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May 12/13 - A cool and breezy morning greeted those happy warriors intent on doing battle at one of Canada's fastest 10K courses, and those MDI "Purple Warriors" who ran did NOT disappoint. INCREDIBLE results crew...now for some "non-practising runner" time--i.e. "the off season"!Standout SL10K MDI Performances:
Francois Girard - 38min
Kristin Dalzell - 40min
Eric Morris - 41min
Dmitri Toubelis - 43min
Anglela Ganstal - 44min
Liz Hanson - 45 min
Janice Morris - 46min
Andy Wilkes - 45min
June Barrette - 48 min
Pat Lamanna - 48 min
Claudein Seguin - 48 min
Doris chin - 49 min
Michael Lin - 49 min
Shannon Brooks - 56min
Joanne Karpathiou - 56 min
Cathy Garrido - 56 min
Penny Woodford - 57 min
Claudette Germain 57min
Jennifer Fralkick 60 min
Rafaella Lo - 1:13
Yonge St. 10K
Apr 21/13 - A 'crisp 'n brisk' day greeted those keen to run one of Canadas fastest 10K races this morning...and many MDI Dynamos rose to the challenge and ran incredibly fast times. Well done crew!
Standout MDI Performances:
Avery Best - 34min
Jimmy Mugo - 37min
Carolyn Bennett -39min
Micahel Andaloro - 40min
Linday Kay Richards - 42min
Marija Radivojevic - 44min
Darrel Smith - 44min
Serab Melvin - 45min
Barry Richards - 47min
Natasha Vasiljevic - 48min
Trevor Su - 48min
Jacquie Jacobs - 51min
Claudette Germain - 54min
June-ann Clarke - 59min
Rapidly improving MDI speedster Michael Andaloro, grinning his way to a huge 40min all time PB!
Around The Bay 30K '13
Mar 24/13 - Uncharacteriscally good weather greated the thousands who met the challenge of North America's most venerable road race - crisp, cool and sunny.
Karen Soos, Janet Manley and Fulvia Manarin happily celebrating their HUGE new 30K Personal Bests post-race!
Of the current season's Marathon Dynamics crew, almost 50 ran, and from among them we bring you: The "Top 30 MDI ATB 30K Performances"
Michael Andaloro - 2:22
Michael Anderson - 2:27
Kathy Angus - 2:48
Anu Bentley - 2:46
Avery Best - 1:55
Jillian Brady - 2:12
Michelle Burca - 3:16
Kristin Dalzell - 2:13
Jane Davies - 3:15
Lisa DeMarco - 2:51
Amanda Graff - 2:28
Bill Haust - 2:31
Ken Jacobs - 2:23
Jason Jacobs - 2:25
Michael Lin - 3:00
Fulvia Manarin - 2:29
Janet Manley - 2:26
Dera Nevin - 2:38
Danielle Noon - 2:42
Michael O'Riordan - 2:05
Martha Palao - 2:44
Deborah Palter - 2:36
Steven Peros - 2:34
Karen Soos - 2:30
Richard St. John - 2:29 (2nd in age category!)
Natasha Vasiljevic - 2:52
Mario Viesca - 2:26
Christopher Wolfe - 2:27
& Coach Kev (me) ran an all time ATB best of 1:51 too!
Our BEST Year EVER!
Thanks to all you dynamic runners who we were privileged enough to work, run, laugh, cry, and play with, who helped make 2012 our most memorable and impressive of all 14 years we've been doing this.
Almost 130 MDI runners, friends and fam from our 5 different training groups got together for a super fun night of drinks, desserts, ping pong, awards, prizes, and a few surprises at the ultra cool nightspot SPiN Toronto.
Much thanks to our special guest Josh Cassidy (Boston Marathon wheelchair world record holder), and much congrats to our award winners (click here to see their pics), and to all of you this season.
A few snaps from the big night...click here to visit our FB page to see dozens more.
Coach Kev takes a break as MC to ham it up with a Michael Jackson dance number!
Purple Passion Personified! Sherab Melvin and Jacquie Jacobs
Stalwart MDI performers: Kevin Stoodley, Josi Mori-Stoodley, Jillian Brady, Suzanne Lesnowski & Harvey FooteHave a super fun, festive and restive holiday season from all of us at Marathon Dynamics.
Now, let's make 2013 even better!
Nov 4-5/12 - Wild Weekend in the Wake of Sandy!
Long time MDI runner Sherab Melvin whooping it up at RunAnyway, at which she helped raise thousands of dollars to support the victims of superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey. This pic actually headlined both BBC North America and USA Todayonline the day after the marathon. Purple Power everywhere!
For the first time in over 40 years, in the face of mounting pre-race controversy and criticism in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy the New York City Marathon was cancelled. For the more than two dozen Marathon Dynamics runners primed and pumped to race (most already THERE in NYC!)--amidst understandably confusion, dismay and disappointment at the news, the situation posed an intriguing dilemma--what now?
Remarkably, in a matter of hours, our crew, and thousands of other resourceful runners from around the world decided to take action (rather than just moan, wail and complain) by either:
a) racing back home to register for Hamilton Marathon instead
b) volunteering with boundless energy to assist with clean up, and help those with limited mobility get food, water and supplies
c) doing the "Run Anyway" NYC Marathon - an unofficial (but full distance) version of the event, raising funds to support those hit hardest
d) shopping till dropping in NYC to support the struggling local economy
Hamilton Race Weekend Highlights (alphabetically)
Don Campbell - 2:49!!! (all time PB, 8th in age cat)
Frank Di Rienzo - 3:27 (all time PB, 7th in AC)
Len Griffiths - 3:25 (only 3 weeks after Waterfront Mara)
Erik Loponen - 3:21
Eric Morris - 3:35 (3 weeks after Waterfront Mara)
Vicki Rooke-D'Aurizio - 4:16 (all time PB by 11 min)
Richard St.John - 3:44 (2nd in AC)
Dominique Von Richter - 3:36 (debut, and Boston Q)
June Barrette -1:50 (8 minute PB this season!)
Jillian Brady - 1:29 (all time PB, 5th AC, 11th overall)
Kirstin Dalzell -1:29 (all time PB, 2nd in AC)
Ken Jacobs - 1:32 (all time PB)
Yasu Kajiwara - 1:33 (5th in AC)
Stefan Steen -1:30 (all time PB)
Andy Wilkes - 1:41
Julia Wilkes - 1:32 (all time PB, 6th in AC)
5K & 10K
Dave Hill - 18:22 (all time PB, 2nd in AC, 9th overall)
Francois Girard - 38:08 (all time PB, 1st in AC, 10th overall)
Oct 14/12 - Purple Power Reigns!
Long time MDI Dynamo Eric Morris (huge new 3:34 marathon PB) and wife, fellow (new) MDI runner Janice (huge new 1:42 half PB) smooch with their 7-month old Evan at the finish. Great moment! (and Evan even got a new teething toy out of the deal)
Terrific performances by almost 60 MDI Dynamos at the windy, warm, wet & VERY sticky Waterfront races this past weekend. The 95% humidity hampered everyone (marathoners especially) from overall winners right on through the field, yet our valiant foot soldiers did splendidly!
From among the dozens of standout performances we're so proud of (see "Top 42" below), here are some pics of our Purple Power team in action...
Benoit Keppennesmiling his way to a 3:09 all time marathon PB, Julia Wilkes looking smooth as she crushes her best half ever (by 8 min!) running 1:33, and Richard St. John waves a hello en route to WINNING his age category in 3:41
For more great pics, check out our Purple Reign photo album on Facebook. If you're on FB already, click here. If not, what are you waiting for? Get registered, then click on the FB logo link (right side margin here) and we'll add you!
"Top 42 Dynamo Performances" of Waterfront Weekend:
(not necessarily our fastest, but best performances relative to season-starting ability - listed alphabetically)
|Chiu||Simon||3:57||all time PB (15 min)|
|Dalzell||Kristin||3:12||all time PB (10 min), 4th overall @ PEC Marathon|
|Davies||Jane||4:40||3rd in age cat|
|DeMarco||Lisa||3:58||all time PB|
|Franco||Luis||3:28||all time PB|
|Jacobs||Jacquie||4:04||all time PB, 4th in AC|
|Keppenne||Benoit||3:09||all time PB|
|Lennon||Nancy||3:35||all time PB, 11th in AC|
|Lesnowski||Suzanne||3:08||3rd master woman (40+)!|
|Manley||Janet||3:43||all time PB (12 min)|
|Markham||Cristine||4:03||all time PB|
|McDonnell||Scott||3:01||11th in age cat|
|Milani||Randi||4:06||all time PB|
|Morris||Eric||3:34||all time PB|
|Payette||Lucy||3:37||4th in AC - not even racing|
|Soos||Karen||3:48||all time PB (9 min)|
|St. John||Richard||3:41||1st in age cat|
|Stevenson-Lee||Allison||3:58||all time PB|
|Wiley||Bridget||3:55||8th in age cat|
|Barrette||June||1:56||all time PB|
|Bedard||Bridget||1:34||all time PB, 11th in age cat|
|Brady||Jillian||1:30||all time PB, 10th in AC|
|DiRienzo||Frank||1:37||saving it for NYC|
|Fralick||Jennifer||2:12||4th in AC (nearly PB)|
|Germain||Claudette||2:09||best in 5+ years|
|Girard||Francois||1:23||all time PB, 4th AC|
|Grosskopf||Diane||1:45||even starting 21 min late!|
|Hill||Dave||1:28||all time PB|
|McGovern||Jules||1:51||all time PB|
|McSherry||Sarah||1:32||all time PB, 11th in AC|
|Morris||Janice||1:43||all time PB|
|Palter||Deborah||1:45||all time PB|
|Parolin||Pat||2:10||nearly all time PB|
|Pehar||Ivan||1:43||all time PB|
|Salter||Jennifer||1:36||nearly PB, 12th in AC|
|Wells||Nancy||1:48||1st in AC|
|Wilkes||Julia||1:33||all time PB (by 8 min!)|
Chicago Marathon '12
Rich, Franca, Paul and Michelle a few days before Chicago "tuning up"
Oct 7/12 - A group of spirited MDI runners gathered in the windy city on a very "crisp" morning (perhaps a little too crisp...about 3-4C!) and layed down their best efforts to culminate a terrific training campaign. They were NOT disappointed!
Michele Clarke - 2:58 (near PB, 8th in Age Cat, 3rd Canadian overall)
Paul Jamael - 3:02 (16 min PB)
Rich Johnson - 3:14 (6min PB)
Franca Molino - 3:36 (10 sec PB..phew)
Fabiola Yep - 4:07 (2 min PB, but just "training through" to later race!)
Michale Lin - 4:33
Jane Davies - 4:53
Midsummer Night 15K & 30K
"Bid our Dynamos run, and they will strive with things impossible"
Aug 19/12 - On a night of uncharacteristically tame summer weather (still about 23C humidex, mind you) Marathon Dynamics runners took up the charge at these popular Toronto area pre-fall season "checkpoint" mid summer races, and came home with PRs, PBs, and lotsa hardware for the trophy case. Well done crew!
Michelle Clarke showing off the spoils of her overall womens victory, while fellow Central Tech MDI-er Jacquie Jacobs celebrats winning the best costume award of the night (again!)
The "Top 30 MDI MSN 30K & 15K Race Performances"
(not necessarily the fastest, but the best efforts!)
- Michelle Clark - 2:01 (1st overall!)
- Michael O'Riordan - 2:08 (6th in age cat)
- Erin King - 2:13 (3rd overall)
- Suzanne Lesnowski - 2:14 (1st master!)
- Kristin Dalzell - 2:18 (6th AC, 9th overall)
- Benoit Keppenne - 2:20
- Len Griffiths - 2:21 (7th age cat)
- Lucy Payette - 2:26 (5th age cat)
- Nancy Lennon - 2:29 (6th age cat)
- Eric Morris - 2:29
- Sherab Melvin - 2:30 (7th age cat)
- Richard St. John - 2:34 (3rd age cat)
- Diane Tsialtis - 2:37
- Bridget Wiley - 2:49 (7th age cat)
- Mike Lin - 2:50
- Fabiola Yep – 2:55
- Jane Davies - 3:11 (2nd age cat)
- Francois Girard – 58 (1st age cat, 8th overall)
- Nancy Wells – 1:13 (NEW CANADIAN 65-69 AGE CAT RECORD!!)
- Julie Grange – 1:21
- June Barrette – 1:26
- Claudette Germain – 1:26
- Jennifer Neziol – 1:27
- Silvana Kingsland – 1:32
- Joanne Enser – 1:34
- Annie Zurakowsky – 1:35
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You really have brought me to a place I never thought I would see. I never imagined I’d be able to deliver the race result that I did this past year. I’m still in disbelief of the time in fact! I've vastly improved through your coaching. You took me from a 4:02 marathon where I thought I left everything I had on the course down to a 3:19 in 3 years – with a BQ to show for it as a bonus!
I'd achieved some success making my own training plans, but I felt I could improve and didn't know how. With the experience, knowledge, and technical expertise of Marathon Dynamics, I've been able to bring my half marathon PB from 1:48 to 1:34! I also ran my first marathon, and I'm heading to Boston next April. If you have the drive and determination, MDI can take care of the planning that ultimately produces your dream results. You'll marvel at coach Kevin's ability to assess your fitness and predict your race day results. You'll arrive at the starting line feeling super confident and ultra-prepared.
Kristin Dalzell after her 1st year with MDI
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