metres behind
him was going to catch up. Instead of cruising to the
end, Leboeuf sped up to a sprint.
As soon as he crossed the finish line, Leboeuf ran to
his girlfriend to give her a kiss through the fence that
surrounded the area.
By Sunday afternoon, $350,000 had been raised but pledges
were still coming in.
The Canada Army Run has donated more than $800,000 to
these two charities over the last six years.
Mikes (Sheridan and Wilson) in the corral
Locals do Army
by Maureen Moustgaard
For the first time Louis and I took part in the Army
Run which took place in Ottawa on Sunday.It was a well
organized and inspirational event.We, along with our
daughter Jenn and my new running friends Karen K and
Susan N from Lively, attended the Pasta dinner on Saturday
evening.There were a number of speakers but John Stanton
and “Man in Motion” Rick Hansen were our
favourites. Neither one of them could thank the troops
enough for what they are doing/have done for Canada
and to all the participants for supporting the troops.
John reminded us of how proud we would feel to be a
Canadian when O Canada was sung at the opening ceremonies
in the morning. Boy was he right!
John Stanton delivered quite the motivational talk citing
cliches runners would here while out on the course.
“ you look great— meanwhile you feel like
crap as your chocolate gel is running down your face”
“ you’re almost there” even though
you still have 3km to go. “they are all lying’'
Rick Hansen’s talk was so inspirational speaking
of adversities and challenges that face our soldiers
.He spoke briefly about his own experience.
Sunday morning ,after the singing of O Canada, Rick
led the group of injured soldiers out on the 5km route.
While we waited we were able to see all of this on large
screens. A few minutes later 13,000 of us were sent
off to do our run
We had no rain in the 5km but those doing the half marathon
got drenched. There were a number of people from Sudbury
@ the Army Run. Louis and I both had respectable finishing
times. Really enjoyed this run and will definitely go
Sudbury Brain Tumour Walk
September 20, 2014
the walk run had to be cancelled due to extremely poor weather
with heavy rain and lightening in the area
you Sudbury! You raised more than $7,000 at the 2014 Brain
Tumour Walk to transform the future for brain tumour patients
and survivors. Thank you.
Rocks!! Run Truly
Off the Grid
by Shawn Schryer
A few years ago,a fellow Sudbury Rocks member
Brent Walker had told me about this cool new trail race
in Mattawa,ON called "Off The Grid" at Natures
Harmony lodge and I have been doing it ever since.
As usual,everyone at the race were positive,even the rain
we have received most of the day couldn't
bring us down. The race is truly a 100% trail with lots
of twists and turns, up and down hills, a river crossing,
a swamp crossing plus countless mud holes along the way.
I was happy to see a few Sudburians including Jody Nadjiwan
who also completed the ultra in an awesome
time. We joked as I noticed she was practically dirt free.
I wondered how as everyone was splattered, she tip
Jen and Tzaike race directors and all the volunteers continue
doing such a great job putting on this event.
The hot eco showers and sauna waiting for you at the finish
line area are a real bonus.
A delicious catered buffet of lentils, beans, pasta, salads
and desserts are also provided to runners post race.
As I am crossing the finish line, greeted by a cheering
crowd, given an interesting handmade wood finishers
medal, I am also offered an ice cold steam whistle...what
a treat...chocolate milk was also offered as an option.
This is truly one of my favourites and I look forward to
coming back next year.
Results at: http://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=28968
5 EVENTS COMPLETE!
The Sudbury Fitness Challenge
is a series of six 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, 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!
5 events are already complete. But there is still one
chance 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 (Turkey Gobbler
Trail Run October 13, 2014)
need your help!!
at the Turkey Gobbler
The Turkey Gobbler Trail Run is
the last event in the 2014 Sudbury Fitness Challenge, held on
Thanksgiving Monday – October 13. This run is a family-friendly
fundraiser for the Walden Nordic Ski Club youth racing program.
Held on the Walden Cross Country Fitness Club Ski Trails in Naughton,
the run includes a 1k kids race, 3k race and challenging 8k distance.
Sudbury Rocks!! members and race
coordinators Neil Phipps, Rob Marcolini and Sara McIlraith desperately
need at least 10 volunteers for race marshaling and start/finish
Volunteers receive a technical
Turkey Gobbler race shirt, and great snacks for helping. Volunteers
are needed from 9 to 12.
If you can help,
please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See all run information below in Upcoming
Thank you for your support!
Upcoming Local Events
University Elementary School X-C Running Challenge
Event Date: Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Event Location: Laurentian University Track and Field
Stadium and Trails
Eligible Athletes: This competition is open to all elementary
All information at: http://www.tracknorth.ca/
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Cell: (705) 507-8246
Work Phone: (705) 523-7100 ext.3138
Fax: (705) 523-7170
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North News - by Dick
Women Run to Race Record at Western
Western International Cross-Country
Thames Valley Golf Course, London, Ontario
Saturday September 20, 2014.
The Laurentian women’s cross-country
running team competed at the Western International,
in London, this weekend, finishing with a best-ever
4th place finish for the event. The race involved 111
runners from 12 teams from Ontario, Quebec and Indiana.
Led by second year runner, Emily Marcolini (Sudbury),
the Vees finished with a school record 124 points on
the course, only 3 points behind 3rd place McMaster.
It was an improvement over their 7th place 187-point
finish of last year.
Aside from Marcolini, the Vees placed five scoring
runners in the top-30, including Katie Wismer (Sudbury)
in 19th, Michelle Kennedy (London) in 26th, Samantha
Edwards (Toronto) in 28th and rookie Maddy Bak (Guelph)
Laurentian’s top-five scoring runners finished
only 26 seconds and 17 places apart, an excellent grouping
in a sport in which only the top-five runners from each
team score points.
“It’s still early in the season, and there
were some fast runners from several teams who didn’t
race,” said head coach, Dick Moss. “That
said, this was an encouraging result, and it shows that
both our depth and level of individual performance are
improving. I think we’ll be a very competitive
team this year.”
Laurentian’s next race is next Saturday at the
Harry Anderson Invitational, in Rochester, NY.
Laurentian Individual Results
13, Emily Marcolini, 19:02
19, Katie Wismer, 19:11
26, Michelle Kennedy, 19:18
28, Samantha Edwards, 19:27
30, Maddy Bak, 19:28
33, Marissa Lobert, 19:34
53, Emily Driedger, 20:07
65, Lyndsay Greasley, 20:34
90, Jenna Thornber, 21:43
91, Kayla Gallo, 21:53
95, Charlotte van Walraven, 22:10
1, Western, 37 pts
2. Toronto, 47
3. McMaster, 111
4. Laurentian, 114
5. McGill, 124
6. Queens, 165
7. Windsor, 181
8. Valparaiso, Indiana, 186
9. Waterloo, 251
10. Brock, 275
11. Laurier, 330
12. Nipissing 367
Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
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