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!

Town of Huntsville To Bid For 2015-2016 Canadian Cross Country Running Championships

The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Tourism & Events Huntsville, The Town of Huntsville, and Muskoka Algonquin Runners will  submit a bid to host the 2015-2016 Canadian Cross Country Running Championships scheduled for late November 2015.  The completed bid will be submitted in September, 2013.  Stay tuned!

The weather has finally improved.  Come join us each Tuesday morning 6:30 am at Conroy Track and/or Sunday morning 9 am at the lower gates of Arrowhead Provincial Park.  Bring a friend!

Running Quote of the Day: “The great thing about athletics is that it’s like poker, sometimes you know what’s in your hand and it may be a load of rubbish, but you’ve got to keep up the front.” –Sebastian Coe

Muskoka Runners Conquer The Yonge Street 10K!

Nearly 6000 runners ran down historic Yonge Street in Toronto this morning in the Yonge Street 10K. After an emotional moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, the runners flew down the fast course on a crisp “spring” morning. Among a local contingent of 13 runners, senior high school runners Orion Austrup, Ben Forestell and Josh Stevens represented their school and community superbly. Josh (34:31) and Ben (34:38) finished 37th and 39th overall respectively, and Orion had a personal best of 41:58. Pierre Mikhail also managed a top 100 result (77th) with a time of 36:59. Also representing Muskoka were Monique Charlton (49:18), Terri Tebby (50:18), Allison O’Mara (50:18), Catherine Smith (51:25), Sheena Branigan (52:06), Emma Burton (55:02), Hannah Mikhail (57:53), Katelin Forbes (58:54), and David Morin (1:07:15).

Muskoka Algonquin Runners meets Tuesday mornings at 6:30 am at Conroy Track and 9 am Sunday mornings at the lower gates of Arrowhead Park. Runners of all abilities are welcome. Beginning in summer the club plans to offer a training program to get runners (adult and high school) ready for the fall cross country running season. Come out and join us!

Yonge St 10K

Huntsville High School Runners Orion Austrup, Ben Forestell and Josh Stevens at the finish of the Yonge Street 10K

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 5peaks.com.