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   Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                        October 16, 2014

In this Issue:


  1. Turkey Gobbler Trail Run Wraps up Fitness Challenge
  2. Turkey Gobbler Trial Run
  3. Rocks Visit Diamond Mine
  4. What Will it Take to Run a 2 Hour Marathon
  5. Upcoming Local Events - THIS WEEKEND Colours of Hope and Wiky 10k
  6. Running Room Update -
  7. Track North News - Laurentian at Queen's Invitational


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300 Runners ‘Earned Their Bird’ at the biggest Turkey Gobbler to date!

  by Sara McIlraith

Thanksgiving is a time for families to congregate and eat way too much. Thank goodness we have the Turkey Gobbler run to help balance the excesses. For 13 years, the Walden Cross Country Fitness Club has hosted a trail run on Thanksgiving Monday. What started as a ‘time trial’ for club skiers, this event has slowly grown to a much anticipated run among Sudbury’s fitness community. The Gobbler is also the culminating event of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge. 2014 has seen a huge spike of interest in Fitness Challengers, and the hotly contested overall titles, too close to call before this event, brought a record number of challengers out to run their way to a winning title.

Neil Phipps and Rob Marcolini took the Gobbler to a new level this year. The long race was extended to a much more challenging 8k course (thanks to Todd Withers for his dedicated course design efforts). On-line registration, technical t-shirts and a massive post-run food spread (including Dilly Bars) also added to the race atmosphere. The word definitely got out, and we had met last year’s numbers by early registration alone. Race morning was a flurry of activity, as we were swamped by same-day registrants! A huge thank you to our very efficient registration crew (Karen, Karen, Pam, Sharon, Ben), who took the crowd in stride, and by start time we had a whopping 300 runners ready to go!

The Gobbler is an event for everyone, from speedsters to families looking for a healthy way to get out of the house. A sea of orange Gobbler shirts marked the start lines of all 3 races. A highlight was definitely seeing all 40 members of the Spergel clan take off in the 1k. The 3k was a mass of young runners racing to win the under 13 title.

The final race to go was the 8k. Many of Sudbury’s best masters runners were out to take on this grueling trail race. Derek Reid blazed through the course in an impressive 30 minutes! Hot on his tails was Kerry Abols, who ran his way to the Mr. Fit Sudbury title. Amanda Kosmerly and I were heading into this race only 2 points apart, and a whopping 1000 points ahead of all the men. So cool to see us so close in points, and how far ahead we both were from the men.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who dedicated a large chunk of their Thanksgiving Monday to this event. Seeing the smiles on the faces of everyone who crossed the finish line was a direct result of the hard work you all committed to making the Gobbler a success. We hope you’ll all be back for the 2015 Gobbler, Neil is already dreaming up great things to make next year even bigger and better!
‘the Turkey Gobbler is a fundraiser to support the Walden Nordic Ski Racing Program’

The Turkey Gobbler Trail Run is the final event in the year-long Sudbury Fitness Challenge.

By Laurel Myers Sudbury Sports Magazine

On Oct. 13, the Turkey Gobbler Trail Run — the sixth and final event in the year-long challenge — was held on the Naughton Ski Trails at the Walden Cross-Country Fitness Club.
“It’s a holiday weekend and everybody knows they’re going to be overindulging,” said Neil Phipps, race co-director with Rob Marcolini. “It’s good to get out and stretch your legs and burn a few calories.”
Now in its 13th year, the Turkey Gobbler is the most recent of additions to the Fitness Challenge lineup, which includes the Sofie Manarin Nickel Loppet, Sudbury Rocks Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes, Canoe Marathon, Ian McCloy Island Swim and the Beaton Classic and Youth Triathlon.
The event includes distances of three and eight kilometres, as well as a kids’ one-km race.
“The three-km race is pretty manageable,” Phipps said. “We’re trying to make the eight-km a little more challenging so we’ve started running it up into the hills. It’s a pretty hilly, challenging loop this year.”
However, the Turkey Gobbler still holds true to the general objective of the Sudbury Fitness Challenge — to be accessible to all levels of participants.
“We’re trying to make it an event where strong athletes can really challenge themselves but there are events so that anybody can get involved and hopefully start building toward bigger things,” Phipps said.
“Like all the Sudbury Fitness Challenge events, it’s pretty welcoming and open to all.”
At the conclusion of the trail run, medals are presented to the top finishers; as well, the overall winners of the entire Sudbury Fitness Challenge are crowned. Participants are allotted points for each event in which they compete in the Fitness Challenge.
“We’re starting to see a growing number of people who are starting to view the Fitness Challenge as a single entity,” Phipps said. “More people are targeting more events, so there are much closer races (for points). That’s exciting to see growth from there. When people start looking at their points overall, the smaller events benefit greatly.”
For more information on the Sudbury Fitness Challenge, visit sudburyrocks.ca.HERE

Following the Turkey Gobbler Trail Run, Sudbury Sports Magazine managing editor Laurel Myers will have participated in each of the six events in the Sudbury Fitness Challenge this year for her first time. Be sure to pick up the November/December issue of the magazine for a recap of the Challenge and to find out how Myers fared overall.

Turkey Gobbler 8km Trial Run

Thursday, October 10

A group of us pre ran the Turkey Trot 8km loop to ensure all was well before the big event. As a result there were a couple of minor changes made - one route change and a couple of wooden bridges placed in wet spots. Overall we believe the trail is excellent . The course is beautiful with many scenic sections. There are some hard spots. The hills can be daunting but there are are no technical spots so even the most casual of participants can get around without undo hardship. Good going Todd, Neil, Rob, Sara and all for a great design.

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   Rocks!! Members visit Diamond Mine

by Lindsay Richan

Last week we had the opportunity (along with 19 other people) to visit one of the few diamond mines in Canada, and although this wasn’t exactly a running adventure it was still an amazing experience that should increase your heart rate (right ladies?!?). Below are a few photos of what the diamonds look like when they are initially extracted from the earth, and the open pit mine.

Lindsay Richan and Taus Joergensen posing with a few of the “raw diamonds” fresh out of the mine. A raw diamond refers to a diamond that has not yet been cut, and therefore is what it actually looks like when it comes out of the kimberlite (host rock). Most of the diamonds in this display are about 1 carat (0.2 g).


Close up of some raw diamonds. The slightly yellow color of the gems in the pictures does not truly honor the quality of the gems as they are completely colorless in real life. This is part of the reason why these Canadian diamonds have a higher market value.

This is a picture of the open pit operation. The black is kimberlite (the volcanic rock type that hosts the diamonds), and the orange-brown coloured rock is limestone. The pit is currently ~200m deep and will be going down to ~320-340m. To get a sense of scale, look closely to the left and you can see one of the mine trucks that can hold a load of 100 tons. Each day the mine process approximately 10,000 tons of rock from which they extract about 2,000 carats of diamond. That corresponds to only 400 g diamond per day!!


   Runner's World

What Will It Take to Run A 2-HOUR Marathon?

By Alex Hutchinson
Digital Presentation by Daniel Fuehrer
Edited by Christine Fennessy

When Ronaldo da Costa broke the finish-line tape at the 1998 Berlin Marathon, he began dancing a samba. He deserved to party: The marathon world record had been stuck at 2:06:50 since 1988, after creeping down an average of just five seconds a year since the late ’60s. The wafer-thin Brazilian had shattered the mark by 45 seconds. And that was just the beginning: Including da Costa’s run, the record has been broken nine times, by a total of three minutes, 53 seconds, leaving us just two minutes, 57 seconds away from the two-hour marathon. The current world record of 2:02:57, set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto this year in Berlin, works out to 4:41.5 per mile; a sub-two would require less than 4:35 per mile. Will a human ever run that fast? To answer that question, we assembled a database of more than 10,000 top marathon performances going back half a century, using rankings compiled by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians. We crunched the numbers and plotted the trends to identify the factors that helped race times improve so dramatically since da Costa’s 1998 performance. Why? Because it’s those nine factors that will determine the likelihood of a sub-two-hour race—and they’ll all have to align to create the perfect race for the perfect runner. - read the full article at Runners World.com




Upcoming Local Events




October 18, 2014

Colours of Hope - Sudbury

Where: Sudbury, ON
Date:Saturday, 18th October 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Race Location: Moonlight Beach
Moonlight Beach Rd
Sudbury, ON

Race Kit Pickup: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sudbury & District Community Office
1780 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 3Z8
Race Extras:

Race Registration comes with a Free T-shirt!
Adult Unisex sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Youth Unisex sizes: S, M, L

Register and Information


October 19, 2014

42nd Annual Wiky Road Race Full Flyer Here

10k Championships on beautiful Manitoulin Island Plus 10k Walk

We have the 10 km Slower Runner Division for beginner runners and walkers.
Sponsored by the Wikwemikong Health Centre Diabetes Program this Race Starts at 10:00 a.m. Kaboni

10 Run Starts at 10:50 a.m.
Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Wasse Abin Pontiac School
Entry Fee: $20 for Adults $10 for Students
Shuttle service is available.

Info: (705) 859-3164







Run Club Update



Store News

We are looking for part time staff with open availability to join our team ! Come drop off a resume to Andrew !

Congratulations to those who participated in the Turkey Gobbler this past Monday, and we hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving !

October 18: Colors of Hope Run (Race kit pick up at the Canadian Cancer Society)
October 26: Haunted Hustle
December 6: Santa Shuffle
January 1: Resolution Run (Sample jackets are in-store ready to try on ! )


Training Program News

We have FREE run club Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.

Join us for FREE Practice Club



Track North News - by Dick Moss


Laurentian Cross-Country Team Continues to Improve

Queen’s Invitational - Kingston, ON, 10/11/14




More photos at: http://tinyurl.com/kemr44v


The Laurentian women's cross-country team set another school record at the Queen's Invitational this weekend, running a best-ever average time of 22:35 over the 6 kilometre course on their way to a fourth place finish. Six runners ran faster than 23 minutes and five placed in the top-20.

The Voyageurs score of 80 points was only three points behind Queen’s and 10 points behind McMaster, squads that are ranked #6th and 7th in the country.

The Vees were led by senior Michelle Kennedy, who improved her personal-best time by 46 seconds to place 11th overall. She was closely followed by Emily Marcolini, who also ran a personal best, finishing 12th in 22:16. Marissa Lobert was 18th in 22:46, followed in quick succession by Maddy Bak in 19st in 22:49 and Katie Wismer in 20th with 22:50. Displacers were Samantha Edwards in 26th in 22:54 and Emily Driedger in 41st in 23:37.

Laurentian used excellent team tactics, with their top-five scoring runners finishing within 35 seconds of each other.

“We were aggressive throughout the race,” said assistant coach, Darren Jermyn. “Our first kilometer was a very fast 3:26, and it put Michelle and Emily near the front of the race, with Maddy close behind and Marissa, Katie and Sam in the second chase pack. There was a lot of surging between the runners in those groups, but we stayed very strong despite the fast start.”

“The OUA's are going to be exciting”, said head coach, Dick Moss. “A sixth place will earn us a berth at Nationals, but five of the top-7 teams in the country are currently from Ontario, including Guelph (1st), Western (2nd), Toronto (4th), Queen's (6th) and McMaster (7th). I can see a tight race between Laurentian, Waterloo, Ottawa and Windsor for that 6th place OUA spot.

The Laurentian cross-country team’s next race is the OUA Championships on the same Kingston course, on October 25.

Laurentian Individual Results

13, Michelle Kennedy, 22:15 (Personal Best)

14, Emily Marcolini, 22:16 (PB)

20, Marissa Lobert, 22:46 (PB)

21, Maddy Bak, 22:49 (PB)

22, Katie Wismer, 22:50

26, Samantha Edwards, 22:54

41, Emily Driedger, 23:37

56, Lyndsay Greasley, 24:12 (PB)

66, Jenna Thornber, 25:06 (PB)

72, Charlotte van Walraven, 25:39

73, Kayla Gallo, 25:48

79, Erin Creasor, 26:18

87, Morgan Bialkowski, 27:22


Team Results

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->U. of Toronto, 42

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->McMaster, 70

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->Queen’s, 77

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4. <!--[endif]-->Laurentian, 80

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5. <!--[endif]-->Waterloo, 94

<!--[if !supportLists]-->6. <!--[endif]-->Queen’s Alumni, 185

<!--[if !supportLists]-->7. <!--[endif]-->Brock, 191

<!--[if !supportLists]-->8. <!--[endif]-->Laurier, 248

Dick Moss



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