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

A Running Whys recap and a call for stories for 2017 MBTS.

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Thank you and congratulations to those who took part in the 2016 Running Whys for the Emera Marathon By the Sea.

Now that the 2016 Emera Marathon By the Sea is in the books, it is not too early to look forward to 2017 and the next edition of the Running Whys. Each year since we started, the runners we have featured have produced a roll of amazing tales of  “Dedication, Inspiration and Perspiration.”

This year was no different and we are betting that there are many many more great stories out there in the running community. If you 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 – Kent Barrett

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Kent Barrett smiles after setting a new personal best at the 2015 Chicago Marathon

Kent Barrett of Charlottetown has worked on a major running goal for a while and in May, he will tackle the Fredericton Marathon to gauge his progress. He started running while living in Vancouver, got into a more intense involvement back on P.E.I. and now has a number of marathons on his resume. We ran the Chicago Marathon together where he posted a personal best of 3:53.34 in scorching hot conditions in the Windy City last October. This is the first of the 2016 Running Whys and outlines his plans for an even better clocking. Enjoy.

 

The Running Whys – Kent Barrett

What marathons have you competed in?

I have run the P.E.I. Marathon five times, Legs for Literacy in Moncton once and the Chicago Marathon (2015).

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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 – 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

Home stretch for Marathon by the Sea

Running Whys coverWe have a big week next week as activity rises significantly for the 2015 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John, beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday. Record numbers are expected.

As was the case last year, we have five profiles in the final week, including two more Running Whys, a Running Hows, a Running Whys recap with comments from friends and family of the people we profiled this year and a special look back at the 2014 edition of the race – the 20th anniversary edition of MBTS.

Looking forward to it.

In addition, we will have another profile on a Fredericton area runner that will run in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 9.

Hope you come back for the stories.

Here is who we profiled for Marathon by the Sea in 2015:  Carol Lynn Landry, Donald and Elspeth Lemon, Carolyn Radcliffe, Andrew Estey, Corinne Fournier, Kevin McEachern, Sherri Colwell-McCavour, Jesse Davidson, Jason Kaulbach, Jacqueline Boucher, Jen Payne, Mark Clinton, Patty MacMillan, Haley Adams-Green, Dean Mercer, Caitlin Stevens-Kelly, Carla Harris, Dave Horgan, and Krista Sutton.

Here is a look back at last year’s race.

When things wrap up Sunday, we will touch base with our runners and get some perspective on their 2015 experiences.