The Running Whys – Cheryl Donovan

Cheryl1Cheryl Donovan knows the agony of a good run that’s impossible to verify because of a faulty GPS watch battery that died mid-route.

So she does what every runner who has ever experienced the same problem – own so many running watches, there will never be an excuse. Continue reading

The Volunteer Whys – Joe Comeau

JOe photoAt 25 years old, Joe Comeau is ready to celebrate a major volunteering milestone.
Next month, Joe will take part in his 10th edition of the Marathon By the Sea, part of a loyal and dedicated core of supporters who help to make the race rock.
He assists with everything from course set up to taking a lot of outstanding photos that capture the spirt of the event. As a result, he transformed into one of the biggest boosters of Saint John’s grand marathon race, which runs Aug. 12-14 with a packed weekend of activities. Continue reading

The MBTS Volunteer Whys – Mike Doyle

Mike DoyleOne new facet of our Running Whys program for 2016 is a look at volunteers and other people associated with the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea. There is no better place to start than with the race’s executive director Mike Doyle, a name many will recognize around the provincial and local running scene.

We asked him a few questions about this year’s MBTS and running from his perspective.



  1. First, tell me a bit of your background, your family. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

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The Running Whys – Charlotte Flewelling


Charlotte finished the 8km race at Hopewell Rocks, a major goal for her.

Running has always been part of Charlotte Flewelling’s life but now more than ever it is essential. Step by step, she is hitting some big personal goals. And she has her sights set on Marathon by the Sea in August. Here is today’s Running Whys.



This year will mark three years since Charlotte Flewelling took up running. Looking back, appropriately enough after Father’s Day weekend, she says it was her Dad who provided her first inspiration for the sport, which has developed into a critical component so she can meet her health-related goals. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Sue Teakles

Sue Teakles is shown completing her first marathon when she crossed the finish line at the 2014 Marathon By The Sea.

Sue Teakles is shown completing her first marathon at the 2014 Marathon By The Sea.

The third feature in our Running Whys series for 2016 is on Sue Teakles. She is from Penobsquis, just outside of Sussex and she comes from a large family – six sisters and three brothers, most of whom live in the Sussex area.  She is an elementary school teacher at Hammond River Valley Elementary and lives with her partner, Nick, in Saint John.

She is another familiar face in the Greater Saint John running circles and is preparing for this year’s Marathon By The Sea.

We asked her a few questions and she put together a great story on her motivations and goals.


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Sue with Brenda Guitard after Hopewell Rocks 8km


I ran a bit through high school when I was on the field hockey team. Since then, I had kept up some occasional short runs on my own, usually 20-30 minutes at a time, using running as a way to keep in shape. At the end of 2013, I started running longer distances, and my friend Greg and I decided to train to see if we could do a half marathon. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Brenda Guitard


Brenda Guitard is shown here in the 2013 Boston Marathon, turning onto Bolyston Street toward the finish line.

Many people in the Saint John running community will recognize the person we have profiled – Brenda Guitard. Originally, we asked a few questions and Brenda suggested we weave them into a story.

But she’s done such an awesome job of detailing her career, her words are perfect.

Here is today’s Running Whys for the Marathon by the Sea, which takes place Aug 12-14 in Saint John.



I was born and raised in Saint John. After graduating from University, I moved to Northern Ontario, where I taught high school for 18 years. In 2008, I returned to Saint John, supply teaching and working at the Running Room. For the last four years, I have been teaching physical education in elementary school – One year at Sussex Elementary School before moving Belleisle Elementary School, where I am in my third year. I continue to work at the Running Room part-time. Continue reading

We are ready for liftoff

The Running Whys 2016 will kick off in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner this Saturday with a feature on Nat Couture, one of many NB runners headed to the Boston Marathon. He’s looking to improve on a 2:50 clocking last year. As always, if you know of someone you think has a great story, drop us a line.

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 – 2015

RunningWhysNew faces, new challenges, new results.

The athletes we featured in the 2015 edition of the Running Whys for Marathon by the Sea allowed the readers and fans of this great event a look at their dedication and inspiration, all with an eye on Sunday’s 21st annual event that got underway Friday. Continue reading

The Running Whys – The legacy of Const Doug Larche

Const. Doug Larche reaches to high five his daughters near the end of a 15 km race in 2014.

Const. Doug Larche reaches to high five his daughters near the end of a 15 km race in 2014.

The Running Whys – The legacy of Const Doug Larche

It had developed into a Sunday tradition at Nadine Larche’s mother’s house.

When the schedule permitted a family supper, which was most Sundays, Nadine and her three daughters would drive to her mom’s home  while her husband Const Doug Larche would – depending on the particular phase of his training cycle –  run the 8-10 kilometre route, timed perfectly to coincide with the feast and, of course, what came afterward.  Continue reading