The Running Whys – Carole Van Ember

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This story ran in the May 13th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

When Carole Van Ember started running, she wanted to develop an improved healthy lifestyle, one that would allow her to enjoy quality time with family and friends for many, many years. The inspiration resulted from a powerful and painful memory for the Fredericton resident, who has called the city home for more than a decade.

Back in 2007, her mother Madeline died at the age of 55 from uterine cancer, less than seven days after Carole‘s son Bruce was born, in what she described as, “the best week and the worst week of my life.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mary Kate Wedge

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This story ran in the April 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

This time a year ago, Fredericton resident Mary Kate Wedge had plenty on her plate.

She was busy professionally as a pharmacist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Summerside, P.E.I., native was also deep in the planning stages for her October wedding to Rob Agar.

And for good measure, she was prepping for the Fredericton Marathon.

In terms of running, there were no time guarantees last May, considering her hectic personal agenda, but she knew if she put in a strong effort on the traditionally fast course, she’d have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Marc Gallant

Marc GallantThis ran in the Daily Gleaner on April 15, 2017.

It was five years ago when, somewhat reluctantly, Fredericton’s Marc Gallant took his first steps as a runner, taking part in a group with his wife Tanya to help her tackle a resolution to improve her fitness levels.

Initially, he was not that interested in joining Tanya and one of her friends in a 2012 Running Room clinic. But one week, when Tanya’s friend could not make it, he relented and joined his wife for the weekly run. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Terry Thorne

This is the most popular Running Whys story in our three-year history and the most popular for 2016. It is a story of never giving up, never giving in, despite the challenges life can throw at you. Terry Thorne was the honorary race marshall for the 2016 Marathon By The Sea and for good reason. She has an incredible spirit.

Another year of racking up the miles

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In the game of running, the marathon represents a most treasured of distances; an exceptionally difficult test of endurance and will in the quest for one of life’s great bucket list items.

Finish the grueling 42.2 km route and the months of intensive training and personal sacrifices made along the way gain you membership into an exclusive club representing just one percent of the population.

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We have nice news. This blog has been shortlisted for the 2017 Running Awards, in the community blog section. If you like it and would like to vote, click here. Scroll to community, blog and then vote for barrettkevin.

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The Running Whys – a Gleaner recap

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This story ran in the Nov. 26th edition of the Daily Gleaner

The New Brunswick running season wrapped up last weekend with an impressive awards and Hall of Fame banquet in Tracadie.

But the unofficial running season takes few breaks and before we look back at the past year, planning is already well underway for next season’s events, including the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon and the Liv9 Fall Classic. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Bob Cormier

bob-cormierThis story ran in the Nov. 12 edition of the Daily Gleaner. 

When it came to setting running goals for 2016, there was a justified emotional component at work for Fredericton’s Bob Cormier.

As a veteran of 23 previous marathons, Bob knew the demands required and the internal discipline needed to complete the 42.2-kilometre route, regardless of its setting or time of year.

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The Running Whys – Heather Suttie

 

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Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Michelle Ingram

michelle-2This column ran in the Oct. 8th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The interest in running started from being a fan for Fredericton’s Michelle Ingram, who vividly recalls heading to watch her husband Ryan race in a half marathon in the city one spring.

Like many who are exposed to the emotion and camaraderie at the finish line for the first time, Michelle was blown away by the spirit at the line, enough to take up the sport herself, eventually entering her first 10 km event about a year later. Continue reading