On the Run in…

Sud­bury, Ont.

Canadian Running - - FEATURES - By Amy Stu­pavsky

Pre­tend we’re on a game show: ac­cord­ing to a 2015 Stats Canada report, this Cana­dian city has the hap­pi­est peo­ple. What is Sud­bury? (Ob­vi­ously, we an­swered in the form of a ques­tion in homage to Jeop­ardy! host and Nickel City’s favourite son, Alex Tre­bek).

As the heart of Canada’s re­sources in­dus­try, Sud­bury achieved no­to­ri­ety i n 1972 when nasa as­tro­nauts used its bar­ren, rocky, me­te­orite-im­pacted land­scape as a train­ing ground for the fi­nal moon mis­sion. But the min­ing town’s gritty ex­te­rior be­lies a re­mark­able vi­brancy, and vis­i­tors don’t need to look far for its charms. The Greater Sud­bury Area boasts 330 lakes, breath­tak­ing na­ture (in­clud­ing Onap­ing High Falls) and among the best trail sys­tems in On­tario.

Part of the pop­u­la­tion’s hap­pi­ness must be the re­sult of run­ner’s high – Sud­bury’s boom­ing run­ning com­mu­nity has grown ex­po­nen­tially in the past decade. “Our city’s pas­sion­ate group of run­ners in­creases ev­ery year,” says Vince Per­due, a found­ing mem­ber of the Sud­bury Rocks Run­ning Club. “One of the ad­van­tages of liv­ing here is the mix of ur­ban and wilder­ness ter­rain and large num­ber of lakes within the city lim­its.” Fol­low some of our routes to find your own path­way to Sud­bury bliss.

Start with a mostly f lat, ur­ban course just shy of 8k. Be­gin at the TERRY FOX SPORTS COM­PLEX a. Run north to Lasalle Boule­vard. and then go east, past Lasalle Ceme­tery, to Lans­ing Av­enue. Cut north through the neigh­bour­hood un­til you reach the Tim­ber­wolf Golf Club. Run back fol­low­ing the same route for a solid long run. Tour the bulk of the city’s down­town at­trac­tions on a shorter run by head­ing north along Paris Street from Bell Park. Con­tinue as the street tran­si­tions into Notre Dame Av­enue un­til you reach Lasalle Boule­vard.

For a rugged mid­dle-dis­tance run, fol­low the four-lane high­way trail at LAKE NEPAHWIN b. The 10k route ends at Lo-Ellen Park Sec­ondary School.

En­joy a scenic 21.1k-long r un around Ram­sey L ake. Begin­ning at LAURENTIAN UNI­VER­SITY c, r un counter-clock wise a round t he la ke. The f irst 8k feat ures bush t ra ils a nd hills, which t aper into soft ly rolling count r y.

Bell Park and Ram­say Lake

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