The Running Whys – Ryan O’Shea

Ryan O'Shea of New Maryland crosses the finish line to win the 20th anniversary running of Marathon by the Sea in Saint John. Photo: Marathon by the Sea

Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland crosses the finish line to win the 20th anniversary running of Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

Here is the latest edition in The Running Whys series that ran in the Daily Gleaner earlier this month. It features Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland, who captured his first-ever marathon win with a victory at Marathon by the Sea on Aug. 10. We caught up with him after the race. Here are his answers to some questions we fired his way.

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

I am originally from Miramichi, but have been living in the Fredericton Region the past 13 years and currently live in New Maryland. I have a very supportive wife (Natalie O’Shea) and a 3 year old son Liam, and we are expecting in October. I currently work as an ESL instructor at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton, and also work as a Regional Coach for the Canadian Centre for Language Benchmarks.

2. Tell me a bit about Marathon by the Sea. (What was hard? Did you lead all the way? Did it go according to plan? Did you hold on at the end? What did it mean to you? Is it your biggest win?) Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Alex Coffin

Alex Coffin will race the Marathon By The Sea in August in search of his eighth marathon title. Gilles Gautreau photo

Alex Coffin will race the Marathon By The Sea in August in search of his eighth marathon title. Gilles Gautreau photo

Editor’s note: This is the 11th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 2oth anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

His name is synonymous with long distance excellence in New Brunswick over more than two decades.  And this year, Alex Coffin is returning to run in the 20th anniversary of Emera Marathon By The Sea, an event he has captured a record seven times. What follows is his personal look back at his involvement in the race, his motivations and other insights on a remarkable career that remains at an extremely high level. On Canada Day, he put together another successful running of the Canada Day 10-miler and is a trusted coach, mentor and of course, runner. Continue reading