MARs at the 2018 AOXC Championships

MARs had a huge showing today at the Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships, with more than a dozen runners in attendance and several podium finishes. Congrats to Big T, Lil T, Lavinia and Kim RB on dominating their respective age groups, along with Carbs, Ken, and Erwin, each taking third AG.

Team results were equally impressive, with the W40, W60, M40 and M60 all taking first place. Go MARs!

Next up is the Canadian Cross Country Championships on November 24th in Kingston. Stay tuned!

See you on the roads. – Forrest 

Danimal’s Backyard Relay

A little recap from the Danimal… 

Despite low turnout Danimal’s Backyard Relay was a hit for everone who attended.  The weather was humid but started cool enough to inspire a couple of kids to enter the newly formed kids relay.  The trail conditions were perfect and the moisture was just right for superb traction.

The kids team of Issac and Elijah ran double time. So only one lap on every start and competed 9 laps finishing the 18 min cut offs.  The men’s team ran 13 laps each before missing a 16 min cutoff by 4 seconds.  We will have to wait for another year to find out if anyone can beat the backyard.  Some pictures to show what you missed.

MARs crushes Ragnar Trail Cottage Country

This weekend, multiple teams of local runners represented MARs at the Ragnar Trail Cottage Country, held at Hardwood Ski and Bike. For those new to this concept, Ragnar Trail is a relay style event where teams of four or eight complete a series of three trails (known as “loops”) over two days and one night, totalling approximately 200 km of running per team.

Two ultra teams, Time to Grind and the MARsian ladies, both won their respective categories. In the Women’s Open category was Cat S, Darla Jean, Melissa M and Def Sheppard, with Dave J, Lil T, Nathan and Aiden on the men’s side. Congratulations runners on successfully completing this unusual form of punishment, while the rest of us enjoyed our warm beds Friday night. #youdoyou

Speaking of trails, the first annual Danimal Backyard Relay is taking place on September 15th right here in Huntsville. Danimal’s backyard loop is a 1k loop through natural Muskoka landscape with many hills and is considered very technical. The race format is a two person relay, where runners must complete the loop consecutively before the set cut off. For more information or to register, check the MARs’ Facebook page or speak to Dan directly.

See you on the roads!

 

 

MARs in Ottawa 2018

Last weekend, well over twenty runners and family members made their way to Ottawa for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. MARs had spectacular showings in a variety of distances, ranging from 5k to the full marathon.

Starting with the 5k on Saturday evening, up and coming MARs members Elias Coles and Ben Shearing finished back to back in 21:33 and 21:36, respectively. Keeping it in the family, right behind them were Sol Coles and Darla Coles, blazing through together at 25:36. Congrats to these young runners and to Mama Coles for keeping everyone in line.

In the 10k, ‘Tony the Rower’ Shearing ran his way to a 39:50 and 9th in his age category among a competitive field. Kirsten Jewell made her first post-baby appearance on the roads, running a solid 43:53 and coming 12th in her age category (with almost dead even splits! #goals) Also in 10k was Steve Spiers, running 59:11. Nice job, Steve!

Sunday morning, MARs had a large group in the half marathon, with several members setting PRs. Leading the pack was Mark Sinnige, running 1:23:44 and coming in 5th in his age category. First MARs lady was Helen Dempster, breaking the elusive 1:30 with an awesome 1:27:55 and coming 1st in her age category as well as 8th overall. Congrats Helen!

Also in the half was VR’s other half, Chad Taylor, finishing in 1:24:45. Someone else’s other half, Jacob Barkey, set a great example of how to run positive splits (#notgoals), coming in at 1:29:41. This was followed by ‘Tony the Runner’ Marra in 1:32:10, Andre Boudreault in 1:36:30 and Dave Johnstone in 1:37:53 (who likely would’ve broken 1:35 had he not being going on about his ‘wax’…). Susanne Allen and Olivia Crozier later finished seconds apart, 1:45:09 and 1:45:29, respectively, with Erwin Baertschi coming in soon after in 1:48:57.

In the full marathon, MARs had four members brave the heat, all to run incredible individual races given the tough conditions. First across was Jen Nicholson, finishing 5th in her age category in 3:15:38, qualifying herself for Boston. Victoria Reynolds came through at 3:47:46 (a PR for VR), followed by Mark Wilding in 3:53:48 and Nicolle Howell in 4:18:56. Congratulations runners on all of your accomplishments!

See you on the roads!

Spring on MARs

Warmer weather has finally arrived here in Muskoka, which means that the spring racing season has also begun. To kick it off, MARs had an incredible showing in Toronto and Mississauga this past weekend, with over fifteen members heading south to participate.

At the Mississauga Marathon, Brian Gray led the way in a time of 3:37:25, qualifying himself for the Boston Marathon. Next were Erin Gaughan and Sharon Bennett, running 3:41:45 and 3:44:58, respectively, with Jane Wolfe not far behind in 3:54:36. Congratulations to these runners on their PRs (all of which were BQ times!).

Also in the full was Chris Near, running his first marathon well under four hours, as well as Mel Mar, finishing with an incredible attitude despite some setbacks. Way to go, runners!

In the half marathon, more PRs were set by Katie Barkey (1:37:40 – so you all can stop hassling me), Tannis Wettlaufer (1:53:19), Stacey Tinkler (2:02:24) and Sarah Steele (2:08:53). Congrats, ladies!

Meanwhile in Toronto, the Big T/Lil T duo posted another year of impressive results, along with Tony the Runner in the half as well and Doug Neudorf in the full. First in from MARs (act surprised) was Troy ‘Big T’ Cox in 1:16:33, finishing 5th overall and 1st master, for the fifth year in a row. Right behind Troy was Chris ‘Lil T’ Watson in 1:18:52 as 13th overall and 5th master. Both Troy and Chris won their age categories, I just won’t say what they are (you two can thank me later).

Also in the half was club favourite Tony Marra, running 1:30:51 and finishing 10th in his age category. All of MARs misses Tony, and looks forward to his and his family’s next appearance in ‘cottage country’ in the near future.

In the full marathon, original MARs member Doug Neudorf finished in a speedy time of 3:13:19. Doug not only qualified himself for Boston by over sixteen minutes, but also placed 5th of 114 in his age category. Way to run, Doug!

Speaking of Boston, a special mention must be made for Rebecca Francis, who represented MARs at the Boston Marathon in April. While braving torrential downpour and unforgiving headwind, Reba ran an inspiring 3:34:14, qualifying for next year’s race. You are amazing, Reba!

Congratulations to all of these runners and thank you to the friends and family who made the trip to support them. We look forward to sharing more results from the Ottawa Marathon, along with other spring races, in the coming weeks and months.

As for regular happenings, Tuesday and Thursday morning workouts continue, with various events and runs throughout the week. Check TeamSnap for details.

See you on the roads!

MARs at Around the Bay 2018

Yesterday, a small group of MARsians made an appearance in Hammertown at the Around the Bay 30k Road Race. The conditions were windy as always, but sunny and relatively mild nonetheless.

Leading the group was ‘Big T’ Troy Cox, finishing in 1:53:25 as second master and first in his age group. Despite coming off of injury and reportedly completing approximately fifty percent of his regular training for this race, it should be noted that this is a more than two minute improvement from 2017. As said by Mary ‘Most worthy’, “Is that a moneybag or a sandbag?”. We will never know.

In their usual fashion, close behind Big T was ‘Lil T’ Chris Watson in 2:04:48. While not a typical finish time for Lil T, we are happy to report that Captain Glass is looking more and more upright every day.

Next up was ‘Boston Bound’ Rebecca Francis, coming in at 2:28:19 with plenty of hay left in the barn, followed by Mark Wilding in 2:35:12 and Peter Ryback in 2:56:30. We wish these MARsians the best of luck at their spring marathons in Boston and Mississauga as well as other various races.

See you on the roads!

 

Fourth annual Chilly Hilly Half MARsathon & 10k

This past weekend, over a dozen individuals participated in the fourth annual Chilly Hilly Half MARsathon. Despite an ever so challenging (and notoriously short) course, runners were treated with near perfect conditions.

In the 10k, Dougie ‘new kid’ Allan came in first, running a solid 40:02. Coming in second was Tannis Wettlaufer, with 50:57 and a new PR. Close behind Tannis with another PR was Stacey Tinkler with 56:38.

In the half marathon, Lil T took the big W in 1:34:14. Despite strong winds that day, Captain Glass was fortunate enough to remain (somewhat) upright. Next in the half was Jacob Barkey in 1:34:31, likely entirely thanks to the Mikhail family for supplying fuel, water, food, and apparel. Close behind were Andre Boudreault in 1:41:37, Rebecca Francis in 1:42:17 and Mark Wilding in 1:42:44. Brian Gray and Chris Near also ran the half in 1:47:18 and 1:50:41, respectively. Given that many or most of these times were set as training runs, we can’t wait to see what these MARsians will do in their upcoming spring races.

Also making an appearing in their own distances were Safety Kat Ahokas, running a not so personal best of 1:42:16 in the 10-12k (no timing issues here), and President Pierre Mikhail in the 2x500m (that is, to and from his house). Congratulations to these runners on their individual achievements.

Last but not least, a big thank you to Martina for timing and to Pierre for hosting this annual event.

Morning workouts continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15 am, as well as various weekend long runs. Check TeamSnap for details. See you on the roads!