Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  May 10, 2023        

     In this Issue:


  1. A Man on a Mission at SudburyROCKS!!!
  2. Rocks!! in Toronto Marathon
  3. A Sports Hall of Fame Class replete with quantity and quality
  4. Photos This Week
  5. Upcoming Events: May 28 SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon June Apex Trail Races 2023
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North and Laurentian XC News









A Man on a Mission at SudburyROCKS!!!



Jamie West NDP is a man on a mission. He's a politician, a community leader, and an avid runner, but above all else, he's a tireless advocate for cancer patients and their families. For Jamie, running is more than just a hobby or a way to stay in shape. It's a way to raise awareness and funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation, an organization that is near and dear to his heart.

Jamie's SudburyROCKS journey began in 2018 when he set out to complete the 5k run without collapsing. Along the way, he met countless volunteers, participants, and families who inspired him to keep going. Since then, Jamie has returned to SudburyROCKS every year, not just to run but to support and encourage everyone who participates.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamie worked tirelessly to promote the SudburyROCKS virtual races, bringing the community together despite the challenges of social distancing. But now, as things begin to return to some semblance of normalcy, Jamie is looking forward to seeing everyone in person once again.

Whether you're a seasoned runner or just starting out, SudburyROCKS is a fantastic way to get involved, have fun, and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families. So why not sign up today? You'll be joining Jamie West and countless others in a truly inspiring and meaningful event.

Registration is online: https://tinyurl.com/SudburyROCKS2023









SudburyROCKS!!! Meet Thomas Merritt


Meet Thomas Merritt one of the passionate runners participating in the SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk event on May 28th. Thomas is a dedicated runner who runs the 5k race every year in memory of his beloved father who lost his battle to cancer a few years ago.

Running this race holds a special place in Thomas' heart, as it is a way for him to keep his father's memory alive and to continue to connect with him. Thomas' Dad was a big believer in the importance of community, and his legacy lives on through his son's commitment to the Northern Cancer Foundation, an organization that supports the community they both loved.

Hailing from Howey Drive in Sudbury, Thomas knows the importance of staying active and maintaining good health. He believes that running is not just a physical activity but a way to keep our minds sharp and our spirits high. Thomas' dedication to running is truly inspirational, and we can all learn from his commitment to improving his fitness and wellbeing.

On race day, let's come together and cheer Thomas on as he runs to honour his father and support the community he loves. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer and show our support for all those who have been affected by this devastating disease. Let's give Thomas a warm Sudbury welcome as he crosses the finish line and remind him that he is not alone in his journey. Keep up the fantastic work, Thomas!



Registration is online: https://tinyurl.com/SudburyROCKS2023









Rocks!! in Toronto Marathon

Shelley Walushka

Stephanie Koett



Thank you everyone. It was an epic, magical, emotional and darn tough day out there but I’m so grateful was able to line up and push myself harder than I ever have before. The last few km were brutal and the finish area is complete chaos… I just got my medal… now waiting in a line for food…

I’m so happy with how it went but also very relieved. There were a few tough moments as there always is in long runs when it started feeling like the wheels were falling off but I just tried to stay calm and reminded myself that I can do hard things… no struggle bus today.. not a chance!

Thank you all for your support, friendship and weekly inspiration. Our running group is so special and you will never know how much this community has meant to me over the past year.



Never Say Never……

Several months ago I decided to attempt a marathon again. The thought was to qualify for Boston and run it a 6th time. With a BQ qualify time of 4:20, I started my training and signed up for Sudbury Rocks Marathon. When on my treadmill, I train on a virtual platform called Zwift. A person I had never met in real life suggested I run with her in the Toronto Marathon as a training run. She was commissioned as a 4:10 pace bunny. In all my years of marathon running (last of which was in 2015), I had never ran a training 42.2 km to race a 42.2 km. Well…never say never. I consulted Vince who just looked at me and said “what are you waiting for!?”What a fun time!!!! I ran with my 4:10 pace bunny friend for 32 km then pushed up the speed. A win win this weekend. I got to meet a fellow runner IRL, run and chat for 32 km and qualify with 12 minutes to spare (4:07:58). Next up…Sudbury Rocks Marathon in 3 weeks.

2704 SHELLEY WALUSHKA F35-39 291 33 5 1:38:13 2:48:27 3:21:23
208 MACKENZIE MARTEL M25-29 1141 891 179 2:01:49 3:25:03 4:02:00
1215 STEPHANIE KOETT F60-64 1238 285 5 2:05:19 3:31:37 4:07:57
1424 KATIE GROVE F25-29 1789 486 118 2:07:25 3:53:00 4:40:53

Congratulations to Shelley, Stephanie and all runners in all events

Shelley and Stephanie have comfortably met the 2024 qualification standard for entering the Boston Marathon

All Marathon Results Here





A Sports Hall of Fame Class replete with quantity and quality
Randy Pascal

On June 14th (2023), the Greater Sudbury Sports Hall of Fame will welcome a new slate of inductees for the first time in four years.

With a total of 15 new inductees included in what amounts to the Class of 2020 and 2022, it seems safe to say that the new grouping will more than make up for the lost time, both in terms of quantity and quality.

Given the amount of time that has passed since the Class of 2020 was first announced, pre-COVID, it seemed prudent to spend a column reacquainting local sports folks with the impressive resumes that accompany each and other one of the individuals and collection of individuals who will be feted in a little over a month at the Caruso Club:

GARY TREVISIOL: A member of the Sudbury Cycling Club in the very infancy of the organization, Trevisiol would climb the Canadian cycling ranks quickly, claiming a national junior title within two years of picking up the sport. But after finishing 6th at Worlds in 1979 and qualifying for the Moscow Olympics that Canada would boycott, Trevisiol would return to the Games four years later in Los Angeles, part of a team that also included silver medal winner Steve Bauer.

BRENT HATTON: First introduced to course golf at Cedar Green as he kicked off his teenage years, Hatton would garner far more prominence as a long-time member of the Lively Golf Club, the setting that was home to so many of the 55 tournament titles he claimed over the years. Nearing his 60th birthday, Hatton continues to play well, a serious threat in recent years at the Ontario Seniors Championships.

TERRY CRISP: Although he played more than 530 games as a centreman in the NHL, helping the Philadelphia Flyers to a pair of Stanley Cup victories in the 1970’s, Crisp is at least as well known for his coaching career, a head coach for more than eight seasons with the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning, winning another Cup with the former in 1988-1989.

CHRISTINE JAWORSKI: A very natural athlete from a highly athletic Sudbury family, Jaworski would garner the most attention for her prowess as an arm-wrestler, walking off a world champion on three separate instances, the kind of success that would land her a cameo on the Sylvester Stallone movie, “Over the Top” in 1987.

ROBERT ESMIE: A native of Jamaica who moved to Sudbury while still in elementary school, Esmie was a three time OFSAA gold medal winner as a sprinter at Lasalle Secondary School, continuing to develop to the point of claiming bronze at the Indoor Worlds in 1995 and holding the world record at one time in the 60m dash. But it was as the lead runner for the Canadian 4 X 100m relay team that won gold in Atlanta that the Air Blastoff coach is most well known.

JIM LOGAN: Born in Toronto, Logan would compete at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Italy as a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, he and his teammates earning bronze medals at the Games. Moving to Sudbury to accept an accounting position shortly thereafter and suiting up with the b>Sudbury Wolves' senior team coached by Peanuts O’Flaherty (also a St Michael’s alumnus), Logan has spent the rest of his life in these parts, devoting many years as a coach of Special Olympics curling teams.

GARY FOY: A very talented all-around skier who raced with the Nickel Teens Ski Club, Foy won gold at nationals in the downhill as a U20 competitor before moving on to influence the sport in these parts in countless different ways, as a coach, a member of the divisional ski executive and as the man most associated with bringing the Lively Ski Hill to life.

JOHN BEEDELL: Born in New Zealand but moving to Canada as a youngster, John Beedell would make his way to Sudbury during the glory years of the Sudbury Canoe Club (1950’s / 1960’s), representing Canada at the World Championships in Prague in 1958 and again at the Summer Olympics in Rome in 1960, eventually settling in the Ottawa region to a career as a teacher.

TESSA BONHOMME: Having played all of her youth hockey in Sudbury, Bonhomme would accept an NCAA scholarship with the Ohio State Buckeyes, enjoying a storied career that would see her earn a nomination for the Patti Kazmaier Award as outstanding collegiate player of the year. No surprise that she would also catch the attention of the Canadian national team, winning at the World Championships on two occasions and claiming Olympic gold on home soil in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

FIELDING BROTHERS (Clifford/Carman/Cecil): Members of a family that is far more well-known in these parts for their heavy involvement in the Sudbury business community, the “Fighting Fieldings” also remained extremely active in the boxing community, both as participants and supporters of the sport, with both Clifford and Carman earning induction into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.

CAPREOL MAZZUCAS FASTBALL: Although fastball in Capreol can actually be dated back to not all that long after the turn of the 20th century, it was the era that began in the mid-fifties and continued through to the seventies that would see the Mazzuca-sponsored teams earn one provincial title after the next, establishing a standard of excellence in the sport that now sees them earning the first nod in the newly created “Norm Mayer Dynasty Award” category.

KAREN DUGUAY BUNTING: Inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2020, (then) Duguay – (now) Bunting twice donned the maple leaf at the World Championships for Canada (1998 & 2000) in addition to participating in more than 15 sets of national championship tournaments, playing the sport well into adulthood and now moving on to the coaching ranks.

JEFFREY BUTTLE: Buttle moved to Sudbury quite young, quickly forming a partnership with coach Wendy Philion and the Sudbury Skating Club. A member of the Canadian Olympic team that took part in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Italy, Buttle would add a gold medal performance at the 2008 World Championships in Gothenburg to his silver medal that he claimed in 2005 in Moscow.

GILLES LAFRANCE: Initially cracking the Canadian Cerebral Palsy team in 1981, Lafrance participated at the World Championships a year later in Denmark before moving on to enjoy two sets of Paralympic Games (New York City – 1984; Barcelona – 1992). Lafrance also held a pair of world records at one time in 1986, the fastest in the world in his category at the 200m and 400m distances.

FABIO BELLI (posthumous): Belli would leverage his love of soccer in a variety of fashions, as volunteer and team manager and a businessman, opening Just Soccer and serving as chairman of the highly successful Panhellenic Soccer Tournament. Still in just his thirties, Belli was elected to city council, a post that he held at the time of his sad and most unexpected passing in April of 2014.

A number of the inductees who were able to make it gathered at Eddies Restaurant on Wednesday to mix and mingle with existing Sudbury Sports Hall of Famers, with the dinner now just a month away. For more information or to purchase tickets, kindly contact either Randy Pascal (info@sudburysports.com – 705-698-1627) or Joe Drago (drago@eastlink.ca – 705-207-3475) - or pick up tickets at either the House of Kin on Regent Street or at Top Glove Boxing Academy on Lorne Street.





Photos This Week

May 3 Rocks!! /Apex Wednesday pm run

May 3

May 3

May 4 Bioski Trails


May Moonlight beach

May 4 Moonlight beach

May 4 Moonlight backcountry

May 4 Finlandia

May 4 Finlandia


May 5 Moonlight trail

May 5 Greenwood

May 5 Greenwood

May 6 Rocks!! Saturday am run

May 6 Rotary Park lookout

May 6 Bell Park

May 7 Howie Dr.

May 7 Kingsway trail

May 7 Kingsway trail

May 7 Finlandia

May 7 Greenwood

May 7 Greenwood

May 8 Greenwood

May 8 Moonlight

May 9 Fourth Ave

May 9 Moonlight

May 9 Moonlight bridge

May 9 Moonlight bridge

May 9 Sudaca

May 10 Bioski

May 10 Bioski

May 10 Bioski













Upcoming Local Events


Registration is OPEN for the SudburyROCKS!!! Marathon Events

We are enthusiastically returning as an in person event








Apex Trail Races 2023


Trail Race Registration








Run Club Update




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