MARS September News

MARS is already busy in September.

This past weekend MARS was well represented at The Run For A Way event at Santa’s Village in Huntsville.  In the half marathon, Troy Cox continued his local dominance, winning the event by over twenty minutes in 1:17:44.  In the 10K, club runners finished 1-2-3, with strong performances by Helen Dempster, Jess Sheppard and Pierre Mikhail.

MARS Tuesday morning workouts start up again Tuesday September 10 at 6:30 am at Conroy Track.  It sounds early and many people complain bitterly before doing an early morning run.  Very few complain after they’ve completed one.  Why not give it a try?  Tuesday’s workout will be 800m cross country intervals plus some 200m intervals, all done in an area where the group can stay close together but all still work hard.

The first Masters Cross Country race is Sunday September 29 at 1 pm at Taylor Creek Park in Toronto.  Registration is now open and we will plan to carpool the morning of the race and be back by 5 pm.  The race costs $15.   MARS hopes to enter several teams.  Runners enter themselves at http://ontariomasters.ca/competitions/cross-country/.  First get an Ontario Masters Membership and select Muskoka Algonquin Runners as your club.  We will declare teams at the event.  Contact us for more details through the website.

Finally, because of the large gap between our first official Masters race on September 29 and the next one November 3 (there is the local Mud Run October 5 but it is not part of the race series for Athletics Ontario), MARS is holding two 5 Km time trials.  These will be held the mornings of Thursday October 10 and 17 at 6:30 am.  Our warm up will be an easy jog of the course then we race.  Awards will be presented in multiple categories including best bed head.  Course map and profile below.

Time Trial Course and Profile

See you running!

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