MARS Masters Mayhem

As you sit back and enjoy the Olympics (go Canada), MARS is excited about a possible new Olympic sport.

There has been an application made to the IOC to have Cross Country Running return to the Olympics as a winter sport, so as not to conflict with track events.  Cross country was dropped from the Olympics after the 1924 Games in Paris when 23 of the 38 starters failed to finish due to the extreme heat and poisonous fumes from a nearby energy plant.  Two of the sport’s legends, Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie and Kenyan Paul Tergat, launched a campaign more than five years ago for cross country to regain its place in the Olympic programme and the IAAF had proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that it be included in the Winter Games.  Who says running isn’t a winter sport!

40th IAAF World Cross County Championship 2013

Join us on MARS this week at one (or more) of our three workouts:

Tuesday 6:30 am High School Parking lot for a timed Fartlek run on the route around University of Waterloo.

Thursday noon at Tim Horton’s on Highway 60 for a long run.

Saturday 6:30am for a Pace Booster run, location TBA on Calendar.

MARS has entered a team into the Vermont City Marathon team event May 25.  The team event is scored by adding the placings of the top five runners of a team, with lowest score winning. The Muskoka Algonquin Runners team entry includes Jess Sheppard, Katherine Ahokas, Helen Dempster, Dave Johnstone, Troy Cox, Lowell, Greib, Mark Sinnige and Pierre Mikhail.  Marathon entries are still available and the relay event lottery is open until the end of February.  Details here.

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For those of you hoping to escape winter, why not consider coming out to the March 9 Ontario Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships at York University in Toronto.  Details here.

High schoolers, don’t miss out on a great opportunity to attend Craftsbury Outdoor Center’s High School Cross Country Running Camp.  We depart June 28 and return July 5.  It’s a great way to start your summer, meet teenagers from across North America, and be coached by an Olympian.  We still have space for 6 runners in our vans but space at the camp is filling fast.  Six local runners are already signed up.  Details here. Contact Pierre Mikhail to reserve your place in one of our vans.

Our next Run To The Pub event is February 20, 4:30 pm at River Mill Park and 5:30 pm in the Pub.  Memberships can be processed in the pub for any interested new members.  See you out there on the roads! Go Canada!

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