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