The Running Whys – Marathon by the Sea

The 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea takes place Sunday in Saint John.

The 20th Emera Marathon by the Sea takes place Sunday in Saint John.

This is the 23rd 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 individual stories, which can be seen by scrolling on this blog, are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

The motivations ranged from dedications, personal growth or just finishing five kilometres to winning their event or qualifying for the Boston Marathon. In May, we asked 20 people about the reasons they run – The Running Whys – and also why they decided to participate in the 20th anniversary of Emera Marathon by the Sea. The goal was to reach out and develop a small snapshot of those taking part in the Port City’s biggest running event on Sunday.

What we got was a poignant collection of stories that focused a number of themes, the biggest of all was family. The powerful replies, which can be seen here and here, generated wonderful accounts of dedication and recovery, tribute and purpose, all focused on a particular goal or goals for Sunday and beyond.

The goal was 20 stories. We finished with 22 as well as a timely series of coaching tips. Continue reading

The Running Whys Samantha MacAlpine

An emotional Samantha MacAlpine holds her son at the finish line of the 2013 Marathon by the Sea half marathon. Earlier that morning, she learned her grandfather passed away. She wears his dog tags as a good luck charm when she runs.

An emotional Samantha MacAlpine holds her son at the finish line of the 2013 Marathon by the Sea half marathon. Earlier that morning, she learned her grandfather passed away. She wears his dog tags as a good luck charm when she runs.

This is the 16th 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.

As the final countdown for the 20th edition of the Emera Marathon by the Sea approaches, many runners are nearing the late stages of their preparations for one of the region’s biggest races.

That includes Samantha MacAlpine of Saint John, who will use this year’s MBTS as another stepping stone in the progression toward her first full marathon in October. Continue reading

In Kathy’s words – The Running Whys

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“Kathy, left, competed in a number of races last year, ultimately completing her first half marathon. (Photo: Topher Seguin)

“Race day was utter joy – one of those days you will remember for rest of your life. It was a beautiful fall day in my hometown of Charlottetown. I didn’t care about my time; I just wanted to run every single step. The tears started falling down my cheeks at the 4 km mark. That’s when I had gotten rid of my race nerves and was approaching the intersection where my daughters would be cheering for me.”

When Kathy decided to run a half marathon last year, she did so with some uncertainty. But it was fantastic to witness her progress, moving from single digits in training kilometres to each barrier she broke as the distances increased. Beyond that, though, was seeing her great determination and sheer will in order to meet her goals. A couple of years back, she did a half marathon, walking, as part of a Nordic-walking club, completing the route in a few seconds under four hours. This year in running the P.E.I. Half Marathon, after months of intense training, she took almost one hour and 30 minutes off that time, an amazing reward for her commitment.

Here is her story.

Enjoy

Kevin

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by Kathy Kaufield

I didn’t mean to become a runner. Continue reading