SNSC Update — June 20, 2013

Some runners and hikers at McIvor Lake near Campbell River. photo: Lynn Swift

This Sunday, June 23 – all club members all welcome to join in the Run/Hike at Nymph Falls park in Courtenay. Meet in the parking lot, ready to go at 10am.

On Sunday, June 30 – we’ll run and hike the trails in the Snowdon Forest. Meet at the logging road bridge, just past Haig Brown House at 9:45am.

    Remember the drill:

  • Join the running group or the hiking group
  • Be prepared for 2 to 2.5 hours of running or hiking on the trails
  • Bring your own hydration and snack
  • Dress for the weather

Hope to see you there!


SNSC Update – June 15, 2013

All club members are welcome to join us this Sunday on the weekly All-Club Run/Hike! Tomorrow, we are hiking and running the Trent River trail in Royston.

  • Meet in Royston at the Farm Market on the Old Island Hwy at Briardale Road at 9:45am.
  • Join the hiking group or the running group.
  • Be prepared for 1.5 to 2 hours of running or hiking.
  • Dress for the weather and bring your own hydration and snack.

Hope to see you there!



SNSC News — June 4, 2013

With the return of sunny skies, it’s beginning to look a lot like summer! We have news for you below about yard work, a contest, hikes, orienteering, and more!

SkyRocket work party at Beech Farm. Photo: Wai Ling Dan


The first annual SkyRocket fundraiser, a joint effort between Devos and Juniors, has been quite successful. We had a great turn out of athletes and parents, both for the bagging of the product and the sales at Mariner Square in Campbell River. With improved P.R. and word-of-mouth advertising, we should be able to grow this event next year. The organizers treated the first year as a bit of a trial, and they will give it another go next year. In total, more than $5000 worth of product was sold, and after expenses of about $1900, the Devo and Junior racing teams have a good base for their newly established travel and support fund.

Special thanks to the Beech family for making their farm available for bagging, storing, and transporting SkyRocket. Well done everybody. It was a fun project!

If you are looking for some extra nutrients for your lawn and flower beds, Berend has some small bags of SkyRocket at his home. If you are interested – you can pick some up for $3/bag! Contact Berend to arrange pick up.

Illustration contest

Tourism Mount Washington is calling for all budding artists, who love mountain life. They are updating the popular Illustrated Map that is published by Tourism Mount Washington and need a NEW front cover illustration that depicts both winter (skiing, snowboarding, Nordic, snow tubing) and summer (hiking, chairlift rides, disc golf, mini golf and or bungy jumping) activities on Mount Washington.

All ages are welcome to submit artwork showing their favourite activities on Mount Washington! Not all mountain activities need to be included, but we would like to see both summer and winter represented in the final artwork.
Completed illustration to be on a white background in colour in portrait format 4″ wide by 7″ tall. A thin black outline on the art is recommended, as seen in the illustration here. The artist’s name will appear on the cover of the map alongside their artwork.

Artwork must be received no later than Friday, June 7th. Please email a high resolution (300dpi) scan to or deliver the artwork to their office at 205 – 841 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. If there is nobody in the office – please leave the submissions in the Mail Box outside our door. Thank you.


This weekend, many club members will be running in the Gutbuster in Duncan. If you would like to race with your club, check it out on their website. Note: Registration deadline is Midnight on June 6th, 2013. Best of luck to all club members who enter!

All-club run/hikes

All club members are welcome to join in the Sunday Run/Hikes series this summer and fall. Meet at the trail head, and join the running group or the hiking group as we explore trails in Campbell River and the Comox Valley. This weekend, many club members are doing the Gutbuster race, so join us the following week on Sunday, June 16 and bring your dad! Check the website next week for the location.

May camp and summer training

Last month’s annual May camp, a Teck Regional Camp, was a great success! 53 racers, ages 9 and up, kicked off their new training season with 3 days of on-snow training, team building, learning, and fun!

Racers stayed on the mountain in cabins with their teammates and shared cooking and other household duties over the weekend. Families were invited to attend the Saturday evening BBQ and games and the Sunday Mother’s Day relay race.

Despite diminishing snow conditions, an accumulation of pine needles mixed with klister, and an afternoon of rain, racers enjoyed 4-6 training sessions (depending on their training group) on skis. The skiers focused on areas such as proper zone 1 training intensities, good body positions, and balance. Afternoon sessions involved climbs to the top of the mountain on classic skis and slow, but fun, descents (slow due to the snow conditions and the general goo from lots of klister on the bottom of skis) on the alpine runs of Mt Washington. All skiers have mastered techniques of skiing with klister!

In addition to establishing team camaraderie and initiating physical training for the new season, racers also set their sites on goals for winter 2014 and reviewed their training plans that will help them achieve their goals. Racers left the camp tired, but energized(!) for a new season of training and racing.

Dryland training has begun. If you want to race next winter, consider taking part in dryland training sessions. For more information,
Masters contact Marilyn
Juniors contact Dave
Devos contact Berend

Functional assessment

This past weekend, as part of the over-all monitoring program of endurance athletes, 14 Junior Racers completed functional movement assessments. Part of magnifying the potential of athletes is to ensure they build balanced fitness, prevent injury, and promote durability. Sophia Sauter of Active Living Physiotherapy has a broad range of expertise with a special interest in treating endurance athletes. Junior Racers will now have follow-up assessments with Sophia and her team on two more occasions over the course of the season to ensure they are well on their way to maximizing their potential.

Summer student Ashley Cross with Junior Racer Rachel Beech during the functional movement assessment at Active Living Physiotherapy in Campbell River.


Heads up for the North Island Orienteering Festival, running August 10-11! There are 3 events:
one each at Cumberland Lake Park and Nymph Falls, Courtenay on the Saturday and one at NE Woods in Comox on the Sunday.

There will be courses for all levels of skill. There is also a social/BBQ on the Saturday evening. Further details to follow. Contact Stewart Lamon 250-890-0983 or and Carl Coger 250-592-4944 or

School program

In the photo above, Rick Morson of CIBC Wood Gundy passes a cheque for $3,079 to Karla Wikjord from the Strathcona Nordics & CIBC Wood Gundy XC Program for Elementary Schools. Nick Moore’s grade 5/6 class at Ecole Puntledge Park are enthusiastic participants in the program. The program takes thousands of local elementary students cross-country skiing each winter! The program is sponsored by CIBC Wood Gundy and Mount Washington Resort.


Thank you to Thrifty Foods and everyone who used their Strathcona Nordics Smile Cards this past season. Thanks to you, Thrifty’s donated a total of $2,081.85 to our ski playground!