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  Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                     June 23, 2022        

     In this Issue:


  1. Canoe Marathon June 19, 2022
  2. The 2022 Camino is August 6
  3. Logan Spicer: Pursuing the many pathways of track & field development
  4. District H Legion Track something of a one-off this year
  5. Photos This Week
  6. Upcoming Events: July 1, 2022 Girls Run Sudbury
  7. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  8. Track North and Laurentian XC News





  June 19, 2022

Canoe Marathon June 19, 2022

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Enjoyed a fun day out on Ramsey Lake here at the 2022 Sudbury Canoe Club Marathon….conditions were near perfect for the 22 km event!
Thanks, as always, goes to all the volunteers and organizers. John Larmer


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Logan Spicer: Pursuing the many pathways of track & field development
Randy Pascal


In the summer of 2018, Logan Spicer ran times in the 100m dash at Legion Provincials that would have allowed him to final at OFSAA.

Oh yes – and by the way, he also captured gold in the high jump, earning a berth a nationals in a discipline in which he had NOT competed in for two full years. The now 19 year old freshman at Guelph University would take third place at the Canadian Championships (yes, in the high jump) roughly a month later.

Track & field, it would appear, is a constant voyage of discovery for this very talented young man.

“I’ve had to kind of figure out what I am good at and what I want to pursue,” suggested Spicer, looking back upon year one of OUA competition. “Each event is so different technically that it’s hard to do everything. We (he and his coaches) looked at where my strengths are, my body type, my physique, and my technical skills.”

“The most potential for me likely lies in the sprints and the long jump.”

Of course, that might change. And if you don’t recall seeing a mention of the long jump up to this point of the story, you would be correct. Spicer dabbled with the event for a few years early during his days at Lively District Public School and eventually returned to his athletic toolbox at OFSAA in grade nine, unleashing an impressive PB in the long jump of 6.15 metres.

Then he made his way back to the high jump – at least for a few years.

“In the high jump, I put up really great numbers in grades nine and ten, but I hit a ceiling with that,” he said. “My body limited me in certain ways, whereas in the sprints and the long jump, that ceiling is so much higher. If my goal is a world stage, I am going to choose the events that have the best opportunity of getting me there.”

And truth be told, there is an element of crossover, notably with the runway phase of the long jump which is somewhat comparable to the sprints. Mind you “somewhat comparable” is also at the root of why the runway remains the central focus for Spicer as he tries to push the boundaries of his development in both the 100m dash and the long jump.

“They’re similar concepts but very different styles of acceleration,” noted Spicer. “In the sprints, you’re blasting out of the blocks. It’s a very aggressive push into the ground to try and accelerate to max speed as quickly as possible. In the long jump, you want to have max velocity at the board; it’s more of a gradual build to max velocity.”

“It’s still hard to differentiate those two in my brain.”

There is, of course, an element of perspective to what Spicer is terming a challenge of differentiation.

The truth is that we are talking about a young man who unleashed a 10.74 PB at his first meet of the summer in Windsor last month, but also saw his long jump progress during the indoor season from 6.30m to 6.50m to 6.70m and finally to 6.94m at the OUA Championships, good for fifth place in Ontario and just two centimetres away from qualifying for nationals.

“I was so new and raw to the event (long jump) that my jumps in PBs were really drastic,” said Spicer. As many before him have come to learn, making the jump from the high school ranks to university competition is a significant leap – even for the best leapers in the land.

“It’s a different level of training at university,” said Spicer. “As a high-school athlete, I thought I was doing everything that I could to be the best that I can be in the sport. I got to the collegiate level and realized that I wasn’t doing anything. The way these guys train is absolutely incredible.”

It’s also part of the source of his indelible optimism, situated in an environment where excellence is found at every corner of the training track complex. “There are so many people at Guelph that can give you so much advice in so many different ways,” said Spicer, who was able to develop a foundation on which is current growth could blossom thanks in large part to the time he spent with both Track North Athletic Club and the crew at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School.

“This training group is awesome,” he continued. “I get to train with some of the best athletes in the country. They push me every day; I couldn’t ask for more.”

Preparing to depart for the Canadian U20 Championships in British Columbia later this month, Spicer has his sights set on attempting a shot at a time of 10.60 in the 100m, the standard which could qualify him for World Juniors in Columbia. And if it doesn’t happen this summer, he will most certainly take another crack at it down the road.

He is not about to close the book on his track and field career for a few years yet.

“In all honestly, I’m going to run until my body won’t let me anymore,” he suggested with a laugh. “I love sprinting; I love jumping. I couldn’t be happier doing this level of training.”

And if it leads to even more discoveries on the pathway of the athletic potential of Logan Spicer, well, so be it. He’s just fine with that as well.






District H Legion Track something of a one-off this year
Randy Pascal

Without the standard provincial pathway competition in place for the summer of 2022, it was tough to know exactly what to make of the Legion District Track and Field meet that was staged over the weekend in Sudbury.

Yes, numbers were down a little as the sport, like so many others, battles its way back to some semblance of the pre-Covid era.

But the truth is that Legion Nationals (National Youth Track & Field Championships) remain on the calendar, with Sherbrooke (PQ) hosting from August 5th to the 7th. As well, the first Ontario Summer Games since 2018 are set to take place in Mississauga from July 21st to the 24th.

And to top things off, there were a solid handful of noteworthy performances on Saturday at the Laurentian University Track Complex, with a few records broken and a glut of kids entered in the U11 and U13 divisions, for a change.

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that the event itself is as difficult to pigeon-hole into a simple single theme as it is to try and group all of the athletes in a single fashion, with everyone looking to walk away with something a little different from Legion District Track this year.

Now several months into her training, Manitoulin Secondary junior Maren Kasunich looked to the meet as perhaps the icing on the cake, capturing the girls 17 & under 1500m race (5:10.84), as well as the 3000m (10:55.47) and the 2000m steeplechase (7:41.75), setting new records in both of the latter two distances.

“The season has been kind of long and I’m ready to settle down for the summer,” said Kasunich, who mixed in a little volleyball and gymnastics and a healthy approach to academics during her 2021-2022 school year in M’Chigeeng. “When we get into the season, I start jogging for fun and then doing light interval workouts two or three times a week.”

“I do weight resistance workouts and training on my own – and intervals with my coach (Gerry Holliday).”

Earlier in June, the talented middle distance runner competed at OFSAA for the first time, sharing a story that is reminiscent of so many northern athletes who have gone before. “It’s so different,” said Kasunich, who cracked the top ten by finishing 9th in the 3000m in a time of 10:23.70.

“In my 1500m and 3000m, I got like eighth and ninth – and I ran even faster than I ran today. There are some insane runners there. It’s a blow to the ego, for sure.”

That said, some teens find themselves able to simply go with the flow a little better in the intense environment that is OFSAA, including Marymount Regals grade nine thrower Kayiesha Thomas, who swept the 15 and under girls javelin (30.91m), shot put (11.08m) and discus (17.50m) on Saturday.

“At first, it was super intimidating (at OFSAA), but as soon as I made my first throw, it was okay and I got into it,” said Thomas, who qualified for two of her three events following the NOSSA meet in Sault Ste Marie. “I got a new PB in the javelin (25.19M) but didn’t do as well as I believe that I could have done in the shot put – but still did pretty well.”

Still, it’s all pretty heady stuff for a 14 year old who had really only a short crack at the softball toss a few years back prior to being encouraged by teacher/coach Tina Trudeau to give these new throws a shot this spring. Keep in mind that for as much as there is a strength component to all three, there is also plenty to differentiate the trio of field events.

“In the javelin, you have a run up which gives you momentum,” explained Thomas. “As soon as you get to the line, you have to do crossovers which force you to twist and pull over. With the shot put, I start backwards, so I twist and then I turn and then I have to push outwards instead of throwing it up.”

“With the discus, I have to wind up and start with my legs further apart and have to fling my arm which gives me the momentum to throw, and then flick it off my finger to make it spin. Miss Trudeau taught me that.”

One of several members of the Air Blastoff contingent coached by Robert Esmie on hand on Saturday, Mélina Doiron will have a few options at her disposal as she prepares to start high-school at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary in the fall, walking off with first place ribbons in the 15 and under girls 100m dash (13.05 seconds – new record), 200m dash (27.48 seconds) and the triple jump (9.59m).

“Honestly, I am not sure what I want to do, but I do really like the triple jump,” said the grade eight student at LOE Intermediate School. “I just got a new highest record today (PB) – but I really think I will keep doing the 100m and 200m in high school.”

“They are very good races for me.”

Joining Air Blastoff earlier this year, the triple gold medal winner at the Rainbow Champions meet last week noticed an immediate change to her practice routine. “He (Esmie) makes you train a lot more and stuff,” she said. “It’s really difficult, but it’s really fun.”

“You get a lot more of a push.”

Other local multiple event winners on the girls side on Saturday included Ava Bebawy (U11 – 200m and HJ), Adrielle Charette (U13 – 100m/200m/300m), Megan Pineau (U13 – 800m/1200m), Maggie Polischuk (U13 – HJ and shot put), Aimie Remillard (U17 – 100m/200m) and Lucia Salmaso (U15 – 800m; U17 – 400m).

On the boys side, the potential for the future is easy to see with first place finishers Nehemiah Esmie (U11 – 100m/200m and LJ), Drew Herranen (U11 – HJ and TJ), Janssen Fransen (U13 – 100m/200m and LJ) and Liam Lacroix (17U – 400m/800m).






Photos This Week

June 15 Rocks!! Wednesday pm run

June 16 Finlandia



June 17 Nature Chalet

June 18 Rocks!! Saturday am run

June 18 Grotto

June 18 Water Tank

June 19 Fourth Ave

June 19 Greenwood Ave

June 19 Finlandia

June 19 Finlandia

June 20 Nature Chalet

June 20 Lake Laurentian loop

June 21 Rotary trail

June 21 Rotary trail

June 21 Rotary trail

June 12 Rotary trail

June 12 Rotary trail

June 21 Rotary trail

June 21 Rotary trail

June 22 Ramsey Lake South Bay

June 22 Ramsey Lake South Bay

June 22 Laurentian Lake loop

June 22 Laurentian Lake loop





Upcoming Local Events


   July 1, 2022

The moment we have all waiting for! Girls Run Sudbury REGISTRATION is now OPEN! This will be our last virtual event before going in person in 2023!

Start your training, set yourself an achievable goal and strive for it. You will have the month of July to submit your best result. Looking forward to see you all achieving you personal best in 2022.









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