In Bruce’s words – The Running Whys


Bruce took on a new challenge when he competed in the inaugural Beat the Tide race on Minister’s Island last summer.

“The race was great as runners had the opportunity to explore one of New Brunswick’s treasured islands while doing their favourite activity. It was more like a cross-country race as Minister’s Island isn’t flat at all. We ran up and down hills, along trails, hugged the seashore and climbed one of the grassiest hills I have ever seen. Race organizers did a fabulous job for an inaugural event.”

During one of those phases before I picked up running regularly in 2010, I wanted to get out more but lacked the motivation to follow through. I remember vividly some long walks and run-walks with Bruce, a friend from the T-J who moved to Fredericton from Bathurst and set up a home close by. I never lasted long on those initial jaunts but Bruce did and eventually, he was running regularly on the ANB circuit, first some middle distances and then some long ones – real long ones. During one chat, he told me of the this thing called the Run for the Cycle, which consisted of a 5k, 8k, 10k, half and full marathon in the same calendar year, a feat he accomplished in 2009.  He is still going strong and in 2013, took on an interesting new event.

His story is below.




by Bruce Macfarlane

All-season running isn’t for everyone. Some people wouldn’t pick summer as their favourite season for outdoor running.

I discovered this fact in July 2013. Continue reading