Volume 10, Issue 23, Week of June 10, 2013
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Dirty&Down Participants will get dirty during the mud run on July 13 (Photo by Kelly Morton)
Dirty Donkey Run a new United Way fundraiser
Joelle Tomlinson Saskatoon Express
he Dirty Donkey Obstacle Mud Run is not for the faint of heart. The five-kilometre race is not your typical 30-minute run — it includes mud pits, swinging ropes and specially designed obstacles the entire way through. This year, it is coming to Saskatoon for the first time. “Not only is it fun, because you actually have permission now to get dirty — you’re old now, your parents can’t tell you what to do — but we encourage participation because of the social aspect as well,” said organizer John Ford. “There’s also that
personal goal and that personal challenge aspect of it too. Never tell yourself you can’t do something; it’s just going to make you want to do it more.” Ford is a seasoned adventure racer in Winnipeg who started off with bodybuilding and personal training. While travelling around the country to attend the unique races, he and Rick Shone decided it was time for their city to have its own race. “I’ve been adventure racing for about 12 years,” said Ford. “Rick owns a wilderness store here in Winnipeg, and we decided to put on our own adventure race because nobody else was doing anything like it in Manitoba. We were going to all these other places to actually race, so
why not put on our own? Even though we would never get a chance to race in our own race, we thought everybody else would enjoy it.” They were right. The first Swamp Donkey Adventure Race in 2007 brought out 42 teams of three for the event. Since then, the event has grown substantially and is now the largest adventure race in North America. The longer race is the signature Swamp Donkey event; there is also the Ice Donkey in February and the five-kilometre race being held in both Winnipeg and Saskatoon. “The addition of Saskatoon was actually on the urging of our beer sponsor, Original 16 from Great West Breweries,” said Ford.
“At a meeting, they said it would be great in Saskatoon, so we thought ‘heck, why not?’ It was so successful in Winnipeg, why not bring it out to Saskatoon as well? That way it keeps that prairie homegrown feel as well.” The Dirty Donkey Run will be held at Blackstrap Provincial Park on July 13. Runners can choose from four different categories: The individual five kilometre, the team 5K, the individual KickASS and team KickASS. Ford encourages people of all fitness levels to try out the Dirty Donkey Run. Teams can be of unlimited sizes. Last year in Winnipeg, 1,200 runners of all abilities participated. (Continued on page 4)
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AST WEEK WAS a bit trying for do that and would ask for a follow-up call. my family after our 18-monthThis led to a few duck jokes. old dog, Dodger, was injured When the vet was chatting with us and had to spend a night at the Western College of Veterinarian Medicine at the about Dodger, I asked her if she’d seen the duck. University of Saskatchewan. “I don’t do ducks,” she said It started when Dodger with a laugh. “We leave those gave a little cry when for the exotic guys.’’ he jumped off the bed The exotics must be the life or a chair. (Yes, we of the college. shouldn’t let the dog on Dodger spent the night and the furniture. I know had a CT scan the next morning. that). Soon he didn’t At 5 p.m. he came home. There like the idea of going up was no damage to his vertebra, or down stairs. Then he but there are disc problems. For wasn’t using his hind legs the next six weeks he is kennel and was collapsing to bound, except for potty breaks. his right when he tried to He doesn’t understand what stand. is happening. How can this We took him to the Editor family that once loved me keep Small Animal Clinic. We putting me in a pen. I used to found out Dodger had suffered a back injury. This was likely jump on furniture. Why can’t I sleep on the pillow behind “Mom?’’ Why due to roughhousing with Bones (our can’t I bite “Dad’’ for no particular eldest son’s puppy — a big, 50-pound reason. What will I eat now that I can’t puppy) or as the clinic suggested, Dodger may be predisposed to injury of find half-empty plates of food that Jay leaves throughout the house? this nature. It isn’t going to be a fun six weeks While waiting, I found it interesting how people bond in situations like this. for any of us. He is mending. I hope the duck is too. Those in the waiting room become buddies. We shared and compared JUST BEFORE DODGER’S stories about our pets. The owner of Bear was having a heck of time keeping INJURY, I had my first career tick. After going for a walk at Chief a cast on his leg. He’s a farm dog, so Whitecap Park, I was back on the resting a leg isn’t part of his nature. couch when I felt something walking Biting off casts is part of his nature. on my arm. Odd-looking little beast, Clearly, the staff at the college have I thought. I did what I always do and seen Bear before. shrieked. “Sandy, come quickly! There A cool guy brought in an injured is something on my arm.’’ When she male mallard duck. He had the duck wrapped in a blanket. I was impressed didn’t answer, the bug and I went outside to where she was cutting the that somebody would take the time to SASKATOON
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Saskatoon bowler takes on the world
Ray Kloschinsky was a very good coach. wight Safroniuk is a 10-pin He was very patient and listened well. bowler who has overcome the challenge of being deaf to elevate He was very thorough in explaining things to me. He would write things his game to international levels. on paper, give examples and show me He competed and won medals at things that I’m doing, things that I can the Special Olympic World Summer Games in Greece in 2011. He’s about to improve on. He was just an awesome embark on another European adventure person, happy and always cheerful but taught us about discipline too. He was as a Canadian entry in the 2013 World Deaflympics, which will be held in Sofia, my coach for many years. The person who replaced him was a Bulgaria, from July 24 to Aug. 4. very nice lady named Ruth Exley. She Part of his preparation will come took over as Special Olympics bowling by entering the Saskatchewan Summer coach about four years ago. Special Olympic Games on She is also a very supportJune 22. It is an event involving ive person, just like Ray, seven sports. Its winners will and she has all the best qualify to represent Saskatchqualities of a coach. She got ewan at the national championto see me bowl in Greece ships at Vancouver in 2014. and she was very proud of Safroniuk has been a Special me. Olympian since 1999, winning There is also my ball numerous events. He’s had driller-friend named Martin three perfect games of 300, Chan who lives in Calgary. has shot 299 twice — once at When I learned I was comthe National Deaf Games in peting in Greece, I thought, Edmonton — and had 10 strikes People ‘Whoa!’ I need the best another time for a 288 in Speequipment so I can be at my cial Olympic playoffs. best. I Googled ball drillers and his name Safroniuk, 44, is a senior assembler popped up, so I got my wife to contact with SED Systems. him. We met him in Century Bowl in Through email and with the help of Calgary. He taught me the importance of his wife, Emilyn, Dwight and I shared having a perfect fit for the finger holes some questions and answers about his in your ball, measuring it very precisely success story. and the types of balls that should be Express: In your first days of bowling, were there times you had any doubts used in different types of oil patterns. He made sure I knew what to do, how to or were you satisfied with the support position myself on the lanes, where to and with your own confidence? throw the ball and stuff like that. BowlDwight: Well, I first started bowling takes a lot of calculating, adapting to ing at the age of 10 in Fairhaven Bowl different lanes and oil patterns, and using in Saskatoon and didn’t know anything about bowling at all. I was taught in the the right balls, the right weight of the balls for you. Youth Bowling Council program. My Express: Was the event in Greece the parents were always there to watch my highest on your list of thrills, especially games, were very encouraging and so with having family there? were the coaches. My deafness really Dwight: That was my first ever didn’t bother me except when things were being explained to us. I felt left out international bowling tournament experibecause I wouldn’t understand what they ence, and I bowled with the best Special Olympic bowlers from all over the were saying. But they always took me aside and explained it with actions. The world. They were very good and I have to admit that I was intimidated and was coach would show me what to do visually and I followed it. I was very shy and nervous. Yes, that was indeed one of the highalways wondered if people were talking about me. I kept on bowling every week, est thrills in bowling that I’ve had. First I got to know my teammates better and I of all, it was held in one of the most beautiful, historical countries. My dad, felt better after that. who was just recently diagnosed with Express: Were there people especially influential as you entered YBC and Parkinson’s disease, was able to be there. So were my mom, who has always been Special Olympics? Dwight: The most influential people there for me in any sport and my wife who is very supportive of everything. in my sports life have been my parents because they kept me busy with all sorts They were able to see me compete and win gold medals for my country — a of sports and activities. As a kid, I was gold for singles against a Swedish in hockey, soccer, basketball, bowling, swimming. In Special Olympics, I was in bowler who was so talented and a gold bowling, floor hockey, cross-country ski- in doubles with my teammate, Viateur Baudry, from Quebec. I got to meet, ing and slo-pitch. When I was in YBC, shake the hand and have a picture taken my teammates were a good influence because they cheered me on. My coaches with Timothy Shriver from the Kennedy family who founded Special Olympic were all very nice to me. RS31147.F10 sports. When I began in Special Olympics,
Dwight Safroniuk has overcome the challenge of being deaf to become a world champion bowler (Photo by Amanda Adam) Also because of this accomplishment in Greece, I received the Hazel McLeary Award from the Canadian Ten Pin Federation. They invited us to attend their annual general meeting in Windsor and we did. I was presented with this beautiful trophy and a shirt with my name on it, and it just made my day! Express: Tell me about the next trip to Europe? Dwight: The trip to Europe coming up is for the World Deaflympics Games. There are 19 sports in the Deaflympics, and I am in bowling. I was picked, along with four others — one from Edmonton, one from Winnipeg and two from Montreal. I will be leaving for our last training camp in Toronto on July 19, and from there we train for a few days, then leave for Sofia, Bulgaria. Express: Can you give me a summation on whether you regretted the loss of hearing
and yet being thankful for the athletic ability? Dwight: I don’t really regret my loss of hearing. Of course sometimes I think how much easier it would be if I could hear. I didn’t even know about dating and stuff like that until my sister told me how the dating thing works. It’s still hard for me to understand even simple vocabulary. I have to ask my mom or my wife to explain a lot of things to me. But God made me this way. Like I told Tyrel Rose when he wrote about me in his blog, I am thankful for what I am because even if I am deaf, I have people around me that are supportive of me, believe in me, and truly care unconditionally for me and that is my accomplishment. I am a perfectionist, and believe that if you don’t try, you don’t get anywhere. And I apply that to everything that I do, in life and in sports.
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Get good and dirty for a great cause
(Continued from page 1) The special KickASS section is designated for the first and last heat (at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.) and will be a longer, harder version of the regular obstacle course. “We have some teams that are definitely in it to win it, and they go hard; it’s every man or woman for themselves. But, we have other teams that are in it for fun; they come out, they come in costume, they create interesting names. We get some really interesting ones with a lot of plays on the donkey theme,” said Ford with a laugh. Last year, the Dirty Donkey Run raised more than $40,000 for the MS Society of Canada in Winnipeg. This year, the run will be partnered with the United Way of Saskatoon and Area. “We were really excited to have Dirty Donkey approach us, and ask us to be their charity partner on this event. It’s a really great opportunity to bring something new to Saskatoon,” said Erica England, manager of communications and events for United Way. “It’s a really fun event and (the mud runs) are building momentum in North America so we’re excited to be attached to something like this. It’s encouraging people to get good and dirty
for a good cause in our community.” United Way of Saskatoon and Area partnered with local businesses to offer rewards for the top fundraisers. The top individual fundraiser for the Dirty Donkey mud run will win a prize pack from Running Room Saskatoon, and for every $100 raised individually, fundraisers are entered in a grand prize draw for a standup paddleboard, paddle and lesson from Escape Sports. Runners are encouraged to do fundraising by registering through the United Way’s website at www.unitedway. ca. There is a link to fundraise on the homepage. Runners must register for the Dirty Donkey Run as both a participant and (separately) as a fundraiser for United Way. For those wanting to prepare for Saskatoon’s adventure race, boot camps are being offered this month by Inspire Fitness. To learn more, visit www. inspirefitness.ca or follow the links offered on the Dirty Donkey Run Facebook page. To register or learn more about the Dirty Donkey Run, visit the website at www.dirtydonkeyrun.com, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ dirtydonkeyrun or follow the Twitter handle @dirtydonkeyrun.
This Athlete has true grit (Photo by Kelly Morton)
Cyclists not forgotten in south bridge project
uestion: I live in Parkridge we are still looking for solutions. Top and regularly commute up 11th priority of course is we want to make sure Street to reach River Landing. I the cyclists and pedestrians are safe. appreciate the walk light that has Question: Were you invited to the been put up at the intersection of 11th and Pride parade and will you be able to Dundonald Avenue. It makes attend? crossing much safer. I am Mayor Atchison: We were wondering if there are plans to certainly invited, but we are develop a walking/biking path in Spain (for the World Cities along 11th Street West. There Summit Mayors Forum) is somewhat of a path right at the time of the parade. I now on the north side, but it is have also been asked why I in quite bad shape and is not didn’t spend $100 to be part maintained at all. In the past, I of an advertisement for Pride would go through Montgomery Week. (The ad appeared in and cross Dundonald Avenue the Express two weeks ago, at Fletcher Road and commute with Mayor Atchison, Randy through the south west Donauer and Eric Olausan industrial area, but that is no Ask the Mayor declining to contribute to the longer accessible. Once the new cost of the ad.) bridge is open, there will be Those are taxpayers’ even more traffic down 11th Street. I hope dollars. The Mayor’s Office does not pay pedestrians and bicyclists are taken into for advertising or spend money promoting consideration. causes or community events. We could Mayor Atchison: A lot of parts to that probably spend $1 million a year because question. First of all, when Circle Drive we are inundated with requests every day. South opens in a few weeks it is going We are asked to take out ads in programs to have pedestrian and cyclist dedicated and magazines — national publications paths, which will take you along 11th and international publications, mining Street and Dundonald all the way over to publications. You name it and the Mayor’s Spadina Crescent. In addition, the MVA Office is asked to do it. So where do you is going to be looking after a section from draw the line? Who is special and who Circle Drive South bridge all the way over isn’t special, especially when I think to Dudley Street, I believe it is. That will everyone is special? become a beautiful MVA trail that will I always find it interesting that when take you all the way downtown. we aren’t able to get to a lot of other Right now, 17th Street ends at Avenue events, no one ever asks us about those. P. There are plans to extend that in the Take the Saskatoon Prayer Breakfast this future. Right now there are sidewalks year; there wasn’t a lot of talk in the media on the west side that take you over to about which councillors were there and 11th Street. We have just improved the which weren’t. corner of Avenue P and 11th Street, People have asked me where I was last and eventually there will be more year. We did an event for prostate-cancer improvements along 11th Street. awareness plus Filipino days, plus two There was another plan to extend 17th other events all in that same time frame. Street over to 11th Street along the railway And the year prior to that I think I was in tracks. But that got nixed. The plan didn’t Singapore (for a World Cities Summit). get a very warm reception, shall I say. I Saskatoon is an inclusive city; a city for think if we were to use the area alongside everyone. It’s a welcoming city. We try to the CP rail line and put in a cyclistparticipate in as many events as we can. pedestrian path that would take you over (Have a question for Mayor Atchison? to the 11th Street area and to Avenue W Email it to editorial@saskatoonexpress. that might be a solution. As I said, those com. Please include “mayor’’ in the are things that weren’t well received, but subject line.)
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