Kil­lar­ney Moun­tain clas­sic Sept. 24

‘It’s such a treat to come to this part of the coun­try for the beau­ti­ful scenery and wilder­ness’

The Sudbury Star - - SPORTS - STAR STAFF sud.sports@sun­media.ca

Scenic Kil­lar­ney and area will serve as the back­drop for the sec­ond Kil­lar­ney Moun­tain Lodge Fall Clas­sic on Sept. 24.

Five-, 10-, and 21.1-kilo­me­tre races will get un­der­way in the morn­ing and fea­ture plenty of road run­ning, along with some gravel trails, on a course that’s rel­a­tively flat, with wildlife and fall colours in view.

The Fall Clas­sic is ex­pected to at­tract a cross-sec­tion of run­ners, with pro­ceeds from en­try fees go­ing to the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion of Canada.

James Morgan, win­ner of last year’s half-marathon, has re­turned to de­fend his ti­tle.

“It’s such a treat to come to this part of the coun­try for the beau­ti­ful scenery and wilder­ness, not to men­tion that run­ning in the fall is a lot of fun,” Morgan said in a re­lease. “I’m re­turn­ing not only to keep the tra­di­tion alive and try and set an­other per­sonal best time, but also be­cause I love run­ning and I love this event.”

Morgan ran the half-marathon in about 1:48:00 last year and his goal is to beat that time.

“I hope I’ve trained enough to set an­other per­sonal best,” he said. “I plan to give it my best shot.”

To en­sure run­ners have the ideal diet both be­fore the race, Kil­lar­ney Moun­tain Lodge will host a pasta buf­fet, which gen­eral man­ager Kelly McAree says is also be­com­ing a bit of a tra­di­tion.

“We’re ex­cited to get the run­ners ready for race day by pro­vid­ing them with a pasta din­ner ahead of the run, and once again our chef has planned a fish fry post-race to help them build back much needed pro­tein af­ter cross­ing the fin­ish line,” McAree said. “We’re also hear­ing the Fall Clas­sic is an event run­ners are flag­ging for their race cal­en­dars.”

In­for­ma­tion about course routes will be posted on the Kil­lar­ney Moun­tain Lodge Face­book page in ad­vance.

Reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able at www.events.run­ningroom.com/ site/?raceId=14708.

The event is timed and bib num­bers will be pro­vided.

En­try fee is $25. Last year, more than $1,100 was raised for the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion.

The win­ner of the half-marathon re­ceives a sun­set cruise on Stormy Night from Kil­lar­ney Moun­tain Lodge. Race times: For more in­for­ma­tion about Kil­lar­ney Moun­tain Lodge, visit www.kil­lar­ney.com or call 1-800461-1117.

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