MARs Launches XC Season

Muskoka Algonquin Runners made a statement on Sunday in Toronto at the Taylor Creek 5K XC Masters Race.  Troy Cox, Chris Watson, Tony Marra, Mark Sinnige, Mary Unsworth, Kat Ahokas, Sharon Bennett, Rebecca Francis, Darla Coles, Chris Bennett, Chris Near and Dan Quigg represented MARs fantastically!

After one race in the Breslin Cup for 2016, MARs finds itself in uncharted territory, finishing the day in second place overall for the first time ever.  Finishing third and fourth overall were Troy Cox and Chris Watson, both first in their age categories.  First woman was our Mary Unsworth who also won her age category, as did Kat Ahokas.

Our Men’s 40-49 and Women’s 30–39 teams both placed first and our Men’s 30-39 team placed third overall.

An exciting start to the XC Season.

Join us this week at Arrowhead Park landing strip at 6:30 am for a 6K time trial on the Hoya Hills XC Course.  See TeamSnap calendar for other workout details.

See on the grass!



Cross Country Season on MARs

Summer is fading.  Bad news for some but not those who love cross country running.  Our season starts now!

MARs will launch its 2016 season with a fun race, Friday Aug 22 at 6:30, with registration at 6:15 at Conroy Track.  The race is free to MARs members and anyone in the community who signs a waiver.  The course will be 5K.  The race will be part of an MARs Evening Cross Country Running Camp this week (5-8pm) with camp participants finishing their week with a race.  Bring a friend and come try it out.  To register for the race click here.

MARs XC season has several races this year.  All are optional.  Your first race (except Muskoka Mud Run) ever in XC will be on us and the dates are as follows (distances listed are Masters distances):

Sunday September 25, Taylor Creek (Toronto), 5K at 1pm. Depart Summit Center 9 am

Saturday October 1, Morrison Meadows, Bracebridge.  Click here.

Sunday October 16, Sunnybrook Park (Toronto), 8K at 1pm. Depart Summit Center 9 am

Sunday November 13, Niagara Falls, Ontario XC Championships, 5K. Depart November 12.

Saturday November 26, Kingston, Canadian XC Championships, 8K. Depart November 25.

Ontario Masters Website Click Here.

Cross country morning workouts for MARs members are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 am beginning August 29 at Conroy Track and Sundays at 7:30 am (location TBA weekly).  Find details at the TeamSnap calendar.

Hoyas XC Season begins Thursday September 8 with an 11:30 am team meeting and first practice after school at 3:20pm in the school cafeteria.  If you’re not running yet it is time to start!

See you on the roads, golf courses, and trails…….


Boston Bound On MARs

An intrepid group of runners endured brutal heat Sunday to secure ten more spots in April 2017’s Boston Marathon.  Joining Kat Ahokas, Doug Neudorf, and Kirsten Jewell(who all qualified earlier this year) will be Troy Cox, Chris Watson, Mark Sinnige, Lowell Greib, Helen Dempster, Jen Nicholson, Roger Penney, Tony Marra, Dave Johnstone and Rebecca Francis.  That’s 13 runners in a club of 60 runners with several other runners planning summer attempts at a Boston qualifying time.  In addition to these fantastic results, MARs members kicked it old school in both the half marathon and 5 and 10K.

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MARs Contingent and Families

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MARS Fun Runs Are Back!

The MARS Fun Runs are back.  First one was today at Hunter’s Bay Trail.  Results can be found here.

Details of future runs and registration can be found here.

Tell your friends.  Free to club members and any youth 18 or under.  $5 for nonmembers. Next week’s run is at Conroy Track.

See you on the roads….

MARs May Starts With A Bang!

MARs entered May on a high note with several great results today at the Toronto Marathon,Half Marathon and 10K. In the marathon, Doug Neudorf and Kirsten Jewell both ran Boston qualifying times in 3:14:07 and 3:28:55 respectively placing 7th and 9th in their categories.  Kirsten was 31st woman overall.  Congratulations to Doug and Kirsten! Continue reading

Translating Troy

It’s getting into Spring Racing Season.  MARs would like to provide you with a universal translator for things Big T(ime) Troy Cox says to you during workouts.  This list is not yet complete but we think it will help:

  1. “Slow Run” = moderate difficulty or sometimes all out, it really depends
  2. “Medium Run” = hang on but sometimes it means if you have the run of your life you’ll keep me in sight
  3. “Hard Run” = hang on as long as you can or let’s say good-bye now cause I’m not waiting around the parking lot for you
  4. “Let’s go easy on this one” = I’m going all out on this one and you have no chance of staying in the same town as me
  5. “I told Sandra…” = refers to a completely fictitious tall tale
  6. “I think you’ll run a sub 3 marathon” = everyone should be able to run that time but I have no idea who you are
  7. “let’s pick up the pace” = I’m dropping you, whoever you are
  8. “team-mate” = slow people that get in the way