Life on MARs – Running, selfies, free beer… Come again?

Wednesday July 19th marked the kick off of the fun run series hosted by The SportLab. Twenty participants ranging from newbies to advanced runners showed up to conquer the challenge. Five teams set off with the objective of running to various locations and taking team selfies to be judged at the end of the run. The winning team walked away with sweet SportLab hats and water bottles.

Afterwards, nearly everyone gathered at Main St. Local for a free can of Switchback Pilsner provided by Lake of Bays Brewery. The beer and food were delicious!

Join us for our next fun run adventure on Wednesday, August 2nd.

Special mention to Katie Barkey who was randomly selected to win the grab bag kindly donated by Algonquin Outfitters.

Big thanks to Martina for authoring this post! See you on the roads!

MARs at The Limberlost Challenge & 70.3

MARs had a strong showing this past Saturday at the The Limberlost Challenge. Despite a difficult (as always) course and some questionable footing, all of our runners gave strong efforts for this year’s race.

In the 14k, Chris Watson ran a solid 1:07:45, finishing 3rd overall and 1st in his age group. ‘Danimal’ Dan Quigg also finished in the top 10, running 1:13:07 for 8th overall. Up and coming Owen Johnstone was 3rd in his age group with 1:16:26. Close behind was Jeramie Carbonaro 1:17:04, Tony Marra 1:19:43, Chris Bennett 1:22:17 and Dave Johnstone 1:26:14.

Also placing in their respective age groups were Emily Fletcher, 1:27:48 for 1st AG, and Rebecca Francis, 1:29:10 for 2nd AG. Other finishers include Sharon Bennett 1:35:25, Andre Boudreault 1:35:59, Chris Near 1:41:33, Jennifer Macmillan 1:41:42, Susanne Allen 1:41:57 (later racing a 5k that same day), Catherine Smith 1:50:15, Jane Wolfe 1:56:44, Rose Evans 1:58:37, Elijah Quigg 2:10:47 and Michelle Quigg 2:16:35

In the 28k was lone Nathan Johnstone, finishing in 2:43:53 and placing 8th overall as well as 3rd in his age group.

Off (and on) the course was Lowell Greib, serving as Medical Director for the 8th year running. Thanks to Lowell and his team of medical personnel for keeping all of the participants safe and sound.

Last but certainly not least, a few MARs members and family rocked the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka earlier today. Jon Morton completed the race in an impressive 5:03:45. Despite a few setbacks, Jess Adam finished in a speedy 5:36:48. Roger Penney completed his 9th consecutive hometown race with a solid 5:52:40 finish. Erin Gaughan also finished in a solid 6:17:28 and Melanie Mar in 6:39:02, an impressive time for her first 70.3. Stay tuned for Erin and Mel’s upcoming adventures in racing. A big thank you as well to everyone who came out to volunteer at the aid station – a well oiled machine headed up by Dave Johnstone.

Congratulations to these runners on their impressive results! Now, back to the roads.

MARs Crushes BOTR

It was a nice and sunny day, and from the start it was obvious that heat was going to be an issue. The new Band on the Run Course for 2017 saw some beautiful scenery, and steady rolling hills.

In the half marathon, Troy Cox had a tough race, and had to settle for 2nd place overall but 1st in his age group in a time of 1:22:09. Helen Dempster chased down the leader and finished as the 1st women, 4th overall in great time of 1:30:20, an amazing comeback after several months of time off. Mark Wilding showed steady pacing and completed the course in a very respectable 1:46:41. Lindsey Howes who is in the midst of moving (and off training), ran in 1:50:03. Andre Boudreault finished in 1:50:47, and can attest that the heat was definitely a factor on the return leg. Olivia Crozier came in in 1:52:41, good for 1st in her age group. Marly Hogue was 2nd in her age group with a time of 2:00:54.  Natasha Nieder was close behind at 2:00:56, and Nicole Howell completed her half marathon in 2:08:53.

In the 10 km race, Jen Nicholson finished 2nd female and 1st in her age group.  Dave Johnstone was 4th in his age group with 45:00 flat. Also in at 45:00 was Jessica Adam. Rebecca Francis ran a 46:14, good enough for 4th female and 1st in her age group. Brian Gray ran a solid 47:43. Other finishers include Chris Near in 51:56, Tannis Wettlaufer in 52:43, Nancy Edson in 54:08, Kirstin Thomas in 54:23, Catherine Smith in 57:13, Katherine Andrews 1:05:17, Mary Henderson 1:06:45, Peter Ryback 1:07:12 and Stacy Tinkler 1:08:26. Kat Ahokas, along with fellow members of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department, also ran the 10k in full bunker gear in support of Community Living Huntsville.

There were a number of MARs members running the 5 km Race, many of whom were running with family members. Martina Morton ran in a quick 20:14 and was 2nd female – only 2 weeks after the Ottawa Marathon. Fiona Shearing ran a speedy 20:57 and was the 4th overall female. Sebastian Horton ran 21:23. Ben and Tony Shearing finished together at 21:32. Elias Coles ran 23:29, while his mom Darla Coles ran a 24:53 with her other speedy son Sol. Chris Watson, also running with family ran a 26:38. Sharon Bennett ran with her daughter Paige in 26:58. Holly Sundy clocked a solid 28:06, while pushing a stroller and having raced the weekend prior.

A warm welcome to those new MARs members who have recently finished The SportLab’s Running Program, many of whom also raced over the weekend. We hope to see you out training with MARs over the summer.

A very successful and fun weekend for many MARs runners.

Thank you to Andre and Kat for contributing to this race recap and a big congratulations to everyone who completed Band on the Run! Apologies to anyone who may have been missed. 

MARs at the Barrie Half Marathon

This past Sunday, MARs was represented at the Barrie Half Marathon by a small but mighty group of runners looking to maximize the spring racing season. Despite unfavourable, mucky conditions, Kat Ahokas lead the pack with a stellar positive attitude – “It’s lightened up… okay now it’s definitely lightened up” (it never lightened up). Kat took first place female in 1:25:08, a causal Sunday run considering she, “got lazy and slowed significantly between 12 and 18 km”. Uncoincidentally, right behind Kat was Lowell Greib, finishing in 1:26:22 and taking 6th male overall. Katelin Barkey also ran the half in 1:40:32 and Holly Sundy the 10k in 51:25.

Congratulations to these runners and best of luck to everyone gearing up for Band on the Run this coming weekend! Major recap to follow.

MARs in Ottawa 2.0

Last week, our beautiful country’s capital welcomed thousands of runners for the Ottawa Marathon race weekend. Attending on behalf of MARs were Martina Morton, Wade Cormack and Andre Boudreault. The day started with perfect conditions. As time went on, the sun rose and it got hot! Despite this, our intrepid runners battled on. Crowd support was amazing and the race organization was top notch.

Martina and Wade completed the full marathon in 3:20:14 and 3:32:30, respectively. Andre completed the half in 1:41:31. This was Wade’s first marathon and he’s officially caught the bug!

Thank you to Martina for this recap and congratulations to these runners on their accomplishments!

Around The Bay…Again

This past weekend, MARs descended on the beautiful City of Hamilton (sorry Dave) for its annual pilgrimage to Around The Bay (ATB). Many MARsians running Boston in three weeks opted to not race ATB, but the rock solid four (Big T, lil t, Reba Francis, and Tony the Runner) who are also racing Boston made the trip. They were joined in the 30k race by MARsians Martina Morton, Katelin Barkey, Lindsay Howes, Sharon Bennett, Brian Gray, Peter Ryback, and Holly Sundy. Rob Horton, Chris Near, Justine Brown, Jane Wolfe and Rose Evans tackled the 30k relay and Jacob Barkey competed in the 5k.

The group enjoyed a pre-race dinner the night before the race. A fracas almost ensued when Barkey tried to steal lil t’s pasta dinner. Order was restored and the group enjoyed some good food and each other’s company before heading back to hotel rooms for a good night’s sleep. Leading the way in the results (yet again) was the wily veteran Big T(ime) Cox. Despite the harsh gusty winds, Big T crossed the line in 41st place in a time of 1:55:34 good for first in his age group. At the Expo, it was mentioned to a vendor that this was Big T’s 20th ATB. The response was “There must be something wrong with you.” This doesn’t begin to explain what’s wrong with him!

Sporting his #bostonbeard, toque, and sunglasses, lil t was next across the line in 50th place in a time of 1:57:57 (3rd in his age group). Clearly lil t has some work to do. It appears though that he was a photographers favorite on the course. Perhaps it is because he looked a bit like Joaquin Phoenix in “I’m still here” circa 2010 (and he ran like him too). Age group results: Martina (6th), Tony (24th), Reba (28th), Katelin (21st), Lindsay (49th), Sharon (34th), Brian (95th) Peter (20th), and Holly (186th). The racers will take a few days rest and then will be back pounding the pavement to tune up for marathons in Boston, Toronto, and Ottawa.

Congrats to these intrepid racers!