Home stretch for Marathon by the Sea

Running Whys coverWe have a big week next week as activity rises significantly for the 2015 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John, beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday. Record numbers are expected.

As was the case last year, we have five profiles in the final week, including two more Running Whys, a Running Hows, a Running Whys recap with comments from friends and family of the people we profiled this year and a special look back at the 2014 edition of the race – the 20th anniversary edition of MBTS.

Looking forward to it.

In addition, we will have another profile on a Fredericton area runner that will run in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 9.

Hope you come back for the stories.

Here is who we profiled for Marathon by the Sea in 2015:  Carol Lynn Landry, Donald and Elspeth Lemon, Carolyn Radcliffe, Andrew Estey, Corinne Fournier, Kevin McEachern, Sherri Colwell-McCavour, Jesse Davidson, Jason Kaulbach, Jacqueline Boucher, Jen Payne, Mark Clinton, Patty MacMillan, Haley Adams-Green, Dean Mercer, Caitlin Stevens-Kelly, Carla Harris, Dave Horgan, and Krista Sutton.

Here is a look back at last year’s race.

When things wrap up Sunday, we will touch base with our runners and get some perspective on their 2015 experiences.

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The Running Whys – Carol Lynn Landry

Carol Lynn Landry is competing in the 2015 Emera by the Sea half marathon Aug. 9.

Carol Lynn Landry is competing in the 2015 Emera by the Sea half marathon Aug. 9.

With encouragement from her friends and family and dedication in a new sport, Carol Landry has enjoyed the benefits of running, from its challenging distances to the camaraderie on and away from the course. As we head into the final days of training for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea, Carol outlines her path to the half marathon race next week, a personal reward for someone who as a child, was more apt to bounce around gymnastics equipment or speed around the basketball court. Now, she enjoys her time in distance running. Here is her story. Enjoy.

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by Carol Lynn Landry

“Of course you can!”

I don’t remember why I started running, but I do remember calling up my best friend Shelley on the eve of my 35th birthday and asking if she thought I could run a half marathon. She was a runner and always my voice of positivity and without missing a beat she said, “of course you can!”. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Donald and Elspeth Lemon

Elspeth and Donald Lemon celebrate after finishing the Ottawa Marathon in 2013.

Elspeth and Donald Lemon celebrate after finishing the Ottawa Marathon in 2013.

There is something about running that appeals to family bonding, particularly between parents and their children once they are both adults. That is the case for Don and Elspeth Lemon, who in recent years, have encouraged, supported and motivated each other in races ranging from the short to the long. Marathon by the Sea has played an instrumental role in that process and next month, both will be back for MBTS weekend, this time for the half marathon. Read their story and then find out what major event they have planned for later in August. Enjoy.

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by Donald and Elspeth Lemon

When Elspeth completed university in 2006, she suggested I get back into running as it was something that she was going take up now that she was done school and moving back home. She remembered that I had run years ago and thought it was something we could do together. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Darren Brideau

darrenThis story ran in the July 25th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Darren Brideau’s decision to take up running started at a hockey rink almost 20 years ago, and the Keswick Ridge resident says it was the right call.

At the time, Brideau offered to help out when his son signed up for speedskating but once he got on the ice, Darren noticed older instructors breezing around the rink while he was struggling to keep up. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carolyn Radcliffe

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe’s road to the 10-kilometre race as part of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea started on a bike. She wanted to lose weight and did, dropping 30 pounds through Weight Watchers programming and time on the bicycle. But that was only the beginning in her inspiring tale of dedication. Thanks to a work-sponsored running clinic, she took up running; slowly at first but now with great enthusiasm and appreciation. Check out her Running Whys story and find out how much progress she has made, how much weight she lost and what the sport has provided in other areas of her life. Enjoy.

by Carolyn Radcliffe

I began running last year in May 2014 after losing 30 pounds on Weight Watchers.

I had always been overweight. In fact, my younger school years were full of body shaming and bullying. I had never really given any sport or diet a proper chance because I just didn’t believe I could do it. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andrew Estey

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

This is the 16th profile on runners competing in the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Andrew Estey estimates he blacked out for 30 seconds.

Then, in the aftermath of a severe mountain biking accident, he dusted himself off and attempted to finish his Canada Day 2013 journey from Fredericton to Mactaquac and back.

About another three kilometres down the road, however, the pain from a broken bone in his neck and three crushed vertebrae in his back proved too intense. His riding partner sped ahead to get help and through swift efforts, Andrew got the treatment he urgently required. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Corinne Fournier

Corinne Fournier is using all of her running experience to prepare for her first full marathon which will take place at Marathon by the Sea.

Corinne Fournier is using all of her running experience to prepare for her first full marathon which will take place at Marathon by the Sea.

From Saint John to Australia to South East Asia and back, Corinne Fournier used running to hit some fitness goals and then form the base for success in the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. Her dedication has continued to earn rewards as next month, she will run her first marathon at Marathon by the Sea. Read all the details in her Running Whys account. Enjoy.

by Corinne Fournier

“Running has thrown me into adventures that I would otherwise have missed”  – Benjamin Cheever, American writer

I was never into fitness.

In my teen years, I used to be the girl that would avoid gym class with every excuse imaginable.

When I was in university, a lot of my friends and students would go running to stay fit. I decided one day I would become a runner too (and what a great way to lose that “Freshman 15” everyone gains during their first year!). Continue reading

The Running Whys – Kevin McEachern

Kevin McEachern is using the Marathon by the Sea as the next stepping stone toward his goal of running a full marathon.

Kevin McEachern is using the Marathon by the Sea as a stepping stone toward his goal of running a full marathon.

For extremely personal reasons, Kevin McEachern got into running a few years ago. In short, it’s helped him through a stressful period in his life. But something else happened – he caught the running fever and last year, finished near the top of his age class in the Running Room Super Series. He’s got big plans for later this year as well, including a run at Marathon by the Sea. Check them out in this edition of the Running Whys.

by Kevin McEachern

Why do I run?

I’ve thought about how to answer this question for weeks now (as I procrastinated on starting to write this!). I had convinced myself the answer was nuanced and complex, and deserved a great deal of deep thought and analysis. It really isn’t that way at all! Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mary Astle

Mary Astle ran her first marathon in 18 years in May, finishing second overall in the women's race and qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Mary Astle ran her first marathon in 18 years in May, finishing second overall in the women’s race at the 2015 Blue Nose Marathon and as a result, qualified for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

This column ran in the Daily Gleaner on July 11.

For years, Fredericton’s Mary Astle thrived on the individual nature that long-distance running provided. Now, she’s rekindled her fire by coaching others.

By assisting eager participants and helping them reach their goals, Astle became armed with new appreciation and passion in many areas of her life and in May, almost 20 years from a previous experience at the Boston Marathon, she’s qualified again. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Sherri Colwell-McCavour

Sherri Colwell-McCavour displays the medals she received this year after completing her second Dopey Challenge at Disney in January.

Sherri Colwell-McCavour displays the medals she received this year after completing her second Dopey Challenge at Disney in January.

When Sherri Colwell-McCavour decided to improve her fitness more than a decade ago, her first walk consisted of 21 kilometres. It was a challenge, yes, but as she describes in today’s edition of the Running Whys, she greets challenges with glee. Ride a rollercoaster during a marathon. Yup, she’s done it. What follows is her enlightening, insightful, delightful and often humourous account of the reasons she runs, the lengths she has taken to achieve some of her goals and how she treasures the relationships she’s made along the way. So grab a cup of your favourite beverage, find a cozy spot and enjoy!

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by Sherri Colwell-McCavour

I have to say, I was very honoured to have been contacted back in late May and asked if I would like to be a contributor to 2015’s Running Whys for MBTS. It was approximately five minutes later when I thought “Good grief. I have nothing worthwhile to contribute to this great forum! These days I spend most of my time working to meet deadlines and praying I can get at least one decent workout in during the week. I don’t feel like much of a runner these days!” Continue reading