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.

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The Running Whys – Andree Germain

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Andree Germain and her partner Michel Trottier celebrate with a New Brunswick flag as the end of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

There is a great picture at the finish line of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Andrée Germain of Granby, Que. and her new partner Michel Trottier of St. Lambert, Que., stand arm-in-arm, clutching a New Brunswick Flag, beaming with smiles of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Michel crossed the line seventh overall in 3:19.08 over the at-times hilly layout. Andrée was right behind in ninth in 3:25.22 in her first-ever marathon, which also qualified her for the Boston Marathon. More importantly, she won the women’s race by almost two minutes. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Kent Barrett

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Kent Barrett smiles after setting a new personal best at the 2015 Chicago Marathon

Kent Barrett of Charlottetown has worked on a major running goal for a while and in May, he will tackle the Fredericton Marathon to gauge his progress. He started running while living in Vancouver, got into a more intense involvement back on P.E.I. and now has a number of marathons on his resume. We ran the Chicago Marathon together where he posted a personal best of 3:53.34 in scorching hot conditions in the Windy City last October. This is the first of the 2016 Running Whys and outlines his plans for an even better clocking. Enjoy.

 

The Running Whys – Kent Barrett

What marathons have you competed in?

I have run the P.E.I. Marathon five times, Legs for Literacy in Moncton once and the Chicago Marathon (2015).

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The Running Whys – Daily Gleaner wrap up

Rob Jackson, right, shown competing at the World Masters Athletics Championships, was one of the 14 athletes featured in the Running Whys this year in the Daily Gleaner.

Rob Jackson, right, shown competing at the World Masters Athletics Championships, was one of the 14 athletes featured in the Running Whys this year in the Daily Gleaner.

It’s not over, but the most of the official business associated with the 2015 running season is in the bank, with preparations for awards galas and end of the season runs on tap to wrap up another busy season.

In fact, it could be said that the training that takes place in the coming months will determine success in 2016 as many, including a collection of Boston Marathon participants, will soon begin long training segments aimed at peaking for the April 18, 2016 date in Massachusetts. In all, 63 New Brunswickers are registered for Boston, successfully beating the increasingly difficult qualifying standards in their respective age categories. Continue reading

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

The Running Whys – Dean Mercer

Dean Mercer has completed 19 half marathons and 26 full marathons that all started with a decision to enter the Marathon by the Sea in 2001. Photo Submitted.

Dean Mercer has completed 19 half marathons and 26 full marathons that all started with a decision to enter the Marathon by the Sea in 2001. Photo Submitted.

Dean Mercer is a familiar face on the provincial running scene and in April, he once again enjoyed the thrill of running the Boston Marathon. But his annual trek to Marathon by the Sea holds a special place in his heart as it is the site of his first half marathon and his first full marathon. He’s always one of the top performers as evidenced in 2014, when he finished sixth overall in MBTS. He is back again in 2015. Here is his story.

Enjoy.

by Dean Mercer

I actually started running for exercise at Dalhousie University.  I would love to run around Point Pleasant Park in Halifax.  But once I graduated from pharmacy, and moved back home to work in the valley, I said to my wife Continue reading