The Running Whys – Paulette Stoddard

Running Whys PaulettePaulette Stoddard is a Saint John native who started to run in 2009, one of many important facets that helped in transforming her life.

She continues to live on the West Side of the city and has been happily married to her husband Jim since 1999. Professionally, she is the Purchasing and Security Manager with WorkSafeNB Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Andrea Bower

Running Whys AndreaAs her tenure with Canada’s short track speed skating team in Calgary was ending, the pain in Andrea Bower’s back was intensifying.

And as she sought relief, she took a chance on a something not many would have prescribed – running.

Now back home in New Brunswick, Bower is celebrating 15 years of running for ‘the fun of it,” as she navigates life as a teacher, wife and mother. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Michelle Ingram

michelle-2This column ran in the Oct. 8th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The interest in running started from being a fan for Fredericton’s Michelle Ingram, who vividly recalls heading to watch her husband Ryan race in a half marathon in the city one spring.

Like many who are exposed to the emotion and camaraderie at the finish line for the first time, Michelle was blown away by the spirit at the line, enough to take up the sport herself, eventually entering her first 10 km event about a year later. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Fran Robinson

FranThis article ran in the Daily Gleaner on August 13.

There is a special picture of Fran Robinson in her personal library, one from last winter’s cross-country ski season, set on a beautiful day, sun shining as she looks intently onto the track feeling fit, happy with her training and ready to race.

For Robinson, the Ontario native who moved to New Brunswick to study her master’s degree, it was the culmination of months of training, complete with her summer leg work that allows her to challenge herself and live through a philosophy of active living. 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

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 – 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 – Bernie Doucet

Bernie Doucet completes the Western States 100-mile endurance run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, CA earlier this summer. Photo Submitted

Bernie Doucet completes the Western States 100-mile endurance run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, CA earlier this summer. Photo Submitted

This column ran in the Aug. 8 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

The Running Whys caught up with Bernie Doucet, an avid runner with a great deal of experience. We conducted a short question-and-answer session with him to learn about his perspective on running, his passion for the sport and where it has taken him.

First, tell me a bit of your background, your family. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I am 48 years old. I grew up in Moncton but have been working and living in Fredericton for 20 years with my wife Rebekah Chasse. Working for GNB in various roles but currently working in Crown lands management at DNR.

When did you start to run? Continue reading