The Running Whys – Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson of Fredericton set a Canadian record in the 5-mile distance at the Hampton Five Miler recently, establishing a new standard in the 60-64 age class. Photo Submitted

Robert Jackson of Fredericton set a Canadian record in the 5-mile distance at the Hampton Five Miler recently, establishing a new standard in the 60-64 age class. Photo Submitted

When Robert Jackson assessed his running goals for 2015 as he debuted in the 60-69 age-class division, he decided to make some changes.

With high aspirations for his campaign on the provincial, national and world stages, he realized achieving those objectives would take some assistance. Therefore, for the first time, he hired a coach and the results soared far higher than what he thought may be possible.

Under the guidance of coach Courtney Babcock, a Montana-based former Canadian Olympian, and her influential planning process, Jackson has set provincial road racing records in six race distances, including a new Canadian record in the 60-64 age class earlier this month (28:53) at the Hampton Five Miler and finished in the top 10 in four distances at the World Masters Athletic Championships in Lyon, France, in August. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Kimberlie Sarters

Kimberlie Sarters hits the halfway point of the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax in May. Photo Submitted

Kimberlie Sarters hits the halfway point of the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax in May. Photo Submitted

About five years ago, Kimberlie Sarters decided to get fitness back in her life.

As a youngster growing up in Granby, Que., she was involved in most things kids do – basketball and soccer topping her list of recreation pursuits.

Running, as it was, proved a training mechanism for her other activities.

She also gave rugby a try for a while but after university, she settled into her career, which for the past eight years, has taken her to the New Brunswick government offices in Fredericton. Continue reading