Welcome to the Mad Dog Scramble hosted by the XSNRG Running Club!
In this race, the runners will be sent off in waves, and each wave will have progressively faster runners in them. That means that the fastest runners have to wait for up to 20 minutes. But it is the first person across the finish line who wins. And as always, prizes will be given out to the first, second and fourth male and female finishers. Third place gets mentioned, but sorry, no prize. That doesn't mean you still can't win a prize as there will be the usual array of draw prizes for anyone to win.
Also, as in past years, there will be a Puppy Scramble for children 6 years of age and under. It is free. It takes a few minutes and is held 10 minutes prior to race start.
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Fitness and Lifestyle Coach Dione Mason will once again be leading our Mad Dog warmups. Please join her and her team outside, by the start area, before the race to participate. She also invites everyone to run in the Toronto Carnival Run (July 28th, 2018) that she coordinates.
The Mad Dog sells out every year! Register today!
Early Bird Fee: $35 until September 18, 2017
Regular Fee: $40 from September 19 - October 23, 2017
Late Fee: $50 after October 23, 2017
XSNRG Club Members: $5 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 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm. or once the maximum registrations of 170 is reached. There are no refunds.
Registrations sent by mail must be posted by Oct. 10, 2017.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 11:00 am
Sunnybrook Park with start and finish at Park Lane Public School (60 Park Lane Circle, Toronto, ON M3C 2N2)
Top Secret! No one knows where it goes until the race starts. You’ll follow the Mad Dog’s twisted “markings” for about 8K of trail running in Sunnybrook Park.
Runners are divided into “packs” based on speed. Faster runners are held back to give the ordinary runners a big head-start! Time handicaps based on runners’ most recent 5K or 10k race times.
1st, 2nd, 4th, last, and dirtiest dogs all win prizes! Plus free food and draw prizes for everyone!
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 ran in the Puppy Scramble, I can't wait until you all get a little older and want to run the full distance. It looked like all the Puppies had a lot of fun.
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.
How did you like the warm up in the gym before going outside? I thought she was a great. Dione Mason got all the blood flowing for all the Mad Dogs before they went outside. She is a top rated personal fitness trainer and motivator. Indeed she was presented with the CANFITPRO Fitness Professional of the Year for 2017. She provides services for people who need personal training, and we are very thankful to have Dione help us out. Thanks Dione!! Check her out at dionemason.com.
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 Countanche, 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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Welcome to the 26th running of the Mad Dog Scramble. We look forward to providing all Mad Dog runners with a race they won't forget.
This year the race is on Sunday, October 29th. Once again the start time will be at 11:00 am. Many things will be the same as in past years. A Puppy Scramble will be held for youngsters under 7 years of age just before the main event. Lots of prizes will be handed out and the same format as always will be used. That means that there will be waves of runners sent off with the fastest going last. If they want to win, they must catch all the runners who left earlier. This is truly a race where the rabbits who left first are trying to stay ahead of all the pursuers. And the pursuers are like squirrels trying to catch up. It is challenging but definitely a lot of fun. And Nick (our intrepid Course Director) has promised a tough course fitting for our 26th Anniversary.
Please get the message out to all your trail running friends as they will not want to miss out on this year's run. And since it is two days before Halloween, who knows what Zombies are lurking out on the trails? Of course anyone who wants to dress up in a costume is welcome to do so.
Remember we have prizes to 1st, 2nd and 4th male and female runners as well as other quirky awards. Plus draw prizes. And a Mad Dog long sleeve shirt for everyone.
Come out and try to be the winner of the Mad Dog Head or Mad Dog Bone. Anyone can win.
If you have any questions, don't be shy to send me a note.
Looking forward to seeing you all out at this year's event.
Mad Dog Scramble
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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. We acknowledge them here for the generous draw prizes and other assistance.
Supporters of the Mad Dog Scramble
Salomon @ Shops at Don Mills
Lululemon at Fairview Mall
Royal Bank of Canada (Dan Little)
David Muirhead (Raptors tickets)
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).