The Running Whys – Heather Suttie



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

The Running Whys – Ahmet Tahan

amhet4-1This column ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on Sept. 24.

When opportunities arise, you have to take advantage of them. And for Fredericton’s Ahmet Tahan, a shot at a new career path presented to him was just too good to pass up.

So after 10 years as the assistant store manager of the Smythe Street Superstore, Tahan and his wife Celeste are moving to Grand Manan, where he is taking over the Your Independence Grocer franchise on the island. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Laura Lee Mullin


laura-5Among Laura Lee Mullin’s most memorable runs was the one that happened before she was married, when she brought her future husband Robert along for what she described as a test run.

They had been dating just a few months and decided to go for a 5km jog together when Laura Lee, fuelled by her ‘competitive spirit,’ decided to take Robert on a little loop.

At least that’s what I told him,” recalls Mullin, a physiotherapist with the Department of National Defence the past 13 years. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Run for the Cure

personalThe UniCats. That was the name of the secret club Kathy and her friend Michelle had when they were 12 years old. UniCats believe in the power of magic/miracles (unicorns) and are as fierce as big cats.

Read Kathy’s Run For the Cure page here.

It is the perfect name for the team we are organizing for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Scott

2015 Bluenose Marathon FinishThis story appeared in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 27.

As a 40th birthday present to himself, Mark Scott adopted a philosophy of go big or go home.

So on Oct. 16, the Fredericton resident will be in Pownal, Maine, with eight of his running friends for the Big Brad Ultra, an 80-kilometre trail run that will test his endurance, commitment to training and reward a running career that has already achieved plenty in just six years.

I got it in my head that I wanted to do something memorable,” said Scott, who lives in the city with his wife Wendy and two daughters.

After four marathons in two years, I decided I was ready for a new challenge and this is what I decided on.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Dylan Magee

Dylan 2This year, we wanted to touch base with runners attending Marathon By The Sea from far and wide and we reached Dylan Magee of Texas. He was set to come to Saint John before a few things popped up unexpectedly and he had to change his plans. However, he gave the okay to run his Running Whys. Here it is.


I am 24 years old and currently live in Houston, TX but was actually born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in a suburb of Dallas, TX. Continue reading

A Running Whys recap and a call for stories for 2017 MBTS.

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor

Thank you and congratulations to those who took part in the 2016 Running Whys for the Emera Marathon By the Sea.

Now that the 2016 Emera Marathon By the Sea is in the books, it is not too early to look forward to 2017 and the next edition of the Running Whys. Each year since we started, the runners we have featured have produced a roll of amazing tales of  “Dedication, Inspiration and Perspiration.”

This year was no different and we are betting that there are many many more great stories out there in the running community. If you Continue reading

The Running Whys – Fran Robinson

FranThis article ran in the Daily Gleaner on August 13.

There is a special picture of Fran Robinson in her personal library, one from last winter’s cross-country ski season, set on a beautiful day, sun shining as she looks intently onto the track feeling fit, happy with her training and ready to race.

For Robinson, the Ontario native who moved to New Brunswick to study her master’s degree, it was the culmination of months of training, complete with her summer leg work that allows her to challenge herself and live through a philosophy of active living. Continue reading

The Running Whys – 2016 Marathon By the Sea previews in review

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor background interior

One runner lost 70 pounds. Another dropped more than 45.

Several used the sport to deal with the stress of difficult family situations.

Two others detailed their reasons for volunteering at Emera Marathon By The Sea.

And one extremely special woman encouraged us to Never, Never, Never Give Up. Demonstrating determination and a strong will allow you to accomplish anything. Continue reading