The Running Whys – Marcie Holland

Marcie Holland smiles before the start of last weekend’s River Valley 5k Rave in Grand Bay-Westfield.

Marcie Holland smiles before the start of last weekend’s River Valley 5k Rave in Grand Bay-Westfield.

Editor’s note: Just a year ago, Marcie Holland’s Marathon By The Sea experience ignited her passion for endurance sport. Funny thing is, she wasn’t running last year – but watching her sister Shelley Doucet.

Yet the emotions associated with MBTS, the sight of her sibling crossing the finish line and witnessing tears of joy and celebrations of so many others made an impact on Marcie that lasted well after the event wrapped up.

It fueled a motivation to get active, deal with nagging fatigue and sparked a desire even she could not have imagined. Through it all, she credits her sister Shelley for opening her eyes and in some ways, saving her life. It also solidified their sibling bond stronger than ever.

This year, Marcie is enjoying amazing results on the provincial racing scene and last week, she finished in the top-10 overall in the women’s event at the River Valley Rave in Grand Bay-Westfield.

Her exceptional story of fighting through some early struggles to her current success follows.

Enjoy

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My sister decided to run the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea in Saint John six days before the race with her husband in August of 2013. I watched at several locations along the route as we drove from place to place.

I will never forget watching all of the runners at the start coming down the bridge towards Crown Street. You could see the depth of runners because of the hill and it was incredible. Continue reading