Life on MARS and More!

It was a great day for Muskoka Runners both in and out of town on June 8.

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In Huntsville, local runners battled the challenging 5K/10K and half marathon courses of Band on the Run.  Local organizers put on a great event, which grew significantly from last year.  In the 5K race, local high schooler and club member Josh Stevens placed second in a sizzling time of 17:46, impressive for such a hilly course.  Club member Mark Sinnige placed third in 18:29 and grade 8 club member Graham Shearing was 7th overall in 20:55.

In the 10K run, graduating high schooler Ben Forestell retained his crown with a time of 38:22.  Ben is off to McGill University where he will study and tear up the trails and track.  Cam Raynor, Ben Osorio and Roger Penney placed 2nd,3rd and 4th in 39:51, 42:08 and 43:19.  Helen Dempster placed 7th and was the first overall woman in the race.

In the half marathon, club member Troy Cox continued his impressive spring, with a first place finish in 1:23:03, just five weeks after a 7th place finish in the Toronto Marathon.  Club member Doug Neudorf placed 4th in a time of 1:29:56 and Katherine Ahokas placed 8th as the top woman in 1:35:29.  Graduating high schooler Bryan Stone ran an impressive 1:35:25 for a seventh place finish.  There were many other impressive local performances, not to mention a great after party/concert at River Mill Park! Thank you to our local organizers for continuing a great tradition in Muskoka.


200 km away in Oshawa, the Ontario High School Track and Field finals were taking place (OFSSAA).  The meet began Thursday and features the best high school track and field athletes in the province.  Club member and Huntsville Hoya Ryley Atwood qualified for the 3000m, run shortly after 2 pm.  Ryley posted a personal best of 15 seconds covering the 3K race in a scorching time of 10:21 and placing 11th in the province!  She is one of the best 3000m runners in Ontario.  Great work Ryley!

What a great weekend of running.  For those wanting more, come out to Conroy track Tuesday June 11 for a great track workout at 6:30 am.  Club Members of all abilities welcome.  Membership details can be found at this website under the Membership tab

Finally, June 5 was National Running day in the US.  In honour of this,  Runner’s World contributor Mark Remy has made a collection of Sympathy Cards for runners.  Here are some of our favourites:



See you out there!

Band On The Run Volunteers Are Awesome!



This Saturday’s Band on the Run races in Huntsville still need volunteers.  All Volunteers will receive a cool technical T-shirt, food, a ticket to the Music Festival and a lot of appreciation. Please consider doing this if you are not running.  To sign up, go to and click on the Volunteer tab at the top of the page.  See you there!


Muskoka Runners Join 27,000 at Sporting Life 10K

Eleven Huntsville runners joined 27,000 running down Yonge Street in Toronto today at The Sporting Life 10K.

The race raises money for a local Muskoka summer camp, Camp Oochigeas. Camp Oochigeas, located near Rosseau, offers year round programs for children affected by childhood cancer.

Our runners were lead by Jeffery Hoover and Roger Penney, who completed the race in 35:19 and 39:07 respectively, on a windy, cold day.

Also competing were two Huntsville Hoya high school runners. Shannon Marshall and Sarah Steele.

Other local competitors in the race were Tina Steele, Adam and Sarah Caswell, Nicole Howell, Nancy Price, Denise Penney, and Kelly Gates.

Congratulations to all our local runners.

The club continues to meet this Tuesday (May 14) at Conroy Track at 6:30 am. This week we will be doing mile repeats on the track.


Huntsville Hoyas High School Athletes Sarah Steele and Shannon Marshall

Muskoka Algonquin Runners Kick Butt in Toronto!

It was a great day for local runners at the Goodlife Toronto Marathon and Half Marathon.

In the marathon event, Troy Cox placed 7th overall and 1st in his age category, running the race in just over 2 hours and 47 minutes.

In the half marathon, just under 6000 runners participated.  Our club’s women lead the way with Katherine Ahokas placing 60th overall and 1st in her age category.  Helen Dempster placed 86th overall and again was 1st in her age category.  High schooler Karlene Horsfield placed 31st in her age category.

Pierre Mikhail placed 32nd overall and 7th in his age category and Terri Tebby also completed the race.

Three age category 1st place finishes, four age category top 10 finishes and one 7th place overall is an amazing day for Muskoka Runners!

Congrats to our local runners!

Good Luck To Marathoners and Half Marathoners

Muskoka Algonquin Runners wishes good luck to all local runners competing in this Sunday’s Goodlife Toronto Marathon and Half Marathon.

Not racing this weekend? Why not come join us at 9 am Sunday at Arrowhead Provincial Park lower gates for a run?

Don’t forget to join the club. Technical shirts and running hats can be purchased at The Sportlab in Huntsville.

MARS Landing at Hardwood Hills?

The 5 Peaks trail race series returns to Southern Ontario this spring. The first race of the series takes place at nearby Hardwood Hills on May 25, with 1 and 3 km races for kids and 6 and 12 km races for adults. Team entries are also permitted. Why not join the club and represent Muskoka Algonquin Runners? Details at