The Running Whys – Jeremy Brown

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Jeremy Brown of Fredericton will compete in the Port City Challenge, tackling the 5k runs on Friday August 12 and Saturday, August 13 and the 10 k race Sunday, August 14 during Marathon By The Sea.

He will turn 30 next month and as a youngster, was a soccer player, which helped him get introduced to running in the first place. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Cathy Jeffrey

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Cathy Jeffrey races in the 2013 Boston Marathon, less than two years after taking up running the sport.

This article appeared in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner June 18.

Growing up in Sackville, Cathy Jeffrey first used jogging to keep in shape for her high performance tennis career.

She has many memories of running behind the family suburban van near her cottage with her siblings, training until her father “could see us in the mirror, laying face down in the dirt.

The early regiment paid dividends for Jeffrey, who competed annually at the Canadian Junior National Tennis Championships, winning a couple of doubles titles, all of which served as a stepping stone to making the Virginia Tech University tennis team on a full tuition Division 1 scholarship. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Kirby

 

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Mark Kirby, Allyson Finley and Tammy Blechschmidt cross the finish line at the 2016 Ottawa Marathon.

It’s almost a decade since Mark Kirby formally took up running, unsure if his initial steps in 2007 would lead him much past his five-kilometre training goal.

Fast forward nine years and Kirby has seven marathons to his credit, including the Ottawa Marathon last weekend, where he and 16 other Fredericton area athletes – including 13 marathoners – combated the heat to tackle major personal goals in one of the country’s biggest races. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Eleni Ryan

Eleni Ryan of Fredericton races during the Liv9 Fredericton Fall Classic last month. Her time was more than 12 minutes faster than her first appearance in the race in 2011. Photo Credit: Mark Kirby.

Eleni Ryan of Fredericton races during the Liv9 Fredericton Fall Classic last month. Her time was more than 12 minutes faster than her first appearance in the race in 2011. Photo Credit: Mark Kirby.

Her running career started innocently enough, after hearing positive accounts from a friend who had participated in a number of local races.

For Eleni Ryan, the Clifton native who moved to Fredericton 20 years ago, the sport became an intriguing but distant thought after those conversations in 2010.

The married mother of two young children was busy juggling the various aspects of life, which included her role as a senior programmer analyst for the provincial Department of Health. Continue reading

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 – 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

The Running Whys – Josh Dick

osh Dick of Fredericton sits with his two sons after completing the 2015 Fredericton Marathon in 3:06.37 to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Josh Dick of Fredericton sits with his two sons after completing the 2015 Fredericton Marathon in 3:06.37 to qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 30.

On a good day of travelling, it takes about seven hours to make it from McLeod Hill, where 35-year-old runner Josh Dick was raised, to the Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

For Dick, a software designer in the city, another journey – an inspirational one – took just over seven years to get to Boston, a process that started because Continue reading