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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         September 2, 2021        

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  1. Laurentian makes seamless transition from Moss to Jermyn
  2. Ultra Trail Stokely Creek 2021 is on
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events: Sep 19 Terry Fox Run, Sep 25 Apex Endure Trail Run
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North

 

 

 

 

That Sudbury Sports Guy: Laurentian makes seamless transition from Moss to Jermyn
Randy Pascal For The Sudbury Star

Publishing date:Aug 23, 2021


Though both elite runners in their own right, Darren Jermyn and Dick Moss were certainly not about to ever challenge the members of the 1996 Canadian Olympic 4×100-metre relay team — at least not in a sprint.

Yet it seems fair to say the current coaching transition with the Laurentian Voyageurs cross-country team, as Moss hands the baton over to Jermyn, is every bit as efficient and seamless as the gold medal-winning Canucks who filled an entire country with pride a quarter-century ago. That will tend to happen when the incoming coach is not only a protege of his well-respected predecessor, but is also among those who most appreciates everything that Dick Moss has to offer.

“There is no better individual coach who I know, who I have ever interacted with,” said Jermyn, who has worked side by side with Moss for the past 20-plus years, both with the university team as well as with the Track North Athletic Club delegation.

“First and foremost, he always has the utmost concern for his athletes’ overall well-being. The way that he cares for his athletes, it’s not just about their running career, but their lives as a whole.”

While there is no doubt that the ability to build a very special athlete-coach bond has always been at the base of the success Moss has enjoyed, it would all be for naught if his technical expertise was not on par with his impressive interpersonal skills.

“I’ve never seen anyone be able to manipulate as many training schedules for individuals the way that he can,” said Jermyn. “A lot of coaches resist doing that. He taught me that you can modify things. It all adds up to a tremendous amount of respect that people have for him, just because of the way that he treats people: coaches, meet directors, officials, all the same as his athletes, always professional. “His background as an elite runner and 40-plus years of coaching gives him somewhat legendary status.”

That might sound like awfully big shoes to fill, but countless are those who believe Darren Jermyn is just the man to do it, without a hiccup, and not just because of the fact the two have worked so closely together for more than two decades. This is every bit as much about the person that Jermyn is, one cut from very much the same cloth as Moss.

Still, there is a need to carve out his own niche, adapting to an always-changing environment within the world of distance running.

“The core science hasn’t changed much, but our approach to racing has changed a little bit,” Jermyn suggested. “We used to race maybe six or seven times before OUAs; now it’s usually maxed at four races.

“And the volume of training has come and gone.”

This graduate of Lasalle Secondary School and both Western and Laurentian University breaks down the eras as follows: 1970s = high volume; 1980s/1990s = quality over volume; 2000s = volume climbs a little bit; current = right in the middle of all of the above.

With Moss still in the fold — “Dick will still be involved, assisting with the university team, coming to practices and lending his assistance, providing some input” — the LU cross-country coaching staff will now also feature former OFSAA, NCAA and Canadian marathon champion Kaitlyn Toohey, who has been helping out for two years now.

Thanks to a changing landscape, their efforts will be even more concerted than before, with the men’s and women’s teams no longer training separately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultra Trail Stokely Creek 2021 is on
After it was canceled in 2020, Ontario's newest ultra trail race is back for its second year, and registration is now open

BRITTANY HAMBLETON

 

After last year’s event was canceled, the UT Stokely Creek has confirmed that the 2021 event will go ahead as planned, from September 17 to 18. This will be the second running of the event, which takes place in northern Ontario’s Algoma Highlands.


There are six different distances to choose from, so this race has an option for runners of all disciplines and levels. Participants can pick between 5K, 17K, 34K, 56K and 85K, or they can get the full experience with the 170K. Runners who had signed up for the 2020 event and deferred to the 2021 race will have first dibs on spots, but registration is now open to all Canadians in all events. In order to abide by provincial and city COVID-19 restrictions, organizers have put a participant cap on each race, so if you’re thinking about signing up, you won’t want to waste any time. If your race is full, you will have the option to choose a different distance, or to put your name on a waiting list in case anyone drops out.


The UT Stokely Creek is the perfect race for anyone who wants to get out and explore Ontario’s backcountry wilderness. The terrain features everything from soft, wide doubletrack, root-laden singletrack, long grass, serious puddles and possibly even one river crossing, depending on the weather. The race website says “It’s mid-September, so we wish you luck keeping your feet dry. Serious climbs await all distances.”

 

For more information, visit the race website here, and runners who wish to sign up can head over to the registration page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos This Week

Aug 26 Moonlight Pole line

Aug 27 Perch Lake

Aug 27 Blackbird Swamp

Aug 27 Andre, Marianne and Liz training in Haliburton Forest

Aug 27 training in Haliburton Forest

Aug 30 Eagle over Moonlight

Aug 30

Aug 31 Finlandia

Aug 31 Finlandia

Aug 31 Fourth Ave

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Local Events

  September 19, 2021

VIRTUAL EVENT

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Run Day Details and Registration

 

 

 

 

  September 25-26, 2021

The APEX Trail Race Series Race # 3: APEX Endure

Presented by APEX Warrior

Date: September 25 - 26

Location: Course will be posted at www.apexwarrior.ca

Distances: 6km, 12km, 25km, 50km

AGE RESTRICTIONS:

25KM - 18+ (16+ if accompanied by an adult)

50KM - 18+

https://raceroster.com/events/2021/47165/apex-endure

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Moss, Head Coach
Laurentian XC/Track Team
c/o Coach Moss <pedigest@cyberbeach.net>
Web: http://laurentianxctrack.com
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For information call me.
Vincent Perdue
vtperdue@cyberbeach.net

Proud sponsor of the Sudbury Rocks!!! Race-Run-Walk for the Health of it

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