Hello Everyone,                                                                                                                                                                                                                             November 8, 2023        

                    In this Issue:


  1. Missing a Very Special Rock!!
  2. Run to Remember
  3. L.U. cross-country season wraps up with some racers of note
  4. Photos This Week
  5. Upcoming Events:   Dec 2 Santa Shuffle
  6. Running Room Run Club Update: 
  7. Track North and Laurentian XC News






Missing a Very Special Rock!!

Ken and Lynn Stubbings

Just after 5pm November 3, Ken allowed his body to rest. My fella's passing was quiet and without suffering. Ken was my person, my best friend, and the love of my life. It is hard to imagine life without the guy I literally grew up with.
I know I will continue to feel the warm embrace of the many special people who have shown us incredible kindness & caring over the past months. I appreciate that more than my words can express.    Lynn Stubbings


Many of our newer group members have never met Ken Stubbings but he has been a solid Cobourg Rocks!! member from the early 2000s. He is also my brother in law married to my youngest sister Lynn. Ken was diagnosed with different forms of cancer in late December. He and a great medical support team fought hard and it appeared everyone under the sun prayed or willed healing thoughts on his behalf. But sometimes prayers do not have our desired results, we run out of miracles, and it becomes just a matter of time before the fight is over. Lynn and her best friend Deb were at his side to help him pass.


Rod Simpson and Ken Stubbings at the Massey Marathon

Ken first ran in the north in the 2002 Massey Marathon. Lise Perdue was about to run her first ever marathon and she invited Ken along for the experience. He readily accepted. Lots were learned on that initial outing as his spirit overstepped ability. Ken finished well though and improved immensely through the coming years. Ken actually won our SudburyRocks!!! Marathon in its early years. We celebrated by helping him spend the $1000 prize on dinner for four. He continued to participate and ran in all our events up until Covid put a crimp in our operations.

His most celebrated marathon was a home one in Prince Edward County, the County Marathon. He never missed one from its inception 20 years ago only missing this year's outing. Lynn and friends ran the half in his honour. The very first event was fully televised on CTV. Ken pulled in a third overall and got loads of tv coverage. In 2022 Ken was recognized by event Organizers for his assistance and participation in the run. It was a well deserved honour.

From his first Massey Marathon 3:45 finish time, Ken's times plummeted to elite levels running the Hamilton Around the Bay run in just over 2 hours (I believe 2::00: 08 just missing a gold medal). He went on to run Boston a few times with a PB under 2:55. And he beat me in the marathon 103 times in a row. He ran 105. I outran him in the very first two only. The rest, I didn't even see the dust I was left eating. It was nice as even though he moved far beyond my ability he never failed to keep asking about better performance avenues. Nice for my ego.

Ken was a great explorer of his body's abilities. He ran 6 marathons in 6 weeks just to observe how his speed and endurance would hold up. Turns out, just fine. The last was faster than the first. He also ran the Sri Chinmoy - 6 Hour Race in Kingston a few times just to see how many laps he could get in. Turns out, a lot.



Lynn, Ken, Vince and Lise at our last Coast to Coast to Coast Canada marathon adventure ending in Regina Saskatchewan Sep 2016

The four of us totally love our country and are happy to explore the far corners and everything in between. It was when we ran our first marathon (guys) half marathon (girls) out of province in Quebec City that Ken mentioned the possibility of running a half and marathon in every province and territory. And so the Coast to Coast to Coast quest began. From east to west and north and not in the order we ran them we visited Newfoundland in the St. John's Marathon and the Trapper's Marathon in Goose Bay Labrador getting there by car on the new gravel Trans Labrador Highway. On to Moncton in New Brunswick, Charlottetown in P.E.I, Quebec City Marathon in Quebec, the Massey Marathon in Ontario, the Manitoba Marathon in Winnipeg Man., The Banff Marathon in Alberta, The Yellowknife Marathon in the N.W. T.. the Mayo Marathon in the Yukon, the Northwest Passage Marathon in Somerset Island in Nunavut, the Edge to Edge Marathon in Tofino Vancouver Island and finally to wrap it all up we finished our quest in Sep 2016 running the Queen City Marathon in Regina Saskatchewan.

What we got out of all this running and traveling was a unique feeling for the people's of each area and the activities in each place... plus great scenery. There were puffin sighting and Jiggs dinner in St. John's, there was wild game dinner in Goose Bay, there was Old Town in Quebec City, there was a special winning stool for Ken in Massey, there were 1000 private water hoses in Winnipeg when temperatures soared, there was a flood in Alberta which forced us to travel to Banff twice (not a bad thing), we were treated to a free breakfast by a shop owner in Yellowknife because we were from away, we ran at midnight in Mayo in the Yukon, we ran where John Franklin's 1845 expedition passed in the Barrow Straight on Somerset Island in Nunavut, we ran 6km on Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino.......and...... we had the luxury of running a 5km Saturday run together (photo above) the day before our very last half and marathon on Sunday Sep 18, 2016.

What we also got was a closeness to family that I was not accustomed to. And it was a good thing. Among other things I learned that Ken required/demanded 3 meals a day. And he got them. I learned that Ken was absolutely afraid of heights. Tough when you are hiking in the mountains. How we got him on a Zip Line only he and Lynn knows. I learned we fit together as a well bonded foursome because of the easy style of Ken and Lynn.

I believe Ken finished his marathon running career in Prince Edward County in 2022. There was another life marathon to follow. He accepted it bravely just as another challenge to overcome. He put up a good fight and a better front. But a good outcome wasn't to be and now we miss him very much. And not just the Stubbings Perdue clan but his close friends and the Northumberland Community all care deeply. They have all stepped up to not only send him on but to assist in whatever way they can. That is because of the positive impact Ken made on those he touched whether it be family, friends or working associates.

Ken, we miss you deeply. Take good care





  November 5, 2023

Run to Remember

We are back at it!
Run to Remember - November 5 2023!
In the Boréal Nature trails


The 7th annual Run to Remember took place at College Boreal this Sunday where participants were treated with a 1km, 5km and 10km courses to suit their abilities. The run is put on to recognize first responders from the military, police , fire and emergency medical services. A cool dry day made for good conditions on the trails. A great outing for all.


10km start line warm up

All Photos Here




L.U. cross-country season wraps up with some racers of note
Randy Pascal


Just how far both Keon Wallingford and Angela Mozzon have come was right near the top of a handful of highlights from the 2023 OUA Cross-Country Championships in Waterloo as Laurentian Voyageurs teams finished ninth (women) and tenth (men) respectively in fields of 17 entries from across the province.

A highly touted North Bay product who took the OUA by storm as a rookie in 2019, Wallingford placed 31st at the provincial showdown that year and contributed nicely to an L.U. men's entry that earned a birth at nationals.

But far beyond the challenge that Covid-19 would pose a year later, Wallingford would battle the dreaded injury bug in the ensuing seasons, fighting his way back this fall to a 21st place finish on Saturday and a season-best time of 25:17.

"It's almost hard to put into words what Keon was able to accomplish today," noted Laurentian head coach Darren Jermyn. "He had been injured for a full year, dealing with an ongoing shin issue, so he didn't have the typical summer mileage build and training base coming into the season."

"He has worked extremely hard to be physically ready to race at the elite level again - but perhaps what is more impressive is his mental toughness on race day."

Yet it was a very soft-spoken 22 year old fifth year student (but only year three of eligibility) who looked ahead last week as he and his team put their finishing touches on pre-race workouts at the Laurentian track.

"I definitely have some personal goals but I don't have any huge expectations," said Wallingford last Monday. "This is kind of a remain healthy season and continue to run. But I am a competitor. I like to compete and do well."

The OUA championship race provided a great end to the university XC season for young man who still must make some key decisions before next fall - though the question of still running, in some way, shape or form is not one of them.

"I'm actually not entirely sure of what I am doing yet, academically," said Wallingford, who is contemplating doing a masters in psychology but also considering applying to law school. "I still have two years (of eligibility) after this."

"If I stay at Laurentian or go to another school that has a running team, I will continue to run. Even if I don't go to a school with a running team, I am still going to run, probably for Track North."

Wallingford led all of the Voyageurs' men in Waterloo, followed by local product Brandon Radey (57th - 27:17 - 30-second PB), Seamus Doherty (63rd - 27:29), Cameron Date (70th - 27:55) and Patrick Leroux (78th - 28:11).

On the women's side of things, St Benedict Catholic Secondary School product Angela Mozzon showed the way for the Laurentian ladies for a second straight year, improving two spots from her 2022 OUA performance (35th in Waterloo - 31:19).

"Angela's eight kilometre time has improved by over five minutes since she came to Laurentian," noted coach Jermyn. "She is really a prime example of what we can achieve with our program and the support we have from the university."

Also helping the Voyageurs' women jump one place up in the standings this year were Meredith Kusnierczyk, who took full advantage of a flat, fast course to run the fastest race of her varsity career (50th - 32:15), as well as Kristen Mrozewski (53rd - 32:24), Sarah Booth (66th - 33:46) and Charlotte Grenier (72nd - 34:26).

In Mrozewski, Grenier and Booth, the team should have some building blocks for 2024 (other might return as well), with the latter finishing her fourth and final year of Outdoor Adventure Leadership but tacking on a year of Concurrent Education at the tail-end.

"When I am in my school year, if I don't have sports, I don't do well academically," said Booth, a native of Peterborough. "I need it."

Varsity sports, however, were not a given for the daughter of life-long runners - but one who never really embraced it consistently until she arrived in Sudbury. Thankfully, the university process does have time on its side.

"When I came here, I didn't reach out right away because of Covid and stuff," Booth recollected. "But I knew one of the previous runners (Sarah Thackery) and eventually decided to reach out to Darren."

"He asked me: are you fit?" Booth continued. "I said fairly fit - then I came out and realized that I was fit, but not THAT fit. This is a huge difference. I think I actually found Covid really helpful. Because we didn't have any races, I just trained the whole time."

"That was nice because in the following year, I could actually be competitive."

Many are the examples of those who have experienced similar journeys to that of Booth and Mozzon and Mrozewski, a hockey recruit of a now-defunct program when she initially enrolled at Laurentian.

"It's nice to have that ability to have what Darren calls a practice squad," noted Booth. "It's great for just getting into it because Darren cuts back on the workouts. Just being able to have that conversation with Darren about what you can do to work your way into this and not getting injured is the biggest thing."

Following the traditional post-race visit to Dairy Queen, the team will now shift their focus to the indoor season, with the OUA Championships set for February 23rd to the 25th in Windsor.





Photos This Week

Nov 2 Lindsay area

Nov 2

Nov 4 Rocks!! Saturday am run (poor quality moisture on the lens)

Nov 4 Ramsey Lake

Nov 4 Ramsey Lake

Nov 4 David C.

Nov 4 Ramsey Lake

















Upcoming Local Events


 December 2, 2023


Saturday, December 02, 2023

The Santa Shuffle has returned to Sudbury, bringing with it passionate individuals from
across our community who support The Salvation Army’s Sudbury Cedar Place. The
shelter gives HOPE to women, children and families who need a place to call “HOME.”
Individuals, co-workers, family members, friends are signing up to for the 1K or 5K Elf Walk.

1.   How to Register: Go to Running Room Online Event Registration
2.   Choose your event: The 5 K run or 1 K Elf Walk and your shirt size
3.   Pay your registration fee:
4.   Find sponsors: Sponsors can donate online under your name/group at Running Room
       Online Event Registration

5.   Pick up your Race Kit (free shirt and medal) SUDBURY RUNNING ROOM Cedar Pointe
       Plaza 117-1984 Regent Street
       Thursday, November 30 th from 11:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
       Friday, December 1 st from 11:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
6.   Race Location and Times

                                             Gather at the Jeno Tihanyi Olympic Gold pool at Laurentian University 
                                           Race starts at 10:00am

7.   Prizes for

- Best dressed Elf
- Best dressed Santa
- Best Workplace Christmas Costume Ensemble
- Person who raised the most money
- Group who raised the most money
Family who raised the most money

8. The Salvation Army Sudbury Cedar Place Thanks YOU for helping US give HOPE to those in need.


Proposed map (maybe mildly modified)




Run Club Update




Store News


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