The Running Whys – a Gleaner recap

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This story ran in the Nov. 26th edition of the Daily Gleaner

The New Brunswick running season wrapped up last weekend with an impressive awards and Hall of Fame banquet in Tracadie.

But the unofficial running season takes few breaks and before we look back at the past year, planning is already well underway for next season’s events, including the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon and the Liv9 Fall Classic. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Nat Couture

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The story on Nat Couture kicks off our 2016 running column in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner, where every second week, we will feature a runner from the Greater Fredericton area. If you have suggestions for someone with a great story, send a note to kevinbarrett16@gmail.com. Enjoy.

For Fredericton’s Nat Couture, the Boston Marathon represents a novel approach to distance running, one that contrasts conventional thinking.

When the Fredericton runner and ultramarathon veteran starts Monday’s 120th running of the world’s most celebrated marathon, he’ll consider it a short event, one where he will star quickly and push his body past the point of exhaustion in hopes of producing a new personal best time – somewhere in the neighbourhood of two hours and 45 minutes.

That’s because, in addition to numerous marathons on his sporting resume, he’s become accomplished and successful in ultra racing, where 100 mile events are common place.

So in his terms, Boston is a sprint – and a marathon. Continue reading