The Running Whys – Brittany Merrifield

BrittanyFor Brittany Merrifield, the Emera Marathon By The Sea is more than a race, more than logging of kilometres in training.

For the Saint Johner who left the city for more than a decade before returning to the land that she loves, MBTS represents much more than all that. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Murray Lowery-Simpson

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The story ran in the July 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

It’s been a while since those early runs for Murray Lowery-Simpson, taking part in his elementary school races as a grade school student in Halifax.

And while the results weren’t exactly the greatest, the experience of those first steps formed a formative base, one that assisted his hockey fitness skills as a teenager and subsequently led him to approximately 20 marathons as an adult, all after he moved to Fredericton around the year 2000. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Laura Richard

Laura RichardIt’s been more than a decade since Laura Richard left home to earn her Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford in England. Now 31, and in the midst of her career with Procter & Gamble in Brussels, Belgium, Richard is about to tackle another challenge, this time in the demanding and grueling sport of triathlon.

Specifically, she’ll wear the Canadian colours in the 30-35 female division of ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam from Sept 14-17, the latest sporting accomplishment in a career that’s included a berth on the prestigious Oxford rowing team. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Penny Klepic

Penny.jpgFor Penny Klepic, the numbers tell the story.

In the three years since she decided to tackle running through a popular Couch to 5k training program, she’s transformed her health and her body, while enjoying tranquility on her runs and taking 26 minutes off her half marathon clocking.

“I was 50 pounds overweight and everything was hurting,” she explained of her initial motivations. “My oldest son is special needs and I needed an outlet to vent and clear my head most every day.

“Right now, running is a huge part of my life.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Johanne Thériault

Johanne TheriaultAs Johanne Thériault details her busy running schedule, whether it be training on the road near her home in Nigadoo or outlining her plans to race in Berlin, Chicago and Saint John this year, the question usually turns to her motivations.

That’s where the 34-year-old city solicitor for the City of Bathurst can get emotional.

“It’s always a question I like to brush off, because the answer is pretty personal,” says Johanne. “It’s something that is still hard to even say out loud.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andrea Bower

Running Whys AndreaAs her tenure with Canada’s short track speed skating team in Calgary was ending, the pain in Andrea Bower’s back was intensifying.

And as she sought relief, she took a chance on a something not many would have prescribed – running.

Now back home in New Brunswick, Bower is celebrating 15 years of running for ‘the fun of it,” as she navigates life as a teacher, wife and mother. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Dianna Payne

Dianna PayneIt’s been 10 years since Dianna Payne found running.

It’s a relationship still going strong – one she gives credit to many factors, including her participation in her first race – the 2007 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But for Dianna, her love for running goes beyond the fitness benefits she gains. It is about her social network, which plays a critical role in how the sport has grown into such an important part of her life. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Brian and Katie Molloy

molloy2 (1)The Running Molloys.

It’s a name that takes some time to get accustomed to, especially for a Saint John couple participating in this year’s Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But Brian and Katie Molloy have bonded while training, enjoyed the benefits from their efforts and even have their two children involved in 5-kilometre runs to prepare for this year’s event. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Blair Bass

Blair printFor many runners, training takes place in the dark, the early morning hours before sunrise, the calm before the day’s responsibilities kick into gear.

With others, running is powerful therapy in an escape from an internal darkness, a forum to invigorate their soul, a setting to flee from life’s challenges or a mental home in which to find important solutions. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jon Curtis

Jon CurtisAbout five years ago, Jon Curtis and his mother Andrea Power developed a family tradition, adding another component to their annual Mother’s Day celebrations with a short run in the Halifax-Dartmouth area.

Andrea, a veteran marathoner, has always encouraged Jon and his brothers William, Christopher and Luke to get out and keep active for the obvious fitness benefits. The hope was that because Jon and Andrea have asthma, the exercise would assist them in their daily lives, especially considering both of Jon’s grandparents passed away from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Continue reading