Sault Stryders
Running Club

Runners prep for annual Trail Trot
Reported September 25, 2007 by Ben Leeson for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The fall colours will be out at Hiawatha Highlands, and so will be a group of Sault-area runners who didn’t quite get enough competition during the summer months.

As many as 200 runners are expected to take their places at Kinsmen Park Saturday for the 22nd annual Trail Trot, hosted by Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club.

“It’s a great time to have the event, because the leaves are at their peak,” race director Grahame Gordon said. “It’s a nice place for running and walking.

“It’s just before the leaves come down, so the trails are still clear.”

The 10-kilometre event also includes two and five-kilometre races. The shorter races are open to walkers as well as runners.

The two-kilometre race begins at 10:30 a.m. The five-kilometre run starts at 11 a.m. The event-closing 10-kilometre race begins 10 minutes later.

Registration for the two-kilometre race is $10. The five-kilometre and 10-kilometre events each cost $25 to compete in. Fees include a T-shirt.

Registrations will be accepted until one hour prior to each event.

“It’s not going too bad so far, but a lot of people like to wait until just before the deadline,” Gordon said.

Several local elementary and high schools traditionally enter teams in the races.

Last year, Curt Van was first overall in the 10-kilometre race with a time of 35:39.8. Next was Ian Connell at 38:12.6, followed by Brennan Cumming at 39:16.1.

First in the five-kilometre race was John Harvey, who posted a time of 18:07.6, just ahead of Sir James Dunn team member Matt Cuddy, who crossed the finish line at 18:34.5. Close behind was Eric Leishman at 18:36.4.

Stephen Erickson of the Rosedale Public School team was first in the two-kilometre event with a time of 7:18.2. Following were Tyler Davie at 7:35.5 and Brett Davie at 7:54.1.

More information about this year’s event is available from Gordon at 945-9131 or by e-mail at