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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                         February 17, 2022        

     In this Issue:


  1. Laurentian University Green Space - The Issue and How to Take Action
  2. The Joy of Sox
  3. Photos This Week
  4. Upcoming Events: Feb 1 - Mar 1 Running Room Hypo Half Virtual . Mar 2 The 3k Secret Marathon, April 2 YMCA Race to the Finish Line
  5. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  6. Track North and Laurentian XC News  






Laurentian University Green Space - The Issue and How to Take Action

Dick Moss

Dear Track North Athletes, Alumni, Parents and Supporters,
This is an update on the potential sale of the Laurentian University green space. For those of you who aren’t aware of this issue, the insolvency (CCAA) managers at Laurentian have employed a Toronto firm to perform a real estate review of the campus to recommend assets that could sold to reduce the school’s debt. That review includes the track and surrounding green space that is so important to students, athletes and the Sudbury community.

The green space includes the trails, including Loach’s, the beach, the Nepahwin lakeshore around the beach, Bennett Lake, a portion of the Lake Laurentian shoreline, and all the wooded area enclosing it up to the border of the conservation area. The outdoor track would be included in the review, although I’m not sure about the legality of selling it since the city MAY have an ownership stake in the facility. Be aware however, that if the outdoor track is able to be sold, its greatest value to a real estate developer might be as land, not as an athletic facility.

Comments from advisors and President Haché that once hinted that the school wouldn’t sell the green space have been replaced by quotes from a board member that hard decisions will have to be made. This was after a presentation by the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury in which a request was made for a statement of reassurance that the LU green space would not be sold or monetized. Be aware that five members of the Board of Governors who will make this decision are new to their position.

The decision will apparently be made by the end of the month.

On the positive side is that the new chairman of the Board of Governors has said that the board has received a number of emails, letters and calls regarding the green space they “are being taken seriously. They're being considered in our overall decision making that we're going to be doing now, and in the weeks and months ahead,”

This is where you can play a role.

How to Take Action

If the potential loss of the Laurentian green space is important to you, this would be a good time to send an email or letter to the Board. It doesn’t have to be long - even a few sentences would send a message - but this is a situation in which an accumulation of such messages could make a difference. The email might include your opinion on a number of issues, including:

-If you attended Laurentian, was your decision to attend affected by the presence of the green space?
-What was your first exposure to Laurentian? The green space? The outdoor track?
-Would the sale of the green space affect your future decision to donate to LU?
-How did you/do you use the green space?
-What would you lose if the green space were sold. What would the community lose?
-How do you think the green space affects recruiting efforts to the school?
-Will the campus be irreparably damaged without the green space?
-Would you fight rezoning of these lands at the city level to prevent development?

You can send emails as a group email to the members of the Board of Governors, including president Haché by copying them into your email program. Just copy below for a group email:

Robert Haché<president@laurentian.ca>,Debbi Nicholson<debbi@sudburychamber.ca>,Don Duval<dduval@norcat.org>,Robert Brouillette<robert@cityweldingsudbury.ca>,Gerry Bilodeau<gnbmci50@gmail.com>,Jeff Bangs<jeff@pathwaygroup.com>,Martin Bayer <mbayer@weaversimmons.ca>,Maxim Jean-Louis <maxim@contactnorth.ca>,Brian Montgomery <blmontgomery@mlalaw.ca>,Eric Chappell <echappell@laurentian.ca>,Peter Xavier <Peter.Xavier@glencore.ca>

Alternatively, you could send emails to individual members by copying each of the following into individually. Robert Haché is the university president. Jeff Bangs is the new Chair of the Board of Governors.

Robert Haché <president@laurentian.ca>
Jeff Bangs <jeff@pathwaygroup.com>
Debbi Nicholson <debbi@sudburychamber.ca>
Don Duval <dduval@norcat.org>
Robert Brouillette <robert@cityweldingsudbury.ca>
Gerry Bilodeau <gnbmci50@gmail.com>
Martin Bayer <mbayer@weaversimmons.ca>
Maxim Jean-Louis <maxim@contactnorth.ca>
Brian Montgomery <blmontgomery@mlalaw.ca>
Eric Chappell <echappell@laurentian.ca>
Peter Xavier <Peter.Xavier@glencore.ca>

There are several members whose emails I could not find.


P.S. A Northern Life article about the green space issue is at:


LU Greenspace and Rocks!! at Bennett Lake






The Joy of Sox
By Ben Kaplan - February 8, 2022

Socks in the wintertime are everything. They’re the difference between enjoying your run in frigid temperatures and being miserable. I have great socks from Decathlon, the Running Room, and Nike and, quite honestly, they have kept me on the paths in 2022. We asked readers to talk about their favourite winter run socks. Here are some socks for your mind.


“Dad and I love CEP long compression socks! Dad likes to rock the single side compression.” He says, “Well, then the pair lasts twice as long.” The socks do indeed matter!”

Another reader said: “My favourites are Darn Tough and Icebreaker. Smartwool has declined in quality the last few years but they are a close third.”

“I absolutely love my Mizuno Breathe Thermo socks for winter running,” wrote one reader. “They stay toasty no matter what. For all other running its Smartwool socks.”

Smartwool and Darn Tough received many nods from our readers, as well as a brand I’d never heard of. Apparently the Running Room sells Feetures, and they also advertise a lot on Facebook.

“I love my Feetures,” another reader said. “They are great wool socks, not too thick. Socks definitely matter. The wrong sock and I’ll have blisters on my heel and in between my toes.“

Endur received a lot of votes, a company I’m not familiar with. But one company whose socks I do love was popular amongst our readers. “Lululemon running socks have definitely lasted the longest for me. I’ve tried everything and Lulu are by far my fav. Second are Nike Elite. Both fit well and are comfortable, as long as you know your size. Pricy, but worth it.”

Reid Coolsaet, who we quote often, once told me he thought socks didn’t matter. But only on this one point I’ll challenge the Canadian Olympian. Many runners agreed with me, not Reid, and bemoaned a sock that’s not longer being made. “Ah, The Joy of Sox! I will only wear Wright Socks Silver Elite. They have discontinued the specific ones I wear. Fortunately I have a store of about 40 pairs in stock!”

How many socks do you need? Who makes the absolute best pair? Everyone has their own preference. But, I implore you, as a fellow runner, gets yourself some socks - before they’re all gone. “Running Room used to make the perfect double-layer sock,” wrote one reader. “Because they were double-layer, they were virtually indestructible—hence why they became discontinued.“








Photos This Week

Feb 10 Rocks!! Wed pm run

Feb 11 Early morning snow on Moonlight flag trail

Feb 11 Perch Lake trail

Feb 11 Perch Lake trail

Feb 11 Perch lake trail

Feb 11 Perch Lake trail

Feb 11 Moonlight trail


Feb 12 Bell Park sunrise

Feb 12 Rocks!! Saturday am run

Feb 12 Rocks!! at Bennett Lake

Feb 12 Bennett Lake

Feb 13 Sunrise on Moonlight polelone at -30deg

Feb 13 Moonlight Sudaca area

Feb 14 Moonlight flag trail

Feb 15 Perch Lake trail

Feb 15 Sudaca

Feb 16 Perch Lake

Feb 16 Perch Lake














Upcoming Local Events


   February 1 to March 1, 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




  Mar 2, 2022

Join us for The Secret 3K run/walk. Held during the week of International Women's Day, this race celebrates our right to be free to run. We're inviting everyone to come together in solidarity supporting the right all humans should have to walk or run free of fear in their community.

The Secret 3K - 2022
The Secret 3K: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - Registration





  April 2, 2022

YMCA Race To The Finish Line

Race Information
YMCA's Race to the Finish Line presented by NSS Canada and designed by Apex is a 1k, 5k, 10k & 21k trail race at Kivi Park. Funds raised will directly support YMCA's My Y is Resilient Campaign to help reach their goal of raising $2 million dollars.

Join us at Kivi Park on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022, from 9AM-2PM. Award ceremony and cash prizes will be awarded at the Gala following the race from 6PM-10PM at Science North’s Vale Cavern.

All Info and Registration









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 and Laurentian XC News







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