The Running Whys – Erika Kubik

Erika KubikThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in September.

Erika Kubik’s return home has been nothing short of a dream.

The 32-year-old Fredericton native moved back to the city in December, re-establishing herself in the area she lived until she was approximately 10 years old.

What she discovered was a perfect venue for her reasonably new hobby – running. It’s a sport she took up four years ago and one that she credits for many positive attributes in her life. 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 – Mark Scott

2015 Bluenose Marathon FinishThis story appeared in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 27.

As a 40th birthday present to himself, Mark Scott adopted a philosophy of go big or go home.

So on Oct. 16, the Fredericton resident will be in Pownal, Maine, with eight of his running friends for the Big Brad Ultra, an 80-kilometre trail run that will test his endurance, commitment to training and reward a running career that has already achieved plenty in just six years.

I got it in my head that I wanted to do something memorable,” said Scott, who lives in the city with his wife Wendy and two daughters.

After four marathons in two years, I decided I was ready for a new challenge and this is what I decided on.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Paul Sands

Paul's Marathon 2015This is the first in a series of stories on runners, walkers and volunteers who will be taking part in the Marathon by the Sea this upcoming August. This is the third year for these stories entitled the Running Whys and in 2016, we lead off with Paul Sands of Saint John.

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It’s been almost four years since Paul Sands of Saint John got back into running. In June of 2012, then 58, Paul started walking, then running, in an effort to combat the effects of sitting most of his work day at a desk. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jim Willett

Jim Willett

Jim Willett of Newmarket, Ont. ran the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Sunday, the start of a three-week, 1,200 kilometre journey will eventually take him to the Ottawa Marathon on May 29. His Marathon2Marathon trek is his latest long-distance running adventure that all started after he finished treatments for colon cancer in 2011. During his upcoming journey, he wants to document the people he meets, the experiences he encounters and the places he visits and share them with the world via social media. Photo: Submitted  This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 7, 2016.

Jim Willett describes himself as storyteller, a cancer warrior and an adventure seeker.

This weekend, Willett, a native of Newmarket, Ont., will use Fredericton as a launching pad to highlight all three aspects of his personality, setting forth on an a trek that will link the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Sunday with the Ottawa Marathon on May 29.

The goal is to run both marathon events as well as all 1,200 kilometres in between, the latest test of endurance and dedication that helped him get through his fight with cancer, one that’s taught him valuable personal lessons and given him a greater perspective on life andimproved appreciation for others. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Daily Gleaner wrap up

Rob Jackson, right, shown competing at the World Masters Athletics Championships, was one of the 14 athletes featured in the Running Whys this year in the Daily Gleaner.

Rob Jackson, right, shown competing at the World Masters Athletics Championships, was one of the 14 athletes featured in the Running Whys this year in the Daily Gleaner.

It’s not over, but the most of the official business associated with the 2015 running season is in the bank, with preparations for awards galas and end of the season runs on tap to wrap up another busy season.

In fact, it could be said that the training that takes place in the coming months will determine success in 2016 as many, including a collection of Boston Marathon participants, will soon begin long training segments aimed at peaking for the April 18, 2016 date in Massachusetts. In all, 63 New Brunswickers are registered for Boston, successfully beating the increasingly difficult qualifying standards in their respective age categories. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Lee Byram

Since Lee Byram of Fredericton started running, he has completed nine marathons and last year, won his age class in the season long Run New Brunswick Super Series.

Since Lee Byram of Fredericton started running, he has completed nine marathons and last year, won his age class in the season long Run New Brunswick Super Series.

Approximately six years ago, Lee Byram was headed out to enjoy a winter afternoon, eager to tackle some snowshoeing. Despite the frosty temperatures, he savoured what the season had to offer and, as was often the case, he set out for a light round of exercise. But on that fateful day, something happened. He bent over and when he stood up, he felt dizzy, nauseated and realized he was not as fit as he thought.

In his mid 50’s, he’d seen enough of life events that affected friends and family and as a result of his incident, he knew he needed to make significant changes in his lifestyle. 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 – Todd Price

: Todd Price is shown training the hills in Quispamsis in preparation for the 2006 Marathon by the Sea.

Todd Price is shown training the hills in Quispamsis in preparation for the 2006 Marathon by the Sea.

Todd Price could win Marathon by the Sea. The veteran runner is back for a serious attempt at pushing himself and if he puts together one of those special runs, he figures there is a chance to break his personal best, set back in 2006 and that may just be good enough to earn the overall title Sunday in the full marathon. But in his Running Whys, Todd details his long running history, why he ran, and why he hit the brakes a bit, only to return, refreshed and rejuvenated. We will learn about what running means to him, the runs to the Moose, his kinship on the course, beer drinking in Philly and his incredible affection for Marathon by the Sea. Enjoy.

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First off, I want to say thank you.  I’ve actually followed Kevin’s blog on Facebook the past year and read through a number of running stories since last year’s Marathon by the Sea.  Having the opportunity to be included in the build up for this year’s race is a highlight for me through this year’s Marathon preparation.  Continue reading

The Running Whys – Darren Brideau

darrenThis story ran in the July 25th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Darren Brideau’s decision to take up running started at a hockey rink almost 20 years ago, and the Keswick Ridge resident says it was the right call.

At the time, Brideau offered to help out when his son signed up for speedskating but once he got on the ice, Darren noticed older instructors breezing around the rink while he was struggling to keep up. Continue reading