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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.


Thinking of going for speed in 2022.  Breaking 20 minutes in the 5k.  Beating my 10k PR, and breaking 3:20 in the Marathon.  For that, I would return to the Little Train in Quebec.

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: 28.00 Month: 17.00 Year: 1973.15
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: 539.00
Brooks Ghost 13 Lifetime Miles: 433.00
Brooks Launch 8 Lifetime Miles: 82.00
Triumph ISO 5 Lifetime Miles: 181.00
Saucony Triumph 17 Lifetime Miles: 78.25
Brooks Glycerin 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 17.00
Saucony Triumph 18 Treadmill Lifetime Miles: 21.00
Total Distance
Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 17.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 4.00
Weight: 160.75
Total Distance

Pushed it to 6 miles on the train route; 8:29 pace.  All in all, felt fine.  A little heavy in the legs at the end.

Getting cooler now - had to wear thin gloves.  -2C/28F.  But sunny.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 162.00
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Easy run on the train route; 8:13 pace.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 161.00
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Easy run on the train route.  8:16 pace.  It would have been faster, but I had a mishap.

I went earlier than usual, so it was very dark.  I didn't bring a light.  Mile 2.5 (at the tracks) to mile 3 (turn around) is absolutely black.  At the end of that mile, I was distracted by looking at the stars, and I didn't remember the slight turn in the road.  I ran off the road, and into the middle of a swamp.  I think knee deep, but I face planted into it, so was completely soaked through from the waist down, and pretty much everywhere else too.

It took a few seconds for me to find the way out - I wasn't sure where the road was.  For the next 2.5 miles, I was cold, squishy, and picking strands of cattails from my body.

Temperature of 4C/39F made it a tad chilly.  Fortunately, the only thing hurt was my pride.

Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 160.00
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Easy run towards the train route, cut short.  I hadn't planned on going past the point where I swam yesterday anyway, but today, at about mile 2, a fox ran out from someone's front yard and started to run beside me.  Literally, right at my heels.

I stopped - it stopped.  I ran - it ran.  It was dark and I wasn't sure what it would do, so I turned around to run home.  It followed right behind me for a quarter mile, until I came to a set of lights.

I'm sure it has been fed by the people in that neighbourhood and was just looking for a hand out.  Still - you never know.

8:15 pace.

Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 4.00
Weight: 160.00
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Brooks Ghost 7 Miles: 17.00Saucony ISO Triumph Miles: 4.00
Weight: 160.75
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