Young Runners Head To Craftsbury Running Camp

11 Local High School runners are off to Craftsbury, Vermont to attend a one week running camp from July 6-13.  The Huntsville runners are amongst 35 from across North America who will attend the camp.  Our local runners heading to Vermont are Shannon Marshall, Sarah Steele, Rachel Miller, Hannah Mikhail, Megan Mikhail, Emily Jones, Mariah Smith, Dalton Boothby, Alex Griffiths, Austin Simonett and Josh Stevens.  Catherine Smith and Pierre Mikhail will head down to the US with these excited runners in two minivans.

Craftsbury Outdoor Center has become renowned for its superb running, rowing and nordic skiing camps, and the outdoor center prides itself on sustainability and responsible practices.

During the week, participants will enjoy track training, hill work, drills, fartlek and tempo work as well as a long run on the most beautiful loop in Vermont. Classroom presentations will include nutrition, training physiology, race day skills and more.

The camp will be led by one the greats of American running, Lynn Jennings. Lynn has earned 39 National Championship titles ranging from 3000m to 10k, won the cross-country World Championships three consecutive times, and is one of only two American women to medal in track events at the Olympics at distances over 800m (she won a  bronze medal at 10,000m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics).

Wish our local runners and club members luck!

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Austin Simonett, Hannah Mikhail, Sarah Steels,Shannon Marshall, Rachel Miller, Megan Mikhail, Emily Jones, Pierre Mikhail, Mariah Smith

MARS “Springs” Into Action?


It’s supposed to be spring but Muskoka didn’t get the memo.  The great thing about being a runner is that we run in spite of the weather conditions, and sometimes to spite the weather.  As MARS prepares for its first organized run, tomorrow (Tuesday April 2) from 6:30-7:30 am at the Conroy Track, we thought we might inspire you with some running quotes, some specifically about lousy weather! Continue reading

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


Muskoka Algonquin Runners held its first information meeting and executive meeting yesterday at The Active Living Centre. Thank you for a fabulous turnout despite winter storms!

Those who signed up for the club will receive email receipts once Louise Choquette is back from holiday and has had time to enter you on the Ontario Athletics website. Those interested in joining the club, please visit the Membership tab for details. Continue reading

MARS Landing in Hamilton March 24

Hamilton will be invaded by a healthy contingent of Muskoka runners next Sunday at The Around The Bay 30K.  This race is the oldest running race in North America, first run in 1894.  In preparation for this race, a group of local runners has been meeting every Saturday morning for a few months.  Continue reading

Masters Runners Land on MARS?

Is there anything better than being a teenager running through the mud in a cross country running race?  Until a few years ago, I could not imagine having more fun as an adult runner than I did as a teenager.  But as a teenager, we take most things for granted and are invincible.  Adults can appreciate their accomplishments perhaps a little more, even when those accomplishments are much more modest. Continue reading

MARS Lands in Vermont

Muskoka Algonquin Runners (MARS) will be sending a dozen high school runners to Craftsbury Outdoor Centre’s High School Running Camp July 7-13 (departing July 6), 2013. The camp is located in Craftsbury Common, Vermont and is coached by Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist (1996 Olympics) and three time World Cross Country Running Champion, Lynn Jennings. So far, ten of the 12 spots are filled and the camp will be capped at 30 runners total. Interested teens in high school or entering high school in the fall of 2013 can contact us through our Contact page to request more information.

The camp and other training, racing and social running options will be discussed at the club’s first meeting, March 19 from 7-9 pm (drop in) at the Active Living Center in the Summit Center. Membership forms will be available then and we welcome all interested runners.

MARS Landing Confirmed

The first meeting/information night of Muskoka Algonquin Runners has been confirmed for March 19 from 7-9 pm at the Active Living Center at the back of the Canada Summit Center. Club information and sign up will be available and plans for the future including running schedules/calendars, races, fundraising etc will happen. The club executive will meet briefly at the end of the information night. Please feel free to come with great ideas.

MARS Landing March 19 7-9 pm Canada Summit Center

The first meeting of Muskoka Algonquin Runners (MARS) will take place Tuesday March 19 from 7-9 pm at the Canada Summit Center.  Details to follow.  The purpose of this meeting will be to welcome the public to find out information about the club, to sign up new members, and to discuss opportunities to run for all level of runner from beginner to competitive.  We hope to have some MARS wear in time for the meeting and welcome any ideas people may have for the direction of our fledgling club.  We will also talk about spring and summer training and racing opportunities for runners, regardless of level and age. There will be a brief meeting of the club executive after the meeting.  See you then!