Mad Dog Scramble 2008 Mad Dog Scramble Recap - 2008

The Mad Dog Scramble turned out to be another beautiful romp in the park for all the two-legged creatures who came to run the trails of Sunnybrook, Wilket Creek and Serena Gundy parks. The rain held off and the temperature was very pleasant.

The organization and planning came together as over 100 runners went searching for the trail set out by Bill James and Nick Roberts. Bill James led a group out on Saturday for final marking of the course (Elaine Lavallee, John Petrosoniak and Peter Kain) for five hours. Bill also designed the T-Shirts and worked with Brian Frank at Just Imagine Graphics to make sure they were printed on time. Course Marshals gave directions, assisted and encouraged the runners to climb the x#2!** hills or make it through one of the creek and river crossings. With some 60 first time participants, but also many veterans, it was a great day and much fun had by all. And that included the little runners in the Puppy Scramble. Thanks to Elaine Lavallee for organizing that for future Mad Doggers.

I want to thank all the runners for coming out and supporting this quirky but enjoyable race, as well as all of the many volunteers who helped. Finally, thanks to the generous donors of the many prizes awarded at the short ceremony held after the race. The list of volunteers is set out below as are those who generously donated prizes. Once again, thanks to all for making this such a successful event.

If you enjoyed yourself, or think we can improve in any way, any comments or suggestions are always welcome.

John Petrosoniak
Race Director
Mad Dog Scramble

Photo/slideshow and Finish Line video are available starting here:
Come back often as we will update more photos when we receive them!

Congratulations to the men’s and women’s division winners. That is, First, Second and Fourth place finishers. They were: Andy Ferreira, Mark Bucholski and Andrei Lucaciu (Sam Litvin was third), and Cheryl Anderson, Reygan Hale and Sheena Nixon (Kathleen Leedle was third). Dirtiest Dogs were: Robert Taylor and Anne Huang. Most Persistent Dogs were: Christa Baker and Lionel Shaul.

We have a bag of clothes that someone left behind. Please contact John at (remove "stopspam." for correct email) if you think it's yours or it will become prizes for next year's race!

Prizes Generously Donated by:

Dan Little (RBC)
Arnold Tse (Mizuno)
Denis Sacks (Pepsi Canada)
David Muirhead (Raptors' Tickets)
5 Peaks Trail Races
Kim Whitaker (Action Naturopathic)

Course Marshals and Volunteers:

Connie Cadotte-FearnTed Dash
Natalie RahmanDavid Stokoe
Julia Norman David Muirhead
Shiraz RobertsNick Roberts
Bill JamesJana Marshall
Mary Jane DundasJeff Hendler
Ed WongElaine Lavallee
Peter KainMichael Brennan
Rob SchattemanJoni Blanshard
Chris BakerDan Little
Tehmina AhmedTed Beckstead
Katherine Ing Terry Carrick
Francine ArmelRoger Barker
Jonathon ButterfieldDoug Piercy

2007 Race Results here
2006 Race Results here
2005 Race Results 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).