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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                        September 25, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. The Army Run
  2. Brain Tumour Walk Raises over $7000
  3. Run Off the Grid
  4. Sudbury Fitness Challenge Standings
  5. We Need Volunteers for the Turkey Gobbler Trail Run
  6. Upcoming Local Events - Laurentian Elementary X Country Challenge, Run for the Cure, Turkey Gobbler
  7. Running Room Update -
  8. Track North News - Laurentian Women Run to Race Record at Western




Meghan 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 into tears.

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 period.

“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 Soldier On.

“For us, it’s just inspiring and motivating ill and injured members to take up something and do something,” Feyko said.

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 race.

“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 41 minutes.

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,” he said.

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 Sunday.

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 Run

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 back


All Results Here



Sudbury Brain Tumour Walk

September 20, 2014

Unfortunately the walk run had to be cancelled due to extremely poor weather with heavy rain and lightening in the area

Thank 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
toed everywhere.

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.
Shawn S.

Results at:  http://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=28968






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 5 events:

1 - Overall and Age Group Standings (Excel)        All Fitness Challenge Information

See you at the next Challenge (Turkey Gobbler Trail Run October 13, 2014)



Fitness Challenge Coordinator : Neil Phipps neil_phipps@hotmail.com


We need your help!!

at the Turkey Gobbler Trail Run!

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 line support.

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 saramcilraith@sympatico.ca.

See all run information below in Upcoming Events

Thank you for your support!



Upcoming Local Events


September 25, 2014

2014 Laurentian 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 Schools

All information at: http://www.tracknorth.ca/
Meet Director/All Inquiries: Darren Jermyn – jermynd@vianet.ca
Cell: (705) 507-8246
Work Phone: (705) 523-7100 ext.3138
Fax: (705) 523-7170



October 5, 2014

Sudbury Information Here



October 13, 2014                                  

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Track North News - by Dick Moss


Laurentian Women Run to Race Record at Western

Western International Cross-Country Running Race

Thames Valley Golf Course, London, Ontario

Saturday September 20, 2014.

#17 Emily Marcolini

More Photos at Photobucket Here

#9 Maddy Bak and #20 Katie Wismer

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) in 30th.

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

Team Results

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
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
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