Congratulations to all 2014 SudburyRocks!!! participants. You have done our community proud.
On behalf of the organizing committee of the SudburyROCKS!!! Race Run or Walk for Diabetes I would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Sudbury for their support in making our run a big success. We had well over 2000 people participate safely in this charity event with participants coming not only from Northern Ontario but many from the south and other provinces. Our goal was to organize a professional event that promotes health and fitness, raises awareness about Diabetes and at the end of the day raises some money for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Thanks to your support, we achieved all of our goals. We could not of had that success without your help.
An additional thank you goes out to our Police Services, EMS Services, 400 enthusiastic volunteers including Venue, Marshals, and Water Stations and all our dedicated sponsors that helped ensure our race went forward without a hitch.
New for this year, we moved the event onto Minto street adjacent to the courtyard at Tom Davies Square. The feedback has been entirely positive and we are delighted with the big changes we made to the event this year.
May 11, 2014 Angela Batsford captures Rocks Marathon 2014-05-11 by Randy Pascal To the best of anyone's knowledge, North Bay native Angela Batsford became the first woman ever to win the Rocks Marathon outright, finishing almost ten minutes ahead of Neil McCallum of North Bay Sunday morning in Sudbury.
Placing first among the women in 2013 with a time of 3:11.09 in miserable conditions, Batsford took advantage of a sunny, albeit windy day, to drop her time by a couple of minutes, crossing the line in 3:09.49.
"This course is very hilly, and today the wind was pretty strong, but it was still a lot better weather than last year," acknowledged Batsford. "It definitely is one of the hardest ones (marathons), especially with the double loop, seeing everything twice."
With a field of just 33 runners completing the marathon, Batsford maintained that even knowing her exact placement was not the easiest thing, sharing the course with runners covering various other distances, including the Brokerlink 8-person Marathon Relay.
"There was a bike rider in front of me, so I didn't know whether I was the leader, or whether I was just the first female," she said. Competing in a handful of different events over the summer, Batsford has targetted the "Endurrun International" in Waterloo in August as her main goal this summer.
The event sees runners cover a distance of 160 kilometres over a six day stretch, completing the journey with a marathon on the final day. No such ultra-distance challenge for half-marathon winner Eric Leishman, who held off triathlete Devin Wittig (1:15.31 vs 1:15.39) in capturing the 21 kms race.
"It was nice to have Devin for the last bit," said Leishman. "It motivated me to keep tough." The former cross-country star at Cambrian College won the Rocks Marathon last year, and is busy preparing for his second crack at the distance in two weeks time, heading to Ottawa for the Canadian Marathon Championships.
A total of 155 participants completed the Riverside Cardiac Clinic Half Marathon. Still more familiar names at the forefront of the Continental Insulation 10 km Run, an event that drew a field 330 runners strong.
The top four of Greg Edgar (37:49), Andrew Hawkins (38:03), Neil Phipps (38:46) and Paul Cobb (39:38) all managed to crack the forty minute barrier, with Laurentian University student-athlete Emily Marcolini narrowly missing the mark despite finishing first among the women.
"I would have liked to be under 40 minutes, because I've been under 40 before, but that was on the Massey Marathon course, which is way flatter than this one," said Marcolini.
The alumnus of St Benedict Catholic Secondary School admits to "toughing it out" when it comes to her recent training, looking forward to jumping back into her speedwork next week.
"I'm working full-time for the first time ever, so my training runs have felt a little bit sluggish," Marcolini acknowledged. "I've been doing mostly mileage, which is a little bit boring. But it will definitely make the six kms races (standard for OUA cross-country) seem easier than this."
In the meantime, Marcolini expects to spend the bulk of the next two months searching out fast 3000m races in the GTA and Guelph areas, hoping to hit the qualifying standard of 10:20 that would guarantee her a spot in the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships in early July.
Despite being down two members from the seven-person crew that won the marathon relay in 2013, "Happy Mother's Day" (Robyn Cameletti, Chantry Cargill, Garrett Edwards, Christopher Tarini, Katie Wismer) managed to repeat this year, summarizing the feelings of the majority of the runners on hand.
"This is the only year I remember, for a long time, where it was actually nice weather," laughed Cargill. "The last time I remember it being nice weather was when it was still called the Sun Run."
Following are the top five finishers for the various distances (except the 10 km - which is outlined above):
Riverside Cardiac Clinic Half Marathon 1st - Eric Leishman - 1:15.31 2nd - Devin Wittig - 1:15.39 3rd - Patrick Boily - 1:23.37 4th - John Bolan - 1:26.43 5th - Joel Ruel - 1:28.41
Ionic Engineering 5 km Run 1st - Kyle Reinhardt - 19:44 2nd - Benjamin Haner - 19:50 3rd - Justin Caranci - 20:26 4th - Jamie Fairchild - 20:25 5th - Mark Thom - 20:23
Brokerlink 8 Person Marathon Relay 1st - Happy Mother's Day - 3:11.55 2nd - Glencore XPS Won - 3:12.21 (Michael Blouin, Marc Boissonneault, Jessica Emslie, Pat Greasley, Line Guillemette, Johnna Muinonen, Mika Muinonen, Phil Thwaites) 3rd - Stobie Toe Jammers - 3:31.16 (Andrew Breckon, Michelle Hulme, Bob Lesk, John O'Shaughnessy, Colin Pegues, Jake Raskevicius, Shawn Schryer, Neil Thompson All Results Here
March 3, 2014 SudburyRocks!!! Media Launch 2014
Media Launch at Carl A. Nesbitt Public School with the "Running Team" Students at the school helped kick off this year's Sudbury Rocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes. Northern Life Article here
February 14, 2014 Sudbury Rockers! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Have you considered the gift of running, walking or racing for your LOVED ONES this year?
We would LOVE to welcome you back to the 2014 SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes on May 11th, 2014.
Did you know that diabetes is a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes? Exercise is extremely important to living well with diabetes. Consider doing something good for your HEART and sign up today! Register by April 1st for discounted race fees at www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com
The SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes has a 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon and 1K free kids event. Want to run as a group? Sign up for the Marathon Team Relay with up to 8 of your friends, co-workers and LOVED ONES.
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Support the Canadian Diabetes Association and help make strides in diabetes research. All pledges and proceeds go towards diabetes research, and programs and services of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Just under $350,000 has been raised for the cause of diabetes since our start in 2005 – thank you!
Hope to see you May 11th!
Dana Crispo Community Initiatives Coordinator Canadian Diabetes Association 705-670-1993 x 2 firstname.lastname@example.org
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February 6, 2014
January 31, 2014 Dear SudburyROCKS!!! Participants, We want your Personal Stories The SudburyROCKS!!! Committee thanks you once again for your participation in the 2013 race event. As we prepare for next years race, to be held on May 11th, 2014, we are currently seeking personal stories. These personal stories are used in various media outlets throughout our promotion of the race. If you have a personal story regarding your participation in this year’s race or if you are a participant with diabetes, we would love to hear your story. Let us know why you run the race!
Please send all stories to email@example.com and we will get back to you right away. We need a few stories, so please share!
January 29, 2014 Now here again for 2014! 10km Running Clinic. Starting Monday March 3, 2014 at 6:00pm Location: Sudbury Running Room Cedar Pointe Plaza 117-1984 Regent st Sudbury ON Phone 705-523-4664
The SudburyRocks!!! and the Sudbury Running Room will be hosting a 10k clinic designed to prepare you for our 5k and 10k walk/runs on Sunday May 12, 2013. Go to: Training Opportunities for all the details
January 20, 2014 CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2013 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Coralea Kappel is our 3rd recipient of the SudburyRocks!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes Laurentian scholarship.
Coralea writes: I am in my second year of Bachelor of
Science with a Major in Biology. Beside
my courseload I am a varsity athlete on the Cross Country and Track &
Field team, I work as a TA in the Chemistry lab, and am the Team Lead for
the Peer Health Education team.
It is an honour to receive this award ….
I wish to thank the organizers of the Sudbury
ROCK!!! RACE, RUN, OR WALK FOR DIABETES for their generous scholarship. Not only is it an honour for me, but it also
helps to acknowledge the importance of volunteering and collaborating with
community partners to contribute to healthy living and diabetes awareness in
the Sudbury community.
J’aimerais exprimer ma reconnaissance aux organisateurs de Sudbury ROCK!!! RACE, RUN, OR WALK FOR DIABETES pour leur bourse généreuse. Ce fut non seulement un honneur pour moi d’être récipiendaire,
mais cette bourse contribue aussi à souligner l'importance du bénévolat et de collaborer
avec des partenaires communautaires pour contribuer à une vie saine et sensibiliser la communauté au diabète.
I will definitely be racing in the
SudburyROCKS!! Race this May 11 and plan on recruiting some of the students,
friends, family, and perhaps my teammates for the Marathon Relay.
Coralea is not only passionate about running she also
loves to work with the community to help spread the word on benefits of a
healthy lifestyle. She volunteered for the Canadian Diabetes
Association in a partnership with the organization to deliver
educational presentations on the role of healthy food
choices and exercise in the prevention of diabetes to grade 3 elementary
children during Diabetes awareness month with the assistance of Diabetes
representative, Heather Robertson.
After she registered to run the
SudburyROCKS!!! race, she became the school ambassador and
assisted the race team with recruitment of students on campus.
This year she has taken on a new challenge
of promoting health on campus. Coralea
spearheaded the Peer Health Education Team, which works alongside the wellness
center to develop innovative, engaging, and empowering health promotion events
for University students. Congratulations Coralea
January 9, 2014 Happy New Year to all! A new year means that our annual SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes is fast approaching. The SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes is being held on Mother’s day, Sunday May 11th, 2014. Registration for our 9th annual event is now open for registration for the 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, 1K kid’s events, and team relay challenge.
With a new year comes BIG NEW CHANGESto our race!!! For the first time, our race will be held at Tom Davies Square, with the starting line located on Minto St. Be sure to visit our website www.sudburyrocksmarathon.com to check out the brand new race courses!!!
Secure your spot for the 2014 SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes. All walk/run information is posted on our website, as well as other information regarding the race, Diabetes, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
Your participation supports the Canadian Diabetes Association to help make strides in diabetes research. All pledges and proceeds go towards diabetes research, and programs and services of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Remember that prices increase, so be sure to register as soon as possible!
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s SudburyROCKS!!! Race, Run or Walk for Diabetes!
Old Rock and SudburyRocks!!! Unveil a New Coffee Blend for the Run
SudburyRocks!!! and Old Rock Roastery have worked together in the past years to provide a source for your favourite beverage on race morning. Carole and Luc Roy have always gone out of their way to ensure the Durham St. coffee location was opened early on Sunday for the benefit of not only the participants but also all those volunteers working hard to get the race ready.
This year we've strengthened the partnership with the addition of the special "Full Stride" coffee blend. It will be for sale by the bag at both Old Rock locations (Durham St. and Minto St.).
What is it? Definitely full bodied (not too strong) and from Central America. You'll have to ask Carole for further details. She may reveal her secrets.