The Running Whys – John Maher

John MaherThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in October.

John Maher was 44, solidly entrenched in his career in Fredericton and raising two active sons with his wife Linda.

It was the spring of 2013.

Within a short-time period, he got two phone calls, the kind you dread, the kind that change things forever. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Erin Whitman

Erin Whitman printErin Whitman, who graduated from NBCC in Saint John, started running at 34 years old and now had three marathons to her credit, including the Ottawa Marathon earlier his year. Here is her running story.

“My mom is confined to a wheelchair and cannot walk or even stand up, so I was running for both of us. And when the going got tough, I would remember why and who I was running for.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Paulette Stoddard

Running Whys PaulettePaulette Stoddard is a Saint John native who started to run in 2009, one of many important facets that helped in transforming her life.

She continues to live on the West Side of the city and has been happily married to her husband Jim since 1999. Professionally, she is the Purchasing and Security Manager with WorkSafeNB Continue reading

The Running Whys – Brittany Merrifield

BrittanyFor Brittany Merrifield, the Emera Marathon By The Sea is more than a race, more than logging of kilometres in training.

For the Saint Johner who left the city for more than a decade before returning to the land that she loves, MBTS represents much more than all that. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Penny Klepic

Penny.jpgFor Penny Klepic, the numbers tell the story.

In the three years since she decided to tackle running through a popular Couch to 5k training program, she’s transformed her health and her body, while enjoying tranquility on her runs and taking 26 minutes off her half marathon clocking.

“I was 50 pounds overweight and everything was hurting,” she explained of her initial motivations. “My oldest son is special needs and I needed an outlet to vent and clear my head most every day.

“Right now, running is a huge part of my life.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andrea Bower

Running Whys AndreaAs her tenure with Canada’s short track speed skating team in Calgary was ending, the pain in Andrea Bower’s back was intensifying.

And as she sought relief, she took a chance on a something not many would have prescribed – running.

Now back home in New Brunswick, Bower is celebrating 15 years of running for ‘the fun of it,” as she navigates life as a teacher, wife and mother. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Dianna Payne

Dianna PayneIt’s been 10 years since Dianna Payne found running.

It’s a relationship still going strong – one she gives credit to many factors, including her participation in her first race – the 2007 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But for Dianna, her love for running goes beyond the fitness benefits she gains. It is about her social network, which plays a critical role in how the sport has grown into such an important part of her life. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Brian and Katie Molloy

molloy2 (1)The Running Molloys.

It’s a name that takes some time to get accustomed to, especially for a Saint John couple participating in this year’s Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But Brian and Katie Molloy have bonded while training, enjoyed the benefits from their efforts and even have their two children involved in 5-kilometre runs to prepare for this year’s event. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jon Curtis

Jon CurtisAbout five years ago, Jon Curtis and his mother Andrea Power developed a family tradition, adding another component to their annual Mother’s Day celebrations with a short run in the Halifax-Dartmouth area.

Andrea, a veteran marathoner, has always encouraged Jon and his brothers William, Christopher and Luke to get out and keep active for the obvious fitness benefits. The hope was that because Jon and Andrea have asthma, the exercise would assist them in their daily lives, especially considering both of Jon’s grandparents passed away from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carole Van Ember

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This story ran in the May 13th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

When Carole Van Ember started running, she wanted to develop an improved healthy lifestyle, one that would allow her to enjoy quality time with family and friends for many, many years. The inspiration resulted from a powerful and painful memory for the Fredericton resident, who has called the city home for more than a decade.

Back in 2007, her mother Madeline died at the age of 55 from uterine cancer, less than seven days after Carole‘s son Bruce was born, in what she described as, “the best week and the worst week of my life.Continue reading