Taylor Creek MARSians

Muskoka Algonquin Runners made their presence known at the first race of the Ontario Masters Cross Country series at Taylor Creek September 28.  Joining returning runners Pierre Mikhail, Catherine Smith, Katherine Ahokas and Jess Sheppard were Rebecca Francis, Chris Watson and Roy Stewart.

Katherine Ahokas was 1st woman overall and Jess and Rebecca were 3 and 4th respectively in their age categories.  Chris and Pierre were 4th in their age categories and Pierre placed 13th overall.  MARS also entered teams in the women’s 30-39 and men’s 40-49 age groups.  Both teams placed 2nd and are hoping to peak at the Ontario XC Championships November 16.  The men are also attending the Canadian Cross Country Championships November 29 in Vancouver.  Several MARSians are either injured or busy with life and could not attend our first race.

From L to R: Roy Stewart, Jess Sheppard, Catherine Smith, Pierre Mikhail, Chris Watson, Rebecca Francis and Katherine Ahokas post race

From L to R: Roy Stewart, Jess Sheppard, Catherine Smith, Pierre Mikhail, Chris Watson, Rebecca Francis and Katherine Ahokas post race

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MARS XC Season in Full Swing

Muskoka Algonquin Runners are running…..through mud, on grass, on trails.  XC Season is here!

MARS supported the Hoya Hills XC Invitational Race this week.  MARS members designed the course, set up the course and were volunteers on race day.  850 Primary and Secondary school kids raced through the challenging course all day.  MARS members also challenged themselves on the 7K Senior Boys course at 7 am that same day.  The event was a huge success.

On September 28, a caravan of MARSians is headed to Taylor Creek in Toronto for the first race in the 4 race Ontario Masters Series.  Why not come out for a race?


The Muskoka Mud Run is Saturday October 4 in Bracebridge.  This is a great community event and a great race.  Join MARSians, Huntsville Hoyas and other Muskokans at this event.  Event info can be found here.

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce is hosting a great event on October 18th-the Running Scared 5km Zombie Run.  Poster found here.  Zombie Run.

Some pictures from Hoya Hills XC Invitational:


Dave, Pierre and Troy pose post time trial but pre-Hoya Hills start

Dave, Pierre and Troy pose post time trial but pre-Hoya Hills start



MARS workouts continue next week Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday morning at 6:30 am. See Calendar for details.

See you on the roads and trails…

Volunteers on MARS?

Muskoka Algonquin Runners is looking for volunteers to help with our Huntsville High School XC Running Race.  The Hoya Hills XC Invitational is being held Tuesday September 23, 2014 at Arrowhead Provincial Park.  Volunteers are needed from 11:30 am until 4 pm.  Contact Sarah Phillips at sarah.phillips@tldsb.on.ca if you are interested in helping or getting more information.  Most volunteers will be on our 3K loop course providing a friendly face for the runners and pointing them in the right direction.  Pictures from last year’s race below:

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Fall On MARS

MARS has survived back to school and is back training for fall XC races.  Our next workouts are Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 am at Conroy Track, and Saturday morning meeting at Highway 60 Tim Horton’s.  See calendar for start time and details.

MARS continues to support the Huntsville Hoyas XC Team.  Over 70 kids came out to our first meeting Thursday, followed by great turn outs to practices Thursday and Friday.  These young runners will spend a lot of time of their feet these next 7 weeks, getting ready for the regional finals, GBSAA, and hopefully OFSAA for some. Whatever happens they will be better runners when the season is over and will have learned a great deal about themselves. Continue reading

Cross Country Season on MARS

September is here which means it’s Cross Country Running Season.  Huntsville High School runners and Masters Runners from the club will embark on a fall of races.  If you’re curious, come out and try us on for size.  The next MARS practice is Thursday at Conroy Track at 6:30 am.  We will do a track workout.  It’s hard to get left behind when you are running in a circle. The dates for XC races are Sept 28 (Toronto 1 pm), October 4 (Bracebridge), November 2 (Toronto 1 pm), November 16 (Niagara Falls, Athletics Ontario XC Championships).  Try one race and you will be hooked!

High school runners meet for the first time 11:30 am in room 315 at the high school with first practice that same day at 3:25, meeting in the cafeteria.  There are also practices Friday this week at 3:25 and Saturday from 9-11 am at Arrowhead Park.  There is an information meeting for parents in the cafeteria Friday from 5-5:30 for those interested.

The poster for the Lynn Jennings talk is posted here.  Tickets are for sale at Pharmasave and The SportLab while they last.  There will also be opportunities for club members to run with Lynn while she is in town on October 24 and 25.  Stay tuned.

Lynn Jennings Poster copy

MARS is looking for volunteers.  This weekend The Ironman 70.3 is looking for on course volunteers.  Contact TriMuskoka if you can help on Sunday.

We are also looking for help on September 23 with our Hoyas Invitational Cross Country Race at Arrowhead.  Please contact us through this website if you are interested in helping between 11:30 am and 4:30 pm.  We can’t hold the race for these young runners without help from the community.

We will be making another gear order this month.  Our gear can be found here. 

Contact Katherine Ahokas at The SportLab to order gear by September 15.

See you on the roads.