The Running Whys – Penny Klepic

Penny.jpgFor Penny Klepic, the numbers tell the story.

In the three years since she decided to tackle running through a popular Couch to 5k training program, she’s transformed her health and her body, while enjoying tranquility on her runs and taking 26 minutes off her half marathon clocking.

“I was 50 pounds overweight and everything was hurting,” she explained of her initial motivations. “My oldest son is special needs and I needed an outlet to vent and clear my head most every day.

“Right now, running is a huge part of my life.” Continue reading


The Running Whys – Johanne Thériault

Johanne TheriaultAs Johanne Thériault details her busy running schedule, whether it be training on the road near her home in Nigadoo or outlining her plans to race in Berlin, Chicago and Saint John this year, the question usually turns to her motivations.

That’s where the 34-year-old city solicitor for the City of Bathurst can get emotional.

“It’s always a question I like to brush off, because the answer is pretty personal,” says Johanne. “It’s something that is still hard to even say out loud.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andree Germain

Andree Michel finish

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 – Tessa Stright

Tessa Stright celebrates with her two children after competing in the YSJ 10km in Saint John in May.

Tessa Stright celebrates with her two children after competing in the YSJ 10km in Saint John in May.

This is the 21st 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.

Editor’s Note: For as long as Tessa Stright of Quispamsis can remember, she’s called herself a runner. From grade school, through middle school to adulthood, she’s maintained her fondness for the sport. It provided a sense of comfort in the face of other challenges and a forum to reach personal goals. After having two children, it provided an outlet and has helped in other ways as she manages during the hectic days with two young kids. Through it all, Tessa has a new perspective, a new philosophy and she’s made adaptations while training extremely hard. On Sunday, she will run her first half marathon at Marathon by the Sea. Her family will be there, cheering her on. Here is her story.



When I look back at when I started running or when I became a ‘runner’, it’s impossible for me to think of a time when I wasn’t running. I’ve always loved running, and to be a runner, you have to love it. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Stephanie Chase

Stephanie Chase of Oromocto is one of the top performers in the women's 30-39 age class of the Running Room Super series, with 308 points in six races this season.

Stephanie Chase of Oromocto is one of the top performers in the women’s 30-39 age class of the Running Room New Brunswick Super Series, with 308 points in six races this season. She earned 580 points in 11 races last year.

Here is the latest edition of The Running Whys series that ran in the Daily Gleaner this week. It features Stephanie Chase of Oromocto, who ran a lot as a child, took a break and just recently, has regained an enthusiasm for the sport which has lifted her to the top levels of the women’s 30-39 division in the Running Room New Brunswick Super Series points list.


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

I grew up in Fredericton and live in Oromocto now. My boyfriend is in the military and we have three kids. I have a home-based business providing medical transcription for physicians across Canada.

2. When did you start to run?

My parents were really into the running boom in the 80s and 90s. My dad, Steve Scott, is a founding member of the Capital City Road Runners in Fredericton, so from a young age running was a big part of our lifestyle. My parents took me to a lot of the races around the province when I was a kid. I ran some 5Ks at an age that I think may have been a little too young, but back then they didn’t have the 1K races that they have now for kids. Continue reading