Mad Dog Scramble 2012

2012 Mad Dog Scramble

The 21st running of the Mad Dog Scramble is in the books. Despite the wet weather in the days leading up to the race and on race day itself, no one got injured and everyone had a lot of fun. The challenges were certainly there as I noticed that the times were consistently slower than in past years, so the muddy terrain obviously played a part. To that end, we did have many people who qualified for the DIRTIEST DOG Awards. We did manage to pick two of the muddiest, and the winners of the Dirtiest Dog medals were Anne McLean and Matthew Spindler. Arf arf.

Given the challenges in the mud, there were many persistent dogs too, but the MOST PERSISTENT prizes went to Melissa Parent and Joseph Molina. Woof Woof.

Finally, the winners of the race were as follows: 1st Place Male and winner of the Mad Dog Head was Kelvin Landolt, followed in 2nd Place by Jake Williams and 4th Place by Kyle Aitken (who ran the fastest actual time of the day). Honourable Mention goes to the 3rd Place finisher David Lamy, as no awards are given for the 3rd Place finishers. On the women’s side, the winner of the Mad Dog Bone was Kim Osborne, followed by 2nd Place Female finisher Emily Williams and 4th Place Female finisher Lisa Petrovic. Honourable Mention for the 3rd Place Female went to Sarah Williams. Final results will be posted on the XSNRG website under the Mad Dog Scramble 2012 link. Pictures will be posted as well. If you have any pictures you want added, please send them to me and I will pass them on to our webmaster.

Don’t forget to visit MYNEXTRACE.COM or the Road Warriors website to post any comments you may have about the race. Of course you can always visit XSNRG’s Facebook site and “like” us there.

Thank you for supporting the Mad Dog Scramble and in many cases making it such a family event. We had many couples run, as well as parents with children, and that was enjoyable to watch.

Thanks to the little ones who participated in the Puppy Scramble. Elaine Lavallee did a wonderful job with those future Mad Dog runners under 7, including her own little Sabrina.

I’m sure you all appreciate the effort that goes into this small event and the many volunteers that help make it happen. They are listed below. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Finally, we do obtain amazing support from a number of sponsors who provide gifts in kind for all the participants. I have listed all the sponsors below as well; don’t be shy in telling any of them of your appreciation of their support for our unique trail race. Their support supplies the many draw prizes that we give away each year.


CLIF (energy bars) Road Warriors (various prizes)
Pepsi (shirts and other prizes) MYNEXTRACE.COM (race kits and drinks)
Mizuno (shoes as prizes) Downsview ½ Marathon (various prizes)
RBC (various prizes) David Muirhead (XSNRG member who donated a pair of Raptor tickets)
Running Room (gift certificates)St. Urbain Bagels (assistance with post-race food)
XSNRG Running Club Road Warriors (various prizes)


Julie AndersonRoy Arendse Michael BrennanMary Jane Dundas
Isabel Gonos John Gonos Murray Fearn Barbara Hicks
Kathy Ing Chris Jacobs Sheila Jacobs Bill James
Tim Klassen Judy Knott Elaine LavalleeWendy Lee
Dan Little David MuirheadSue Pearen John Pendelbury
Nick Roberts Shiraz RobertsRob Schatteman Zeljko Srnic
Anne Sauve Allan WilliamsEd Wong Michele Hynynen

John Petrosoniak
Mad Dog Scramble
Race Director

Oct. 24th

We have a small number of entries still available. If you didn't manage to register before online registration closed yesterday contact our Race Director John Petrosoniak The late entry fee is $40. We will not accept entries after Oct. 26

See you at the race. Woof, Woof!!

Mad Dog Scramble

Welcome back to another Mad Dog Scramble. This year's event will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 from Park Lane Public School. (Same as the last few years) Race kit pick up will commence at 9:30 am and the race starts at 11 am. As everyone knows, the runners will be sent off in waves, and each wave will have progressively faster runners in them. That means that the fastest runners have to wait for up to 20 minutes, and run a bit farther. But it is the first person across the finish line who wins. And as always, prizes will be given out to the first, second and fourth male and female finishers. Third place gets mentioned, but sorry, no prize. That doesn't mean you still can't win a prize as there will be the usual array of draw prizes for anyone to win.

Also, as in past years, there will be a Puppy Scramble for children 6 years of age and under. It is free. It takes a few minutes and is held 10 minutes prior to race start (10:50 am).

All for $30.00. Sign up at Running Room's on-line service ( Please note that there will be no race day registration this year. Once the race is sold out, no more entries will be accepted.

Prior years' results and photos are available on our archive section on the right.


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).