Trail Bits # 10
This past Saturday we were greeted by a couple of inches of snow on the ground as we cruised around the trails in the upper reaches of Dumont. It made for a really nice quiet run. A wee bit slippery in sections, but all of it was runnable. Sadly, there is already garbage being disposed of on land that just a couple of weeks ago was cleaned up by a number of you…..I don’t understand it! There are a couple of news items to pass along to you; The first item being that we are now starting to get some Funding Applications coming in, which is great, keep spreading the word. If you know of places or individuals that you think ROC should consider funding please contact Erik Sundbye firstname.lastname@example.org the Funds Distribution Director for Runners of Compassion. Please remember that our main focus is to help women & children in need and that we prefer to fund directly to the person or place in need rather than funding a large organization such as United Way. The www.runnersofcompassionnanaimo.com web site has more details.
ROC Nanaimo will be helping Scott Barron, Jason Blanchette and Monti Burtini with the staging of the Fletcher’s Challenge 12km Trail Race and 6km Family Walk on Good Friday, April 6th starting at 10:00 am – Westwood Lake. ROC members will also be helping over the Spring Break period to complete the bathroom renovation that Gavin & Natalie had started just prior to Gavin’s death. Details about both these initiatives are below.
If you have items or announcements that you would like me to mention in any upcoming Trail Bits, I would ask that you have that information to me by no later than Monday evening. I prefer to not have to send out “Late Additions” to people…..thanks for your cooperation on this.
Ø Bathroom Project – As you may be aware, a number of ROC members are helping out Gavin’s Family by finishing the bathroom renovation project that Natalie and Gavin had just started to work on prior to Gavin’s death. With Natalie scheduled to be away from March 17 to the 25th there is a great opportunity to get in and get it all completed so that when she comes home it's all done. Some of you guys & gals on this email list have previously offered to provide or source labour and materials for this job, we now need you to re-confirm that commitment so we can make up a work schedule and a budget. Time is short, so can you please respond as soon as possible to us. Please email Scott Barron at email@example.com
Skills Required: Framer; Plumber; Electrician; Dry Waller; Tile setter; Painter; Finishing carpenter; General laborer
Materials Required: Toilet, Sink, Shower Stall, Shower Door, Plumbing Supplies, Framing Supplies, Drywall, Drywall supplies, Electrical Supplies (wire, switches, etc), Cabinet, Flooring, Paint, Shower Tile, Floor Tile, Finishing Carpentry supplies, Round skylight, Bathroom Mirror, Light Fixture, Bathroom accessories
Ø Fletcher’s Challenge 12km Trail Race and 6km Family Walk – Is taking place on Good Friday, 10:00am. I have attached a registration form in both a PDF and a Word file format. We would love to have a great number of ROC members present for this event. We want to raise as much money as we can for Gavin’s family. You can either run the new trail race route we have put together or you can bring the whole family along and participate in the Family 6Km walk around the lake. $20.00 for the run or $ 20.00 for the whole family to walk. Lots of draw prizes, hot chocolate, coffee and HOMEMADE BAKED GOODS. Speaking of which, if you can help with baking cookies for this event can you please contact Norm Thibault (Doughboy) at firstname.lastname@example.org Norm is coordinating the cookies. If you can help with marshalling on the race course can you please contact Monti Burtini email@example.com or Scott Barron at firstname.lastname@example.org and yes we do need draw prizes if you have some thing to donate.
Ø Spin Class – Sean Lunny will be starting another session of spin classes in three weeks from now. Great time of the year to take this. Spring biking season is almost here. If you are interested contact Sean at email@example.com this session will fill up fast so don’t delay…..and don’t forget to pay!!!!!. Sean also has another round of Ab Classes slated to start again on Tuesday, March 13th, at 6AM and will run for 8 weeks. The cost is $40, and there are about 5 spots available. Bicycle maintenance classes, learn to mountain bike lessons, and the big Adventure racing clinic, will all be starting in April.
Ø Royal Roads GutBuster is just 18 (eighteen) days away. Saturday March 24th, 10:00 AM at Royal Roads University in Colwood.
Ø Margie Anderson’s swim clinic will go again in three weeks on Mondays at 6:00 pm with another day yet to be decided added. These are great technique and endurance builders. I feel ready to do a small tri now after building up in her class. She will tell you how to improve your swimming style so it appeals to advanced and beginners too. Cost $110 for ten weeks. To get more info or to sign up contact Margie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ø Kavita Maharaj will be starting a new Yoga series in two weeks. There is everything from Hatha yoga to Power Yoga. For schedules and other information you can check out http://www.reddooryogacanada.com/main.html
Ø Yoga for Runners will start a new round on Monday March 12th at 7:00 pm. For more info or to sign up, contact Dominique Sullivan at email@example.com
This weeks’ Run will be a run of the Saddle. 8:00 am – Westwood lake Parking Lot
Rain is not an excuse…it is a reality!
o Bazan Bay 5k – March 11 www.vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002
o Comox – Half Marathon – March 18 www.vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002
o GutBuster #1 – Royal Roads – March 24 www.gutbustertrailrun.com
o Sunshine Coast April Fools Half Marathon www.foolsrun.com
o Merville 15k – April 1 www.vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002
o Diez Vista 50km Trail Run www.diezvista.itgo.com
o Sooke River 10k – April 15 www.vira.bc.ca/default.aspx?PageID=1002
o Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon – April 15 www.whidbeyislandmarathon.com
o Boston Marathon – April 16 www.bostonmarathon.org/BostonMarathon
o GutBuster # 2 – Mount Tzouhalem (Duncan) – April 21 www.gutbustertrailrun.com
o Port Alberni Paper Chase 10km – April 22nd http://arrowsmithradicalrunners.com
o Vancouver Sun Run – April 22 www.canada.com/vancouversun/sunrun/index.html
o Times Colonist 10km – April 29 www.tc10k.ca
o Elk & Beaver Lake Ultras (50k, 100k, 50miles, 100 miles – May 5 www.pih.bc.ca/elk-beaver-ultra.html
o Vancouver Marathon & Half Marathon – May 6 www.vanmarathon.ca/hm
o Mind over Mountain Adventure Race – Squamish – May 12 www.mindovermountain.com/momar/schedule/momar_001/momar_001.htm
o Oak Bay Half Marathon – May 20 www.peninsularunners.com/events/oakbayhalf.htm
o Victoria International Triathlon – May 26 www.lancewatson.com/VictoriaInternationalHalf-Iron.htm
o Iron Knee 25Km Trail Run – North Vancouver May 27 www.ironknee.ca
o Tender Knee 12km Trail Run – North Vancouver May 27 www.ironknee.ca
o GutBuster #3 – Mt Douglas (ROC Victoria) – June 2 www.gutbustertrailrun.com
o Port Angeles Marathon & Half Marathon – June 10 www.nodm.com
o Edge to Edge Marathon – Tofino to Ucluelet – June 10 www.edgetoedgemarathon.com
o New Balance Half Iron (Norms Race) – Victoria – June 16 www.island-multi-sports.com/Half%20Iron/index.htm
o Scotia Bank Half Marathon & 5K – June 24 www.canadarunningseries.com/svhm
o Mind over Mountain Adventure Race – Shawnigan Lake – July 7 www.mindovermountain.com/momar/schedule/momar_001/momar_001.htm
o Squamish Thunder Trail Race -10k or 16k trail race July 14 www.ironlung.ca
o GutBuster # 4 – Westwood Lake Half – July 15 www.gutbustertrailrun.com
o Iron Lung 10k & 20k trail races North Vancouver August 19th www.ironlung.ca
o Nanaimo Daily News Harbour City Half & 10K Road Race – September 9 www.harbourcityhalf.com
o Run For the Mountain 6k – Westwood Lake – September 22
o Yellow Point Pant & Paddle – September 23rd www.pantandpaddle.net
o Mind over Mountain Adventure Race – Cumberland – Sept 29 www.mindovermountain.com/momar/schedule/momar_001/momar_001.htm
o Haney to Harrison Road Relay & 100k Ultra http://www.bcathletics.org/H2H