Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Pre-Season updates


This event is a partnership between Hardwood Ski & Bike, Team Hardwood Masters and Pulse Racing.
The event will be held in conjunction with the Fischer Loppet and Nordikids races to allow for families to take part and encourage new members.  With the large network of trails at Hardwood, we plan to change courses each day, being tailored to the technique and distance.

Schedule of races are:
Friday March 2
2:30 pm - 10 km Classic
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters AGM and social
Saturday March 3
9:00 am - 20 km Skate
9:30 am - 20 km Classic
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters Banquet and awards
Sunday March 4
10:00 am - 10 km Skate

The AGM/Social on Friday evening, and the Ontario Masters Banquet on Saturday, will take place at Hardwood.
There are numerous accommodation options in Barrie, Orillia, Oro-Medonte B&B’s, as well as condos at Horseshoe Resort. With all events at Hardwood, we do not have a specific accommodation partner, but allow you to make your own personal choice.
We encourage you all to attend! It should be a very fun event, varied courses, and great time of year for ski conditions.
We also welcome any volunteers for any or all part of the event.
Information and Registration now open at https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=15045
Please feel free to contact myself with questions or if interested in helping glenn@pulseracing.ca


The Canadian Master Championships will be held in conjunction with the World Masters in Minneapolis, Jan 19 – 26, 2018. There will be further information from our National Director in the National Fall newsletter.


As mentioned above, the MWC for 2018 will be January 19 – 26, 2018. You can register and find out information on the website http://www.loppet.org/mwc2018/
Please find attached an update regarding registration and accommodation from Bruce!


We will be continuing with our Loppet Points Series for 2018.  We will have further details in our November issue of the newsletter.  Preliminary date for some of the key loppets for 2018 are:
Yuletide Blast                         December 16, 2017
Canadian/World Masters        Jan 19 – 26, 2018       
Muskoka Loppet                     January 28, 2018
Gatineau Loppet                     February 17, 18, 2018
Sounder Ski Tour                    February 25, 2018
Ontario Masters                      March 2 - 4, 2018
Leprechaun Loppet                 March 17, 2018

We will have a more complete listing of the 2018 Ontario Loppets in the November newsletter.  Please send any ideas or comments to Russ Evans revans@cogeco.ca.


Please find attached the membership form for Ontario/Canadian Masters for 2017-18.  You can also register online at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=16320 .  Please send any snail mail registration to:
Russ Evans, 24 Cortina Cres, Hamilton, ON L8K 4K4.  Please make sure to have any cheques made out to Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Association..
As indicated at our 2017 AGM, Russ Evans would like to step down as Ontario Director. Russ’ role has involved 2 parts, Membership and Loppet Point Series. This could be taken over by one person, or split into 2 jobs. Russ is happy to help with any training and transition. Please contact Russ revans@cogeco.ca.and I wendy@blackfeather.com if you are interested in one or both of the positions.

I’d like to thank and recognize the years of dedicated work that Russ has given the organization. Thank you.


We are saddened to announce the passing of a great skiing buddy and Ontario Master, Ian McQueen. Here is a moving tribute from his friend, Carmel Smyth.

RIP    Ian McQueen - Lifelong fitness buff and generous friend gone mid-stride

(He died doing what he loved, competing in a triathlon –Guelph Lake Tri 11,  on Saturday, Sept 2)
Ian was a gregarious, charming Scot, who after years in Canada never lost his distinctive brogue.
He worked for the provincial ministry of transport, but he was a man defined by his passions not his position.
 A gifted athlete he started as a competitive motocross racer, something he always blamed for his joint and hip trouble later in life.
When he came to Canada he dropped the motorized bikes and took up running. He joined Toronto’s Longboat running club.  He fit right in, as devoted as any compulsive runner, and was thrilled to make his marathon goal, a PB of under 3 hours.
Next came  X-country skiing.  He delighted in fighting the frostbite and pain through 50km ski races, including the famed, and feared Gatineau Loppet, and internationally respected course.
Skiing mastered, Ian turned to perhaps his greatest challenge.  Overcoming his natural aversion to water, he struggled to learn to swim.  This opened the door to triathlons, the endurance and the sprint versions, culminating in a grueling Ironman, a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, then a 42 km run. Predictably even in this multi-skill sport he excelled, regularly making the top 3 in his age group.
When he wasn’t “tri-ing”, he  dabbled in mountain bike and cyclecross racing. And by dabble I mean monitored diets, scheduled daily training sessions, racing research,  the latest gadgets and the same intense focus he attacked everything else with.
Through it all Ian earned a reputation as a compassionate competitor, willing to gift, loan or share a pump, tire or wetsuit to anyone in need. He gave generously of his time too, volunteering for many races so others could enjoy his sports. He never complained. He never whined. He was a positive presence who brought laughter and smiles to all of us he rolled or ran by.
Ian didn’t waste energy savouring successes.  He was always in motion.  Always planning the next challenge.  
And often persuading his good friend Brian Eley to compete with him, as he did on his last race ever. 

He was in fine form on Saturday, Sept 2 at the Guelph Lake Tri 11. Grinning and geared up as always. 
He did better than expected in the 750 m swim, tore through the 30 km bike, and was on pace in his 
distinctive power-march through the 7 km run when he collapsed. Doctors say his heart gave out instantly. He was dead before he hit the ground.
He would have approved. Not a moment of life wasted. Not a second of stillness.
He leaves behind his partner Deborah dePass, younger brother Colin , nephew Craig , and too many friends to name.


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