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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   September 10, 2020        

     In this Issue:


  1. Sara Completes Virtual Half Ironman
  2. Pools, fitness centres and arenas begin to reopen in Sudbury
  3. SudburyRocks!! Running Club has entered a team in the CIBC Run for the Cure.
  4. Photos This Week
  5. Upcoming Events September 20 Apex Warrior Trail Runs, September 20 Terry Fox Virtual Run, Oct 4 Run for the Cure Virtual, Oct 25 SudburyROCKS!!! Covid Virtual
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North





Sara Completes Virtual Half Ironman

by Sara McIlraith

My goal race this summer was my third attempt at a half Ironman. The race was cancelled, so I took the opportunity to do the distance on my own training grounds. Grateful for Neil’s parents home on Black Lake to race from.
Very cold foggy start to the day, but the 3 degree air temp made the lake feel tropical. Neil joined me for the ride, probably regretting that decision for the first hour as we rode with teeth chattering. Warmed up nicely, and made for perfect running temps.
Run was way better than expected. Thanks to Neil for supporting me. I had my own crew car out there for the second half with lots of water stops and encouraging words.
Definitely not my speediest day, but my goal was to feel better on the run this time, which I did.
Glad I did it! Now back to MTBing??. Next goal is next weekend.







Pools, fitness centres and arenas begin to reopen in Sudbury
Safety measures will be in place, city says

Sudbury Star Staff
Published on: September 4, 2020


The City of Greater Sudbury is beginning the process of opening its pools, fitness centres and arenas closed in the spring due to pandemic.

As Stage 3 of the province’s COVID-19 restart plan continues to move forward, the City of Greater Sudbury said it has developed plans for the safe reopening of municipal pools and fitness centres.

“As fall approaches, seeing our indoor recreational facilities start to reopen is an encouraging next step in our fight against COVID-19,” Mayor Brian Bigger said in a release. “But, like with every progressive step we’ve taken so far, we must remain diligent. While the numbers continue to move in the right direction, the virus has not disappeared.

“So whether you’re swimming laps or pumping iron, remember to keep your distance, wash your hands often, wear your mask where required and stay home if you’re feeling unwell.”

Leisure facilities were closed by provincial emergency orders in March. Before the province announced these facilities were permitted to reopen, the city said it began to review new restrictions and guidelines and develop reopening plans that consider staff resources, Public Health requirements and financial implications.

Due to the extensive safety protocols required, as well as uncertain demand and traditional lower usage during the summer months, further evaluation was required.

In line with provincial orders and Public Health directives, a number of safety measures will be in place when these facilities reopen. Masks or face coverings will also be required upon entering a facility and in all common areas when the actual activity is not underway.

To help accommodate demand for summer and early fall ice use, the city will reopen arenas, starting next week. As a result, the T.M. Davies Community Centre and Arena and Garson Community Centre will reopen Sept. 7

The Raymond Plourde Arena will reopen Sept. 14 and the Chelmsford Arena on Sept. 21.

People are asked to visit www.greatersudbury.ca/leisure and use the online ice reservation system to book ice time at either of these arenas or at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, which reopened Aug. 11.

The city operates 16 ice pads in 14 arenas, and they are opened based on the number of youth registrants each season. Arena staff is currently collecting registration data, and youth associations will be allocated ice times based on participant numbers at the annual ice allocation meeting in mid-September. Adult user groups and others will also be surveyed to determine their ice time requirements.

“A number of considerations will be used to prioritize the reopening of individual facilities, including geography, facility layout, stakeholder obligations, arena classification and minimum booking hours,” the city said. “Staff will report back to Council in October with an update and recommendations for the 2020-21 season.”


The schedule for reopening municipal public pools is:

-Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre pool will reopen to the public on Sept. 8.
-Nickel District will reopen Sept. 10.
-R.G. Dow and Onaping will reopen Sept. 14.
-Due to a mechanical issue, Gatchell is expected to open later in September. An exact date will be provided late

In addition to established provincial and public health guidelines for the operation of indoor pools, reopening plans will also follow the key recommendations put in place by the Lifesaving Society Ontario. New protocols will include, but are not limited to:

-No drop-in participation. All users must register for an available timeslot for recreational swims through the online registration system at www.greatersudbury.ca/leisureor by calling 311 or the facility. Registration will open at 7 a.m. on Sept. 8.
-Timeslots have been scheduled to accommodate cleaning requirements throughout the day.
-Swimming lesson offerings will be phased in throughout the fall once facilities open. A limited number of lessons will be available.
-Program locations and start times will be staggered to allow for proper disinfecting of high-touch areas.
-Diving boards, saunas, hot tubs, lockers and shared pool equipment, such as flutter boards, will not be available. Showers are available for rinse-off only.
-Participants are encouraged to attend the facility dressed in pool attire.
-Staff will monitor usage and adjust schedules as required.

Fitness Centres

Work is also underway to prepare the city’s five fitness centres to open beginning Sept. 8. New protocols will include, but are not limited to:

-Members must register for an available timeslot through the online registration system at www.greatersudbury.ca/leisureor by calling 311 or the facility. Registration will open at 7 a.m. on Sept. 8.
-Timeslots have been scheduled to accommodate cleaning periods throughout the day.
-Capacity restrictions will be in place in all areas of the facilities. Fitness class scheduling will be phased in throughout the fall once facilities reopen.
-Some equipment may not be available to ensure physical distancing.
-Saunas, lockers and shared equipment will not be available.
-Participants are encouraged to attend the facility dressed in workout attire.
-Staff will monitor usage and make schedule adjustments as required.
“More specific safety guidelines and protocols will be put in place for each centre,” the city added. “All participants are advised to follow all signage and protocols when frequenting the facility. Regular updates and information on safety protocols for the various facilities will be posted to www.greatersudbury.ca/play/recreational-facilities.”

Reminders: Safety Precautions

-In accordance with instructions by Public Health Sudbury & Districts, residents are required to wear a face covering or non-medical mask when visiting any indoor city facility or when using GOVA Transit. The city has a limited number of disposable masks available for visitors who forget to bring their own. For information on how we are making your GOVA Transit trip safe, visit https://youtu.be/vJIvXRcBhtw.
-The permitted size for a social gathering is 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Physical distancing rules remain in effect and residents must stay two metres away from people who are not part of their household or social circle or “bubble.” To report violations, call 311.
-City bylaw officers and contracted security will continue to patrol the use of municipal spaces, and signage will be in place to remind users of rules.
-Where there are concerns that people are not practising physical distancing, or where the number of users creates a situation where it is not manageable, the city will further review and implement changes.

For COVID-19 updates and information related to city services, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/covid or find go to Facebook and Twitter.

For the most up-to-date local information on COVID-19, visit the Public Health Sudbury & Districts website at www.phsd.ca/coronavirus.





The city of Kelowna and the Kosmerly Klan
Randy Pascal


Jack and Amanda doing virtual IM in Penticton

The ties that bind Amanda Kosmerly and her family to Sudbury continue to run deep.

Both her parents, as well as those of her husband, Jack, remain firmly rooted in the nickel city.

Social media interactions and friendships will find a solid core of Sudbury's most active athletes sharing pictures and thoughts regularly with the Kosmerly clan.

And when the time came for Amanda to join the likes of Michel Barbeau, Hussein Wiebe, Derek D'Angelo and Battista Muredda competing in Ontario Cycling Association sanctioned races on the Zwift on-line platform earlier this summer, it was the Sudbury Cycling Club colours that would accompany Kosmerly into action.

All of that said, don't expect her to make her way back home, on a permanent basis, any time soon.

"Kelowna (B.C.) is like a playground for me," she said, reached just a week or so prior to her inaugural foray into the world of ironman racing, completing the grueling marathon in Penticton earlier this month, Jack in lock-step with her throughout the entire race.

"I just open the door here and grab whatever: my bike, my running shoes, my bathing suit," Kosmerly added. "Once we got out here, I realized that it's the lifestyle that I really like."

The year was 2015 and the reasons were many that Amanda, Jack and Shaylin (their daughter) would leave Ontario for the west coast, leaving both of their sons (Hayden and Tayte) behind. While academic commitments would cause the lads to lag slightly behind the brood, they would eventually make their way out.

"We needed a change," said Kosmerly, a two-time OCAA cross-country champion at Cambrian College, her titles separated by 11 years after deciding to return to school to study nursing in her late twenties. She now works in the coronary unit of the Kelowna General Hospital. For as much as she left family behind in Sudbury, there was also a western re-connection to be gained.

"Hayley (her twin sister) had been out here since the nineties, and we had been visiting every couple of years," said Kosmerly. "I think we knew that we wanted to come out here, but it's still hard. The kids were little and still had all of their friends, and then I went back to school."

As time passed, the opportunity to make the trek to beautiful British Columbia would grow. And for as much as both Amanda and Jack have absolutely embraced all that one of the most scenic areas of the country has to offer, the truth is that the passion to remain active runs throughout the entire family.

Now 25 years old, Hayden leveraged his volleyball experience at both Lockerby Composite and Cambrian College, quickly working his way up the ranks of the beach community in British Columbia. "In the last year, he moved to Vancouver and trains now at Kits Beach," noted his mother. "He's still training and hoping to compete in the more elite division next year."

Though just a year younger and also armed with plenty of seasoning on the court in his youth, Tayte has ventured off in a completely different direction, all while tapping into his love of all things vertical. "He is one of the best rock climbers around; he climbs everything," said Amanda. "Tayte doesn't do the free-styling that some do, but he does top-roping and lead climbing."

"It's quite amazing what he's done in a short amount of time."

Shaylin (19) combines elements of both of her siblings, enjoying some of the country's top hiking alternatives, along with some beach volleyball and downhill skiing, on the side. Small wonder the athletic diversity of this group - the apple simply does not fall far from the tree.

"I think initially the goal was that we would come out here and I would train a little bit harder for the triathlons, the sprint distance triathlons," suggested Amanda. But it was the far lengthier Ironman, an event which Jack had completed, on a couple of occasions, some while back, that consumed a good chunk of their training in 2019-2020.

"Jack and I signed up last summer and did a lot of our training together this winter, but then it got cancelled," said Kosmerly. While this recent Penticton challenge was not an official race, per se, the Sudbury natives were hardly the only hardy souls out on the course. "Quite a few people are just going out with their own support people," Amanda stated.

"Everyone is starting at their own times, whatever they want - it should be quite interesting."

"Our plan is that we are going to do the swim together and the bike together," she added. "And hopefully, he (Jack) will be able to do the run with me. We don't really have any support (staff) for the bike or swim, but one of our friends is going to bike beside us when we do the run, to carry some of our nutritional needs."

Mission accomplished - both Jack and Amanda completed the Ironman a week ago Sunday.

The truth is, the Kosmerly family has no plans to slow down any time soon.

"One of the nicer things out here is that there really isn't much of a shoulder season," said Amanda. "Some days, I can cycle here and then take my skis up to Sovereign (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club). I do make Sara McIlraith a little jealous, at times. I'm afraid that if she comes to visit, she might not go back."

Far more than the vast majority of Canadian cities, Kelowna has incorporated physical activity as a must for all citizens. True, the region certainly benefits from some geographic and meteorological advantages, but the mindset is also built directly into the vision of their urban planners.

"It's such a life changer out here," said Kosmerly. "When I go to work and I'm on my bike, I'm not the only one on my bike - it's like a highway of kids. I never worry about what route I am going to take because pretty much every route has bike lanes."

And when the snow flies, the tradition of full family involvement continues.

"The thing that is really neat for me out here is the cross-country skiing," said Kosmerly. "It starts so early and finishes so late. Each different area has some really different features. There is one place that is really special because you can ski the trails with your dogs. To be able to take the dogs off the leash on a cross-country ski trail is pretty neat."

And just one more reason why Kosmerly suggested that Kelowna will remain home, well into retirement.

Hard to blame her.




 October 4, 2020

Virtual Event This Year

Welcome to CIBC Run for the Cure in Sudbury

Once again the SudburyRocks!! Running Club has entered a team in the CIBC Run for the Cure. There is no glory in running fast and coming first this year. Just the fact that you can make a bit of a difference in the fight against breast cancer.


Join SudburyRocks!! Running Club team



We invite you to run or walk with us on Sunday, October 4, 2020 for the CIBC Run for the Cure in Sudbury. Whether it’s your first time, or you’ve participated for years, we look forward to having you join the movement! Help make this year’s event inspirational and memorable, all while you help the Canadian Cancer Society create a future without breast cancer.


Contact Information






Photos This Week

Gravel bike around Moonlight

Gravel bike Group Ride

Andrew and Shawn around Laurentian Lake loop

Laurentian Lake loop early morning

Laurentian Lake loop

Laurentian Lake loop

Laurentian Lake loop

Laurentian Lake loop

Minnow Lake heron

Minnow Lake






Moonlight trail with cormorant in middle centre

Gulls at Moonlight beach

Skyline from Moonlight trail hills

Moonlight pond

Moonlight swamp
















Upcoming Local Events


 September 20, 2020

Race 3 Sept 20-27
6km / 12km / 25km / 50km
A 6km course will be marked out, complete 2 laps for the 12km. More info to come for longer distance courses




September 20, 2020


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Run Day Details

Click on the link below for details and registration





   Oct 25, 2020

VIRTUAL for 2020











Run Club Update




Store News


Good afternoon Sudbury Runners and Walkers,


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








Track North News - by Dick Moss





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