MARs Astounds at Indoor Triathlon

Contrary to popular belief, not all MARSians sink in the water or fall off their spin bikes. On Sunday, several competed and had fantastic results at the TriMuskoka Indoor Triathlon, consisting of a 15 minute pool swim, 15 minute spin bike, and 15 minute indoor track run.

Jennifer Nicholson was top overall female, and top overall (yes, she beat every guy there). Jen had a fantastic 37 lengths of the pool, a 115 RPM on the bike, and 15.5 laps of the Summit Centre track.

Kayla Gallo was second female overall, top in her age group, and was tied for the best run performance at 17 laps (each lap is 217m, so that’s a 4:04 pace!). Rebecca Francis was 3rd woman overall and second in her age group. Jane Wolfe won her age group (it turns out she can swim, too), Jessica Adam was second in her age group, and Jennifer MacMillan was third in her age group.

Congrats also to other MARSians with strong results including CJ Seaman and Nicolle Howell.

Chris Watson and Darla Coles did not compete, and were seen instead wandering up Aspdin Road on a long run in the freezing rain.

Thanks to Brian Gray for submitting this post! Stay tuned for more updates and see you on the roads. 

MARs Winter Beverage Mile

MARs’ fourth annual winter beer mile lived up to its billing as a race for the stoic. Braving frigid temperatures and icy road conditions, five brave souls (ed: fools?) kept the tradition alive, and were cheered on by a greater number of more lily-livered spectators.

Kip, wisely sporting track spikes, thankfully beat out a visiting Newmarket Husky (whom we shall not deign to name) for the victory, in dramatic fashion – barely crossing the line before experiencing what would have been a penalty lap incurring event. Host of this year’s race, Mark, exploited home course advantage to full effect for a third place finish. With the steadiness of a seasoned pro, Darla repeated as women’s winter beer mile champion; her victory was uncontested. Despite his dead-last finish, we commend Ben for being recognized as this year’s ‘Most Improved Beer Miler’— may medical training strengthen his stomach.

Congratulations to all participants!

Thanks to Mary for this recap! See you on the roads.

MARs at the Collingwood Half & 10k

MARs had a strong showing at the Collingwood Half Marathon and 10k this past weekend, with fifteen members and many other Huntsville locals making the trip south to race. Here are a few of their results!

In the half, several runners claimed personal bests, with others conquering the distance for the first time. Katie Barkey (hi!) ran 1:41:28, thanks to pacing by Lowell ‘Dr. Angry’ Greib. Close behind were Terri O’Brien (1:48:03), Nancy Edson (1:51:42), and Holly Sundy (1:53:19). Power couple Kevin and Tannis Wettlaufer finished neck and neck in 1:56:40 and 1:57:05, respectively. It should be noted that Tannis also summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, last month, alongside MARs member Tina Steele and two other Huntsville women. #nobigdeal #kindofabigdeal

Also in the half were Kirstin Thomas (2:05:00), Susan Bobyk (2:08:21), Stacy Tinkler (2:22:54), and Stephanie Harvey (2:28:50). Way to work, ladies!

Last but not least, in the 10k, Kat Ahokas cruised to 1st female and 9th overall in 40:26.  Also running were Cecilia Castillo (1:00:57), Rose Evans (1:01:41), and Alicia Cox (1:08:15). Congrats to these women as they continue to achieve new distances and PRs.

Regular Tuesday and Thursday workouts continue at 6:15 am along with varying Saturday and Sunday long runs. Be sure to check TeamSnap for specifics.

Finally, don’t forget, the next Cross Country race is the Sunnybrook 4k this Sunday, October 15th. Meet at the Summit Centre for 9 am. Be sure to register soon (before Pierre does it for you).

http://ontariomasters.ca/competitions/cross-country/don-farquharson-memorial-4k/

See you on the roads!

MARs kicks off XC Season at Taylor Creek

Muskoka Algonquin Runners kicked off the 2017 Cross Country season at Taylor Creek 5k this past weekend. Six runners made the trip to East York to race. In attendance was Andre Boudreault, Brian Gray, Tony Marra, Pierre Mikhail, Mary Unsworth and Chris Watson.

Chris Watson led the group, finishing in 17:25 and 5th overall. Tony Marra finished in the top 30 in 19:54, with Mary Unsworth close behind him. Mary was the 3rd female overall, running 20:04. Close behind was Brian Gray (21:48), Pierre Mikhail (21:54), and Andre Boudreault (23:11). The 40-49 men did the club proud with a 2nd place team finish. Congratulations, runners!

Next race is the Sunnybrook 4k on Sunday October 15th. Be sure to get in on the fun (and one of Tony Marra’s signature selfies).

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Summer on MARs

After a few weeks of blogging hiatus, it’s time to recap some of the highlights from this past summer on MARs. Despite off season training, many of our members managed to pack in a solid amount of running and racing, from Fun Runs to 5ks to marathons, on and off the roads.

Back in July, Erin Gaughan and Mel Mar traveled north to run in the Massey Marathon. In case you haven’t heard, this was one week after completing Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. Erin and Mel both finished in impressive times, 3:42:43 and 3:59:19, respectively, with Massey being the first full marathon distance for Mel. We are cheering them on as they prepare for the Hamilton Marathon in November, with a gentle reminder to exclude any sort of half ironman business from their marathon taper, this time around.

Coincidentally, that same weekend, a handful of other MARs women celebrated the off season in a different way, spending three days camping in Algonquin Park on #MARsisland. A huge thanks again to Reba and Darla for skillfully organizing this trip. We look forward to even more women joining us next year (assuming we make it past the access point, given that our two fearless leaders are most likely taking a well earned sabbatical).

August saw a fantastic group of MARs women race the Toronto Women’s 10k and 5k. In the 10k, Kat Ahokas dominated with a 38:48, placing 4th overall and 3rd in her age group. Closely behind Kat was Martina Morton, running 41:06 for 8th overall and 4th in category. Right on Martina’s tails, Huntsville local Saree Sasson (soon to be MARs member) ran an impressive 41:15 for 9th overall and 2nd in her age category. Also in the 10k was Amy Harkness, 44:01, Nancy Edson, 49:53 (her first 10k under 50 minutes), Tannis Wettlaufer, 52:02, and Kirstin Thomas, 53:18. In the 5k, Mary Unsworth took 2nd overall and 1st in her age group, finishing in 19:06. Way to go, ladies!

July and August also saw four themed Fun Run Events, presented by The SportLab, that were a great success. Thank you to Lake of Bays Brewery for supporting the Fun Run Series and thank you to all of those who participated!

Fast forward to September, MARs had a strong representation at the Ragnar Trail Cottage Country, held at Hardwood Hills. This was the first trail Ragnar Race in Canada. A total of 24 runners on 4 teams participated, an impressive turnout coming from (mostly) our small town. Congratulations to the two ultra teams, MARs, Attacks! and Red Planet Runners, on taking the win in their respective divisions.

While some MARs members were racing the trails, MARs member Mark Wilding traveled to the Erie Marathon, running a 3:29:14, earning himself a Boston Qualifier. Way to go, Mark!

Last but not least, it has been decided that MARs President, Pierre Mikhail, made his ‘post-injury racing debut’ at the Terry Fox Run this past Sunday (just don’t tell him it was actually 9.6 km, not 10…). We have warmly welcomed Pierre back to morning workouts, along with his unmistakeable banter, and look forward to his rumoured return to Cross Country this fall.

Regular Tuesday and Thursday workouts continue at 6:15 am along with varying Sunday long runs. Be sure to check TeamSnap for specifics. Cross Country Season is also upon us and we are excited to see what it has in store for MARs. Contact Pierre or check the website for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

XC Is Back On MARs!

It is time to start sharpening your spikes!  XC season is right around the corner and MARs will start preparing.  That means drills, strides, wet grass and a little pain.  Consider doing one or many of the races available below.

If you are a MARs competitive member you are eligible to enter any of the races with the cost varying from about $20 for the normal races to roughly $25 for Ontario Championships (In Bracebridge!!!! ) to roughly $35 for Canadian Championships in Kingston.  If you are a noncompetitive member you can upgrade easily.

This is a great opportunity to have the experience of running on a team.  Masters XC races are fun. Distances vary from 4K to 8K and results are broken down into 5 year age groups.  So you can be as old as Troy and still do well.  In addition, results are also presented as age graded %s which take into account that we all slow down as we age. Finally, at each race our top 5 age adjusted scores count for points in a race series called The Breslin Cup.  Help MARs move up the standings!

In past years MARs has paid most of the travel and hotel expenses for runners having the courage to go all the way to Kingston, so that is a teaser for 2017.  Hotels are already booked for Kingston.

Below is the list of races.  For the Toronto races, we typically leave from Summit Center parking lot at 9 am and are back around 5:30pm.  You do not have to commit to any of the races.  Usually the cut off for entering is a few days before the non championship races (and you can enter in person same day for a little more money) and a week prior for the two championship races.

  1. Taylor Creek 5K, Taylor Creek, Toronto 1pm, Sunday October 1
  2. Don Farquharson Harriers 4K, Toronto, Sunnybrook Park, Sunday October 15, 1pm
  3. Sunnybrook 8K, Toronto, Sunnybrook Park, Sunday November 5,  1pm
  4. Ontario XC Championships 5K, Morrison Meadows, Bracebridge, Sunday November 12, times TBA (usually between 9:30 and 10:30 for masters race)
  5. Canadian XC Championships 8K, Kingston, Ontario, SATURDAY November 25 (team usually departs Nov 24 and stays 2 nights in Kingston)

The final two races have youth age groups as well and at the Canadian XC Championships you will have the opportunity to watch the Senior Men and Women compete for spots on the World Championships Canadian team!

For more information on the race series click here

Finally, don’t forget The Muskoka Mud Run Saturday Sept 30 at Morrison Meadows.  Click here