Welcome to the Mad Dog Scramble Trail Race hosted by the XSNRG Running Club!
This is a fun trail race mostly through beautiful Sunnybrook Park. There could be some single track flats, some double track, some hills, some stream crossings. It's a wild and whacky forest romp! We DO have ropes to grab for safer stream crossings and some of the tougher hills.
In this race, runners are sent off in waves a minute or two apart, with each wave having progressively faster runners in it. That means that the slowest runners go first and the fastest runners wait for up to 15 minutes. This 'seeding' of running abilities should have everyone finishing about the same time so ultimately it is the first person across the finish line who wins.
In this race, prizes are given to first, second and fourth male and female finishers. Third place gets mentioned, but sorry, no prize. However, we always have a lot of draw prizes, including fantastic ones from Salomon!
There will be a 300m 'Puppy' Scramble for children 6 years of age and under. A free event, it takes a few minutes and is held 10 minutes prior to race start.
Mad Dog Scramble is sponsored by
The Mad Dog sells out every year! Register today (but don't tell your dog where you're going or it'll be jealous).
Early Bird Fee: $40 until September 1, 2018
Regular Fee: $45 from September 2 - October 1, 2018
Late Fee: $55 after October 1, 2018
XSNRG Club Members: $10 discount
Cheques should be made out to: XSNRG Running Club
How to Register
Register online at the Running Room.
Once on the registration page, to bypass the “Optional Account Login” and go directly to the race page, click on the Continue button on the lower right side.
To register by mail, download the registration form, complete and mail to: XSNRG Running Club, 36 Heathview Ave., Willowdale ON M2K 2C1
Online registration closes Oct 26, 2018 at 11:59pm or once the maximum registrations of 200 is reached. There are no refunds.
Registrations sent by mail must be posted by Oct. 10, 2018.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 9:30 am (NOTE this is a NEW START TIME)
Start and finish at Park Lane Public School (60 Park Lane Circle, Toronto, ON M3C 2N2) with the course going through leafy and grassy Sunnybrook Park.
Top Secret! No one knows where the race route goes until the race starts. You’ll follow the Mad Dog’s twisted “markings” for about 7K of trail running in Sunnybrook Park.
Fitness and Lifestyle Coach Dione Mason will once again lead our Mad Dog warm-up! Please join her and her team before the race.
Runners are divided into “packs” based on speed. Faster runners are held back to give the weekend warrior runners a big head-start! Timed handicaps are based on runners’ most recent 5K or 10k race times.
1st, 2nd, 4th, most persistent and dirtiest dogs all win prizes! Plus free food and amazing Salomon draw prizes that anyone can win!
Registration: June 18, 2018: Registration opens live on MadDogScramble.com
NEW Race Start Time: Due to popular demand, the race will now start at 9:30am on Sun. Oct. 28, 2018
Presenting Sponsor: We are pleased to announce that the race is 'Presented by Salomon Toronto' which is providing a ton of draw prizes and technical shirts.
Warm-up Event 1: Sunday, July 22nd, 8:00am, How to Trail Run. Workshop #3: Outfitting. Being Prepared for the Conditions (at Salomon Toronto, Shops of Don Mills at Don Mills & Lawrence)... Comfortable already on the trails? Looking to take that next step and tackle longer distances? Racing? Take the next step and learn how to prepare to meet your goals head-on. Learn hands-on from our Salomon Athletes and Staff how to fit and wear the gear. Get out there!
Warm-up Event 2: Saturday, Sept. 15th at Salomon Toronto, Shops of Don Mills at Don Mills & Lawrence... join Salomon staff and XSNRG Run Club leaders on a Trail Run. Pick up some trail running tips and enjoy post-run refreshments, demo gear and shopping in the store after.
Warm-up Event 3: Saturday, Oct. 6th... As Warm-up Event 2
We lucked out with a perfect day weather-wise on Sunday as all the Mad Dogs scrambled their way through the trails of Sunnybrook Park barking and woofing their way to the finish. Since the trails were wet from the rain on Saturday it made for some slippery sections, and just that much harder.
Congratulations to all of you and we hope to see you again next year. It looked like everyone had a great time, but if you have any suggestions for us to improve this run in future years please contact me. We strive to improve in any way we can.
The winners in all the categories are now all posted. Although no prizes are given for Third Place, they do get an Honourable Mention. Congratulations to all!
And to the little tykes who had fun in the Puppy Scramble, we look forward to the time you can run the full distance.
I do want to give special mention to our sponsors and supporters.
Salomon @ Shops at Don Mills, and specifically Scott Burger, once again provided amazing gift cards and a beautiful backpack as draw prizes. This year, for the first time, we also had support from Lululemon at Fairview Mall. Royal Bank of Canada has supported us for many years and did once again this year. One of our club members, David Muirhead, donated a pair of Raptor's tickets for an upcoming game, as he has for many years! Another club member, Sheila Jacobs, donated a cool yoga mat. Peter Donato at MyNext Race.com provided some product for us to hand out to you as well. Thanks to all of these donors as they should be considered part of the Mad Dog Scramble family. This event is community based and these corporate and individual supporters help make our community stronger. I encourage you to support these generous sponsors.
This year, for the first time, we received a call from Park Lane Public School to see if they could tell us about their school. Thanks to Dave Coutanche, one of the teachers there, for telling us about the valuable work that is performed on a daily basis at this school.
All students who attend Park Lane Public School are at an extreme level of the special needs spectrum. Informing us of the special place this school has in the Toronto Board of Education helps us all to understand why the school and gym are set up in the way they are. If anyone wants to help this school continue their good work, donations are accepted but unfortunately there is no way to contribute on-line. Cheques can be written to "Toronto District School Board" but in the note section at the bottom of the cheque make sure to state that it is for Park Lane Public School. Tax receipts will be issued for donations above $25.00. Once again, thanks to Dave for helping us understand the challenges faced by so many children who attend this school.
Putting on a race like this, although a small community-based event, takes a lot of effort and many people. Here is a list of the volunteers who helped make this happen. These volunteers help at registration, on the course as marshals, at the food table, audio/visual, announce information and all sorts of background stuff. I know you appreciate the help they provide.
Proud Sponsors of the Mad Dog Scramble
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Looking forward to seeing you all out at the 2018 event.
Mad Dog Scramble
1st Andrew Metcalfe
2nd Ethan Smith
4th David Bhumgara
1st Jessica Nash
2nd Heather Claridge
4th Coach Badra
3rd Bryan Reid & Amanda Ungar
Most Persistent: Sonya Walker & Martin Leger
Dirtiest Dogs: Lenka Bubenickova & Jeremy Rankin
|O'all Place||Mad Dog Time||Bib #||Name||Sex||Sex Place||Wave||Delay|
|If anyone has changed waves but is not indicated correctly here please contact John Petrosoniak to record the correct wave so we can provide a correct Mad Dog time for you.|
There are many people and organizations that help us out with this race each year. We acknowledge them here for their generous draw prizes and other assistance last year.
Supporters of the Mad Dog Scramble
Salomon @ Shops at Don Mills
Lululemon at Fairview Mall
Royal Bank of Canada (Dan Little)
Peter Donato at MyNextRace.com
St. Urbain Bagels
Dione Mason - Fitness and Lifestyle Coach
Special thanks to David Muirhead for his contribution of a pair of Raptor tickets.
|John Petrosoniak||Isabel Gonos|
|Michael Brennan||Eric Webster|
|Dan Little||Sabrina Wong|
XSNRG Running Club (read it as ‘Excess Energy’) is a running club that specializes in doing group speed workouts once a week. If you want to improve your overall running speed – no matter how fast a runner you are – you have to do speed workouts. And since few people can do them effectively on their own, we offer weekly speed workouts in a group of 20 to 35 runners. You can’t help but be motivated.
Speed workouts vary from week to week but each week include one of intervals, tempo runs or hills, all part of distance runners’ “periodic” training. If you are able to run at least 6 to 8 km, you are ready to increase your endurance, power and speed with XSNRG.
The club welcomes and encourages runners of all levels and abilities to come out and run. We meet at one location in mid Toronto every Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm sharp and jog to our workout location. Workouts are organized and led by club coaches and consist of stretches, warm-ups and cool downs before and after every workout.
XSNRG was established in the late 1980s in Toronto by runners and triathletes and continues to attract both for motivating speed workouts. Past members have included Lisa Bentley (11x Ironman champion), Lori Bowden (5x Ironman champion), both in their early years of running, and Darryl Fox (brother of Terry Fox and National Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute).