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 – 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

The Running Whys – Brittany Merrifield

BrittanyFor Brittany Merrifield, the Emera Marathon By The Sea is more than a race, more than logging of kilometres in training.

For the Saint Johner who left the city for more than a decade before returning to the land that she loves, MBTS represents much more than all that. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Dianna Payne

Dianna PayneIt’s been 10 years since Dianna Payne found running.

It’s a relationship still going strong – one she gives credit to many factors, including her participation in her first race – the 2007 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But for Dianna, her love for running goes beyond the fitness benefits she gains. It is about her social network, which plays a critical role in how the sport has grown into such an important part of her life. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Blair Bass

Blair printFor many runners, training takes place in the dark, the early morning hours before sunrise, the calm before the day’s responsibilities kick into gear.

With others, running is powerful therapy in an escape from an internal darkness, a forum to invigorate their soul, a setting to flee from life’s challenges or a mental home in which to find important solutions. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mary Kate Wedge

Mary Kate

This story ran in the April 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

This time a year ago, Fredericton resident Mary Kate Wedge had plenty on her plate.

She was busy professionally as a pharmacist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Summerside, P.E.I., native was also deep in the planning stages for her October wedding to Rob Agar.

And for good measure, she was prepping for the Fredericton Marathon.

In terms of running, there were no time guarantees last May, considering her hectic personal agenda, but she knew if she put in a strong effort on the traditionally fast course, she’d have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Marc Gallant

Marc GallantThis ran in the Daily Gleaner on April 15, 2017.

It was five years ago when, somewhat reluctantly, Fredericton’s Marc Gallant took his first steps as a runner, taking part in a group with his wife Tanya to help her tackle a resolution to improve her fitness levels.

Initially, he was not that interested in joining Tanya and one of her friends in a 2012 Running Room clinic. But one week, when Tanya’s friend could not make it, he relented and joined his wife for the weekly run. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Dylan Magee

Dylan 2This year, we wanted to touch base with runners attending Marathon By The Sea from far and wide and we reached Dylan Magee of Texas. He was set to come to Saint John before a few things popped up unexpectedly and he had to change his plans. However, he gave the okay to run his Running Whys. Here it is.

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I am 24 years old and currently live in Houston, TX but was actually born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in a suburb of Dallas, TX. 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