The Running Whys – Allyson MacDonald

Allyson MacDonald of Fredericton, shown here running in the Ottawa Marathon, set a personal best in the Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire last weekend. Photo Submitted.

Allyson MacDonald of Fredericton, shown here running in the Ottawa Marathon, set a personal
best in the Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire last weekend. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 22

It started on Grand Manan Island when she was a teenager, morphed into evening runs that served part fitness, part de-stressor and now, distance running has developed into a setting for Allyson MacDonald to continue a cherished bond with some of her closest friends.

In between her 27 full marathons, several full Ironmans and half Ironmans and countless kilometres of training that’s been supported by her husband Doug, Allyson equates running with her peaceful time, sessions just for her amid life and its various challenges.

When I started running on Grand Manan, it was also time for me and Mom (Shelley Cook) to be together,” said Allyson, who last weekend set a personal best in the 70.3 Ironman (half Ironman) event in New Hampshire. That comes on the heels of two appearances at the full Ironman in Mont Tremblant, Que., in 2013 and 2014. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – MBTS – a final look back

Recap - Donald Elspeth LemonNew faces, new challenges, new results.

The athletes we featured in the 2015 edition of the Running Whys for Marathon by the Sea allowed readers and fans of this great event unique insight at their dedication and inspiration, all with an eye the 21st annual race(s).

It was our second collection of stories centered on MBTS and once again, the runners faced many challenges and hurdles but goal setting, training and perseverance played major roles in helping them achieve their aspirations.

The photo above is one of so many that captured the spirit of the race as the father-daughter tandem of Don and Elspeth Lemon crossed the finish line hand-in-hand, much to the delight on the spectators assembled in the Uptown. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Bernie Doucet

Bernie Doucet completes the Western States 100-mile endurance run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, CA earlier this summer. Photo Submitted

Bernie Doucet completes the Western States 100-mile endurance run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, CA earlier this summer. Photo Submitted

This column ran in the Aug. 8 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The Running Whys caught up with Bernie Doucet, an avid runner with a great deal of experience. We conducted a short question-and-answer session with him to learn about his perspective on running, his passion for the sport and where it has taken him.

First, tell me a bit of your background, your family. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I am 48 years old. I grew up in Moncton but have been working and living in Fredericton for 20 years with my wife Rebekah Chasse. Working for GNB in various roles but currently working in Crown lands management at DNR.

When did you start to run? Continue reading

The Running Whys – 2015

RunningWhysNew faces, new challenges, new results.

The athletes we featured in the 2015 edition of the Running Whys for Marathon by the Sea allowed the readers and fans of this great event a look at their dedication and inspiration, all with an eye on Sunday’s 21st annual event that got underway Friday. Continue reading

The Running Whys – The legacy of Const Doug Larche

Const. Doug Larche reaches to high five his daughters near the end of a 15 km race in 2014.

Const. Doug Larche reaches to high five his daughters near the end of a 15 km race in 2014.

The Running Whys – The legacy of Const Doug Larche

It had developed into a Sunday tradition at Nadine Larche’s mother’s house.

When the schedule permitted a family supper, which was most Sundays, Nadine and her three daughters would drive to her mom’s home  while her husband Const Doug Larche would – depending on the particular phase of his training cycle –  run the 8-10 kilometre route, timed perfectly to coincide with the feast and, of course, what came afterward.  Continue reading

The Running Whys and Hows – Hannah Arseneault

 Hannah Arseneault, right, pictured with Lilly Coffin, won the half marathon title at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea.

Hannah Arseneault, right, pictured with Lilly Coffin, won the half marathon title at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea.

Last year, we asked Alex Coffin, a past champion of Marathon by the Sea, for his Running Whys story. This year, Alex is slipping into the coaching role with the Running Whys and Hows, with a look at Hannah Arseneault of St. Martins. Hannah’s progress in various areas of running has benefitted from two strong appearances in the MBTS half marathon. Here, Alex details her path to the half marathon title a year ago! Enjoy

By Alex Coffin

Hannah Arseneault joined the Saint John Track & Field Club even though it was a tough commute from St Martins into the city for practices. When she decided on her high school, she also committed to attend Saint John High School to take advantage of the well-supported running program there. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Todd Price

: Todd Price is shown training the hills in Quispamsis in preparation for the 2006 Marathon by the Sea.

Todd Price is shown training the hills in Quispamsis in preparation for the 2006 Marathon by the Sea.

Todd Price could win Marathon by the Sea. The veteran runner is back for a serious attempt at pushing himself and if he puts together one of those special runs, he figures there is a chance to break his personal best, set back in 2006 and that may just be good enough to earn the overall title Sunday in the full marathon. But in his Running Whys, Todd details his long running history, why he ran, and why he hit the brakes a bit, only to return, refreshed and rejuvenated. We will learn about what running means to him, the runs to the Moose, his kinship on the course, beer drinking in Philly and his incredible affection for Marathon by the Sea. Enjoy.

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First off, I want to say thank you.  I’ve actually followed Kevin’s blog on Facebook the past year and read through a number of running stories since last year’s Marathon by the Sea.  Having the opportunity to be included in the build up for this year’s race is a highlight for me through this year’s Marathon preparation.  Continue reading

The Running Whys – Erica MacMillan

Erica MacMillan poses with her friends Angela Stewart and Cheryl Donovan after a race in Hampton.

Erica MacMillan poses with her friends Angela Stewart and Cheryl Donovan after a race in Hampton.

When we asked Erica (Findley) MacMillan to join us for the Running Whys, she submitted her story (which is below) along with some biographical info, such as her name, the fact she was 27, born and raised in Saint John, was a substitute teacher, married, a mother of twin three-year-old boys….and a runner.

The last point has helped all aspects of her life and in the past few years, she has taken on many challenges, including the Marathon by the Sea. She is back again this year and she outlines her story below.

Enjoy

by Erica MacMillan

I remember watching a triathlon when I was younger and thinking about the human body and its capabilities.  I remember in high school and early university, going out for walks and small runs and thinking about racing but never being ready to commit. Continue reading