Mad Dog Scramble Recap - 2007

The Mad Dog Scamble had a bit of everything this year: sun, cloud, mud, water crossings, dirty dogs, food, prizes, happy runners and even hail. Thanks goes out to all the organizers and volunteers who made it happen but in particular to Race and Course Directors John Petrosoniak and Nick Roberts who put together another mad course and race and special thanks to Shiraz Roberts for making the sugary treats that fueled our Mad Dog meetings.

Some testimonials from some Mad Dogs:

“That was a great course. Best in 3 years I ran with you dogs. So well organized too. Thank you so very much. Can I register for next year now? I'd hate to miss it. See you next year.” S.L.

“You guys did a fabulous job! Even though there were some missing markers, it made for a more adventurous race. It was my first time but I now know I’m a lifer ­ a mad dog forever! Good job. Thanks for the memories! See you next year” T.G.

“Congrats on organizing a fantastic event! I joined you for the Mad Dog Scramble, it was my first year for the Mad Dog, and my first trail run! I had a great time, and the whole experience was tons of fun. Really challenging course, great atmosphere - I'm a slowpoke, so I was trying to stay out of the way of the faster dogs that were passing me, and pretty much every time I got a "Thanks! Great Job! You're Doing Great!" Very supportive gang!” J.S.

Race results are available here.

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).