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

Training on MARS continues the is Tuesday and Thursday at Conroy Track at 6:30 am.  The usual training session Saturday morning will be replaced by The Muskoka Mud Run.  Come out and support this great local event.  DETAILS HERE.  Online race registration closes midnight September 30.  Same day registrations by cheque are permitted.

The Huntsville Hoyas XC Team continues its hard work building towards their goal race October 22 at GBSAA.  The Hoyas practice Mon-Thurs 3:25-5:30 and Saturday mornings.  The team will also be attending The Muskoka Mud Run October 4.  The season then hits its high gear with races October 8 and 15th before the big races at Duntroon on October 22.  Keep working Hoyas!

See you on the trails and roads….

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