The Running Whys – Mary Astle

Mary Astle ran her first marathon in 18 years in May, finishing second overall in the women's race and qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

Mary Astle ran her first marathon in 18 years in May, finishing second overall in the women’s race at the 2015 Blue Nose Marathon and as a result, qualified for the 2016 Boston Marathon.

This column ran in the Daily Gleaner on July 11.

For years, Fredericton’s Mary Astle thrived on the individual nature that long-distance running provided. Now, she’s rekindled her fire by coaching others.

By assisting eager participants and helping them reach their goals, Astle became armed with new appreciation and passion in many areas of her life and in May, almost 20 years from a previous experience at the Boston Marathon, she’s qualified again. Continue reading

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The Running Hows with Daryl Steeves

Running coach Daryl Steeves says runners should stay calm and enjoy the MBTS experience after logging many kilometres of training over many weeks and months.

Highly respected running coach Daryl Steeves says runners should stay calm and enjoy the Marathon by the Sea experience after logging many kilometres of training over many weeks and months to prepare for the annual event Sunday.

This is the 23rd 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.

Race weekend has arrived. After weeks and months of preparation, the butterflies are sure to be creeping in for runners and walkers in the final hours before the 20th anniversary edition of Marathon by the Sea.

In the spirit of the number 20, well known and trusted coach Daryl Steeves is offering 20 tips for participants to help their experience in this year’s event. Daryl is highly regarded in the running community for his expertise and experience. His positive influence was cited as a key reason for improvements by many athletes in our Running Whys series.

Here are Daryl’s suggestions. Enjoy and good luck.

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The Running Whys and Marathon By The Sea

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The start line at one of the early Marathon By The Sea events in Saint John.

The countdown is on to the 20th running of Marathon By The Sea as already, high enthusiasm levels have been sparked by the improving temperatures and the 2014 running season, now in full swing across the province.

This year, to help celebrate this special edition of Marathon By The Sea, we will feature a number of stories from runners of all levels and abilities who will be competing in the various divisions during the weekend of Aug. 8-10.

For example, we will learn of one man who was inspired about MBTS after reading the results of the inaugural race in the newspaper. He was so enthused, he vowed to improve his fitness levels and in doing so, he has competed in every MBTS since. Continue reading