Mad Dog Scramble Wrap Up

This year's race turned out to be the perfect Mad Dog day. It had rained the day before so the course was slick, making it even more challenging than usual, yet the race had very pleasant weather. A bit cool but a perfect fall day.

First of all, a big Thank You to all runners who ran the Mad Dog this year. There is no race without you and your dogged enthusiasm (bad pun). Approximately half of all runners this year were first timers and I hope it was as different a race as you could have imagined. For the returning runners, I hope it measured up to the challenges of past years.

Secondly, I received a very nice note from one of the runners thanking the volunteers, and I want to reiterate that. The volunteers, listed below, are the people who make this race happen. Without them, especially the marshals, we might still be looking for some of you! Thanks to all of you.

Congratulations to this year's winners. Once again, it looks like we have to make the last few waves of runners wait even longer next year. They were flying. The Female winner was Haley Tyers, with Suzanne Lesnowski in second place. Honourable Mention went to Aprile Denny for third place (no award, just a mention) and the Fourth Place prize went to Sarah Williams. The Male winner was William Logie (who also had the fastest time of the day), with second place going to Justin Pozin. Honourable Mention for third place went to Andy Brooks (who flew in from England for the race) and the fourth place prize went to another young speedster, Andrew Thomas. A list of all results can be found at

The special prizes were as follows: Dirtiest Dogs were Sheila Jacobs and Jacob Pozin (with his dad being one of the fastest runners we have to keep an eye on this little guy). Most Persistent Prizes went to Helen Chow and Clive Randewich.

We had some lost items that have now been reunited with their owner, but the one remaining item is a green Sugoi Medium runner's vest. If it is yours, please contact me. I would also be pleased to hear from anyone who has suggestions on how our race could be improved. We work on the little things each year to make this the best race experience for everyone.

Please mark down October 30, 2016 in your calendars for next year's Mad Dog Scramble and tell your running friends about it. The squirrels are always looking for someone different to chase.

Thanks again, and see you next year!

Arf Arf Arf. Wooof Woof

John Petrosoniak
Race Director
Mad Dog Scramble


AdultsJunior Volunteers
Tehmina AhmedIsabel Gonos
Laurence AlexanderGordon Webster
Julie AndersonSabrina Wong
Michael Brennan
Connie Cadotte
Mary Jane Dundas
Murray Fearn
Eric Goddard
John Gonos
Claudio Hamburger
Greg Hogan
Kathy Ing
Chris Jacobs
Sheila Jacobs
Judy Knott
Elaine Lavallee
Wendy Lee
Dan Little
Lydia Maldonado
Sue Pearen
John Petrosoniak
Gil Privé
Nick Roberts
Shiraz Roberts
Rob Schatteman
Zeljko Srnic
Zoe Webster
Ed Wong

Supporters of the Mad Dog Scramble

XSNRG Running Club
RBC (Dan Little)
Excel Running Series (Michael Brennan)
Pepsi (Denis Sacks)
St. Urbain Bagel
Chris Kaloudas of Parks Canada
Special thanks to David Muirhead for his contribution of a pair of Raptor tickets.

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It's MAD DOG SCRAMBLE time again!

Park Lane Public School
Sunday, October 25, 2015,
11 a.m. Race Start (Race Pick-up at 9:30 a.m.)

The Mad Dog registration is now open for 2015. As always, we will be using the Running Room's online service for registration (although anyone can always mail it to me at XSNRG Running Club, c/o Mad Dog Scramble, 36 Heathview Ave, Toronto, ON M2K 2C1). Online registration at or follow the links on our website.

This is the 24th running of the Mad Dog Scramble in central Toronto. The race is a challenging romp through the back-country of the Sunnybrook Park trail system.There will be river and creek crossings linked with a few challenging hills. Join us for one of the running community's favourite races with a top banana rating at We'll work hard not to disappoint any of you. As always, there will be an upper limit on the number of participants. So sign up early and often. Once we reach the cap, we're done.

We'll have a Puppy Scramble again (free to those children under 7) where they can participate in a few minutes of fun at an age-appropriate distance around a field of grass with a few obstacles. This will be held a few minutes prior to the first wave of Mad Dog runners leaving at 11 a.m.

We'll be accumulating draw prizes. If you are able to donate any interesting prizes or know of sponsors who would like to help out in this way, please have them contact me directly.

As in past years, I'll send out a few notices in the months to come reminding everyone of the tips that may prove useful on race day.

Remember to keep smiling, and you can bark as loudly and as much as you want. See you out on the course on October 25!!

Arf arf. Woof woof,

John Petrosoniak
Race Director, Mad Dog Scramble

X-S-N-R-G = excess energy!

XSNRG Running Club (read it as ‘Excess Energy’) is a running club that specializes in doing group ‘speed’ workouts once a week. If you want to improve your overall running speed – no matter how fast a runner you are – you have to do speed workouts. And since few people can do them effectively on their own, we offer weekly speed workouts in a group of 20 to 35 runners. You can’t help but be motivated.

‘Speed’ workouts vary from week to week but each week include one of intervals, tempo runs or hills, all part of distance runners’ “periodic” training. If you are able to run at least 6 to 8 km, you are ready to increase your endurance, power and speed with XSNRG.

The club welcomes and encourages runners of all levels and abilities to come out and run. We meet at one location in mid Toronto every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm sharp and jog to our workout location. Workouts are organized and led by club coaches and consist of stretches, warm-ups and cool downs before and after every workout.

Meeting Points:
From May to September - we meet at the Sports Pavilion parking lot (lot 7) in Sunnybrook Park (deep in the park up the hill from the stables, 2km from Leslie St.)
From October to April - we meet at Leaside High School (park at the east end of the school in the lot off Parkhurst/Hanna... enter the school from the lot and go to the lower level. Washrooms are available.

XSNRG was established in the late 1980s in Toronto by runners and triathletes and continues to attract both for motivating speed workouts. Past members have included Lisa Bentley (11x Ironman champion), Lori Bowden (5x Ironman champion), both in their early years of running, and Darryl Fox (brother of Terry Fox and National Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute).