The Running Whys – Dianna Payne

Dianna PayneIt’s been 10 years since Dianna Payne found running.

It’s a relationship still going strong – one she gives credit to many factors, including her participation in her first race – the 2007 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But for Dianna, her love for running goes beyond the fitness benefits she gains. It is about her social network, which plays a critical role in how the sport has grown into such an important part of her life. Continue reading


The Running Whys – Jon Curtis

Jon CurtisAbout five years ago, Jon Curtis and his mother Andrea Power developed a family tradition, adding another component to their annual Mother’s Day celebrations with a short run in the Halifax-Dartmouth area.

Andrea, a veteran marathoner, has always encouraged Jon and his brothers William, Christopher and Luke to get out and keep active for the obvious fitness benefits. The hope was that because Jon and Andrea have asthma, the exercise would assist them in their daily lives, especially considering both of Jon’s grandparents passed away from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jason Kaulback

One of the first things Jason Kaulbach did when he moved to Saint John was get involved in Emera Marathon by the Sea. He's been involved ever since.

One of the first things Jason Kaulbach did when he moved to Saint John was get involved in Emera Marathon by the Sea. He’s been involved ever since.

This is the 11th story in a series previewing the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

There is a perception among non-runners that running is agony. And even those first steps for many runners are not associated with bliss. Jason Kaulback was one of those who was initially skeptical. But unlike those who give up, he kept at it and over time become fully converted to running in his Nova Scotia home town, posting impressive results in events he took part in at various distances. Now a resident of Saint John, Jason is an example of the lengths one can go, thanks in large part to his participation in the Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Last year, he completed the full marathon and he is returning again this summer. Here is his Running Whys Story.


by Jason Kaulback

“Try running”, they said, “You’ll love it”.

I hated it, every step of the way. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. Continue reading