Mad Dog Scramble 2014

Mad Dog Scramble 2013 Wrap-Up

Lost and Found

A pair of men’s prescription Oakley sunglasses were lost. If anyone found them or picked them up inadvertently, please contact me. I did find a black turtleneck-style top if anyone is missing it. Finally, one runner had her new shoes, along with the GPS sensor attached get thrown out inadvertently. If anyone has seen these shoes (or has them), once again, please contact me.

A Beautiful Day for a Great Race

The 22nd running of the Mad Dog Scramble is now over. The rain the day before the race made for a challenging course, but the weather on race day was perfect. Thanks to Colin Outram (one of the racers who happens to be an RMT and personal trainer) for leading us through a quick warm up before running the race. The little ones also got to warm up and then run their own Puppy Scramble. The DIRTIEST DOG Awards went to Sean Hamilton (although Jeff Ungar was a close second) and Celine Bourdon. Arf, arf.

Given the challenges in the mud, there were many persistent dogs too, but the MOST PERSISTENT prizes went to Robert Legovich and Brooke Stevenson. Woof, woof.

Finally, the winners of the race were as follows: 1st Place Male and winner of the Mad Dog Head was Kyle Aiken (who also ran the fastest actual time of the day), followed by 2nd Place Male finisher Chris Pepper and 4th Place Male finisher Graham Henderson. Honourable Mention goes to the 3rd Place Male finisher, Sean Hamilton, as no awards are given for the 3rd Place finishers. On the women’s side, the winner of the Mad Dog Bone was Deb Bell, followed by 2nd Place Female finisher Aimee Longhurst and 4th Place Female finisher Clara Geffriaud. Honourable Mention for the 3rd Place Female went to Janice Berling. Final results are now posted on the XSNRG website under the Mad Dog Scramble 2013 link. Pictures will be posted as well. If you have any pictures or videos you want added, please send them to me and I will pass them on to our webmaster.

Don’t forget to visit MYNEXTRACE.COM and rate the Mad Dog Scramble with your banana rating and the Road Warrior Running website to post any comments you may have about the race. Of course you can always visit XSNRG’s Facebook page 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. Thanks to each and every one of you.

Finally, we do obtain amazing support from a number of sponsors who provide gifts in kind for 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.

Once again, thank you for being part of the XSNRG Running Club community and proving yourselves to be true Mad Dogs. See you all next year.

Arf, arf, Arf! Woof!


CLIF (energy bars) RBC (various prizes)
Downsview Half Marathon (various prizes)Road Warrior Running (various prizes)
Mizuno (prizes) Running Room (prizes)
MYNEXTRACE.COM (race kits and food) St. Urbain Bagels (post-race food)
David Muirhead (XSNRG member who donated a pair of Raptor tickets)Toronto Women’s Run Series (post-race food)
Pepsi (shirts and other prizes) XSNRG Running Club


Tehmina AhmedKathy IngSue Pearen
Julie AndersonChris JacobsJohn Pendlebury
Michael BrennanBill JamesJohn Petrosoniak
Haysook ChoiPeter KainJustin Pozin
Mark Jane DundasSam KaminNick Roberts
Murray FearnElaine LavalleeShiraz Roberts
Isabel GonosWendy LeeRob Schatterman
John GonosDan LittleZeijko Srnic
Claudio HamburgerRachael MirvishDavid Till
Barbara HicksMike OrrAllan Williams
Michele HynynenKim OsborneSue Pearen

John Petrosoniak
Race Director
Mad Dog Scramble

Mad Dog Scramble

Welcome back to another Mad Dog Scramble. This year's event will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2013 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).