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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                             May 27, 2021        

     In this Issue:


  1. SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon this Weekend
  2. Apex Sprint Trail Run
  3. That Sudbury Sports Guy: Alex Baumann adds voice to Laurentian pool discussion
  4. Personal Best: 'Stewards of the trail’ watch and wonder what’s next for local ski trails
  5. Photos This Week
  6. Upcoming Events:  , May 30 SudburyRocks!!! Virtual Marathon, July 4 Girls Run Sudbury
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North





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   May 22 - 23 , 2021


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That Sudbury Sports Guy: Alex Baumann adds voice to Laurentian pool discussion
Author of the article:Randy Pascal For The Sudbury Star
May 17, 2021 •

Alex Baumann certainly doesn’t profess to have all of the answers.

Living these days some 14 time zones ahead of his former stomping grounds in Northern Ontario, the double gold-medal winner at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles receives nuggets of information via LinkedIn or other social media outlets. Sure, his 14 years of competitive swimming at the Laurentian Pool whose name is a testament to the accomplishments of Baumann and longtime coach Jeno (Doc) Tihanyi allows for a certain awareness of the importance of the facility to the region. And as the former head of the Canadian Olympic Committee Summer Olympic Program (2006 to 2012) and recently named CEO of Swimming Australia, it’s fair to say that Baumann knows a thing of two about the inner workings of his sport.

He hasn’t called Sudbury home since 1991, but one would have to think that his words still carry some weight in the swim community, pretty much anywhere around the globe. “I don’t know the details and wouldn’t want to comment on that, and I understand financial challenges, but I think it’s a shame, really unfortunate with where we are right now,” said Baumann, asked for an initial take on the fact that his beloved home pool has sat swimmer-free since last March, dealing with a shutdown that is not entirely pandemic related.

In fact, currently, there is very little certainty or knowledge about what long-term plans exist for the only 50-metre facility of its kind between Markham and Thunder Bay. In that sense, Baumann is very much in his comfort zone elaborating on the importance of the Laurentian pool, for a whole variety of reasons, many tied into the knowledge of swimming within both countries that he holds dear.

“Just like in Sudbury, with so many lakes, in Australia, we have a lot of water,” he stated. “It’s a continent surrounded by ocean. There is an imperative to ensure that young kids learn how to swim properly. In Queensland, it’s often part of the school curriculum. Australia really excels with the Learn to Swim program.

“Learn to Swim is very profitable here, there’s no doubt. It’s a bit different from what you see in Canada.”

Of course, there are the more soft-sell components of arguments to be made regarding the benefits of a vibrant and active swim community on the LU campus.

“I believe in the history, the legacy,” said Baumann. “There have been so many national champions. I strongly believe in role models. Our philosophy in high performance with Swimming Australia was to win when it matters to inspire a nation.

“In my new role, there is a mix of participation and high performance, but ultimately, if you want to be a world leading organization, you have to excel at both and have sustainability.”

Clearly, Baumann is no more able to dive into the numbers that matter in that regard when it comes to the Laurentian pool than folks who are a lot closer to the action in the Nickel City. Nor is he inclined to attempt such a deep dive. But as overseer of all things swimming in the land down under, he certainly understands the basic concepts of pool sustainability.

“It’s really a matter of having a depreciation component built into your planning process,” said Baumann, as discussion turned to the eye-popping numbers being floated regarding the expected cost to upgrade and maintain the Laurentian site. “If you don’t plan for renovations and such, then you get to a point where you really take a hit, and nobody has the resources to deal with that.

“I understand that grants and such are one-offs, but you have to build in planning. Otherwise, you really shouldn’t go ahead with any facility if you don’t have that somehow built in.”

It might seem like Baumann is making this sound somewhat easier said than done, though perhaps that is simply a by-product of the world in which he now lives.

“In the Gold Coast area alone (population of roughly 550,000), we have about 15 to 18 50-metre pools,” he said. “Australia is a swimming nation, there’s no doubt.”

The current Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Gold Pool is clearly not the only swim facility in town. Unfortunately, all of the local pools were essentially constructed between a span of 15 years or so (1967 to 1982, with the exception of the Sudbury YMCA), meaning they are all aging at approximately the same rate. If long-term decisions need to be made regarding which facilities should remain open and which doors can be shuttered in a move towards greater efficiency, Baumann is among those who see this as a bit of a no-brainer.

“From a Learn to Swim perspective, you don’t necessarily need a 50-metre pool, but if you want to get into the elite side of swimming, that’s another matter,” he said.

“I think Laurentian is important from a regional perspective. I don’t think that means that the elite swimmers in the North have to come there full-time, but it can certainly be a hub for regional training.”

In fact, there is no denying that the LU venue is far and away the largest contributor to sport tourism revenues for the city when it comes to swimming competitions, hosting the North East and Central Region long-course championships annually, and not all that far removed from competently playing host to OUA championships.

While it is a separate issue from the pool, the demise of the Laurentian Voyageurs swim team understandably hit home with Baumann, as both he and his brother, Roman, claimed national titles during their time as students at the institution where their father taught.

“When I was there, the swim team attracted athletes to study in Sudbury,” he said. “I feel for the athletes.”

His is an empathy borne of understanding just how important a role the pursuit of aquatic excellence played in his life.

“I have tremendous memories of the 14 years I swam at Laurentian,” said Baumann. “That was an incredible opportunity for our family, when we moved to Sudbury.”

Let’s hope that it’s an opportunity that remains, for many new families to come.

Randy Pascal is That Sudbury Sports Guy. Read his columns regularly in The Sudbury Star.






Personal Best: 'Stewards of the trail’ watch and wonder what’s next for local ski trails
Author of the article:Laura Young For The Sudbury Star
Publishing date:May 25, 2021

If you wanted an example of how intricately connected the trail system is around the university, look no further than Laurentian Nordic Ski Club.

With the university insolvent and working its way through creditor protection, the community ski club can only stand by.

But Chris Gore, president of Laurentian Nordic Ski Club, wants to ensure that people realize what a good, co-operative and mutually supportive relationship looked like between the university and the club.

Laurentian Nordic has been skiing for more than 40 years and includes alumni like the late Sofie Manarin, for whom a challenging loop was named after her sudden passing in a traffic accident 20 years ago.

At the time, in 2001, the ebullient Manarin was North America’s top female junior skier, skiing a category higher than her age, and was well on her way when tragedy struck.

And, of course, there’s Devon Kershaw, who also skied out of Onaping and became a four-time Olympian and 2011 world Nordic ski champion with Alex Harvey.

Then there are all the little Jack Rabbit skiers who grew up just being outside on the trails.

For the past 12 years, the club has owned and operated the grooming equipment and does everything in terms of trail care, says Gore.

“We are the stewards of the trails.”

The university owns the land, but “we pay our way,” and the university does not financially support the club, he says.

In terms of usage of the stadium building, the club uses the left side, near the garage and shares space with other teams. The university paid the building maintenance.

The club was billed the cost for electricity. This past winter the ski club footed the bill for parking and plowing so the lot could be cleared of snow. The community also used the parking, he adds.

“We have an awesome relationship with the maintenance guys,” Gore adds.

The crew was great at responding. Campus Recreation, in particular, Eric Labrosse, the varsity team ski coach who worked at Campus Rec, all worked well together. Labrosse was also one of Laurentian’s recent layoff victims.

The club maintained the trails and the university used the trail network as a selling point, Gore says.

In fact, thanks to COVID-19, Gore sees more people than ever using the trails. It’s like people have discovered the trails and pathways since the pandemic landed.

Now, as speculation runs rampant about what will happen, Gore refuses to join in.

Instead, he would like people to come forward and remind the university and the community how important the trail system is.

It’s been so imbedded in the community for so long that perhaps we have taken it for granted, he reflects.

“It’s an integral part of the whole system with Laurentian University, Conservation Sudbury and BioSki. The network is incredible. To have something like that in the middle of the city is fantastic.”

People can get on the trails from all over, from Moonlight Beach in the east end, to Loach’s Road in the south end.

And then, there’s this.

The club looks after the trails, pays its way and does maintenance in the summer, he says.

Over the last few years, the club invested in trail improvements and drainage. It’s basic stuff but then there was the 2019 addition of night skiing.

In 2019, the Robert D’Aloisio Memorial Trail was launched and lit.

The lights were installed along the gulley loop thanks to a substantial donation from the family in honour of their late patriarch. D’Aloisio died after being hit while cycling on Paris Street. He was 85.

Gore recalls seeing the late dentist enjoying skiing the trails at night, so the lights were a fitting tribute.

Now with the lights along the trail at night, the trails are “just magical,” Gore adds.

Exactly. And always.

Laura Young’s column, Personal Best, runs regularly in The Sudbury Star.











Photos This Week

May 20 Mt. Ramsey Loop

Moonlight Trail

May 20 Bioski Swamp

May 20 Bioski Swamp


May 20 Poor photos of bears at Bioski Trails (mom and cub)

May 21 Bennett lake

May 22 Finlandia

May 22 Finlandia

May 22 Finlandia

May 23 Herons in Alban


May 24 Nepahwin Lake

May 24

May 24 Loach's path

May 24 Laurentian Lake

May 24 Bennett Lake

May 24 Finlandia

May 24 Finlandia

May 24 Finlandia

May 24

May 24 Finlandia

May 25 Home


May 26 Laurentian





Upcoming Local Events



Girls Run Sudbury

Sunday July 4, 2021



Registration will take place from Today May 20th to June 12th to ensure finishers medals and socks for all participants.
Run the event between june 4th and july 4th and upload your results on the Race Roster Event Page.
This year event distance:
2.5 km
5 km
10 km
half marathon
Top 3 categories finishers
under 18 year old
18-30 year old
31-40 year old
41-50 year old
51-60 year old
Registration cost includes:
- registration to next year Girls Run Sudbury event
- training program for beginners to more advance runners
- weekly tips on training component, pre racing and post racing events
- Weekly zoom meeting on certain topic related to training ( participants will be emailed to access the meeting)
- beautifully designed Girls Run Sudbury finisher medals
- a fun unique pair of training socks
- sign up to our lululemon running group on strava to motivate each other during our training
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