Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                 July 17, 2024        

                    In this Issue:


  1. Cambrian Pride Run This Saturday
  2. Helen Francis Tackles Sinister 7 - 50 Miler
  3. Lindsay Richan Runs Fast in Amos
  4. The Ageless Athlete Blog Martin Parnell
  5. Photos This Week
  6. Upcoming Events: July 22 Conquer the Crater, July 28 Island Swim
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North and Laurentian XC News




  July 13, 2024

Cambrian Pride Run 2024

Date & Time
Saturday, July 13, 2024,
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Race Director Krystel Houle

All Photos Here


Cambrian College holds Sudbury's first ever Pride Run

Students, staff and supporters at Cambrian College celebrated Sudbury's first ever Pride run Saturday in what organizers are hoping will become a signature event for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community in Greater Sudbury.

Scores of runners, walkers and others joined the one-kilometre and five-kilometre walk and run events held entirely on the college campus Saturday morning.

One Sudbury man, Jeff Walker who now lives in the United States, was in Sudbury with his wife Laura and their three children on vacation and they too took part in the event.

Organizer Krystel Houle, Cambrian's Wellness Coordinator, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion said she couldn't have been more pleased with the turnout. She said participants arrived from all across Sudbury and even Manitoulin Island. She said one of the reasons for the event is that nothing similar was going on in Sudbury or anywhere else in the North.

"It was an idea we had. We really wanted to put together a race for the college. And we saw a hole in pride events in Sudbury in that we'd never had a pride race up here. So we decided to put on the first Pride run here, hosted by the wellness program, by our Pride Center, and by our athletic department at Cambrian," said Houle.

She said the college was also putting out the welcome mat for whomever wants to take part in college athletics, she said.

"We want everyone to feel welcome to come into the Athletic Center to get their workout in to participate in classes and to participate in varsity sports, no matter who they are," said Houle.

"We also have introduced an inclusive change room to the college so that everybody can feel comfortable in the space. So students who identify as gender-non-binary, trans students, and those who are just questioning where they're at with their sexuality, are welcome to use the inclusive change room whenever they feel they need that safe space," Houle said.

Taking things further, Houle said proceeds from the race fees will be directed back to the Pride community.

"All of the proceeds from the race are going to be put towards the establishment of bursaries for 2SLGBTQIA+ students within our community coming to Cambrian with a strong support from athletics. So the bursary is coming from our athletics department," she said.

Houle said she was pleased with the way the inaugural event unfolded and said she is hoping Cambrian can offer the run as a signature event for Sudbury's Pride community every year.

Alison De Luisa, Cambrian's Vice President, Human Resources, Student Services and International, said she too was pleased with the event. De Luisa addressed the crowd just before the 5K running event. She welcomed the participants and said it was important for them to feel welcomed and safe.

"And it is so important to all of us that when anybody is on our campus, they feel safe, they feel safe to be themselves; because it's only when people feel safe and safe to speak up and be who they are, that we can be amazing as a campus community," said De Luisa.

"And I want to extend that to the wider Sudbury community. This is the first Pride run in Sudbury. And also my understanding, in Northern Ontario, and you're a part of it. So thank you so much. Today really isn't just about the run. It's about inclusivity. It's about love. It's about equity," she said.

Also taking part in the run and the welcome comments was Sudbury MPP Jamie West. He said he was pleased to be part of the event and said he was frustrated earlier in the week after the raising of the Pride flag in Sudbury, but he became aware there are local citizens who said they still don't feel safe in the wider community.

"It frustrates me that people in my community don't feel safe; that people in my community are feeling like they don't belong, they aren't welcomed. That's not acceptable to me, that people feel that way," said West.

He added that he was proud to be a part of the Cambrian College event and to stand with the people there.

Len Gillis is a reporter for Sudbury.com


Cambrian Pride Run

This was such a fun event!!! The energy was amazing! Thank you, Krystel Houle for organizing this great event! And a special thank you to all of the volunteers and spectators who came out to support and cheer us on! It sure was a hot one this morning!Well done, everyone!!! I can't wait until next year. Ashley Hayes








Helen Francis Tackles Sinister 7 - 50 Miler

(Back for more … Sinister 7 here I come … 50 miler!)






That was tough but I got it done!

1. Running with a cold is never fun
2. With 30+ temps and no shade my body with a cold found heat regulation challenging
1. Sinister 7 is a tough course really challenging from the elevation gain to underfoot conditions.. great for those wanting to test themselves
2. It is still one of the most stunning courses I’ve ever run- on leg 6 the climb is brutal but you end up above the snow line at the alpine level, it is stunning
3. Got some good vertical in
4. Pushed through despite feeling pretty gross at points
5. No brown bears to be seen… just ran into cows, ground hog and some sort of alpine bush chicken
Proud of gutting it out would have loved to run a bit more fluidly felt very nauseous for last 25k and struggled to get legs moving over last 10k.
7 th female overall and I think 4th masters athlete…

Race Number 340

Helen Francis 12:53:21.7

All Results Here

Website Here






Lindsay Richan Runs Fast in Amos

July 14, 2024 L'Express H2O Desjardins 2024, Amos (Québec)


Never give up on the life motto! Not nearly as fast as pre-accident Lindsay, but I sure am happy to be still out doing it. Another1/2marathon in the books and 2nd place!


21.1 KM

Lindsay Richan

13/ 72
2/ 28
F 30-39
1/ 14













Age is just a number


(Martin is a SudburyRock!! from the early days)

There will be 25 blogs in total, with 2 or 3 a month and finishing in December.

BLOG 22/25
July 10th 2024

Chapter 14
The Stroke (Part 1 of 2)

“I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I’m not old yet!”

On September 18, 2019, Kate and I received an email that would change the course of The Secret 3K events in the future:

I am delighted to say that the Girl Guides of Canada would be delighted to be the national charitable partner of the Secret 3K run – Kate and Martin – let me know when we can chat – thank you again for inviting us into this incredible event – looking forward to supporting this initiative to ensure everyone has a safe space to grow, build confidence, and run.



Executive Director

Girl Guides of Canada

We had been concerned about who would be our charity partner ever since we had received the email, in early July, saying that Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan had pulled out. I must admit that the Girl Guides of Canada had been our first choice, so we were thrilled when they said yes. Having the Girl Guides of Canada as our charity partner would open up opportunities in Canada as well as around the world....

Full Blog Here







Photos This Week

July 10 Rocks!! Apex Wednesday pm run

July 10

July 11 Finlandia

July 11 Finlandia

July 11 Finlandia

July 11 Finlandia

July 11 Fourth Ave

July 11 Science North

July 11 Science North

July 12 Finlandia

July 13 Ramsey Lake

July 14 Kingsway Trail

July 14 Kingsway Trail

July 16 Finlandia










Upcoming Events


  Jul 22nd - 23rd, 2023
Greater Sudbury, Ontario





  July 28, 2024

Ian McCloy Island Swim

WE'RE BACK!!! The Island Swim.
We're thrilled to return --- launching from Moonlight Beach, Sunday, July 28, at 9 a.m. The course will follow the Beaton Classic swim route with options for 1 to 3 KM distances. Also a youth event.
Yes, the islands will be in the distance. We're just not swimming to or around them.






Run Club Update




Store News


Good afternoon Sudbury Runners and Walkers,



Cancelled until Further Notice

NOTE: There is a Wednesday pm group leaving the Apex Warrior gym On Loach's Rd. at 6pm








Track North and Laurentian XC News










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