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

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The Running Whys – Bob Cormier

bob-cormierThis story ran in the Nov. 12 edition of the Daily Gleaner. 

When it came to setting running goals for 2016, there was a justified emotional component at work for Fredericton’s Bob Cormier.

As a veteran of 23 previous marathons, Bob knew the demands required and the internal discipline needed to complete the 42.2-kilometre route, regardless of its setting or time of year.

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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

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

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 – 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!

The Running Whys

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

The Running Whys – Jason Kaulback

One of the first things Jason Kaulbach did when he moved to Saint John was get involved in Emera Marathon by the Sea. He's been involved ever since.

One of the first things Jason Kaulbach did when he moved to Saint John was get involved in Emera Marathon by the Sea. He’s been involved ever since.

This is the 11th story in a series previewing the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

There is a perception among non-runners that running is agony. And even those first steps for many runners are not associated with bliss. Jason Kaulback was one of those who was initially skeptical. But unlike those who give up, he kept at it and over time become fully converted to running in his Nova Scotia home town, posting impressive results in events he took part in at various distances. Now a resident of Saint John, Jason is an example of the lengths one can go, thanks in large part to his participation in the Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Last year, he completed the full marathon and he is returning again this summer. Here is his Running Whys Story.

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by Jason Kaulback

“Try running”, they said, “You’ll love it”.

I hated it, every step of the way. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Patty MacMillan

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aminign for the 5k inthe Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer.

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aiming for the 5k Into the Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer. Photo Submitted

Three times, Patty McMillan has fought cancer. On May 28, less than a month ago, she finished 18 weeks of chemotherapy in her latest battle. Among the initial plans for Patty, who completed the full marathon in Saint John a year ago, was training for the 5km Into the Night race at Marathon by the Sea this August.
What follows is her inspirational account of her challenging journey, the courage she displayed, the friends and family who supported her and the determination she showed to set and achieve weight-loss and running goals.
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by Patty MacMillan

I was never athletic growing up….

I never ran a race in my life….

Cancer changed everything….

What changed for me in the beginning was in my early 20’s I was told I was “Pre Diabetic.” I weighed in at 300 pounds at only 5ft 6″. This shock was only Continue reading

The Running Whys – Haley Adams-Green

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is an active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

As an accountant, Haley Adams-Green is naturally drawn to numbers, like the kind of statistics generated on one’s Garmin. But for Haley, running, particularly in the Greater Saint John area, provides so much more, ranging from social to inspiration, from goal setting to volunteerism. She is active in many Run NB events in addition to regular competitions in triathlon. She has also organized races and in August, she will be on hand once again at the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea. Here is her story on why she runs.

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by Haley Adams-Green

I used to dread track and field day at school. I was never very fast. Growing up in a very small community in Nova Scotia, I also was never exposed to the world of running. I didn’t know I didn’t need to be fast, I just needed to get out there and do it (and the “fast” is a relative concept that comes with time)!

My father-in-law inspired my husband and I to start running when I was in my twenties. I soon became truly addicted. Being an extrovert with a love for a very “solo” sport, I started Continue reading