The Running Whys – Carole Van Ember

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This story ran in the May 13th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

When Carole Van Ember started running, she wanted to develop an improved healthy lifestyle, one that would allow her to enjoy quality time with family and friends for many, many years. The inspiration resulted from a powerful and painful memory for the Fredericton resident, who has called the city home for more than a decade.

Back in 2007, her mother Madeline died at the age of 55 from uterine cancer, less than seven days after Carole‘s son Bruce was born, in what she described as, “the best week and the worst week of my life.Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Jeff Queen

Jeff Queen, shown in this race in Miramichi, will run the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea this August, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the sport.

Jeff Queen of Saint John, shown in this race in Miramichi, will run the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea this August, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the sport. Since 2004, he’s shaved 90 minutes off his marathon time.

This is the seventh 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.

2014 marks an anniversary for Jeff Queen of Saint John. A decade ago, he took on the half marathon distance at Marathon By the Sea and caught the running fever. It led to his first marathon and many more, impressively shaving 90 minutes off his initial marathon time in that span. Jeff is one of the top runners in the area and this year, he is returning to Marathon By the Sea once again, the scene of where his passion for running really kicked into high gear.

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I was active in many sports as a kid growing up, but didn’t maintain anything through university. I started running in 2004 to get back into sports, and because, to be honest, I thought it’d be fun to run a marathon. Continue reading