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      Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                      March 17, 2022        

     In this Issue:


  1. YMCA Race To The Finish Line Update
  2. Sudbury letter: Laurentian green space key to nordic championships
  3. Three very unique athletes prepare for OUA Championships
  4. Barkley Marathons ends with no finishers (again)
  5. Photos This Week
  6. Upcoming Events: April 2 YMCA Race to the Finish Line, May 22 Apex Warrior Trail Race Series 2022 is live!
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North and Laurentian XC News





  April 2, 2022


YMCA Race To The Finish Line Update


Hey running community our Y needs us!

by Kim Brouzes

I’m reaching out to walkers, joggers, runners, new and elite to join me and many other community members to help push the Y to their goal. It’s a real in person run with prizes and so much more!! What a great way to say hi to Spring and the start of so many running programs.

For those who want to run and don’t know how, there will be coaches there to meet and sign up with. For those with injuries, come see me in the recovery tent and I’ll get you back to walking or running!!

Let’s do this Sudbury!! Our YMCA needs us!

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.


Learn more about the race and awards gala here: www.ymcaracetothefinishline.com








Sudbury letter: Laurentian green space key to nordic championships

Publishing date:Mar 12, 2022 • Chris Gore

On Feb. 25-27, the Laurentian Nordic Ski Trails on the Laurentian University campus hosted the 2022 OUA Nordic championships. The event consisted of six races over three days. Approximately 135 skiers representing 12 institutions participated. The Laurentian Nordic Ski Club and the Sudbury nordic skiing community, with support from Laurentian University Athletics, organized and delivered the races.

Approximately 55 volunteers donated 12 hours of their time over the weekend (and additional hours leading up to the event) to ensure the success of the events and to support varsity athletics at Laurentian and within the province. This equates to more than 800 volunteer hours invested in the event. Fourteen Laurentian Voyageurs participated in the races, proudly representing their school.

The races helped to showcase the Laurentian campus and trail system located on the Laurentian green space. This is the third time since 2010 that the Nordic championships have been hosted on the Laurentian trails. Many of the competitors were impressed by the trail system. Quite a unique feature for an Ontario university.

We wanted to be sure that you were aware of the success of the event and the community support which enabled it to happen.

Chris Gore, president

Laurentian Nordic Ski







Three very unique athletes prepare for OUA Championships
Randy Pascal

Financial woes aside, Laurentian University has long prided itself on the diversity of its students and staff.

And while the trio of student-athletes who will don the Voyageur colours at the upcoming OUA Indoor Track & Field Championships being hosted this weekend by the York Lions might not represent a complete microcosm of the institution itself, their stories are indeed most unique and quite varied.

Freshman Kristen Mrozewski could well be the most high profile name coming in, the Lo-Ellen Park graduate actually recruited to the school. Only problem was that she was recruited as a hockey netminder, committing to the program that was disbanded before the first year Nursing student ever took to the ice in an OUA game.

Thankfully, the well-spoken 18 year-old is hardly a one-trick pony, having qualified for OFSAA championships both as a cross-country runner and in track and field, notably in the 300m hurdles, during her tenure as a Knight. When her L.U. hockey teammates dispersed, Mrozewski pivoted.

“At first, it hurt, those first few days – but then I started thinking about whether I wanted to move away from home to play hockey, or do I want to stay here,” said the talented teenager who recently placed second in the 600m at the 38th Annual Don Wright Team Challenge in London, covering the distance in a time of 1:40.74.

“This is what I want, to run and stay at Laurentian.”

For the first time in her life, Mrozewski can enjoy much more of a tunnel-visioned approach to her athletic pursuits. “Honestly, I had no idea what to expect coming in; I had never really totally focused on running,” she said. “I had always been half on running, the other half of me in hockey or soccer.”

“Now that I’m in it, I’m really enjoying it, really happy with how I’ve been running, really excited for the next three to four years.”

And for as much as she was a product of the track and field factory that is Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School, Mrozewski still had to deal with the inevitable bump up, as training demands increased.

“Mr (Colin) Ward (head track coach at LOE) prepared us really well,” she admitted. “He kind of bases his workouts on the workouts that Darren (Jermyn – LU track coach) uses. I would say that the biggest jump was the length of the workouts, going from doing maybe a 20-30 minute hard workout to going hard for over an hour.”

For his part, Alexandre Noel de Tilly flew much further under the track and field radar. A better than average SDSSAA competitor, the now 21 year-old fourth year Bio-Medical Biology major featured a more modest resume of high-school accomplishments as he took to the track at Laurentian in the winter of 2018-2019.

What he may have lacked in glowing accolades as a sprinter, however, the former Collège Notre-Dame Alouette more than made up for through his burning desire to draw every last bit of potential from his athletic base. That drive came in especially handy these past two years.

“Obviously, it was challenging to keep working out, especially when there is a lot of solo work,” said Noel de Tilly. “It’s just not as easy to keep putting in the work when you’re working alone.”

After reaching the OUA standard in year one by the skin of his teeth (time of 7.39 seconds in the 60m just barely squeezed him through), the aspiring student of dentistry has continued to shave off those valuable hundredths of a second, posting a personal best time of 7.28 earlier this month.

Given that he has embraced the need for technical excellence as a sprinter, much of his improvement these days comes from enhancing the athlete that he is. “I was lucky enough to buy myself a set of weights, so I’ve got 275 pounds to work with at home,” he stated. “Strength training is huge for a sprinter, to build the strength and explosiveness you need.”

“You’re not doing the traditional body building work – but for things like stepping out of the blocks faster, there are things that really drive the power, things like Olympic lifting.”

For someone as thoughtful as the young man who expects to compete in his final OUA race this coming weekend, there is a sense of irony in running the quickest of events. “It’s such a short race that you don’t have much time to think about much,” acknowledged Noel de Tilly. “There’s not much that goes through your mind.”

“There’s an incredible amount of tunnel vision. From the blocks, I kind of go empty-minded, just listening for the gun. Then I go and maybe mid-race, I might give myself a cue to kick my butt to help drive my knees.”

And if all of that comes together as planned, Noel de Tilly would be thrilled with one final PB at York.

If Noel de Tilly is the epitome of the slow and steady progression of L.U. Indoor Track, then Marvin Zongo is the “burst on the scene like a ball of fire” extreme. The native of Burkina Faso in Western Africa first arrived at Laurentian in the fall of 2020, but is competing at the U Sports level for the very first time this year.

Talk about making an impact.

Throughout the past six weeks or so, the young man who moved to Canada in 2020, making his way initially to the Université de Hearst has been ranked in the top five, nationally, in both the long jump and the triple jump. With a background in soccer, karate and judo, Zongo was definitely a late bloomer when it came to the disciplines in which he now soars.

“When I was 16, I discovered track through school,” he recalled. “I went to one meet and performed well and the teacher wanted me to keep going. Jumping was very natural to me.”

Apparently so.

In a matter of another year or two, the Law & Justice major would earn his first selection on the junior track and field team that would represent his native land at the West African Junior Meet in Mali, finishing third in the triple jump.

“That’s how it all started.”

Unfortunately, it stopped just as quickly, the pandemic clearly global in its reach. “I wasn’t able to train as normal, which was very challenging for me – and I was actually very patient,” said Zongo. “This time (during the pandemic), I learned a lot about myself. It showed me how to be patient and just wait for my time.”

While the jumps have generally been his thing – Zongo even competed in the high jump, at one point, in Africa – there is versatility to his athleticism that serves him well. “If you want to be able to jump, you have to build up some speed,” he explained. “You need to do some 60m indoor, 100 metres.”

“Two hundred metres might be a little long, but it’s good to have some endurance.”

As the only Laurentian athlete to have qualified for the U Sports Championships, Zongo will head off to New Brunswick a couple of weeks after provincials. “I am going there to bring something back home,” he said, referencing his current setting. “Sudbury is very welcoming. I didn’t think I was going to be this comfortable in Sudbury.”

That’s just part of what makes the story of Marvin Zongo so unique – and so special.

“I want to see how far I can go in the sport, in track, to push myself as far as I can.”







Barkley Marathons ends with no finishers (again)
Sabbe and Hamilton both dropped out on their fourth loop; Jasmin Paris gets a Fun Run


The 2022 Barkley Marathons has come to an end after the last two competitors, Karel Sabbe and Greig Hamilton, bowed out on their fourth loop of the 20-plus mile course.

Sabbe was making good time, finishing three loops in just over 32 hours. The fourth loop in the dark did him no favours, as he was found off-course in another town, chatting with a garbage can who he thought was a person (he’d been running for 40-plus hours at this point). The local sheriff pulled Sabbe aside, escorting him back to camp, where his 2022 Barkleys attempt sadly came to an end.

Hamilton, an orienteering expert, ran the early two loops with Big’s Backyard Ultra stars Courtney Dauwalter and Harvey Lewis, before going ahead of them at the end of the second loop (where Dauwalter and Lewis dropped after failing to find the seventh book). Hamilton was moving well, but he had time to make up, arriving in camp after loop three almost three hours behind Sabbe. Ultimately, it wasn’t in the cards for Hamilton, who did not complete loop four in under 48 hours (the rule for being allowed to attempt loop five).

The Barkley course has won again, for the fifth consecutive year. 2017 marked the last time anyone finished; that was the year John Kelly completed all five loops (and Canada’s Gary Robbins came close). One hundred and sixty-five runners have started the race since 2017, and Sabbe and Hamilton are the only runners to reach loop four on two occasions. Kelly tapped out this year after three loops to finish the Fun Run.

Jasmin Paris scored a Fun Run, which is three loops of the course in under 40 hours. She is the first woman to do so since Bev Anderson-Abbs (who is Canadian), back in 2013. Paris, Sabbe, Hamilton, Kelly and Thomas Dunkerbeck are all credited with Fun Runs.

There are approximately 40 starters every year. They have 60 hours to finish five 20-mile loops through steep and unforgiving terrain in Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park while using their orienteering skills to navigate the course, which is not marked. GPS watches are not allowed; each runner is issued a Casio watch with very little functionality beyond keeping them apprised of how much time has passed. Runners must also collect specific pages (corresponding to their bib number) from books hidden on the course; missing pages mean automatic disqualification. (Runners receive a new bib at the beginning of each loop).







Photos This Week

Mar 10 Laurentian trails

Mar 11 Bioski

Mar 11 Blackbird swamp

Mar 11 Perch Lake trail

Mar 11 Perch Lake trail

Mar 11 Sudaca


Mar 12 BelL Park Boardwalk

Mar 12 Rocks!! Saturday am run

Mar 12 Rocks!! on Laurentian trails

Mar 12 Perck Lake swamp

Mar 13 Moonlight Poleline

Mar 14 Perch Lake trail

Mar 14 Perch Lake trail

March 14 Moonlight side trails

Mar 15 Laurentian loop

Mar 16 Civic Cemetery















Upcoming Local Events


  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






Apex Warrior Trail Race Series 2022 is live!


3 epic trail races in 3 different locations. This our first year having all our events go live and they are going to be bigger than ever.
Race #1 - Apex Sprint
Date - May 22

Distances - 6km - 12km
Location - Laurentian Bio-ski chalet
Race #2 - Apex Rush
Date - July 31

Distances - 6km -12km - 25km
Location - Walden Mountain Bike trails
Race #3 - Apex Warrior
Date - Sept 18

Distances - 6km-12km-25km-50km
Location - Laurentian Nature chalet
Head to www.apexwarrior.ca for registration and more info.
Start running, it’s time to race!









Run Club Update




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