Welcome to the Copper Kettle Dash - a 5K walk or run and a 10K run through the scenic village of Creemore and surrounding country! The run takes place Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Results are up!

Well, this took a while, but the 2014 results are up!

Many thanks to Stayner Tim Hortons for providing unparallelled support.  $600 was raised for the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.  Ann Murphy from Tim Hortons provided the advertising, technical T-shirts and Tim Hortons coffee and bagels.

Many thanks also to the volunteers who gave their time to help direct runners successfully this year!

Happy Feet!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Hi all. We are enjoying a wet summer here in Creemore. Good for running but bad for mosquitos. I have been training hard, trying to get ready for Pine Creek Challenge 100 miler in September. Some of you might see me out and about, far from home with a camel pack on my back.

For those of you thinking of signing up, the race supports the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.  Also, the first 80 people to sign up will receive T-Shirts. Get those registrations in!

On Sunday, August 3rd at 08:00 we will be previewing the 5K and 10K courses. Please note the 10K has a BIG hill!  Please email leecohen2011@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us. Love to have you.

Happy Feet,
Lee Anne

Saturday, 5 April 2014

2014 Tim Hortons Creemore Copper Kettle Dash!

A year in review.

It has been a long winter here in Creemore, Ontario. It started in November and now on April 4th it seems to linger on. Running has been very icy, windy, cold and difficult at times, but I still managed to get out about 6 times a week.... o.k. January and February had some record breaking 6 hour treadmill runs. The 4K hike\hobble\run up Collingwood Street is so beautiful during the winter. It remains a challenge even after running it for fourteen years.

My pottery has gotten so much better because of watching three hour youtube sessions while on the treadmill! Youtube brings the classroom\learning environment very close at hand. It allows you to watch the worlds best potters, right in your living room. Race prizes will be so improved this year because of change in clay body and glazes that are rich and full of depth.

The Tim Hortons Copper Kettle Dash will be even better this year. Tim Hortons of Stayner has become our presenting sponsor. This will promote the race to upwards of 300,000 customers. The running field might get bigger and more diverse. Watch out! Tim's will also provide food, coffee and cups for the race.  All in all, a very welcome and exciting progression for Copper Kettle Dash.

On a personal note, in December, I went to Pheonix Arizona to run a multi day race called Across The Years. My race started on December 29th and the plan was to break the Canadian 100 mile record for my age category. At 11 hours of running I was told that I had broken the 12 hour world road record for my age category! Amazing, as I was running slowly since breaking the 100 mile record would take about 26 hours. At 120 K I was forced to abandon my attempt due to total fatigue and sore calf muscles.  My lack of experience running 100 miles meant that I could not find the formula to fuel properly. My record lasted for 24 hours and was broken the next day by June Gessner from the USA.  Even though records are made to be broken, it would have been nice to hold the title for a wee while longer.

This is going to be a fantastic year for Tim Hortons Creemore Copper Kettle Dash! T-shirts, great prizes, clay medals, a fantastic course (one smashing hill on the 10K) and the Copper Kettle Festival to enjoy after the race. What could be better? Come and enjoy.

Lee Anne Cohen - Race Director.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

2013 Results are up!

The good news:  Results are up!  14 year old Miranda Thompson won the 5K race in a time of 19:22, besting the previous woman's course record of 22:26 set in 2012 by Tiffany Szymanski.  13 year old Nicholas Bannon was the top male in a time of 19:49.  Congratulations to Miranda, Nicholas and all who participated in the 2013 Creemore Copper Kettle Dash 5K!

Unfortunately, the 10K did not proceed as smoothly as the 5K.  A mis-allotment of volunteers resulted in 2 marshals at the Collingwood Street / Caroline Street intersection and none at the Collingwood Street / 6/7 Sideroad intersection.  A key intersection with a missing marshal meant that many of the top runners went straight up Collingwood Street, instead of turning right onto 6/7 Sideroad.  Mistakes happen at races from time to time and there are many options on what corrective action should be taken.  For the 10K fiasco, the following was adopted:

1.  No impact to the runners that ran the 10K course.
2.  Direct the "12.8K" runners along a new course, so they would not have to complete the 10K course by running 6/7 Sideroad and Caroline Street.  Doing so would have required that they complete about 16K, a distance most were not prepared to race.
3.  Provide the "12.8K" runners with prizes (this action is pending).

The above will by no means satisfy everyone, but with such a major issue in a race, I feel it was the correct course of action.  As runners mentioned, it was a great day for a run, all profit goes to YMCA Strong Kids campaign and no one got hurt.

Happy feet!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Ready, Set, Go!

Hi all.

Hope your training is progressing smoothly and you are enjoying getting out for runs! At this point I would like to bring you up to speed (sorry) with some exciting news.

Creemore Springs Brewery is a sponsor again this year.  Those who ran last year might recall the cool prizes donated by the brewery.  As well, this year we have some great door prizes, including a 3 month membership to the Barrie YMCA and an awesome prize from Barrie Mountain Equipment Co-op, who will also be setting up a booth at the arena during the race. We are actively seeking other sponsors.

Running Free's website is linked to our blog and they are offering a store coupon if you sign up for the Copper Kettle Dash through their website. They will also be providing tech T-shirts for all runners!

Same as last year, all finishers will receive a hand crafted ceramic medal, age category winners will receive pottery and there will also be pottery door prizes.

The race is again supporting the YMCA Strong Kids campaign.  Those wishing to fund raise for this much needed charity can find out more at YMCA Simcoe County's website. Pottery gifts will be handed out to those who achieve specific fund-raising targets.

Stayner Tim Hortons will again be on hand for those who enjoy a cupa after the race.  See you in the line!


YMCA:  http://www.ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca
Running Free:  http://www.runningfree.com/content/stores_barrie
Barrie MEC:  http://www.mec.ca/AST/ContentPrimary/Services/Stores/Barrie.jsp
Creemore Springs:  http://www.creemoresprings.com/en/Home.aspx


Saturday, 2 February 2013

Calling All Runners!

I hope you are all managing to lace up your running shoes and get out this winter!

Perhaps this is a good time to inspire you with thoughts of summer running in Creemore. With this in mind, I am very excited to share with you some changes and improvements for the sophomore running of the Creemore Copper Kettle Dash.

This year the race will take place beginning at 8:00 am on Saturday, August 24, 2013, with the route remaining the same. Those who ran the 10K last year will tell you that a little hill training in the days leading up to the race would be helpful and fun! The event will continue to host a 5K run or walk option and a 10K run.

I am very excited to announce that this year we will be giving out technical T-shirts, made from excellent wicking material. The T-shirts will be available in men and women specific sizing.

I will also be linking my blog to the "Running Free" website and will again be linked to YMCA's Strong Kids Campaign. Anyone who would like to fundraise for this much needed charity can find out more on YMCA Simcoe County's website.  Pottery gifts will be handed out when specific fundraising targets are reached.

YMCA:  http://www.ymcaofsimcoemuskoka.ca/get-involved/giving/

You can register for the race through Online Registration:


Questions?  Email me at leecohen2011@gmail.com

I am looking forward to a very exciting and fun event! Can you break last years 10K record of 37:32 which is held by Nikolay Ryabkov?  I would need a 15 minute head start!

Monday, 27 August 2012

Race Report 2012

The first running of the Copper Kettle Dash was held last Saturday, August 25th at 8:00 AM.  I would like to thank all the runners who came out to participate. A hearty thanks to all of the volunteers who gave so freely of their time. Without you, this event could not have taken place. Lastly I must thank our sponsors "Tim Hortons of Stayner" and "Creemore Springs Brewery". You folks were awesome!!!

My vision for this race was to create a community event that would get local folk, young athletes and competitive athletes out at the same time to enjoy "the hills of Creemore" at it's best, through a run!! I have been running these hills for 13 years now and wanted to share them with other like minded individuals.  Mission accomplished. Looking at the course record holders proves the concept. The winner of the 5K female category was Tiffany Szymanski at the tender age of 14. Trevor Thom was the male winner of the 5K course with a fantastic time of 18:33.  The 10K race was won by Nikoloy Ryabkov in an unbelievable time of 37:32. Come and run it in the winter Nikoloy when the hill is covered by 1 foot of new fallen snow.  I have often contemplated skiing down it. The female winner of the 10K race was Shannon Carpenter with a very competitive time of 46:08.  For those who don't know the 10K course, it includes a climb halfway up the Niagara Escarpment.  Not an easy 10K!

We have already thought of a few changes for next year's race. There will be a new age category, 18 and under for the 5K. This category will have more age appropriate prizes.  It has been suggested that we start the race at 7:30 a.m. I will consider this.

Please respond with any feedback that you have. All comments will be read and a response made where appropriate.

We will give our charity of choice, "YMCA Strong Kids Campaign"
some support this year. I look forward to being able to sponsor them in a big way in future years. For those of you who do not know, the Strong Kids Campaign gives children without proper funds the ability  to join the YMCA and supports the fees for these children to go to YMCA camps. Thank you so much to Dale from the YMCA of Barrie, who came out to help with her husband Dave and her three children. Also present was Jarvis representing the Collingwood YMCA.  Thanks to both of you for making the YMCA such a wonderful place to keep fit, make friendships and reach healthy goals. You have helped me reach my goal!

The pictures will be up in a few days. They look wonderful and show a full spectrum of community with amazing athletes leading the way up the escarpment.

It was wonderful to see a project of this nature become reality and more importantly, holds great promise for the future.

Keep your pace up!