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Garson - Sudbury,ON,Canada

Member Since:

Apr 20, 2013



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Running Accomplishments:

I ran my first marathon in 1998: "The Friendly Marathon" in Massey, Ontario.  I was 32. I had never raced in a shorter event, and I trained really poorly - ended up running it in 4:00:30.  After that, I gave up running for the most part for 6 years.  I got into karate a bit more seriously, until I got my knee kicked out and had ACL surgery.  Then I became a 'fair weather runner' and started to run half marathons every so often.  As a priest, entering weekend races always meant having to book a holiday, so it just didn't happen much.  My holidays were primarily focussed on various canoe and kayak trips.

At some point, I started training more consistently, and started to think of myself as a runner.  I guess doing that in your 40's is better than never doing it at all.  I even started to wonder if I had it in me to qualify for Boston.  Well, I did - twice.  First time didn't count, I suppose, since I didn't make the "cut".  But the second time was a charm, and on my sixth Marathon, run in Chicago in 2015, I beat my BQ by almost 6 minutes.

Through it all, I've made tons of mistakes - and have had lots of injuries to show for it.  Hopefully, now that I'm in my 50's, I'm a bit wiser and can use that to my advantage to continue running for a very long time.

My PRs:

5k (12 run):      Guelph, ON.     October 10, 2016   (50 yrs.)   20:10

10k (10 run):    Collingwood      October 5, 2013  (47 yrs.)  43:37

Half Marathon  (24 run): Cleveland   May 18, 2014  (48 yrs)  1:33:08

Marathon (12 run):  Ste-Jerome, QC  October 3, 2021   (55 yrs.)  3:22:10

Ultras (5 run):   

Run for the Toad 50k Trail   September 30, 2017 (51 yrs.)  5:31:23

Niagara Falls 100k   June 17, 2018 (52 yrs.)  12:26:30

That Dam Hill 24 hours   September 15-16, 2018  Completed 100 Miles in 23:20:44

Sulphur Springs 50 mile Trail   May 25, 2019  10:37:27

Haliburton Forest 100 mile Trail   September 7-8, 2019  26:46:27

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Pacing my sister in her 1st Half Marathon.

Short-Term Running Goals:

P'Tit Train du Nord (Little Train of the North) - October 3, 2021 - Training has gone very well; I'm thinking of pushing for a PR here.  A new PR by nearly 2 minutes, a BQ by almost 13 minutes, and a New York City Marathon Qualifier by 50 seconds.

Sulphur Springs 50 Miles - May 2022 - Thinking of going back to Ultras next year.  Still undecided.  This would be a training run for my Fall 100.

Some Marathon.  Somewhere.  Summer 2022.  More of a training run for the Haliburton.

Haliburton 100 Miles - September 2022 - Depending on a number of variables.  I won the Masters division here in 2019.  Was a very interesting experience.  A new course this year.  I'm keeping it open as a strong possibility.

New York Marathon - November 2022 - I qualified for it; will have to wait and see if that actually gets me there.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run until this old body of mine won't let me run any more.  I was inspired in the Spring of 2016, watching the start of the Ottawa Marathon.  Near the back of the pack was an 'old man', running with his walker.  I loved it!  I thought ... there's me in 20 years.  Maybe.  


I am a Roman Catholic priest of 27 years, ministering in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.  I spent 8 years ministering in the small town of Wawa (where I helped establish the annual Blackfly Run) and 9 years in Sault Ste. Marie.  I have been in the Sudbury region now for 9 years.  Currently I Pastor 2 small Parishes:  St. John the Evangelist in Garson, and St. Bernardine of Siena in Skead, covering the area just Northeast of the city, surrounding the Sudbury Airport.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 16.25 Month: 53.45 Year: 1731.15
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2 Lifetime Miles: 395.40
Brooks Cascadia 11 Lifetime Miles: 299.00
Salomon Speedcross 4 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 503.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 381.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 139.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 4.25
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 11.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 21.00
Weight: 155.00
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6 easy miles; 8:56 pace.  Light rain and cool; wore my race day stuff one last time.  All is good.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 6.00
Weight: 154.00
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5 easy miles; 8:56 pace.  

This will be my last report until I get home from Chicago on October 16th.  I leave tomorrow - a 2 day drive.  Tomorrow is a rest day.  Wednesday (in Grayling), Thursday & Friday (in Chicago) are all 6 mile easy run days.  Saturday just 3 miles.

I'm joining the 3:25 pace group in the marathon.  If I just stick with them, I'll have a PR and another BQ (hopefully enough to make the cut off this time).  But I'm hoping I can pick up the pace in the final 3 miles or so and come in around 3:23.  That's my 'plan A' goal.

Full report when I get home.

Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 5.00
Weight: 156.00
Total Distance

Drove as far as Grayling, MI yesterday.  No really great place to run, so did 4 'laps' of a 1.5 mile route which took me down a dead end road in the pitch black, back to my hotel and around the parking lot.  Good enough to get my 8 miles in, which I ran at a 9:01 pace.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Made it to Chicago last night.  I'm staying in a nice apartment in the West Garfield area which I'm renting through AirBnB.  It's inner city, but the place is nice and walking distance to the Green Line rail which will take me anywhere in the city.

Started off running in the dark and just around the corner found a highschool with a very modern track.  So, I decided to get my miles in there.  Ran them at an 8:55 pace.  Just as I finished my final lap, one of the teachers came out to let me know the track is only open outside of school hours.  So, good timing.  Found out the gate opens at 6am and school starts at 8am, so I'll be back tomorrow and Saturday for my final runs.


Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Back to the track.  Ran my 6 miles at a 9:00/mile pace.  I'm heading to the expo today so that I can rest on Saturday.  They have issued a 'yellow alert' due to the expected higher temperatures on Sunday.  NOT what this cold weather Canadian runner needed to hear!

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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3 very easy miles at the track; pace was 8:50/mile.

Hit the expo yesterday.  HUGE event.  I'm bib #622 and in the B corral of wave one - so close to the front.

Tried to limit the time I was out.  Got my package and bought 2 new pairs of shoes and then left soon after.  Today, I plan on resting as much as I can.

Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 6 Green Miles: 11.00Brooks Glycerin 12 Miles: 21.00
Weight: 155.00
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