In Danielle’s words – The Running Whys, cycling edition


Danielle, third from right, was part of a group that cycled the length of P.E.I. this summer. It was the latest in her long-distance adventures that have included the full and half marathons in the P.E.I. Marathon.

“After a few hugs and pictures we were off to our final destination of North Cape where we celebrated our accomplishment over supper at the Wind and Reef restaurant as our “Coach” Claudette presented us with our official Tip to Tip certificates. It was a wonderful feeling to have crossed one more seemingly impossible thing off our bucket list and I could not have asked for a better group of ladies to do it with. I realized after completing a full marathon last year that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and you put your training time in.”

My cousin Danielle gets her passion for long-distance events honestly. Growing up, we would hear of the training her father Danny would go through to prepare for his long races of the day. So when we heard Danielle was preparing for  major races – for example, a half marathon and full marathon on the Island – it was no surprise. Kind of a passing of the torch. We watched with interest – through her updates on social media – her steps in training with her partners and it was great to see her cross the finish line for one of those major bucket list events. She is extremely dedicated and this year, she tackled something a bit different, but just as gruelling.

Her story is below.




by Danielle McDonald

In the spring of 2010, a few friends and I decided we wanted to learn to run 5k and hoped to do our first run that fall. We ran together a few times a week and in June, we had completed our first 5k race.  That was just enough for us to wonder how much further we could go, so we continued training and ran our first half marathon in a time of 2 hours 30 minutes at the P.E.I. marathon in October of that year. Continue reading