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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         January 20, 2022        

     In this Issue:


  1. 2022 Chilly Half Marathon will be hosted as a virtual event.
  2. Canada’s Beijing 2022 cross-country skiing team announced
  3. 5 Legit Benefits to Running Outside When It’s Really, Really Cold
  4. Walden Night Light Ski Series Returns
  5. Photos This Week
  6. Upcoming Events: The Brick 37th Annual Resolution Run 2021/2022. Feb 1 - Mar 1 Running Room Hypo Half Virtual
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North and Laurentian XC News  






Hello Runners,
The 2022 Chilly Half Marathon will be hosted as a virtual event.

This was not an easy decision to make, but one we felt was necessary. As a responsible business organization, we operate with respect for the communities that we operate in. Given the current situation with the Omicron variant, we feel that hosting an in-person race of this scale is not in the best interest of the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and local community. Moreover, we do not want to overload the hospitals that we support who are already facing extreme duress. Although we were fully intending to host an in-person event this year, there are things that we cannot control and the decision to cancel the in-person race is one that we stand behind.

Many of the costs of putting on a race are incurred well before the event. VR PRO Inc. is a small business with overhead and operating costs that are incurred year-round. Medals and shirts are ordered 8-12 months in advance and we retain a handful of full-time who work to make these events possible. Although we are not able to offer any refunds, we have heard your concerns about the cancellation and we are offering the following three options:

1. Remain in the 2022 event and participate in the virtual race. We are going to do everything we can to make this year’s virtual event a great experience. We have an amazing race kit valued at over $125, we will be hosting safe curb side race kit pickups in various locations, a virtual race course available through the RunkeeperTMapp, as well as a virtual results page. We strive to offer the best possible races around both in-person and virtual. By participating in our virtual race, you are supporting our small business and the return of in-person events.

2. Defer your entry to next year. If you choose this option, your race entry for this year will be cancelled and you will automatically be registered for the 2023 in-person race.

3. Cancel your registration for this year and receive a $50 gift card towards any other VR Pro race of your choice, the gift card does not expire.

Please email info@chillyhalfmarathon.ca by Feb 1st, 2022 to let us know which option you would like to move forward with.

We thank you again for your understanding in this matter and appreciate your ongoing support for our races.

The VR PRO Team https://www.vrpro.ca/events/Home.html

Note: Decisions like this may be forthcoming for events like the Hamilton " Around the Bay" as well as the SudburyRocks!!! Marathon. Stay tuned






Canada’s Beijing 2022 cross-country skiing team announced
JANUARY 13, 2022


CANMORE (January 13, 2022) – Nordiq Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced the four women and three men who will form Canada’s cross-country skiing team nominated to compete at Beijing 2022.

Two Olympic veterans will lead a new generation of cross-country skiers loaded with potential into the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The athletes nominated are:

Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse, Yukon)
Cendrine Browne (Saint-Jérôme, Que.)
Antoine Cyr (Gatineau, Que.)
Laura Leclair (Chelsea, Que.)
Olivier Léveillé (Sherbrooke, Que.)
Graham Ritchie (Parry Sound, Ont.)
Katherine Stewart-Jones (Chelsea, Que.)

Erik Braten (Oslo, Norway) has been nominated as the national coach.

The seven athletes qualified for Team Canada based on meeting the criteria outlined in Nordiq Canada’s Internal Nomination Procedures for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Those who did not pre-qualify through their performance on the World Cup circuit earned their spots through results at the Cross Country Ski Trials, held January 6-11 in Canmore, Alta.

“This is a talented group of athletes who are coming into these Games replete with veteran leadership and first time Olympic team members who are confident and driven to deliver results on the ultimate sporting stage,” said Stéphane Barrette, Chief Executive Officer, Nordiq Canada. “This group has represented Canada at all levels of the sport internationally and are now anxious to demonstrate their potential at the Olympic Games, which will serve as the ultimate benchmark in their continued development. I have complete confidence they will be fully prepared to achieve our team goals and their personal goals.”

Cendrine Browne and Dahria Beatty will each make their second straight Olympic appearance where they will be joined by longtime World Cup teammate, Katherine Stewart-Jones, to lead a promising group of young athletes. The trio of Canadian women have been steadily progressing up the international rankings over the last quadrennial.

“I’m really excited to be heading to my first Olympics. It is something I’ve always wanted to accomplish, and it is crazy that it is finally here,” said Katherine Stewart-Jones, who was the lone woman to pre-qualify for

Katherine Stewart-Jones competes in a cross country skiing race. Photo by Nathaniel Mah

nomination prior to Nordiq Canada’s Olympic Trials. “I’m very excited about our whole team. We’ve made a lot of progress over the last few years, and I’m looking forward to showing the world what we can do.”

Laura Leclair, who will also make her Olympic debut, rounds out the Canadian women’s team after coming off a strong Trials where she won the freestyle sprint race.

All three Canadian men – Antoine Cyr, Graham Ritchie and Olivier Léveillé – earned their Olympic spots based on strong results on the World Cup circuit over the last two years. The 23-year-old Cyr had two top-12 finishes on the circuit this year. Ritchie, also 23, locked up his spot with a top-20 and a top-30 result, including a career-best 17th-place finish on the World Cup circuit the past two seasons. Cyr and Ritchie teamed up to finish seventh in the team sprint at the 2021 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

“Today is a dream come true and my whole focus now is on getting ready for the Olympics,” said Cyr. “I have worked very hard and kept believing. I’m super happy. Hopefully, I can represent the maple leaf well by throwing down some good races.”

Léveillé, a rookie on the senior circuit, is the youngest member of the Canadian squad at 20 years old. The two-time medallist at the FIS World Junior Ski Championships punched his Olympic ticket with a 17th-place finish on the World Cup circuit earlier this season.

Due to the increased risks associated with the ongoing pandemic, Nordiq Canada also nominated four alternates (two women and two men): Rémi Drolet (Rossland, B.C.); Russell Kennedy (Canmore, Alta.); Olivia Bouffard Nesbitt (Morin Heights, Que.); Jasmine Drolet (Rossland, B.C.)

Antoine Cyr competes in a cross country skiing race. Photo by Nathaniel Mah

Team Canada has won three Olympic cross-country skiing medals: Beckie Scott (Gold – Salt Lake City 2002); Chandra Crawford (Gold – Turin 2006); and Beckie Scott and Sara Renner (Silver – Turin 2006).

“Welcome to Team Canada!” said Catriona Le May Doan, Team Canada’s Beijing 2022 Chef de Mission. “The men and women who make up the cross country team are an inspiration to all of us. Their grit, determination and sheer training volume is incredible, and this team is no different. With trailblazers like Beckie Scott and Alex Harvey, Canadian cross-country skiers have continued to challenge on the international circuit, and we will be cheering these athletes on as they wear the maple leaf in Beijing.”

Cross-country skiing events will take place February 5 to February 20 (Day 2 to 16) at the Zhangjiakou Cross Country Centre.

Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following its receipt of nominations by all National Sport Organizations.

The latest Team Canada Beijing 2022 roster can be found here and the qualification tracker can be found here.






5 Legit Benefits to Running Outside When It’s Really, Really Cold
If you brave the winter chill (safely, of course), you could also reap these rewards.

JAN 13, 2022

Perch Lake crossing at -31 deg C (comfortably)

There’s no shame in hitting the treadmill when conditions get tough—not only is the moving belt free of slippery ice, but indoor running is also a great way to train for a fast 5K, hone your pacing, or give your joints a break from pounding cold, hard pavement.

However, provided you feel safe, there’s an upside to logging miles al fresco in the colder months, says Kimberley Dawson, Ph.D., a mental performance consultant and professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in chilly Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Many of the Olympians and other runners she works with describe winter running as a simultaneously soothing and invigorating experience—“like a cleanse,” she says.

There are a few caveats to consider before heading out in the cold. Exercise physiologist Daniel Craighead, Ph.D., an assistant research professor at University of Colorado Boulder, is careful to point out you should always protect yourself from the elements. “Layer up to keep your core temperature in a normal range and avoid hypothermia,” and also to ward off frostbite, he says.

There are other risks: Inhaling cold air can trigger bronchospasms, asthma-like bouts of coughing and wheezing that hamper breathing. And elevated blood pressure in the cold could lead to heart attacks, especially in older people or those with underlying heart conditions. That’s one reason shoveling snow sends so many people to the emergency room. The risk is lower with running, especially for those who do it regularly, but still worth acknowledging, he says.

Regardless of your baseline health, there are some days when conditions might warrant staying inside. There’s no single cutoff temperature that’s dangerous, because wind, precipitation, and sunlight play a role. Instead, Craighead recommends checking your local weather forecast and heeding windchill advisories and frostbite warnings. Additionally, consider how much ice is on your route; slipping and injuring yourself could keep you inside for much longer than you intend.

But on days that don’t pose those dangers, consider gearing up and getting out there to reap the benefits of winter running. Besides psychological sensations like peace and clarity, braving the elements comes with some physical perks, too. Here’s more on why cold-weather training just might be worth it.

It helps take the sting out of winter
On the first frigid day of each season, your sympathetic nervous system swoops into action, revving up your fight-or-flight system to save you from freezing. Your blood shuttles inward from your skin and extremities to preserve your core temperature and your vital organs, says Craighead. And if you weren’t generating heat by running, you might start shivering.

But as you repeatedly encounter cold weather with no life-threatening consequences, your body learns to tone down its stress response, a somewhat mysterious process called cold habituation. As winter wears on, fewer stress hormones, such as catecholamines, flow through your bloodstream. And more of that blood stays close to your skin, making you feel warmer.

Unlike heat acclimatization, cold habituation has no proven performance benefits; nor does it seem to add to the health perks you’re already getting from exercise, Craighead says. However, regular runs can speed the adjustment process, making any other outdoor task—from walking the dog to waiting for the bus—more bearable.

You’ll decrease the impact of seasonal sadness
Millions of Americans—especially those who live in northern climates—notice that their mood dips in colder months. Health experts believe one key reason for this condition, called seasonal affective disorder, is that less exposure to natural light throws off our circadian rhythms.

Training outdoors during daylight can help reset those rhythms, says Paul Winsper, Under Armour’s VP of Human Performance, Science and Research. Sunlight exposure also increases production of vitamin D, a key component of mood-regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin (and, Winsper points out, critical to a healthy immune system).

Add to this the mood-boosting effects of both physical activity and exposure to green space, and cold-weather running can serve as a salve, Dawson says—an antidote for “nature deficit disorder,” a term coined by author Richard Louv to refer to disconnection from the world around us. In addition, exercising outdoors may also decrease fear and uneasiness; in one large 21-year study, Swedish cross-country skiers were about half as likely to develop anxiety as non-skiers.

All of this is particularly critical right now, with an ongoing pandemic that has worn away at our collective mental health. “When you look at what COVID has taken away from us, it’s really taken away our sense of control,” Dawson says. “We get that back when we are outside, when we are one with nature, and we are grounded.”

And, you can rev up your metabolism
Shivering definitely increases your body’s energy expenditure, but if you’re running, your core temperature probably won’t drop enough for you to start shaking. However, research suggests less significant drops in body heat can trigger a phenomenon called nonshivering thermogenesis, an increase in metabolism mainly accomplished through the activation of special tissue called brown fat. (There’s even some evidence this effect increases as you become habituated to the cold.)

“As the weather is colder, people tend to be less active,” Craighead says. Add pandemic-related restrictions and routine changes, and many people have been moving even less over the last two years. The one-two punch of exercising and colder air can keep your body’s fueling systems humming along.

You’ll build mental skills for racing
Say you’re training for a spring race—for instance, the Boston Marathon, which in 2022 returns to its traditional third Monday in April. The weather for these events can be unpredictable, as anyone who ran Boston in 2018 can tell you. Persevering through less-than-ideal conditions in training can prepare you to cope with any forecast come race day, Dawson says.

“You get this really nice sense of, I am mentally tough, I can do this,” she says. “If I can navigate this, then I can navigate that spring marathon in terms of whatever it throws at me.”

But, also enjoy some relief from expectations
The chemical reactions that produce muscle contractions function best at warm temperatures, meaning you can’t always perform as well in frigid conditions, Craighead says. That, combined with the extra challenge of ice or slush, means you can stress less about putting up a good pace on Strava.





Walden Night Light Ski Series Returns


Nite Lights race!!
We're so excited to host our first nite race .
Please plan to come /race/leave .. for sure not quite as exciting but if we want it all to go well and host another race in 2 weeks - we have to do "our covid thing " . Pls remember to bring your QR code or papers ( over 12 yrs ) if you are not already resgistered as vaxxed wtih WCC . Masks at all times for everyone on site except in start line up and racing of course !
Bib pick up 20 minutes before start time .
Results posted Wed am
Let's have fun and see you tonite !







Photos This Week

Jan 13 Pole Line

Jan 13 Moonlight trail

Jan 13 Moonlight trail

Jan 14 Moonlight

Jan 14 Moonlight

Jan 14 Moonligt bridge

Jan 14 Moonlight trail

Jan 15 Saturday am run at -29 deg C (we don't discuss windchill)

Jan 15 Bell Park run start

Jan 15 Golf course to Nepahwin Lake crossing by Ashley Hayes

Jan 15 Laurentian trails by Ashley Hayes

Jan 15 Laurentian trails by Ashley Hayes

Jan 15 Arlington trail

Jan 16 Moonlight trail

Jan 17 Moonlight trail

Jan 18 Sunrise and moonset at Moonlight

Jan 18 early am moonset at 8 am

Jan 18 Bioski

Jan 18 Bioski

Jan 18 Sudaca

Jan 18 Sudaca

Jan 18 Sudaca

Jan 18 Sudaca

Jan 19 Adanac Trail






Upcoming Local Events


  Dec 31 2021 -  January 28, 2022


 The Brick 37th Annual Resolution Run 2021/2022
Update – October 26, 2021


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation, we have decided that the 2021/2022 The Brick Resolution Run will continue as a virtual event in Canada this year. If you have registered for the event, your registration will automatically be transferred to the virtual event.





   February 1 to March 18, 2022


Event Information and Registration

Hypothermic Half Marathon 2022 - Virtual Run Canada

Tuesday February 1st to Tuesday March 1st, 2022 / Wherever you are in Canada

Course Map (if you wish to use them)

Alternate Map






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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