Life on MARS and More!

It was a great day for Muskoka Runners both in and out of town on June 8.

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In Huntsville, local runners battled the challenging 5K/10K and half marathon courses of Band on the Run.  Local organizers put on a great event, which grew significantly from last year.  In the 5K race, local high schooler and club member Josh Stevens placed second in a sizzling time of 17:46, impressive for such a hilly course.  Club member Mark Sinnige placed third in 18:29 and grade 8 club member Graham Shearing was 7th overall in 20:55.

In the 10K run, graduating high schooler Ben Forestell retained his crown with a time of 38:22.  Ben is off to McGill University where he will study and tear up the trails and track.  Cam Raynor, Ben Osorio and Roger Penney placed 2nd,3rd and 4th in 39:51, 42:08 and 43:19.  Helen Dempster placed 7th and was the first overall woman in the race.

In the half marathon, club member Troy Cox continued his impressive spring, with a first place finish in 1:23:03, just five weeks after a 7th place finish in the Toronto Marathon.  Club member Doug Neudorf placed 4th in a time of 1:29:56 and Katherine Ahokas placed 8th as the top woman in 1:35:29.  Graduating high schooler Bryan Stone ran an impressive 1:35:25 for a seventh place finish.  There were many other impressive local performances, not to mention a great after party/concert at River Mill Park! Thank you to our local organizers for continuing a great tradition in Muskoka.

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200 km away in Oshawa, the Ontario High School Track and Field finals were taking place (OFSSAA).  The meet began Thursday and features the best high school track and field athletes in the province.  Club member and Huntsville Hoya Ryley Atwood qualified for the 3000m, run shortly after 2 pm.  Ryley posted a personal best of 15 seconds covering the 3K race in a scorching time of 10:21 and placing 11th in the province!  She is one of the best 3000m runners in Ontario.  Great work Ryley!

What a great weekend of running.  For those wanting more, come out to Conroy track Tuesday June 11 for a great track workout at 6:30 am.  Club Members of all abilities welcome.  Membership details can be found at this website under the Membership tab

Finally, June 5 was National Running day in the US.  In honour of this,  Runner’s World contributor Mark Remy has made a collection of Sympathy Cards for runners.  Here are some of our favourites:

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See you out there!

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