The Running Whys – Donna Trites

Donna tritesThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner on Oct. 14.

Donna Trites celebrated her 48th birthday Friday and as per usual, the weekend celebration plans will revolve around running. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Penny Klepic

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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 – Brian and Katie Molloy

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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 – 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

The Running Whys – Run for the Cure

personalThe UniCats. That was the name of the secret club Kathy and her friend Michelle had when they were 12 years old. UniCats believe in the power of magic/miracles (unicorns) and are as fierce as big cats.

Read Kathy’s Run For the Cure page here.

It is the perfect name for the team we are organizing for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andree Germain

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Andree Germain and her partner Michel Trottier celebrate with a New Brunswick flag as the end of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

There is a great picture at the finish line of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Andrée Germain of Granby, Que. and her new partner Michel Trottier of St. Lambert, Que., stand arm-in-arm, clutching a New Brunswick Flag, beaming with smiles of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Michel crossed the line seventh overall in 3:19.08 over the at-times hilly layout. Andrée was right behind in ninth in 3:25.22 in her first-ever marathon, which also qualified her for the Boston Marathon. More importantly, she won the women’s race by almost two minutes. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Nancy Cornect

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The story on Nancy Cornect is part of the 2016 Running Whys series. This ran in the April 30 edition of the Fredericton Daily Gleaner. If you have suggestions for someone with a great story, send a note to kevinbarrett16@gmail.com. Enjoy.

What started as a complement to her boxing regimen has developed into a passion for running that is making a difference in the lives of others.

About five years ago, Nancy Cornect, the Newfoundland native who has called Oromocto home since 2002, went on a jog with some of her friends at the Oromocto Boxing Club, all intent to boosting their cardiovascular fitness levels.

But Nancy, 44, quickly fell in love with the sport and soon found herself adding distance and time to her regular training sessions. Before she knew it, she trained for and completed a half-marathon. Continue reading

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

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 – 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