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 – 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