MARS XC In Full Swing

We are into the mud now, with November right around the corner.

MARS continues its fall racing season this Sunday November 1 at Sunnybrook 8K XC.  The race is at 1 pm and we will depart via carpool from Huntsville High School at 9 am sharp.  We expect to be home between 5-6pm.  You get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night because of Daylight Savings so put away your excuses.  Information on entering XC races can be found here.

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MARS Conquers Toronto Waterfront Races

A big contingent of Muskoka Runners headed to Toronto this weekend to race at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Half Marathon, including several of our club’s runners.  Over 10,000 runners completed the half marathon distance.  Big Troy Cox led the way defying father time with a spectacular 1:14:46 in the half marathon.  He was second overall in the Masters Category, 19th overall finisher and 1st place in the men’s 45-49 category.  Chris “l’il Troy” Watson was the next MARS runners, 50th overall in 1:18:40.  He was 48 out of 4669 men and 6/672 in the men’s 40-44 age group.  Mark Sinnige was 96th overall in 1:22:24, 89/4669 men and 7/525 in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Pierre Mikhail was 145th overall in 1:24:56, 131/4669 men and 12/525 in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Melissa Kosowan was the first MARS female in 1:33:37.  She was 435th overall, 75/5558 women and 17/903 in her age group.  Also competing were Justine Brown and Kelly Millson.  Congratulations to all MARS runners and Muskokans who competed today.  Troy, Chris, Mark, Pierre and Melissa are currently representing MARS in the Ontario Masters XC Series.  You should too!

Pre race nap for l'il Troy

Pre race nap for l’il Troy

Big T's shoe collection

Big T’s shoe collection

Chris rocking the throwaways

Chris rocking the throwaways

Chris and Pierre at Marathon Expo

Chris and Pierre at Marathon Expo

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WHOA(!) On MARS

What a day for MARS members on Saturday October 3, 2016!

In Collingwood, a group led by coach extraordinaire, Katherine Ahokas, kicked some serious butt at The Collingwood Half Marathon and 10K.  There were many PRs in both events.  Lowell Greib finished 8th overall in 1:25:55.  Kirsten Jewell was 5/160 women in 1:39:23.  Brent Hauck was 27th overall in 1:40:31.  Darla Coles 19/160 women, Susanne Allen 22/160 women and Kelly Milson 27/160.  Also, completing the half were Maria Fletcher, Gary Heinz and Brittany Robins.  Sandra O’Dell, Winona Hunter, Melanie Mar, Michele Fletcher and Tanis Wettlaufer all completed the 10K, with Sandra and Melanie finishing 5 and 7th out 124! Congratulations to all!  Rumour has it that many of these intrepid runners will be joining MARS training runs Tuesdays and Thursdays.  We can’t wait!

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