The Running Whys – Mary Kate Wedge

Mary Kate

This story ran in the April 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

This time a year ago, Fredericton resident Mary Kate Wedge had plenty on her plate.

She was busy professionally as a pharmacist at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Summerside, P.E.I., native was also deep in the planning stages for her October wedding to Rob Agar.

And for good measure, she was prepping for the Fredericton Marathon.

In terms of running, there were no time guarantees last May, considering her hectic personal agenda, but she knew if she put in a strong effort on the traditionally fast course, she’d have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Boston Marathon. Continue reading

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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