The Running Whys – Brian and Katie Molloy

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It’s a name that takes some time to get accustomed to, especially for a Saint John couple participating in this year’s Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But Brian and Katie Molloy have bonded while training, enjoyed the benefits from their efforts and even have their two children involved in 5-kilometre runs to prepare for this year’s event. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Fran Robinson

FranThis article ran in the Daily Gleaner on August 13.

There is a special picture of Fran Robinson in her personal library, one from last winter’s cross-country ski season, set on a beautiful day, sun shining as she looks intently onto the track feeling fit, happy with her training and ready to race.

For Robinson, the Ontario native who moved to New Brunswick to study her master’s degree, it was the culmination of months of training, complete with her summer leg work that allows her to challenge herself and live through a philosophy of active living. 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 – Jill Johnson

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Jill Johnson’s running career started out as a complimentary activity.

Running was a natural training fit for the Fredericton native, who played competitive soccer in high school and university, and later at the semiprofessional level with the Ottawa Fury for three years. The formula was straight forward. The more she ran, the better she played. Continue reading

A long and rambling recap of the highs and lows from the amazing Chicago Marathon experience

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It was a tad congested as we made our way to the start line of the Chicago Marathon.

Close your eyes and imagine a race where all your family and friends are cheering you on, loudly with horns and drums and wild shouts of delight.

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Now imagine you are running 5k, then 10k and this support does not end, seemingly increasing in volume and intensity along a 26.2 mile route, not stopping for more than four hours.

Now imagine that enthusiasm takes place on a gorgeous Sunday morning with an infinite amount of signs and cheers and food and drink (yes, beer was offered) and encouragement every step of the way.

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But imagine that instead of family and friends, these shouts and cheers and music and passion are from complete strangers, an international brethren who have bonded in one goal, your goal, regardless of how fast, how slow you are going. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Caitlin Stevens-Kelly

PHOTO: Caitlin Stevens-Kelly is shown in this photo at the Hampton 5-Miler. This year, she will race the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea, Photo from Run NB/Armand Landry.

Caitlin Stevens-Kelly is shown in this photo at the Hampton 5-Miler. This year, she will race the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea, Photo from Run NB/Armand Landry.

What started as a quest for improved health has transformed into a deep appreciation for fitness and running for Caitlin Stevens-Kelly. When once a 5-kilometre race appeared daunting, she now leads community running clinics and has a number of longer distances on her resume, on her way to her first marathon event. Here is her story and her goals for Marathon by the Sea in August.

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by Caitlin Stevens-Kelly

A doctor told me I had the lungs of a 76-year-old.

I was 30 at the time. I do have chronic lung disease because I was born prematurely. I weighed 1.0 kilogram at birth but had no other problems and through the years, I have been able, to some degree, ignore my chronic lung disease. However, asthma, several bouts of pneumonia and lots of medications later, I knew Continue reading

The Running Whys – Kay Stairs

Kay Stairs met Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

Kay Stairs, left, met Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner May 16.

Midway through training for an attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon, Fredericton’s Kay Stairs got married.

Several days after tying the knot, Kay and her husband Richard spent a few days in Saint John and the couple celebrated by tying their sneakers and taking to the roads of the Port City.

We just went down for a few days after the wedding and proceeded to go out for a 20-mile run,” said Stairs, chuckling at her fitness regiment in February 2014.

You gotta do what you gotta do.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Adam Fowler

Adam Fowler of Fredericton competed in a number of full marathons and half marathons this year around the region, including the Saint John Marathon By the Sea. Photo Submitted.

Adam Fowler of Fredericton competed in a number of full marathons and half marathons around the region in 2014, including the Saint John Marathon By the Sea. The most memorable and significant took place in Halifax. Photo Submitted.

Editor’s note: This story ran on Nov.1, 2014 in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner.

For many in the Fredericton running community, the time change this weekend correlates positively with a somewhat welcome relief in training intensity. The end of October means the packed schedule of events across the region have concluded and medals for races and a trio of regional running series are hanging proudly in homes across the city.

That’s the case for Fredericton’s Adam Fowler, who in the past few weeks, ran the Prince Edward Island Marathon Oct. 20, the Legs for Literacy half marathon Oct. 26 and even competed in a 5-kilometre Halloween event in Saint John Oct. 25. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Gary Keating

Gary Keating will compete in the half marathon Sunday at the Marathon by the Sea, marking the 19th consecutive year he has participated in the event.

Gary Keating of Saint John will compete in the half marathon Sunday at the Marathon by the Sea, marking the 19th consecutive year he has participated in the event. He credits a newspaper story for sparking his initial interest.

This is the 22nd story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

These days, Gary Keating might be better known in his run for public office. But the truth is, he’s been running for a long time. In fact, he ran in Marathon by the Sea long before he became principal at Simonds High School, a post he continues to hold today.

In hindsight, his association with MBTS started in the most interesting of fashion, the day after the first race took place in 1995 as part of Festival by the Sea. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Tessa Stright

Tessa Stright celebrates with her two children after competing in the YSJ 10km in Saint John in May.

Tessa Stright celebrates with her two children after competing in the YSJ 10km in Saint John in May.

This is the 21st story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s Note: For as long as Tessa Stright of Quispamsis can remember, she’s called herself a runner. From grade school, through middle school to adulthood, she’s maintained her fondness for the sport. It provided a sense of comfort in the face of other challenges and a forum to reach personal goals. After having two children, it provided an outlet and has helped in other ways as she manages during the hectic days with two young kids. Through it all, Tessa has a new perspective, a new philosophy and she’s made adaptations while training extremely hard. On Sunday, she will run her first half marathon at Marathon by the Sea. Her family will be there, cheering her on. Here is her story.

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When I look back at when I started running or when I became a ‘runner’, it’s impossible for me to think of a time when I wasn’t running. I’ve always loved running, and to be a runner, you have to love it. Continue reading