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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                              January 28, 2021        

     In this Issue:


  1. SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Latest News
  2. Everything runners need to know about caffeine
  3. Shared experience of championship runners is pure gold
  4. Photos This Week
  5. Upcoming Events; Feb 28 Hypothermic Half   Mar 27 Bush Pig Open, May 30 SudburyRocks!!! Virtual Marathon
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North





SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Latest News


Dear Participants and Friends,

With your health and our community in mind, we are excited to announce that the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon 2021 will remain virtual! We have some exciting changes as we move into this new format for 2021. Join us virtually on May 30, 2021 to make your mark on SudburyROCKS!!! COVID once again!

If you registered for 2020 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon you are already registered and taken care of ( No need to register again). The Northern Cancer Foundation needs our support more now than ever, so even though you’re already registered, please consider donating your registration fee. All donations receive an income tax deductible receipt.


Current Participants & New Participants - your registration includes:

· Official race t-shirt!

· Medal of completion!

· Race entry for the 2021 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon (Distance of your choosing 5km, 10km, Half Marathon and Full Marathon)

· Continued support for the Northern Cancer Foundation!

· Your commitment to your health & community!

All participants who register before April 15, 2021 will receive their t-shirt and medal in advance of the race to wear proudly on race day! Registrations received after April 15, 2021 will receive their t-shirt and medal after the race. T-shirts and medals will be disbursed through a safe pick up process (Only participants who reside out of the City of Greater Sudbury limits will have theirs mailed).


A virtual race is a race that you complete from any location that you choose. You can run, walk, jog, or plan a route that is accessible by wheelchair, on the road, trail, treadmill, gym or track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself.

On May 30th, 2021:

· Document your race with a photo at the start or end

· Start your watch as you take your first step and stop your watch on your last step

· Note your total time at your finish

· Take a screenshot or a photo of your watch for verification for the leadership dashboard

· Upload your photos and time and tag SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon and the Northern Cancer Foundation on Facebook or Twitter, or submit to etaillefer@hsnsudbury.ca, no later than May 31, 2021


Follow SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon @sudburymarathon on Facebook and Twitter for tips and motivation, or join the #SudburyROCKSchallenge. Record your winter, spring and summer run time and then try to beat it on May 30th during your virtual run! Through these unprecedented times, it has never been more important to commit to your own health and wellbeing.


Your race registration fees include entry and swag for the 2021 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon virtual race.


The Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) is the charitable beneficiary of SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon. The pandemic led us to go virtual, but we know that cancer doesn’t stop for COVID. The Northeast Cancer Centre needs us now more than ever. Please continue to collect pledges and, if you are able, give a gift to the NCF and support the incredible work of our heroes at the Northeast Cancer Centre.


Last year, we lost our co-founder Steve Matusch to liver cancer. His presence on the organizing side and at our races is sorely missed.

At the end of 2020, we lost Lise Perdue, one of our most dedicated and supportive volunteers for the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon since the beginning. She would be right there at Vince’s side as a volunteer, committee member, and racer. Her support for us, our racers, and our community will never be forgotten. We are so incredibly heartbroken. We will truly miss her encouragement and smiles - she will stay in our hearts and in our finish line memories.

In the 2021 virtual race and as we gear up for 2022, please continue to join us as we #RunforSteve #RunforLise and honour their legacy and impact on our community.


We aim to resume our in-person race on Sunday May 29th, 2022.

Keep track of your 2021 time, so you have a target to beat next year!

Thank you all for your continued support!

Stay well, friends,

SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon 2021

Race Committee








Everything runners need to know about caffeine
Breaking down the International Society of Sports Nutrition's official report on our favourite pre-run pick-me-up


For many years, both professional and recreational athletes have used caffeine to improve performance, and there is a robust body of research analyzing how the drug affects physical and cognitive capabilities. Recently, the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) released their position on caffeine and exercise performance, outlining how it affects the body, how individuals respond differently to the drug and how it can enhance or decrease athletic performance.

A brief history of caffeine in sport
In 1984, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) added caffeine to the list of banned substances, and in 1985 they defined a doping offense as having a urinary caffeine concentration that exceeded 12 µg/ml. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) didn’t institute a ban until the year 2000. Four years later, both organizations removed the classification of caffeine as a ‘controlled’ substance, but athletes are still encouraged to keep urine concentration below the 12 µg/ml threshold.

Caffeine is also banned in the NCAA, but the allowable threshold is set to 15 µg/ml. It is worth noting that the levels outlined by WADA, the IOC and the NCAA are so high that it would be difficult for an athlete to reach those kinds of concentrations even if they were taking caffeine pills, and those levels are far higher than what is required to enhance performance.

Interestingly enough, there is one notable athlete who did get into trouble with caffeine consumption in 1997. Kenyan runner Daniel Komen, who still holds the world record in the two-mile, tested positive for excessive caffeine twice during his last year of competition. He did not end up serving a suspension, because he blamed his metabolism for clearing caffeine slowly from his system.

How does caffeine affect athletic performance?
On to the real reason why you’re here: in their position paper, the ISSN took a deep-dive into all of the research surrounding caffeine and performance and outlined the many ways caffeine can give you a boost. To save you from reading the entire paper, we’ve outlined it for you here.

According to the paper, caffeine increases calcium availability, which helps your muscles contract more forcefully and delays muscle fatigue. It also increases exercise metabolism and the availability of glucose and glycogen, which will allow you to run longer without having to slow down. Most importantly, caffeine stimulates your central nervous system (CNS), which has a number of effects on your body, including pain suppression.

Some studies have also shown that caffeine may modulate the release of dopamine into your bloodstream as well, which can impact alertness, pain, motivation and effort. The paper also notes that there is a certain amount of placebo effect with caffeine.

How much caffeine do you need to improve performance?
The general consensus is that consuming 3-6 mg/kg of body weight will increase your endurance by two to four per cent, and should be taken within 30 to 90 minutes before activity depending on the method of consumption. For a 140-lb. (63 kg) runner, 3 mg/kg is 190 g of caffeine, or about two cups of coffee.

The paper also points out that individuals respond differently to caffeine, which will impact how much (or how little) caffeine will benefit your performance. Genetics is a major reason behind this, which can change the speed at which your body absorbs and clears caffeine from your system (this is how Komen avoided a doping suspension in 1997). Other factors that could change your response to caffeine include how much caffeine you ingest regularly and your training status.

What are the side effects of caffeine?
Anyone who’s ever had one too many espresso shots know that there is such a thing as too much caffeine, and where that tipping point is depends largely on the individual. Negative side effects include tachycardia, heart palpitations and anxiety, and the paper highlights that 50 per cent of elite athletes face mental health problems at some point in their careers. High levels of caffeine consumption could potentially make the problem worse.

Caffeine’s impact on sleep is perhaps the most significant negative side effect of the drug when it comes to physical performance. Some athletes’ sleep is less affected by caffeine than others’, and the paper explains that this, similarly to caffeine metabolism, is largely affected by genetics.

Coffee’s not the only way to get your caffeine fix
The paper also analyzes other forms of caffeine supplements such as pills, caffeinated chewing gum, mouth rinses, energy gels and energy drinks, and concludes that all of them can enhance athletic performance. So if you want to get a caffeine boost but aren’t much of a coffee drinker, there are other options available to you.

Does coffee make you more dehydrated?
One of the biggest concerns runners have is whether caffeine is dehydrating, particularly when you’re running in hot environments. The paper highlights several studies that debunk this myth, and says the following:

“Although caffeine may induce mild fluid loss, the majority of research has confirmed that caffeine consumption does not significantly impair hydration status, exacerbate dehydration or jeopardize thermoregulation (i.e., body temperature regulation) when exercising in the heat.”

The takeaways
The most important information for runners to take away from the ISSN position paper on caffeine is that in doses of 3-6 mg/kg of caffeine, most runners (although not all) will experience a boost in performance, and how much benefit you get from caffeine depends primarily on your genetics. The best time to consume caffeine is 30-90 minutes before your run, and you can get your caffeine from a variety of sources. There are some negative side effects of caffeine, and so it’s important for runners to pay attention to how their bodies are reacting to it, and to forego it if it is doing more harm than good.







Shared experience of championship runners is pure gold
Randy Pascal
Sports folks are learning to take the good with the bad.

There is absolutely no denying that removing the element of competition from the standard fare of pretty much every single athlete in the country was going to present its fair share of challenges, straining the motivation and engagement of hundreds of thousands of kids from coast to coast.

To compound that with the fact that even trying to maintain a reasonable training regimen has been multiple times more difficult than a typical non-pandemic season has forced athletes and coaches alike to search for new and creative ways to keep their eyes on the prize.

If there is perhaps a silver lining, it might lie in the fact that busy schedules, usually a given for those who would self-identify with the paragraphs above, are far more the exception than the norm.

People have more time on their hands.

Track North Athletic Club head coach Darren Jermyn, who gathered ultra accomplished runners and one-time locals Andrew Ellerton, Ross Proudfoot, Kaitlyn (Tallman) Toohey and Kerry MacKelvie (Lisa Labrecque was unable to attend the first zoominar) for the first of three on-line sessions late last week, summarized the benefits of the current environment nicely.

"Everybody has free time - nobody had trouble making time for that session," he noted.

And what a session it was.

Over the course of a couple of hours, the quartet, who have posted results that rank with the very best in their peer group in their particular distance of choice, shared candid thoughts on a variety of aspects of training, from mileage to intensity, from elevation to recovery.

"Our current athletes were just over the moon, knowing that they could pick the brain of those athletes," added Jermyn. "And, I'll be honest, it was something I wanted for myself."

"I've learned a ton coaching over 20 years, but it's always good to re-hash things, to get different perspectives."

The very genesis to this endeavour is rooted in a fall campaign that served to surprise the long-time Track North coaching tandem of Jermyn and Dick Moss.

"Even though we were training through the pandemic, we actually had some pretty decent success," said Jermyn. "We got quite fit and I realized that by not having an indoor track season to key on, we might lose a bit of focus going into the next cross-country season, which was still a long time away."

"We thought about focusing on an event distance that would contribute to some faster work in the winter and spring, but would also be a good build up for the cross-country season in 2021," Jermyn added.

"The cross-country team at Laurentian is looking to be quite deep again, particularly on the men's side, and we have some elite women as well."

In terms of session specifics, an unofficial 20-second PB in the 5km posted by 2020 Athletic Ontario (Central Region) Cross Country champion Keon Wallingford, rabbited on the Laurentian track by teammmate Alexander Fishbein-Ouimet provided a bit of a light bulb moment for the organizer.

"Watching the team approach to that PB, it got me thinking that instead of just having athletes feeling like they are training on their own, which they are doing a lot right now, what if we had a team approach where multiple coaches got together and athletes could help pull each other through," said Jermyn.

"We were looking for a way to help keep everybody focused, coaches included. We are used to interacting with our athletes."

If there was a relevation of sorts to the project, it was the caliber of athlete that Jermyn and company could avail themselves to. "When you look back and you realize who we had in our club and the level at which they have run at, it's impressive."

In 2011, Confederation Secondary graduate Andrew Ellerton covered the 800m in a time of 1:45.04, a clocking that still ranks as the fourth fastest time ever posted by a Canadian at that distance.

Proudfoot is a three-time national cross-country champion. MacKelvie, a former CIAU gold medal winner, took home silver at the National Masters XC Championships in 2019.

Labrecque is a Big Ten champion from her time with the Michigan Wolverines, and later represented Canada at the World XC Championships. Toohey was part of an NCAA XC banner winning team while running with the Villanova Wildcats.

When all is said and done, the goal of the project is to elevate 90% of current club members to a personal best time in the 5km, a goal, that if reached, could then lead the group to featuring as many as six runners who would crack the Canadian Top-50 list (per sex) in the past five years.

In order to attain that status, men would have to cover 5000m in a time of 14:44, while the ladies could cross the line in 17:41 or faster. "We have about eight athletes that could crack some really fast times," said Jermyn.

"And if you have several athletes running that fast, that will breed more success."

With one session in the books, Jermyn was pleased to note an immediate and positive impact from the knowledge that was shared.

"We sometimes have a mentality that there is a right way to train," he said. "One of my biggest takeaways was that our athletes know that there are a lot of variations, that you can train differently than the athlete beside you."

"We sometimes have to individualize plans."

"I think another think that stood out was the different methods that each of the athletes used to stay healthy," Jermyn continued. "I was a little concerned that there might be a huge emphasis on distance."

"I was so pleased to hear Ross and Andrew say that their best performances occured when they were healthy. Taking a rest day, taking a little more time for recovery is not a bad thing."

"The runner's mentality is not always the rational one," he added with a laugh. "It's often more about getting the run in rather than listening to my body."

As much as anything, Jermyn was pleased to add different voices to the conversation.

"Dick and I can talk about training for eight hours on a bus trip, there and back, but we rarely sit down with five other coaches and pick their brains. To hear their experience was gold."

And mining that gold may have just been made a tad easier by virtue of a COVID-19 virus that has completely slowed down the world of sports.
















Photos This Week


Walden at night by Amber K.




Finlandia Jan 21 by vince




Laurentian trail overlook Jan 21

Donna, Sheila and Helen at Moonlight Jan 21

Moonlight beach Jan 21

Windy Lake sunset by Liz.S.

Perch Lake at -22 deg. C Jan 23

Laurentian Lake trail Jan 23

Moonlight trail Jan 24

Moonlight trail Jan 24

Pine Grosbeak on Moonlight trail Jan 24

Downy or Hairy Woodpecker on Moonlight trail Jan 24

Jerry, Monique, Karen and Sheila on Mt. Ramsey summit Jan 24

Liz S. at Windy Jan 24

Laurentian Lake Jan 25




Upcoming Local Events


   February 28, 2021


Event Information and Registration

Hypothermic Half Marathon 2021 - Virtual Run Canada
Ontario: Sunday, February 28, 2021 - Registration





  March 27, 2021


The 1st Bush Pig Open Race in 2021 is scheduled for Sunday Mar 27th.

Fat Bikes only - minimum tire width - 4"







SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Latest News








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.

Cancelled until Further Notice








Track North News - by Dick Moss





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