The Running Whys – Troy Sandwith

Troy Sandwith1When Troy Sandwith made a commitment to running, the first race he picked to compete in was the 2011 Fredericton Marathon.

Was he crazy? Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jim Willett

Jim Willett

Jim Willett of Newmarket, Ont. ran the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Sunday, the start of a three-week, 1,200 kilometre journey will eventually take him to the Ottawa Marathon on May 29. His Marathon2Marathon trek is his latest long-distance running adventure that all started after he finished treatments for colon cancer in 2011. During his upcoming journey, he wants to document the people he meets, the experiences he encounters and the places he visits and share them with the world via social media. Photo: Submitted  This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on May 7, 2016.

Jim Willett describes himself as storyteller, a cancer warrior and an adventure seeker.

This weekend, Willett, a native of Newmarket, Ont., will use Fredericton as a launching pad to highlight all three aspects of his personality, setting forth on an a trek that will link the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon Sunday with the Ottawa Marathon on May 29.

The goal is to run both marathon events as well as all 1,200 kilometres in between, the latest test of endurance and dedication that helped him get through his fight with cancer, one that’s taught him valuable personal lessons and given him a greater perspective on life andimproved appreciation for others. Continue reading

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 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