A long and rambling recap of the highs and lows from the amazing Chicago Marathon experience

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It was a tad congested as we made our way to the start line of the Chicago Marathon.

Close your eyes and imagine a race where all your family and friends are cheering you on, loudly with horns and drums and wild shouts of delight.

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Now imagine you are running 5k, then 10k and this support does not end, seemingly increasing in volume and intensity along a 26.2 mile route, not stopping for more than four hours.

Now imagine that enthusiasm takes place on a gorgeous Sunday morning with an infinite amount of signs and cheers and food and drink (yes, beer was offered) and encouragement every step of the way.

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But imagine that instead of family and friends, these shouts and cheers and music and passion are from complete strangers, an international brethren who have bonded in one goal, your goal, regardless of how fast, how slow you are going. 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

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