35 Years and Counting: 1985-2020

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August 12, 2020

FYB Shirt PICKUP; Sat Aug 15, 9am to 1pm
We are pleased to announce that we have now made arrangements for pickup of the commemorative FYB shirts.

  • Venue: 117 Margaret Place, Brockville K6V 6Y4 (Off First Ave)
  • Date: Saturday Aug 15, 2020
  • Time: 9 am to 1 pm

The shirts will be pre-bagged, labelled and laid out on tables outside 117 Margaret Place, the home of Murray Tait our club treasurer. Thanks to Murray and to volunteer Barb Marshall for arranging and preparing for this pickup.

Covid-19 guidelines will be implemented in terms of distancing.

So, if you paid for and ordered a shirt(s) at the first Freeze Your Buns way back in January 2020, please come to 117 Margaret Place on Saturday and we will be happy to see that you receive same.

Freeze Your Buns Shirts
Those of you who ordered and paid for a commemorative FYB shirt way back in January at the first FYB, don't worry you will receive your shirt.

Based on the FYB#1 shirt signups, the appropriate number of shirts was ordered from our local supplier. The shirts were to be produced in time for distribution at FYB#3 in March. The shirts were produced and then Covid-19 hit and FYB#3 was cancelled.

In addition, our supplier had to shutdown and only recently reopened. We have now picked up the shirts from our supplier and are working on making arrangements for distribution. This will be trickier than usual since we don't have any upcoming races. We will come up with something appropriate and let you know.

Thanks for your patience.

TIP Races CANCELLED
As just announced in our newsletter, the executive has decided to cancel the annual TIP 5K/Half scheduled for Sept 12.

The executive did explore the possibility of holding a Covid-19 compliant race. However, after much deliberation, they decided that the logistics involved in implementing the precautions required to minimize the health risk to all participants, runners and volunteers, were too difficult and complex, so made the decision to abandon the idea.

Canada Day Run Donations Presentation
On Thursday July 16, 2020, Ed Eby, event creator and organizer, and club president Tony Dunbar were delighted to present a cheque for $4045 to manager Theresa Sosnowski of the Brockville and Area Food Bank.

The $4045 represented the total of the Trackie online donations made by 167 event registrants. Many thanks to all who contributed, including the 25 members of the Brockville Irish Cultural Society, who generously donated a total of $700.

The event was a great success and congrats and thanks once again to the inventive and hardworking club director Ed Eby.

Tim Ruhnke of the Recorder and Times newspaper wrote a nice article with photo which was published in the July 17 edition of the paper.

High School Bursary Awards
We are pleased to announce the winners of our club annual HS bursary awards. This annual programme was first implemented in 2011 during the 'reign' of club president Rick Swift.

To be eligible for this bursary, a Grade 12 student must be interested in pursuing or accepted into a university or college level post-secondary programme and has participated in events supported by the Brockville Road Runners Club.

The winners were:
  • Will Campeau (St. Michael, Kemptville)
  • Julia Dillon (TISS, Brockville)
  • Troy Gonidis (TISS, Brockville)
  • Jake Lessard (St. Mary, Brockville)
Congrats to all and good luck in your chosen fields of study.

Canada Day Run/Walk: A HUGE SUCCESS!
Well it all came together in style on the big day. Ed Eby (pictured) was the brains and the driver behind this unique approach to holding a BRRC Canada Day, Covid-19 Precautions Compliant, TOGETHER INDIVIDUALLY Run/Walk.

And of course while allowing us to celebrate Canada Day, the event was first and foremost a fundraiser for the Brockville & Area Food Bank.

We're delighted to announce that 167 registrants donated a total of $4045, all of which will be transferred to the Food Bank account. Congrats to Ed and thanks to all for your generosity.

Ed left immediately after the run for some scheduled well-deserved vacation. When he returns in a week or so, we will arrange a formal handover of a cheque to the Food Bank officials, with all the usual trimmings - media, photos, etc - for such a happy occasion.

Ed Eby: Man of the Day!

We would also like to express our thanks to the media and others for their promotion of the event over the past weeks:

  • Bruce Wylie of local radio station CFJR-FM 104.9
  • Tim Ruhnke, sports writer for the Recorder and Times newspaper
  • Nate Vandermeer reporter for CTV News Ottawa
  • Theresa Sosnowski and Tony Barnes of the Brockville and Area Food Bank and Kathy Easter BRRC member
  • Brockville Mayor Jason Baker
  • The Brockville Tourism Office
  • The Brockville Irish Cultural Society (BICS)

and last but certainly not least, thanks to those who supported the event on the day itself:

  • Brockville Fire Departments
  • Jeff Reusing Organist St. Lawrence Anglican Church
  • Local churches, musicians and cheering supporters.

For some great photos of the day, most of them of red-clad families thoroughly enjoying the event, check the Road Runners Group Facebook Page Thanks to all for your posts.

UPDATE: Canada Day Run/Walk 10am July 1

Still time to register and donate. Number registered is 125 at 7pm June 30. Let's make it 200!

We will be joined in the run by folks from: Dublin, Ireland; Vancouver and Duncan (BC); Newfoundland; Lorraine and Saint-Colomban (PQ); Kingston; Ottawa; Toronto and other locations. Very gratifying.

Reminders:
  • To register securely on line click Trackie
  • The registration fee is your donation to the Brockville and Area Food Bank.
  • Distance you run or walk is not important. It can be one of the traditional 1K or 5k distances or shorter or longer than those.
  • The key is we all start together at 10am from our front doors and loop and finish back there. All the time of course observing the Covid-19 precautions while running TOGETHER INDIVIDUALLY

Event is getting significant radio, press and TV coverage. So get on board Brockville's major Canada Day Celebration in a truly unique event with nothing like it anywhere.

As event creator and organizer Ed Eby says: Wear your colors, have fun and Be Safe.

UPDATE: Canada Day Run/Walk; CTV News Ottawa June 25

A report and a look at the televised interview

A big thank you to club representatives Ed Eby and Kathy Easter and to Theresa Sosnowski and Tony Barnes of the Brockville and Area Food Bank for their participation. Tony Barnes played a dual role as treasurer of the Food Bank and BRRC club member.

REMINDER: Just a few days left for online registration: to just donate or to donate and run or walk, at Trackie


Watch this evening's (Thursday) CTV Ottawa News to see event creator and organizer Ed Eby, accompanied by road runner Kathy Easter, promote the special Canada Day Food Bank fundraiser and community event.

The TV taping was set up in front of the Food Bank on Buell Street and representatives from that organization, Tony Barnes and Theresa Sosnowski, were also present.

Just 6 days left for online registration, to just donate or to donate and run or walk, at Trackie

Ed Eby has been busy drumming up support for what is a unique community event; includes (and Ed isn't done yet!):

  • City Fire Stations will sound their sirens at 10am
  • Some churches will ring their bells at 10am
  • St. Lawrence Anglican Church organist, Jeff Reusing, will play Happy Birthday and O Canada
  • Neighbourhoods have been encouraged to cheer and clap red-clad runners going by
Great job Ed!

We encourage you to also invite your own neighbours to participate by running or walking or just getting out to cheer and clap as individual runners go by. Of course they should also be encouraged to donate to the Food Bank via Trackie

SPECIAL EVENT: Canada Day Run/Walk; Together Individually

The Brockville Road Runners are hosting a fundraising event. The Canada Day Run/Walk; Together Individually.

The donations raised will be given to the Brockville and Area Food Bank.

Event Poster

NOTE: This is NOT a virtual run as commonly understood. This is a fundraiser and community celebratory event in the sense that all participants set out from their own front door, at the same time, 10am, on the same day, July 1, Canada Day. No use of Garmins, or other tracking devices needed - there will be no monitoring of times or reporting of results as there would be in a virtual run.

How does this all work?
    Register and Donate:
    Your Trackie Online registration fee is the amount of your donation. For amounts of $20 or more a tax receipt will be issued by the Food Bank at year’s end. Your mailing address is required for the receipt.

    Ok, you are now registered!!!

    Run:
    When and Distance:
    On Wednesday July 1st, Canada Day, at 10am it all begins.
    Keeping with tradition, 5km is the distance. However, if a 1km run or walk is more suited to your age and/or abilities, feel free to join in the festivities!

    How?:
    In your best Canada Day colors you step out your front door, turn left and run or walk. You guessed it, the finish line is your front door.
    As the title says: Together Individually. We all run or walk at the same time: as a club, as a community but individually.
    Distancing protocols are to be followed meaning no high fives, no giving or receiving of water bottles, etc. Same households may run/walk together, others enjoy the moment.

Ed Eby received pre-clearance of our plans from the City of Brockville, the Brockville Police and the Local Health Unit. This was based on all participants adhering to our own guidelines and to the following issued by the Health Unit:

  1. Stay home if sick; participants can conduct a self-assessment prior to leaving their home https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
  2. Practice physical distancing of 2m/6ft I realize it is hard to run with a face mask but if some are walking they may want to consider wearing a face mask
  3. Practice good hand hygiene- wash your hands or use hand sanitizer
  4. Cough/sneeze into your elbow
  5. Each participant should use their own water bottle and not share with others
  6. If a person thinks they may have COVID-19 they should not participate and be tested at an assessment centre. The following link will provide information about assessment centre https://healthunit.org/coronavirus
  7. Encourage participants not to litter, reusable water bottles are recommended.

We encourage you to spread the word, encourage others to join us and invite your neighbor to cheer and make a donation to the local Foodbank.

We are all in this together. We know as individuals you contribute to the many who need our support, now we can do so together. Our club has supported the Brockville and Area Food Bank for many years and this year they need us more than ever. Register, donate and wear the colors, your great smile and Run/Walk.

Recap:
Register, Donate, Canada Day colors, out your front door, turn left, run (or walk), finish at your front door.

Questions?
Contact our hardworking and diligent event organizer Ed Eby ed_eby@hotmail.com Thanks Ed.

Race Schedule Status: Canada Day and TIP
Any faint hope we had of our traditional Canada Day Run on July 1 taking place has now vanished in the cloud of Covid-19. In addition, the fate of our TIP September 12 Half/5K is also questionable and we will leave as under review for now.

Support for the Y: A Call from llona Thomas
From Ilona's post to the club group page:

Introduction and Backgrounder
Friends I need your support. !! This time next week Friday 22nd I will have completed Leg 4 so 34 km of the Yeti Challenge. I will then run ( on my own) another 8 km every 4 hours to make 50km in 24 hours. This is an unusual time and hence an unusual challenge. I am raising money for the YMCA. Watch the video and follow this link to donate:eo.ymca.ca/donate You will receive a tax receipt. Please mention that it is for the Yeti challenge. Thanks so much for your support

Race Cancellations Kingston RRA
A number of popular KRRA series runs have now been cancelled:

  • Howe Island 8K Shuffle Sat May 9
  • Beat Beethoven 4K/8K Sun June 7
  • Wolfe Island 5K/10K Sun July 5

Group Runs
A Board Bulletin on the subject topic has just been mailed out to the club membership. The text follows:

Odds and Pieces of Turf

  • When will Canada return to road racing? iRun Magazine April 21.
  • Boilermaker postponed from July 12 to Sept 13
  • More thoughts on distancing from the Globe and Mail. More applicable to larger centres perhaps, but some general worthwhile guidance also. And more general: iRun Magazine.
  • Ottawa Race Weekend now added to the list of race cancellations
  • Andre Picard's view on running in these troubled times iRun Magazine

Race Series Points After Freeze Your Buns
Club Director Brian Gartley has volunteered to act as our series statistician this year; thanks Brian. Brian's compilations of points are now available for age category and overall.

Please advise of any errors, omissions, typos, etc no later than May 1, 2020.

Access rules for the guidelines used.

Note the requirement to be a club member by July 2 to qualify for a year end award. Act now to take out membership. Doing this online using trackiereg.com/brockvilleroadrunners is ideal during these staying-at-home times.

Freeze Your Buns Series Winners
As you know, we cancelled FYB#3 due to Covid-19. We have now determined the top 3 runners of the truncated series. Average finish times over the 2 runs was the determiner. This is consistent with what is normally done based on the usually completed 3 runs.

Male Female
1 Travis Gaffney 18:22 1 Jodi Usher 22:11
2 Ayrton Meier 20:25 2 Robyn Hoogendam 22:49
3 Ian Loughrey 21:16 3 Christie Walker 23:05

Congrats to all. Travis and Jodi will have their names engraved on the special Mark Darroch Freeze Your Buns winners plaque.

Run Cancellations
The negative impact of Covid-19 on our race schedule continues.

Cancellations:

  • Freeze Your Buns #3 March 28
  • Prediction 5K Run April 5 (A new event.)
  • Cornwall Marathon Events April 25 (A part of our race series.)

Disappointing for us all but necessary in order to join in the community battle against the major health threat posed by this virus.

Once the pandemic is behind us we will look at slotting in a race(s) in the schedule.

In the meantime, maintain your fitness as best you can in these challenging times and above all stay safe and healthy.

NOTED: Kingston RRA have cancelled their April 25/26 Limestone Weekend 10K and 21.1K/5K.

Alternative Runs to Freeze Your Buns #3
UPDATE MARCH 20: The executive has looked at all suggestions (see below) and has decided to make a clean break with FYB#3.

We already cancelled the race itself since it did not meet the distancing guidelines required to minimize the threat of Covid-19. Since the same applies to the suggestion of basically running the race without the use of the Memorial Centre for registration, awards, shirt pick up, etc, we won't be organizing such an event.

While the individual running and posting of times doesn't pose a Covid-19 threat, the executive has decided that from a practical point of view it would very difficult to ensure this would be a reasonable and fair substitute for FYB#3.

We will make arrangements and set a date for FYBs shirt pickup once the current Covid-19 situation is behind us - hopefully in the not too distant future.

Thanks to all for your understanding and keep safe and healthy.


MARCH 17: We've noted some suggestions on our Facebook page for an informal type of run in place of FYB#3. These range from individually running the course and posting times to a central spot, to gathering outside on Saturday March 28 and racing the course and then disbanding.

Thanks for these suggestions. The executive will review all and come to a decision on going with one or indeed none of these. The key will be our continuing to protect the health of all involved and not jeopardizing the health of our community. Stay tuned.

Freeze Your Buns #3 on March 28 Cancelled
In keeping with the advice and guidelines issued by governments and health authorities and to show our commitment to protecting the health of our runners, volunteers, supporters and our community at large, your club executive has decided to cancel FYB#3.

These certainly are challenging and indeed frightening times for us all and our families. We sincerely wish that our country, province and community come safely through this crisis. We will, if we all work together in solidarity and in a true spirit of community.

Cornwall April 25 Event Cancelled
After much soul-searching, etc, the organizers of the event have announced that due to concerns over Covid-19 they have decided to cancel the whole multi-distance event. They will later announce their position with regard to refund of fees. Disappointing but understandable. As race organizers and runners ourselves, we empathize with our Cornwall friends; it must have been a difficult but the responsible decision.

Here is a link to the Background to their decision.

Neal Condron Medals at Nationals
Sincere congratulations to our friend and running buddy Neal Condron. Neal recently brought home a gold and two silvers from the cross-country skiing competition at the Special Olympics Nationals in Thunder Bay. Neal earned a gold in the 2.5K and a silver in each of the 1K and 5K events. Fantastic!


Neal with proud parents Catherine and Frank

FYB#2 Sat Feb 29, 2020: Results
A report with results as prepared by race director Janet Wynands is now accessible: Report. Thanks Janet to you and your volunteers for yet another successful and properly freezing event!

Note the reference by Janet to a new, upcoming April 5 Prediction 5K as a fund raiser for the Brockville Legion Athletic Club. Further details will follow.

HS Student Bursary Application Form for 2020
This form is now available from the Forms dropdown menu above. The form includes the requirements to qualify for a BRRC bursary and also how to submit an application

Race Series Rule Changes
The club executive recently reviewed the rules governing our race series.

As a result, two significant changes were made to the rules governing eligibility for a year-end series award:

  • A runner, who is club member, must participate in at least two (2) of the six (6) races in the series
  • Volunteering for at least one scheduled BRRC race is waived and no longer required.

Another less significant change is that age as of December 31, 2020 rather than January 1, 2020 will now go into effect. This is to tie in with the default used by Trackie our online membership and race registration company.

All other rules and guidelines such as: must be a club member, best 5 of 6 races; one month to correct errors, etc remain in place.

The new rules may be accessed here.

Cornwall April 25, St Lawrence Event Added to BRRC Series
With the end of the Smiths Falls Spring Fling, the club executive has decided to replace it on our list of races qualifying for series points with the Saturday April 25 event in Cornwall.

The event has a 5K, 10K, 21.1K and 42.2K and points may be gained by club members running in any of these events. The event is known to fill up quickly so members are encouraged to register without delay accessing Cornwall Event

Of course, executive member Ed Eby has already announced another of his training programs geared specifically to the Cornwall Half Marathon, 21.1K. Ed's 11 week program is scheduled to start February 8, and details of the program may be accessed here. If interested, you may contact Ed at ed_eby@hotmail.com

Freeze Your Buns #1 Results
A full report of the race may now be accessed here.

Spring Fling in Smiths Falls Discontinued
The organizers of this popular multi-distance race have announced the end of the event. Here is the statement they issued:

The Spring Fling was created almost 10 years ago, when a group of runners got together, in a kitchen, in Smiths Falls. Our goal was to create and host a race in Smiths Falls and showcase the town by providing an experience based on hospitality and community spirit. It was also very unique, being held on the Cataraquai Trail. With the help of numerous volunteers, in good weather and bad, we feel we succeeded in our mission. An added benefit was the ability to also contribute a yearly donation to the Smiths Falls Hospital Foundation. It’s time now, that we say Goodbye and let you know that the Spring Fling will not be returning in 2020. It has not been an easy decision for us, but we do feel it is the right one. It’s been a great "run" and we truly appreciate everyone that has been a part of it. Thank you! Smiths Falls Spring Fling Steering Committee

This is sad news as the Fling was well subscribed by BRRC members.

Ed Eby had geared his new half training program to the April 19 Fling. Ed will now instead gear his program towards the Cornwall St. Lawrence Half, scheduled for Saturday April 25, which is basically just a week later than the original scheduled date of April 19 for the Spring Fling.

If you're interested in joining Ed's program, scheduled to start Saturday February 8, be advised that there is a 250 runner cap on entries to the Cornwall half and it fills up quickly. This means you should register right away. The event website link is here.

Richmond Road Race Warriors (Jan 12)
CBC's Ian Black's threats of freezing precipitation of every form known - rain, ice pellets, snow, etc, etc! - didn't faze a trio of our hardy senior runners yesterday!

As reported by Ed Eby, Merv Hodgson skillfully drove to Richmond with Anne and Ed as passengers.

Anne and Merv ran the 5K. Anne's time was 38:18, good for 3rd in her age group. Merv was 1st in his group at 34:58. Ed's time for the 10K was 1.08.43.

No age category medals again this year, just for overall 1,2 and 3. Draw prizes just 5 or 6.

"The roads were messy for racing on, made some of our FYBs look good." per Ed.

Congrats you folks and who said, "wisdom comes with age"?!

Membership
With the first FYBs 5K on the horizon (Sat Jan 25 at 9am), it is now time to take out or renew a membership in the club. The fees are a very reasonable:

Individual $20, Family $30, Student (Grade 7-12) No charge.

As well as being a show of support and some initial seed funding for the club, membership provides a number of benefits and privileges:

  • discounts at most BRRC races
  • participation in social/training runs
  • member access to the club Facebook page
  • invitation to the AGM with voting rights for Executive Selection
  • eligibility for Year End Awards
  • the option to purchase club clothing.

As a significant new initiative, this year we are providing the option to take out a membership online. This is via the Trackie system we successfully introduced in 2019 for online registration for a number of races. Payment is via credit card, Paypal or Interac.

We still offer the traditional print a hardcopy membership application form, fill it in and either mail it to club secretary Liam Cullen or take with you to the membership table that will be set up at each of the FYBs races. Fees are payable by cheque or cash only for this method.

The links for each of the methods are provided here:

The Richmond Road Races; January 12
This popular event is a race season opener for many of our club members.

Date: Sunday, January 12th
Location: South Carleton High School, 3673 McBean St. Richmond, On.
Start times:
10K: 10 am
5K: 10:10 am
Website: Richmond Races

Of course, the first race on our own club calendar is Freeze Your Buns#1 on Saturday, January 25 at 9am from the Brockville Memorial Centre.

Lights on the Trail
Tom Fournier, club member and an occasional advisor to the Brock Trail Committee, has kindly provided me with the following update, which he followed with a photo:

As part of my job with the police service I have assisted the Brock Trail Committee as an advisor on occasions. Today I received an email that 9 new solar lights were installed and are operational on the trail between St. Paul to King Street area of the trail, so the trail is now lit from Henry Street behind the Grist Mill and on the south side of the Metro Grocery Store.
I thought I would pass it along in the event it was some news other Road Runner members would be interested in. I know I frequently run along the Brock Trail when it is plowed.


"The lights are set to come on at dusk, at a low level (30%), and when sensing motion, go to full power (2000 lumens) for a short duration; the intent being to enhance accessibility, convenience, and security, while preserving capacity, and giving due consideration to wildlife and adjacent homeowners."
The committee was concerned about them being too bright and upsetting the homeowners in the area.
The lights for the trail come from donations and there is NO city money provided. They are collecting donations and here is the link: Donations
Thanks Tom.

News Updates

AGM Reminder
Weds November 20, 6 to 8pm at Luna Pizzeria on Stewart Blvd in Brockville is the venue. Members come on out and enjoy some social time with a cash bar and a complimentary pizza dinner.

Also remember you are invited to wear a shirt or medal from a race that was specially memorable to you in 2019.

2019 Race Series awards will be presented, followed at about 7pm with the business portion: reports on 2019; plans for 2020 and the all important election of the executive for the coming year.

It's your club, so please attend and let your voice be heard.

Fast Talk November Newsletter Corrections
We're back!

As with most news journals, Fast Talk our club newsletter is also prone to errors. So in the best traditions of journalism, here is our Errata or Corrections section, with apologies from your humble newsletter editor:

  • Race Series Awards:
    Female 60-69:
    Points were corrected for Karen McDonald-Hurley to bring her total to 41 pts. Means Karen moves to 1st with Cheryl Scott in 2nd place.
  • Male 40-49: corrected to show Brian Gartley in 2nd place and Jason Barlow in 3rd.
  • For an updated, corrected Award Winners Summary
  • I'm a Marathoner Club:
    Hamilton was not Geoff Peters' first but his second marathon. First was the Toronto Waterfront in 2016.

Kingston Anniversary 10K Run, November 3, 2019
Just Dunbars to report on as far as I can tell

  • Kevin Dunbar 38:22.03 (Age 1st)
  • Eithne Dunbar 1:06:51 (Age 1st)
  • Kids 1 mile:
  • Maggie Dunbar 10:09

Hamilton Marathon, November 3, 2019
Congrats to those who performed so well in this prestigious event. Special congrats to Ian Loughrey for his 1st place age category win and to Margaret Story on completing her first marathon! And of course commiserations to Brian Gartley who suffered an injury at the tail-end of his long training for the event and was forced to not travel.

Results as compiled by Anne Hodgson; thanks Anne:

Ian Loughrey 3:28:03 (1st)
Paul Flanagan 3:36:33
Jayne Flanagan 3:50:52
Geoffrey Peters 3:57:58
Margaret Story 4:53:07
 

Road Runners on the Road
Stittsville 9RunRun
Oct 19
:
Half Marathon
Kevin Riddell 1:39:38.8 (4th)
Adele Mcleod 1:47:48.3 (2nd)
Ed Eby 2:12:19 (1st)
10K
Sharon Riddell 1:02:09
Sydenham Fall Trail 8K
Oct 20
Female
Dawn Wolfenden 49:38.25
Mary Clayton 50:47.00 (1st)
Corinne Johnson 52:28.75
Janet Gartley 52:59.52
Sarah Kaufman 53:34.22
Anne Hodgson 55:36.72 (2nd)
Male
Merv Hodgson 50:32:03 (1st)
Terry Hodge 55:34.18
Marathon du P’Tit
Saint Jerome QC Oct 20
Full Marathon
Brock Davis 3:10:24
Ilona Thomas 3:45:11
Noella Klawitter 3:55:58
Christie Walker 4:03:29
Laura Oliver 4:03:37
Rhonda McNish 4:12:13
Meera Ruparelia 4:54:45

Congrats to all.