The Running Whys – Run for the Cure

personalThe UniCats. That was the name of the secret club Kathy and her friend Michelle had when they were 12 years old. UniCats believe in the power of magic/miracles (unicorns) and are as fierce as big cats.

Read Kathy’s Run For the Cure page here.

It is the perfect name for the team we are organizing for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Natalie Davidson

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davison is originally from Moncton but now calls the far north of Queensland, Australia home. She moved there in 2008 after graduating from Dalhousie University with a physiotherapy degree.

Originally, the trip was thought to be a six-month holiday but she quickly fell in love with the country and never left. However, she is returning to New Brunswick to compete in the half marathon in the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Of note, she is training in the winter in Australia although she was still running in shorts and a t-shirt. Eight years later, she is a dual citizen and loving life, while she misses her friends and family. Continue reading

The Volunteer Whys – Joe Comeau

JOe photoAt 25 years old, Joe Comeau is ready to celebrate a major volunteering milestone.
Next month, Joe will take part in his 10th edition of the Marathon By the Sea, part of a loyal and dedicated core of supporters who help to make the race rock.
He assists with everything from course set up to taking a lot of outstanding photos that capture the spirt of the event. As a result, he transformed into one of the biggest boosters of Saint John’s grand marathon race, which runs Aug. 12-14 with a packed weekend of activities. Continue reading

We are ready for liftoff

The Running Whys 2016 will kick off in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner this Saturday with a feature on Nat Couture, one of many NB runners headed to the Boston Marathon. He’s looking to improve on a 2:50 clocking last year. As always, if you know of someone you think has a great story, drop us a line.

The Running Whys – Allyson MacDonald

Allyson MacDonald of Fredericton, shown here running in the Ottawa Marathon, set a personal best in the Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire last weekend. Photo Submitted.

Allyson MacDonald of Fredericton, shown here running in the Ottawa Marathon, set a personal
best in the Ironman 70.3 in New Hampshire last weekend. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 22

It started on Grand Manan Island when she was a teenager, morphed into evening runs that served part fitness, part de-stressor and now, distance running has developed into a setting for Allyson MacDonald to continue a cherished bond with some of her closest friends.

In between her 27 full marathons, several full Ironmans and half Ironmans and countless kilometres of training that’s been supported by her husband Doug, Allyson equates running with her peaceful time, sessions just for her amid life and its various challenges.

When I started running on Grand Manan, it was also time for me and Mom (Shelley Cook) to be together,” said Allyson, who last weekend set a personal best in the 70.3 Ironman (half Ironman) event in New Hampshire. That comes on the heels of two appearances at the full Ironman in Mont Tremblant, Que., in 2013 and 2014. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Frank and Marta Kelly

Marta and Frank celebrate after running the 2010 Boston Marathon together, one of five the father and daughter tandem have competed in together.

Marta and Frank Kelly celebrate after running the 2010 Boston Marathon, one of five the father and daughter tandem have competed in together. Both are expected tp take part in the 2014 Marathon By the Sea in Saint John.

This is the 15th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th 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.

Editor’s note: Marta Kelly and Frank Kelly, the popular father –daughter team who can be seen racing many events in the greater Saint John area, were not always linked together as runners.

In fact, Marta, who started running in 1998, was at it for almost a decade before Frank, at the age of 67, first tackled a race.

It was that event – the Brent Kelly Memorial five miler in tribute to Frank’s late grandson and Marta’s late nephew – where Frank raced the course wearing jeans, a sweatshirt, wool socks and work boots. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Rob Long and Sheila Perry-Long

Rob and Sheila Perry- Long made dramatic changes to their lives approximately seven years ago and have not looked back since.

Rob and Sheila Perry- Long made dramatic changes to their lives approximately seven years ago and have not looked back since.

Editor’s note: This is the 13th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th 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.

For Rob Long and Sheila Perry-Long, it is likely they never dreamed of how their lives might have changed when they started to incorporate running, then cycling, swimming and fitness into their lives. It started with a brave step forward by both approximately seven years ago and continues today with chapter after chapter of a journey that has seen them lose a combined weight of 240 pounds. Not only are they runners but regular participants in triathlon and both will be on hand August 10 for the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By The Sea. Their riveting story is below.

Rob

I’ve never been an athlete.  In fact, I’ve never been very active, period.  Having grown up in a non-athletic family, I never had any interest in sports, especially running.  I was an overweight couch potato. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Tracy Beaulieu

Tracy Beaulieu, far right, celebrates with Michelle Darrell, left, and June Wilson at the 2013 Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax.Tracy plans on running the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Editor’s note: This is the 10th 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.

For Tracy Beaulieu, the 2014 Emera Marathon By The Sea is significant for a number of reasons that contribute to her desire to sign up for the half marathon on August 10.

First, it is a homecoming for Tracy, who grew up in Hammond River, attended Lakefield Elementary School in Quispamsis and to this day, remains sentimental about the Greater Saint John area. Her husband is in the Canadian Forces and they left in the 1990’s but they get back when they can. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Gail Teed

Gail Teed started running in 1998 and hasn’t looked back since, becoming one of the most popular runners in the Greater Saint John area for her dedication and abilities.

Gail Teed started running in 1998 and hasn’t looked back since, becoming one of the most popular runners in the Greater Saint John area for her dedication and abilities. She will take part in the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea in August.

Editor’s note: This is the ninth 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.

It’s been said there is nothing quite like the emotions on display near the finish line of a running race. It’s a scene of accomplishment and in many cases, tears of joy flow. For those in the Greater Saint John area, one of those who receives some of the greatest cheers is Gail Teed, who started running in 1998 and remains extremely active on the local running scene. This year, once again, she is going to compete in the 20th running of Emera Marathon By The Sea. What follows is a question and answer session with Gail on her thoughts looking ahead and looking back.

What do you enjoy most about running?

There is sense of freedom and accomplishment when I run. I enjoy getting out there and running – I do a lot of running on the highway. The highway is my home. We go all over New Brunswick for races; I discovered the Super Series, and I started running as many races as I could. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Joy Durdan

Joy Durdan, left, celebrates as she crosses the finish line in the full marathon at the 2011 edition of Marathon By the Sea.

Joy Durdan, left, celebrates as she crosses the finish line in the full marathon at the 2011 edition of Marathon By the Sea.

This is the first in a series of stories profiling runners and walkers who will be participating in the 2014 Emera Marathon By The Sea in Saint John, Aug. 8-10.

As Emera Marathon By The Sea celebrates a special anniversary this year, Joy Durdan of Grand Bay-Westfield, one of the race’s most faithful participants, wouldn’t miss it for the world.

For Joy, MBTS is the continuation of a long love affair with the sport that started in 1999, when shortly after her son entered kindergarten, she decided to take a big step and move to running from walking.

The preferred site was the Irving Nature Park and it was there – 15 years ago – that she taught herself how to run.

Now, on the eve of the 20th running of Marathon By The Sea (MBTS), Joy has not looked back, capturing the runners high early and thriving on it since.

“Running is my passion,” says Joy, who has run some distance in every MBTS since she entered the half marathon in 2001. “I am not a fast runner, I am middle of the pack. I love the accomplishment of every finish line I cross….and of course, I love my medals (bling )!” Continue reading