MARS Conquers Canadian XC Championships, Winter Training, Craftsbury and More!

Muskoka Algonquin Runners were busy this week in Vancouver.  Traveling to Vancouver to compete in the Canadian XC Championships were Troy Cox, Pierre Mikhail, Frank Ackermann and Nathan Jefferey.

Nathan competed in the Youth Men’s event which launched the day of of races and had a strong race.

MARS entered a team in the 8K Masters race in the Men’s 40-49 category.  In tough conditions, the team of Troy Cox, Frank Ackermann and Pierre Mikhail placed 3rd overall.  Troy was 10th overall, Frank 15th and Pierre was 30th.  The race started with 121 athletes with 101 completing the tough 2K loop.  Troy also won a silver medal in the Men’s 45-49 division.  It was a great finish to the XC season for MARS.

The club now looks forward to the Canadian XC Championships returning to Ontario from 2015-2018.  The races will be in Kingston starting next year.  In addition, it has been announced that in 2015 the Ontario XC Championships will be in Etobicoke. Continue reading

MARS Crushes Ontario XC Championships and More!

Muskoka Algonquin Runners were well represented at big XC races in Ontario this weekend.

On Sunday at The Athletics Ontario Cross Country Running Championships, MARS entered 2 teams and 9 runners total in the event.  The Masters race had 150 runners.  Leading the way this year were Troy Cox, Katherine Ahokas and Jess Sheppard.  Troy placed 4th overall and third in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Katherine and Jess were 1-2 in the women’s 30-34 age group.   Continue reading

Sunnybrook XC on MARS

Rebecca Francis Rocks The Gold Medal

Rebecca Francis Rocks The Gold Medal

11 MARSians journeyed to Toronto yesteday for the Sunnybrook 8K XC race.  Leading the way were the women’s 30-39 team of Rebecca Francis, Jess Sheppard and Katherine Ahokas, who placed first. The women’s 40-49 team of Jen Macmillan, Jen Nicholson and Helen Dempster placed second.  Dave Bialkowski and Pierre Mikhail joined Dan Quigg on the men’s 30-39 team, running down (several) age groups and the team placed second. Bob Wild, 82, placed first in the 80+ age group!

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