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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                             July 8, 2021        

     In this Issue:


  1. Apex Rush Trail Run
  2. That Sudbury Sports Guy: It’s not about going fast — it’s about going further
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events: July 10-11 IONIC Mountain Bike Tour
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North




 July 3 - 4


Apex Warrior Series Race 2 is in the books

About 90 people signed up for the 6k, 12k or 25k walk, run or hike Apex Rush event.

Race organizer, Dennis Legault designed a new challenging course this time out and included "The Wall of Despair" rock climb. This was only one of the highlights. The trail included excellent flat fast sections which very quickly moved uphill to high rocky terrain with great views of the surrounding countryside. Blueberries were in abundance if nutrition was a concern. Great race route and super trail marking by Marc Cayen and Dennis.

Stay tuned for the final Apex Warrior trail run in the fall

All Photos Here

All Results Here






That Sudbury Sports Guy: It’s not about going fast — it’s about going further
Author of the article:Randy Pascal For The Sudbury Star
Publishing date:Jul 05, 2021 •

Liz Schweyer in her element — on the road. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED

To be perfectly honest, the decision was an absolute no-brainer.

Working her way through her Grade 10 English class at Sudbury Secondary School years ago, Liz Schweyer (then Taillefer) pondered, only for a second, the proposal from her teacher, Mr. Crawford.

“He gave us a choice of running a 10-kilometre race and journaling about the experience, or just writing a big essay,” explained the 39-year-old mother of two.

Choice? What choice?

“From that point on, I was hooked on distance running. It really taught me a lot about myself.”

Of course, there is distance running, and then there’s distance running, as defined by those who share Schweyer’s more expanded approach to her passion.

While many young athletes find themselves fuelled by the motivation of success, whatever that understanding of success may be, the Montreal native who moved to Sudbury at the age of one quickly recognized the differentiator that resided within her.

“I can’t go as fast as a lot of people, there’s no question,” said Schweyer. “But I know that I can go further than them for a long period of time. That’s where I was stronger at it — and I think I realized that early on. It didn’t matter what sport I was doing, if I chose the longer distances, I was always better at it.”


So, for a second straight summer, with a good number of the standard trail races postponed or cancelled, that longperiod of time involved the better part of a complete weekend as she completed a 100-mile fundraiser in support of the Northern Cancer Foundation a couple of weeks back. This is not at all out of character.

For Schweyer, sport was always about far more than just numbers, translating her love of dancing to a whole spectrum of athletic pursuits.

“I enjoy people, so I loved being part of teams, just hanging out with my friends,” she suggested, with soccer being the summer go to — behind running, of course.

Building up far more mileage than the average high-school runner, Schweyer competed with the Cambrian College varsity cross-country team. Though never a serious threat to podium, she grew more and more attached to a base of running that could easily diverge into parallel challenges.

“I had always participated in cross-country and track, so I guess it was competitive back then, but really, it was after college that I started doing the Running Room clinics, that I really started to race,” she said. “And before kids, I did quite a few triathlons.”

Schweyer topped out at nine triathlons during a single summer stretch, including a pair of half Ironmans. The distance was building, as she incorporated both full and half marathons.

“There was a big crew of us in Sudbury who were all training together,” she said. “Every weekend, we were somewhere, racing.”

And then came the kids.

“After kids, I kind of retired the bike and swimming, just because I couldn’t get out for enough training,” she explained. “But it was easy to run with the kids in the stroller. That has been my thing, ever since.”

Whether you are dealing with triathlons morphing over to the realm of the Ironman, or half-marathons that eventually stretch their way into an ultra-marathon, there is a constant and paramount need to always be conscious of the toll that training can take on your body. The mind set was behind the move to off-road workouts for Schweyer, aggressively pursuing this path about a decade ago.

“I started to really enjoy the 50-kilometre mark and wanting to go beyond,” she recalled. “There is a difference with the trails. Your time is a lot slower, which means there’s more time on your feet. But it’s a lot easier on your knees, a lot easier on your joints and your body, for sure.”

It’s not as though Liz Schweyer has gone cold turkey on road racing. She remains as committed to the Rocks Marathon as she always has been, participating in the event every single year since inception. Her first full marathon, completed in Dublin as part of Team Diabetes back in 2006, will always hold a special place in her heart.

Still, it can’t hold a candle to the fundraiser she first launched in 2020, an undertaking that can proudly boast donations of almost $7,000 in the inaugural summer.

“These races from last year and this year are the races I’ve cared about the most — they were my own idea,” said Schweyer, who works with the Northern Cancer Foundation.

“This is kind of my way of honouring them.”

In a sense, shortly after everything fell apart last summer, everything then quickly fell back into place. The schedule that Schweyer had devised, one built around competing at the Mad Trapper Back Yard Ultra in Denholm, Que., targeting a goal of 100 miles completed, was victimized by the pandemic.

Things were equally as tough with the cancer foundation, fundraising efforts almost completely curtailed by the restrictions in the size of assembled groups.

“I knew that I needed to do something special if I wanted to raise funds, and this was the one thing that I could do, for the foundation,” said Schweyer.

As much as this was a one-person race, it was anything but a solo effort. In addition to the manned crew that assisted in the parking lot of Kivi Park, tending to refreshment and nutritional needs as well as footwear and clothing requirements on a weekend that featured plenty of rain, Schweyer enjoyed no lack of running companions.

“Our running community is amazing, helping me create this event,” she said. “Everybody wanted to be part of it. I wasn’t running with someone at all points, but most points — it kept me going and motivated.”

Where her first crack at this effort took her some 35 hours to complete, the 2021 edition saw her cross the finish line in 27:53:13 — which is her “on my feet, moving time.”

“I was definitely faster than last year, a lot faster than last year,” said Schweyer. All told, it requires a commitment of about 35 hours on site, not to mention learning from prior experience.

“I always struggle with my feet and blisters, so I made sure to bring more socks, more pairs of shoes, and bigger sizes for the end.”

Having now surpassed $10,500 in donations in Round 2, Schweyer noted that anyone who may have missed out a few weeks ago can still visit the NCF website, www.ncfsudbury.com, and search her out under Do-It-Yourself Fundraising, as Liz Taillefer.

In the meantime, she has set her sights on even lengthier treks, vowing to complete both a full ironman and well as a 200-mile ultra in her lifetime.

It may not be fast, but chances are good she will get it done.

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











Photos This Week

June 30 Minnow Lake

June 30 Minnow Lake

June 30 Minnow Lake

June 30 Bancroft Trails

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July 1 Canada Day Laurentian Lake loop

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July 1 Laurentian Lake

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July 2 Bancroft trails

July 2 Finlandia

July 2 Finlandia

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July 2 Finlandia

July 2 Finlandia

July 4 Finlandia

July 4 Finlandia

July 5 Finalndia

July 4 Red Dragonfly from Wanup by Greg Koett




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