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

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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 – 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 – Heather Suttie

 

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Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Laura Lee Mullin

 

laura-5Among Laura Lee Mullin’s most memorable runs was the one that happened before she was married, when she brought her future husband Robert along for what she described as a test run.

They had been dating just a few months and decided to go for a 5km jog together when Laura Lee, fuelled by her ‘competitive spirit,’ decided to take Robert on a little loop.

At least that’s what I told him,” recalls Mullin, a physiotherapist with the Department of National Defence the past 13 years. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Virginia Joudrey

Virginia 4Virginia (Arbo) Joudrey was born and raised in the north end of Saint John, in a home on Sandy Point Road. She grew up, got married, started a family and moved away but always has kept a special spot for Saint John in her heart.

This weekend, she’ll be back, as she has in the past, to take part in the Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Here is a look at her motivation for running, how the sport has transformed her life as well as coming home for the big race weekend.

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I now live in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia with my amazing husband Ed and together we have three wonderful children and three beautiful grandchildren – with another on the way in November. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Bill Joudry

Bill 2This is the 12th story in a series highlighting, runners, officials and special guests with the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea, which kicks off Friday in Saint John.

Bill Joudry has lived in Saint John for the past 29 years, raising a family, living life and working as a sales representative for Old Dutch Snacks for their key accounts.

Yet, until this May, Bill’s running log was empty.

“First, let me start by saying I have never ran before, EVER,” said Bill to kick off a recent interview. “I started this in May of 2016.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Natalie Davidson

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davison is originally from Moncton but now calls the far north of Queensland, Australia home. She moved there in 2008 after graduating from Dalhousie University with a physiotherapy degree.

Originally, the trip was thought to be a six-month holiday but she quickly fell in love with the country and never left. However, she is returning to New Brunswick to compete in the half marathon in the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Of note, she is training in the winter in Australia although she was still running in shorts and a t-shirt. Eight years later, she is a dual citizen and loving life, while she misses her friends and family. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Cheryl Donovan

Cheryl1Cheryl Donovan knows the agony of a good run that’s impossible to verify because of a faulty GPS watch battery that died mid-route.

So she does what every runner who has ever experienced the same problem – own so many running watches, there will never be an excuse. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Guillaume Dauphin

DauphinThis story ran in the July 2 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

One of the newest faces on the Fredericton running scene made a quick impression at the Salmon Run 5km event last weekend, winning the inaugural race in the 65-person field in a solid time of 19:48.

It’s something Guillaume Dauphin gives credit to his interest in swimming, rowing and trail running as well as the rocky terrains he has taken advantage of while living in his native France before moving to Newfoundland and Labrador and eventually Fredericton. Continue reading