The Running Whys – Josh Dick

osh Dick of Fredericton sits with his two sons after completing the 2015 Fredericton Marathon in 3:06.37 to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Josh Dick of Fredericton sits with his two sons after completing the 2015 Fredericton Marathon in 3:06.37 to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 30.

On a good day of travelling, it takes about seven hours to make it from McLeod Hill, where 35-year-old runner Josh Dick was raised, to the Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

For Dick, a software designer in the city, another journey – an inspirational one – took just over seven years to get to Boston, a process that started because Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Krista Sutton

CUTLINE: Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children Tucker and Adriana and her mother Brenda.

Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children and her mother Brenda.

When participants in the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea crossed the finish line in their respective events last August, many were delighted to complete a major goal. The experience proved especially meaningful for one Saint John runner, who used the 20th anniversary race and corresponding salute to the fallen RCMP officers as motivational fuel to launch her personal wellness journey. This year, Krista Sutton is back and is sharing her incredible story of recovery that started almost 18 months ago. Her account is the first installment in our 2015 Running Whys series for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

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By Krista Sutton

I wasn’t always a runner.

I maybe ran on the treadmill at the gym or in phys. ed class as a teenager but I was always fairly fit though. When I graduated high school in Quebec, I decided to move to Continue reading

Marathon by the Sea – 2015

The 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea will take place in August. As was the case in 2014, we will profile runners and their stories of inspiration from now until the event gets underway.

The 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea will take place in August. As was the case in 2014, we will profile runners and their stories of inspiration from now until the event gets underway.

The countdown is on to the 21st running of the Emera Marathon by the Sea as already, high enthusiasm levels have been sparked by the at times improving temperatures and the 2015 running season, now in full swing across the province and the region.

As was the case in 2014, we are featuring a number of stories from runners of all levels and abilities who will be competing in the various divisions during the weekend of Aug. 7-9.

Last year, we highlighted runners from all walks of life and all levels of ability.

They lost weight, gained speed and inspired their family and friends but most importantly, themselves, as they conquered various goals.

Their post-race comments are captured here – while Continue reading

The Running Whys – Kay Stairs

Kay Stairs met Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

Kay Stairs, left, met Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner May 16.

Midway through training for an attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon, Fredericton’s Kay Stairs got married.

Several days after tying the knot, Kay and her husband Richard spent a few days in Saint John and the couple celebrated by tying their sneakers and taking to the roads of the Port City.

We just went down for a few days after the wedding and proceeded to go out for a 20-mile run,” said Stairs, chuckling at her fitness regiment in February 2014.

You gotta do what you gotta do.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Victoria Hitchcock

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 2.

When Victoria Hitchcock crossed the finished line in her first 10-kilometre race last Mother’s Day, she wept for joy.

She hugged her friend Laura McLeod.

She embraced her family and took a moment to savour her athletic feat.

Victoria Hitchcock, right, and her friend Laura McLeod show off their medals after completing the 10 kilometre race during the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon last year. Photo Submitted

Victoria Hitchcock, right, and her friend Laura McLeod show off their medals after completing the 10 kilometre race during the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon last year. Photo Submitted

For the then mother of two, completing a distance as part of the Fredericton Marathon that seemed so daunting, so out of her comfort zone when she set her initial running goal – the emotional response reflected pride in a monumental personal accomplishment.

It was something I never dreamt I would do,” said the 31-year-old Lincoln Heights resident. “I was never athletic, I never did any sports and I had never ran a day in my life.

Now, after her third child arrived in February, she’s returned to running, in the final stages of a couch to 5-km program that will lead her to this year’s Fredericton Marathon once again. She’ll race in her event as part of a crowd of approximately 2,000 other runners in various distances ranging from the full marathon to the 5-km walk.

I cried when I crossed the line because it just seemed like such an accomplishment,” she said. Continue reading