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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                              February 25, 2021        

     In this Issue:


  1. The Virtual Hypo Half has Begun
  2. Marathon Man: The Secret 3K
  3. Why do so many Canadians give up running?
  4. Marathon of Hope Celebration
  5. Photos This Week
  6. Upcoming Events; Feb 28 Hypothermic Half   Mar 28 Bush Pig Open, May 30 SudburyRocks!!! Virtual Marathon
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North




   February 28, 2021

The Virtual Hypo Half has Begun

Event Information and Registration

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


A great day running the Virtual Hypothermic 1/2 Marathon today with my friend Vince! Thank you for the company again this year! The great thing about a virtual race is that you can make your own... we added a little trail, lake run and road!

Elizabeth Schweyer

Liz Schweyer and Vince Perdue relax at the 16k mark

Detour on the ice path







Marathon Man: The Secret 3K
The Secret 3K run/walk, is an event held annually during International Women’s Week to promote equality. It started in 2018, in 10 cities across Canada and has grown every year.
Feb 12, 2021 By: Martin Parnell


Students from Ecole Notre Dame des Vallees participating in the 2020 Secret 3K. Submitted Photo

The Secret 3K run/walk, is an event held annually during International Women’s Week to promote equality. It started in 2018, in 10 cities across Canada and has grown every year. Supported by the Running Room, The Secret 3K has raised funds for incredible groups such as the Marathon of Afghanistan, Girl Guides of Canada and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

Last year we had over 3,000 women, men, girls and boys from around the world participate. The event was held at 15 cities across Canada, but we also had 26 Virtual Run Leaders and participants from countries including US, UK, Australia, Germany, Macedonia, Uganda, Portugal, Myanmar, Argentina, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. We even had several schools participate, during the day, with 3K events.

One of those schools was Ecole Notre Dame des Vallees in Cochrane. This school has supported the event every year and the 3k run / walk takes students, parents and teachers on a route along the beautiful Bow River.

This year The Secret 3K is being held on Wednesday, March 3rd and we are very excited to announce that The Marathon of Afghanistan will be our Charity Partner. The Marathon of Afghanistan started in 2015 when the first Afghan women to complete a marathon, Zainab, ran the 42.2kms in Bamyan, Afghanistan in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains. While she was training, Zainab had to endure verbal abuse and rocks being thrown at her but this did not stop her from achieving her goal.

Since 2015 the race has grown from 150 participants to over 800. However, for it to continue growing the event needs an electronic timing system and funds raised will go towards this.

This year The Secret 3k will look a little different. Due to COVID-19 it will be totally virtual. So what does 3k look like? Well it’s 3,750 steps or a 40 min walk. Pick a route and head out on March 3rd. Everyone is invited to participate so please head over to thesecretmarathon.com and sign up today.

We can all run / walk 3k for freedom and equality.

© 2021 Martin Parnell info@martinparnell.com









Why do so many Canadians give up running?
By Byron Jenkins - February 16, 2021


Some years ago I read that only two percent of Canadian runners will continue with their passion after age 65. I was 60 at the time and struggling to keep running, so this low retention rate jolted me. There was a good chance I wouldn’t make it across the age 65 finish line.

I’ve never been able to verify that two percent statistic. Part of the problem rests with arriving at a definition of what constitutes a runner. We range from elite marathoners to twice a week joggers. Still, no person I’ve asked has doubted the figure’s veracity. All agree that a very low number of Canadians will be putting in the kilometres beyond traditional retirement age.

Think of this low percentage the next time you’re at a road race (hopefully, this summer). Look at a random group of 100 competitors in the crowd. Only two will still be running in their mid-60s. This is a sobering picture considering running’s unquestioned benefits of later-life health.

Recreational running boasts the highest participation rate of any sport on the planet. Why then do so many Canadians give it up? The most common answer comes in one word: knees. Yet running is actually healthy for knee joints. Others retire due to a physical ailment, such as a bad back, or some pressing medical issue. For most of us, there is a wealth of proven solutions to help extend our running lives.

Sport physiotherapy, dynamic stretching, yoga and core strength training are a few. Ditto for wellness initiatives like weight control, improved diet and ditching alcohol. For those of us committed to it for life, running is an exercise option worth pursuing. Yet baby boomers, Canada’s largest age wave in history, are giving it a pass. Quitting at 50 leaves them 30 years to watch others enjoying it.

Some of the blame lies with running events that focus on racing, winning and personal best times. Some runners are finished with these by age 50, if not earlier. Lowering athletic expectations is difficult for competitive personalities. Adjusting to running simply for pleasure is for the majority, impossible and they quit, for good.

I enjoyed the euphoria of big races – with 50,000 others in the Vancouver SUN Run – until age 53. I expected to continue racing weekend 10Ks forever. Then came the wall, that rapid decline so many experience, in my mid-fifties. Always fit and confident, I didn’t see it coming and didn’t know how to respond.


I turned this around by learning to embrace running’s slower cousin, jogging. For me, it delivers all of running’s best outcomes – joy, health and energy. Jogging may even be my life-saver. Running after 60 – along with the positive habits that necessarily accompany it – isn’t just recreation. It’s medicine for late-life vitality and longevity. I sometimes feel I am, literally, running for my life.

This past year six people I knew died from cancer or heart incidents. All were in their 50s or 60s and were bright, positive people with a lot of life left to give. No, running wouldn’t have saved them all. It’s not a panacea for all medical ills. But determined, daily movement belongs somewhere in the larger discussion of late life wellness and preventive medicine.

Every day this year one thousand Canadians will turn 65. We’re an aging nation. The generation that ushered in the 1970s running boom will soon become the least active demographic in Canada.

“Of course they’re the least active!” I can hear people saying. “Do you really expect pensioners to be as active as thirty-somethings?” As contrarian as it sounds, yes, I do. We largely choose not to be because inactivity is built into our culture.

My province is brilliant at facilitating sport and physical activities for youth. This despite a large elderly population and serious levels of lifestyle-induced unwellness. A Herculean effort is made for active participation for the first 20 years of our lives but next to nothing for the last 20.

Negative social attitudes don’t help. I’ve become inured to the incredulous stares, smirks and outright head-shaking disgust from people who see me jogging. Apparently what I’m doing is off the charts weird. “A walk around the block with the dog, fine,” our society seems to say, “but running? At your age? Are you crazy?”

This despite science that appears to show that more, perhaps even most of us, may be capable of running into our 70s and 80s. Ontario phenom Ed Whitlock set world records in his 80s. Mick Jagger once said he jogged 10K a day. Sir Mick is 77 and going strong. Renowned Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami runs 10K daily. He is 71.

I was winning long distance races in 1970. I no longer need organized competition. I’m a proud jogger and honoured to have met Arthur Lydiard, the man credited with single-handedly inventing the activity I embrace. Lydiard told his running charges to slow down, to jog, because they were moving for the good of their health, not to win races.

Last summer I completed several solo rural rave runs, all of them challenging, gratifying and health-inducing. Their palpable sensation of freedom and bliss made this senior feel like the happiest runner in Canada. The plan is to continue them until I’m in my 80s. For now I’ll enjoy my membership in that rare runner’s group—the Two Percent Club.

Jenkins has just finished his book Jogging Through the Graveyard, Running For My Life After 60






   April 11, 2021

April 11, 2021 | Free Entry

Forty-one years ago this April, Terry Fox started his iconic cross-country run, the Marathon of Hope. On April 11th, join us to celebrate Terry, celebrate the 41st anniversary of Terry's run and celebrate all that has been accomplished with cancer research since Terry ran. Together, we can fundraise to achieve Terry's dream of a world without cancer.

Sign up for the Marathon of Hope Celebration Run today and pledge to run or walk from 1K to 10K or more. Terry was unable to complete his cross-country run but we can keep Terry's dream alive by compiling all of our pledged kilometres to see how many times we can cross the country, together!

Terry's wish was that we all come together as a nation to end cancer. Your participation in this very special event will help us do just that.

Join the Celebration

Please also follow physical distancing measures and guidelines set out by the health agencies and government in your local area.

Even if I don't finish, we need others to continue. It's got to keep going without me.

How to Register














Photos This Week


Feb 15 Laurentian lake

Feb 15 Laurentian trails

Feb 16 Moonlight

Feb 16 Moonlight beach

Feb 17 Simeks loop

Feb 20 Laurentian Loop

Feb 20 Patrice, Jesse and Andrew at Laurentian lookout

Feb 20 Sunset on Fourth Ave

Feb 21 Hike at Moonlight Sheila, Vince, Lee, Ron and Monique (Jerry on the camera)

Feb 21 Moonlight Downy

Feb 23 Ida St. in the snow

Ida St

Feb 23 Finlandia sunset

Feb 24 Ida St chickadee in the snow



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 28th.

Fat Bikes only - minimum tire width - 4"


Changed to March 28





SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon








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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