MARS At Craftsbury

Muskoka Algonquin Runners are at Craftsbury Outdoor Center at the High School XC Camp this week.  Six MARS members and Huntsville Hoyas are being coached by a staff that is lead by Lynn Jennings, a three time World XC Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist in the 10,000m.Local runners Justin Smith, Shannon Marshall, Emily Fletcher, Megan Mikhail, Adam Lavigne and Rachel Miller have been working hard all week.  So far they have had daily 6:30 am warm up runs, done a hill workout, a track workout and had a full day Endurathon!  Today they will be learning the ins and outs of Fartlek and Threshold runs.  They have also had daily stretching and yoga as well as classroom sessions.  Last night they were mesmerized by Lynn’s re-telling of her early years running and her competitive career.

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MARS is anxious to see our high school runners start joining us at our summer runs.  Any student who is a club member in or entering high school is welcome to run with the club this summer.  Our Tuesday and Thursday workouts take place in and around Conroy Track/University of Waterloo area so you won’t be left behind.  Workouts are Tuesday evenings 6-8 pm and Thursday mornings 6:30-8 am.  We also do our long runs Saturday mornings at 6:30 am.  All details at our website’s Calendar tab.  Remember cross country running is a summer sport played in the fall.  Those who run now will have their most successful season possible.

MARS continues its workouts back in Ontario with a Saturday morning run as per the calendar.  And don’t forget the Limberlost Challenge Saturday July 12.

MARS is looking for local runners to run cross country this fall.  This is a great sport, unlike other running events, as it is both a team and individual sport, with races varying from 4-9km.  The club will go to 4 Ontario Masters Series races (Sept 28, October 19, November 2 and November 16).  The first three races are Sundays at 1pm in Toronto, allowing for 9 am same day departure.  We will also do the October 4 Muskoka Mud Run in Bracebridge.  You don’t have to consider yourself fast to run XC. You just have to be willing to do some training, get a little muddy and have some fun.  Why not try us out and see what all the fuss is about?? Think you are too old to run XC?  Well, all Masters XC races are age adjusted, so often the overall winners are in the their 60s or 70s!  They may finish well behind the youngsters but their age-adjusted times show us that they are still awesome!

See you on the roads….

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