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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                             July 1, 2021        

     In this Issue:


  1. Liz Runs 100 Miles
  2. That Sudbury Sports Guy: Rienguette finds relaxation in racing at a Boston Marathon pace
  3. Personal Best: Enough with the whining — here’s a ‘pool’ solution
  4. Photos This Week
  5. Upcoming Events:   July 3 - 4 Apex Rush, July 4 Girls Run Sudbury. July 10-11 IONIC Mountain Bike Tour
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North






Liz Runs 100 Miles

The start ( app. 4:15 Friday pm)

The finish (app 3:30 Sunday am)

All Photos Here


Running 100 Miles
Raising over $10,500 for the Northern Cancer Foundation!

I am very proud of my moving time – 27 hours, 53 minutes and 13 seconds (time on my feet).

After some much needed rest I can now process my run. This year the weather was pretty challenging tons of humidity, rain, mist and a little sun. With all of the moisture there were tons of wardrobe, shoe and socks changes. Knowing that it was my own race we definitely took some extra time for prevention of blisters and chaffing. Time on site was over 35 hours. Definitely, have lots of work to do before September. Every run comes new lessons learned. This one was definitely lots of learning.

Thank you to my team and support crew who kept me going through extreme fatigue and exhaustion. Lisa Zych Donna Smrek Vince Perdue Mariane J Larose Katrina Hakala Linda Vosters Conroy Ginny Denomme Simard Angele Keegan Anderson Helen Francis Helen Bobiwash Glenn Woods Tannys Laughren Debbie Taillefer Denis Taillefer Chantal Boivin Marc Cayen Ashley Hayes Jessica Guenard-Valiquette Denise Wilton Clement Andre Dumais






A note from Marc Cayen - part of the CREW

The support system Liz had was something else to witness.

To add some ambiance to this story, it was starting to get dark, the mosquitoes were out in full force and the rain, although warm, was relentless

At around km 137, that’s one hundred and thirty seven kilometres, she was getting her toes re taped. As she sat there, the rest of her army quickly went to work. One was looking for a new pair of socks, one was making sure her next pair of shoes were ready, she had a nurse getting tape ready while a registered massage therapist was doing the taping and rubbing down her legs, another was adding her time and hours, her good friend brought some pasta and was making sure she ate, her water was being filled for the next run, the new pacers were gearing up, bug spray was being applied, friends and family were stopping in, photo sessions were in full swing. There seemed like a million things going on at once. It was pure chaos, organized chaos mind you, all the while Liz sat there looking cool as a cucumber.

And she is done. She persevered through absolutely horrible weather tonight with an incredible team behind her. Liz you are a cancer champion and a true inspiration.






That Sudbury Sports Guy: Rienguette finds relaxation in racing at a Boston Marathon pace
Randy Pascal For The Sudbury Star
Publishing date:Jun 28, 2021


Scott Rienguette. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED


Some runners will devote years of their lives trying to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon.Scott Rienguette decided to fast-track that process just a little.

Apparently, there is something to be said for simply not knowing any better.

Make no mistake — Rienguette is a vastly different runner now, at age 43, preparing to attend Boston in person on Oct. 11 (the revised date of the 2021 race) than he was when he first took up running in December 2016.

While blessed pretty much from birth with above-average athleticism and always reasonably fit, the father of four, who was originally raised in the Markstay area before calling Valley East home since his mid-teens, has certainly witnessed some dramatic life-changing moments.

This summer, he will celebrate 11 years since he quit drinking.

His initial steps to his 26-mile achievement were borne out of simply looking for something different to do to while away the hours that are part and parcel of being part of a very sports-minded family. “The kids had to be at the rink an hour early, so I just started running during practices,” he recalled. “Two of the women on the team (mothers of players) both ran, so regardless of where the rink was, I just went for a run — then I just carried it over to ball season.”

With a little more time on his hands came added distance. By the spring of 2017, Scott Rienguette was taking up running in earnest.



What he did not anticipate was just how quickly he would excel at his new pastime. Folks blessed with years of coaching distance running experience would have been hard pressed to see this one coming, to be honest.

“My first race, a half marathon, was run five months after I started running,” said Rienguette. “My time wasn’t phenomenal, but it was good for someone who had just picked it up.”

If there was plenty to be learned regarding a proper training regimen, understanding race nutrition and strategies and such, the man who benefits from family connections in the local running community did stumble upon a mainstay of his training, almost from Day 1. The app he tapped into during those early rink side runs less than three years ago still charts all that is running for Rienguette.

His first marathon, the 2018 Mississauga Marathon in May, basically came on a whim.

Attending a ball tournament with his son, Scooter, Rienguette took advantage of the fact that the team was not playing on the Sunday to try and tackle the classic race distance for the very first time. And just for fun, he figured he would give it his best shot to see if he could better the age group standard for Boston of three hours and 15 minutes.

Besting that time by about 30 seconds or so, Rienguette was about to garner an appreciation for the fine print of the famed April event.

“That’s when I first learned that even if you hit the standard, that doesn’t mean you’re in,” he said.

In fact, just to be safe, you may want to target a time roughly five minutes below standard just to ensure that you get the chance to partake in your first ever Boston Marathon.

Reading, talking, listening — Rienguette began to assimilate the words of wisdom from the spectrum of marathon information that exists.

“Everywhere I read, it seemed to indicate that as long as you could run (in training) three quarters of the distance of the race that you wanted to run, your mind will take you through the rest,” he said.

Targeting 3:10 for his second full marathon, Rienguette scurried his way to a clocking of 2:58:31 at the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon that fall, implementing a more formulated training plan some eight weeks in advance of the race day itself. Such was the payoff for the man who committed faithfully to pounding out at least 100 kilometres per week of mileage, even if his approach may differ from one day to the next.

“It depends on what type of run that I am doing, but on my long runs, I never listen to music,” he explained. “I will play games with myself as I run, trying to keep the same pace, or making sure my last mile has to be my fastest. I run with the dogs maybe three times a week — I tend to be very flexible with my runs.

“The runs clear my mind, put me in a good space. It’s so relaxing.”

That’s a good thing, because in terms of clarifying his road to Boston, things have been a little chaotic.

Because his 2018 qualifying time came after the cutoff for the 2019 Boston Marathon, Rienguette had no choice but to fixate his sights on April of 2020 — by which time all heck had broken loose.

The postponement of the spring event gave rise to some hope for last fall, with Rienguette’s time still meeting the standard for a half-sized field at a fall Boston Marathon — one which obviously never came to be (though the resilient runner did complete a virtual edition of the race, covering landscapes right across Sudbury).

April of 2021 ushered in spring showers, along with another postponement of the Boston Marathon, which is now scheduled for Oct. 11. Thankfully, the qualifying time from the fall of 2018 still stands.

“This time, it just feels like it’s going to happen,” said Rienguette, who has finally allowed his mind to wander to all that is the lore of (arguably) the most famous marathon of them all. “My wife (Chantal) and I are going to make a trip of it — we’re both fully vaccinated.”

Having never been to Beantown, the Northern gent has earmarked a visit to Cheers Beacon Hill, all while ramping up the nature of his training to conform to the course that he is so anxious to tackle.

“People have told me — regardless of what you do, train hills once a week,” said Rienguette.

“Initially, I thought I just wanted to run. The atmosphere will carry me through; I would just be happy to be there. Now, I’m setting myself some time goals. I know that I need to be ahead of pace in the first half of the race.”

Beyond Boston, potentially, lies a crack at the New York City Marathon, and maybe even a Victoria Day trek to the nation’s capital for the Ottawa Marathon. That will set the stage, hopefully, for an expansion into the realm of the ultra marathons, distances that are at least as challenging mentally as they are physically.

At this point in his life, Scott Rienguette is ready to embrace those challenges.

“It took me until I was 40 to finally feel really comfortable,” he said, acknowledging a life journey of which close friends are keenly aware. “Instead of spending the last twenty years of my life feeling sorry for myself, I realized that I do have so many things to look forward to and to be happy about.

“The running is almost therapeutic.”

Randy Pascal’s That Sudbury Sports Guy column runs regularly in The Sudbury Star.





Personal Best: Enough with the whining — here’s a ‘pool’ solution
Author of the article:Laura Young For The Sudbury Star
Publishing date:Jun 22, 2021

Last week, news came through unofficial channels that Laurentian University won’t re-open the Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Gold Pool this fall. Again.

There was no press release issued, nor was the list of issues released. What if there was a way forward on the pool?

Back in 2007, the pool’s masters swim team hosted provincial championships and welcomed more than 350 swimmers in fine tradition to Sudbury and the pool.

(I would just add that for years afterwards, other clubs asked us to host again.)

Thanks to tight budgeting, some amazing deals, and support from the City of Greater Sudbury’s sports tourism side, the meet made a profit.

At the time, I was on the organizing committee and well knew that masters paid their bill and proceeded to share the profits.

A portion went to the age group swim club that helped run the event to upgrade their computers for swim meets. A portion went to support training swim officials. And about $10,000 was redirected to fund upgrades to the Ken Bahnuk Lounge in the Ben Avery complex.

Sexy electrical upgrades and an expanded counter space in the kitchen were the result of that small investment.

A plaque was on the wall to remember the donation. The lounge was chosen because everyone from students to birthday parties and community groups uses it.

Just what does the pool need?

I have spent the past year trying to come to the bottom of the pool needs.

Last December, after months of petitions and public pressure, the university said the pool and the Ben F. Avery complex in which it is housed need at least $10 million in repairs and upgrades. No list has been produced.

A leaked KPMG report that served as the basis for keeping the pool closed didn’t really specify. In fact, that report is more of a way forward for funding recreation.

So gathered from that report, other sources and rumours circulating, here is my list:

– From the KPMG report: Replacement of the chemical filtration system, roof repairs, replacement lights with LEDs (cost saving and known prior to COVID-19), change room upgrades, outside stair and lighting, and, also turf replacement. For a soccer field?

– From any visit to the facility: Painting, tile work, renovation of showers and change rooms, replacement of bulkhead and starting blocks.

– From rumour: Removal of the towers.

– From my personal wish list: Hot tub (needs) and sauna (replacement) but I’d take the obvious, much-needed renovation of the change rooms.

The pool has been shuttered since March 11, 2020. In April 2021, the university cut its winning varsity swim team and hockey teams as part of the creditor protection process.

I have whined with the best of them about all this, my bias for swimming splitting open like an overused bathing cap on a swimmer’s forehead.

The level of sadness has left people talking about uplifting subjects. How’s the pandemic going?

At least we’re swimming in the lakes. For now.

When I first moved to Sudbury so long ago, I bought a membership at the pool before finding an apartment.

I had been working in a town without a swimming pool. Now, New Liskeard has a pool facility on the town’s glorious waterfront.

Oh, the irony.

With the pool not opening this fall, all the community groups — from masters to swim clubs to synchronized swimming to the program for children with specialities — will be scrambling again for pool space within the City of Greater Sudbury’s pools.

One wonders how everyone will fit with pandemic restrictions on capacity and regular programming in the city’s four, 25-metre pools (no wider than six lanes) and one small, but vital pool in Onaping Falls.

Our municipal pools certainly aren’t like Hungary’s out-of-this-world-how-do-they-do-it-pools I swam in back in 2018 (oh, those good old days) but our local pools are serviceable, happy community spaces.

The community groups who rely on the university facility — and arguably helped keep it running for years — are open to ideas. We all knew our fees were likely to increase and knew so long before the KPMG report. As we emerge from the pandemic, there have been calls at the national level to focus on getting people moving and back to sport.

I’ve reported how groups from Lifesaving Society to Swimming Canada are concerned, especially about what the age group 8-12 has lost and might never have because pools have been kept closed.

And so:

I walked by the Ben Avery awhile back and wondered what was really going on in there.

Beyond the pandemic, what changed since the evening of March 10, when everyone from varsity to synchro and age group kids were all in the pool?

If there hadn’t been a pandemic, would the pool still be open?

I walked past and remembered how many of us met our spouses on the pool deck. How on the day I gave birth to my second child, I swam, but didn’t mention the butterfly length I’d swum to my LU graduate of a midwife. (How much information does she really need to know?)

I think about the children who need to swim for life, for lessons and competition — the age groupers and the children with special needs who loved their SWAM (Swimming with a Mission) program.

And so, my two cents?A clear list of what’s going on.

Open the pool, get people paying. Allocate and show that a portion of those fees are funding a concrete list of renovations and upgrades.

We swimmers will be glad to help.

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










Photos This Week

June 24 Loon on Laurentian

June 24 Laurentian trail

June 24 Laurentian trail

June 24 Laurentian trail

June 24 Laurentain bever dam

June 24

June 25 Kingsway trail

June 25 Finlandia

June 28 Moonlight trails

JUne 28 Moonlight duck trail

June 28

June 28 Moonlight duck trail in the mist

June 28 Moonlight trails

June 28 Moonlight trails

June 29 Laurentian morning




Upcoming Local Events


 July 3 - 4


Race 2 is ready to go!

We are excited to take you out to Walden Mountain Bike trails again this year! We are designing a new course for this year, it’s going to be unreal!

The courses:
6 km
12.5 km
25 km (2 laps of the 12.5 km)
Hiking, or running!
This event is for everyone, bring the family out on a fun course.
The 6 km course will have different flagging tape than the 12.5 course. Follow your colour and the arrows






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
Let's get active everyone




  July 10-11, 2021

2021 Ionic Mountain Bike Tour







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








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