MARs Spring 2019 Recap

MARs has had a jam-packed spring season over the past couple months, with members racing all over the province in distances ranging from fast 5ks to full marathons.

Going back to late May, several club members headed to our nation’s capital for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend. Starting with the 10k on Saturday night, Big T led his [advanced] age group, running 35:35. Also in the 10k was Darla Snotty Coles, finishing in 41:56 on post-marathon (and vacation) legs.

Moving on to Sunday morning, Andre the VH Boudreault led the MARs contingent in the half marathon, finishing in 1:32:51. Next up was Rob RoHo Horton in 1:48:28, followed by his better half, Justine Brown, in 2:17:09.

In the full marathon, Martina Morton ran a strong and steady race in warm conditions, finishing in 3:33:17, just less than a year after baby number three. How many of you can lay claim to that?!

Back on home turf, MARs had another huge turnout at Band on the Run. With more than 1,000 participants in total, there are simply too many members’ results to list. Top highlights include MARs owning half of the top 10 in the 5k, Troy Cox winning the 10k, Andre Boudreault coming in 3rd, and several strong finishes in the half marathon (Jacob Barkey, Brian Gray, and Luke Aitken to name a few).

Most recently, a handful of MARs diehards made their way south for the Lululemon Toronto 10k. Chris Lil T Watson led the way in 34:13, finishing 1st in his age category and 18th overall. Close-ish behind was Big T Troy Cox, running 35:15 (also 1st AG; alternatively described as “really showing his age” – PM). Next up was Andre Boudreault, running a huge PR and finishing in 39:27 (3rd AG). First and only MARs lady was Darla Snotty Coles, coming in at 43:32 (still waiting on that sub-40, Coles). MARs couple of the month Tony the Runner Marra and Pierre El Prez Mikhail came in shortly after in 45:57, followed by the First Lady Catherine Smith in 57:18.

Corrections or omissions may be forwarded to the MARs President. Please inquire within for his personal phone number and home address. Tuesday and Thursday morning workouts continue with regular weekend group and long runs. Check TeamSnap for details on our upcoming annual summer party and beverage mile. See you there!




May on MARs

This past weekend, several MARs members headed south to the Mississauga Marathon and Half Marathon as well as the Goodlife Toronto Marathon and Half Marathon. Runners were treated with excellent conditions after a winter and a half worth of hard work.

Starting in the west end, Darla Coles had an incredible performance in the full marathon. The Rocket ran 3:10:48 for 1st female master, 4th female overall and 1st in her age group. Impressed but not surprised given her consistent PRs all season long. See you in Boston, Snotty. 😉

Andre VH Boudreault lead the MARs men in the full marathon, running 3:16:34 and punching his ticket to Boston 2020. Brian Gray ran a hard race for 3:36:49, improving upon his time from last year’s race by a full minute.

In the Mississauga Half, Mac McIntosh, Stella Keay, and Peter Ryback all ran strong races, posting times of 1:31:57, 1:40:37, and 2:06:04, respectively.

Over in Toronto, Chris Lil T Watson crushed his competition in the half with a 1:16:25, finishing 1st in his age category and 4th overall. Going to go ahead and say that MARs is going to see a sub 2:40 marathon happen in NYC this fall.

Group workouts continue on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Check TeamSnap for details and other upcoming events as we roll into summer.

See you on the roads. – Forrest

March Racing on MARs

It may still be winter on MARs, but the spring racing season is surely upon us. A few MARs members kicked it off this past weekend with impressive results all around.

Across the border Tony the Runner and family made their way to the Golden State for the Napa Valley Marathon. TTR ran 3:19:57, securing himself a BQ early in the year. Boston 2020, anyone?

Back in Ontario, Big T (the real Slim Shady), Dumpster, Snotty and Forrest (hi) headed to Burlington for the Chilly Half Marathon. Big T blazed through in 1:15:27, dominating the M50-55 age category and placing 19th overall. On the women’s side, Helen Dumpster came in at 1:29:13, placing 4th in her age category. Snotty and I ran 1:33:34 and 1:32:52, respectively – big PRs for us both.

The season continues with Around the Bay 30k in less than four weeks. A Saturday night team dinner is in the works, so check TeamSnap in the coming days/weeks for more details.

See you on the roads! (Or treadmills.)


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!