Mad Dog Scramble 2009

Congratulations to all 2009 Mad Dogs

What a perfect Mad Dog day! The weather was gorgeous and many of you have already commented on the beautiful course laid out by Nick Roberts and Bill James. They were among many volunteers who made this event happen. Our thanks go out to all the volunteers.

Another special thank you is also being sent out to all of our corporate supporters. Mizuno, Pepsi, RBC, Road Warriors and others have generously provided prizes for the race. This adds to the fun of the day.

The results are now posted for all of you to review at As you can appreciate, the times may be off by a few seconds for some of you (if you were keeping track, but we did capture everyone. There was one injury on course but the feared broken ankle turned out to be a sprain. Special thanks go out to Clive Randewich who stayed with Vanessa to make sure she was ok. Clive’s sacrifice of his own race time is a testament to him and many other similar runners who place compassion over competition.

I hope the course was challenging enough for everyone and that each of you enjoyed yourselves out there while running. Yes I know that you were probably cursing Nick and Bill at times, but I saw many smiles crossing the finish line so I assume all was forgiven by the end.

A pair or blue Nike shoes were left behind. If anyone wants to claim them, contact me and I will get them back to you. Otherwise I will wash them up and donate them to Sporting Life’s.

If anyone has any comments or suggestions about the race (we have receive a few already) please contact me directly. Thanks again to all of you. You make this race the success it has been for so many years.

Finally, a reminder that this race is put on exclusively by XSNRG Running Club. We meet every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm in mid-Toronto for up to 90 minutes of interval training. The club is geared to all running levels. Visit us at for more information.

Come back often to the Mad Dog Scramble web site over the next several weeks as we'll be updating the site with race photos and videos.

John Petrosoniak
Race Director
Mad Dog Scramble

2009 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).