The Running Whys – Troy Sandwith

Troy Sandwith1When Troy Sandwith made a commitment to running, the first race he picked to compete in was the 2011 Fredericton Marathon.

Was he crazy? Continue reading

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The Running Whys – John Maher

John MaherThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in October.

John Maher was 44, solidly entrenched in his career in Fredericton and raising two active sons with his wife Linda.

It was the spring of 2013.

Within a short-time period, he got two phone calls, the kind you dread, the kind that change things forever. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Fran Robinson

FranThis article ran in the Daily Gleaner on August 13.

There is a special picture of Fran Robinson in her personal library, one from last winter’s cross-country ski season, set on a beautiful day, sun shining as she looks intently onto the track feeling fit, happy with her training and ready to race.

For Robinson, the Ontario native who moved to New Brunswick to study her master’s degree, it was the culmination of months of training, complete with her summer leg work that allows her to challenge herself and live through a philosophy of active living. Continue reading

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 Running Whys – Jeremy Brown

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Jeremy Brown of Fredericton will compete in the Port City Challenge, tackling the 5k runs on Friday August 12 and Saturday, August 13 and the 10 k race Sunday, August 14 during Marathon By The Sea.

He will turn 30 next month and as a youngster, was a soccer player, which helped him get introduced to running in the first place. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jill Johnson

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Jill Johnson’s running career started out as a complimentary activity.

Running was a natural training fit for the Fredericton native, who played competitive soccer in high school and university, and later at the semiprofessional level with the Ottawa Fury for three years. The formula was straight forward. The more she ran, the better she played. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Eleni Ryan

Eleni Ryan of Fredericton races during the Liv9 Fredericton Fall Classic last month. Her time was more than 12 minutes faster than her first appearance in the race in 2011. Photo Credit: Mark Kirby.

Eleni Ryan of Fredericton races during the Liv9 Fredericton Fall Classic last month. Her time was more than 12 minutes faster than her first appearance in the race in 2011. Photo Credit: Mark Kirby.

Her running career started innocently enough, after hearing positive accounts from a friend who had participated in a number of local races.

For Eleni Ryan, the Clifton native who moved to Fredericton 20 years ago, the sport became an intriguing but distant thought after those conversations in 2010.

The married mother of two young children was busy juggling the various aspects of life, which included her role as a senior programmer analyst for the provincial Department of Health. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Caitlin Stevens-Kelly

PHOTO: Caitlin Stevens-Kelly is shown in this photo at the Hampton 5-Miler. This year, she will race the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea, Photo from Run NB/Armand Landry.

Caitlin Stevens-Kelly is shown in this photo at the Hampton 5-Miler. This year, she will race the half marathon at Marathon by the Sea, Photo from Run NB/Armand Landry.

What started as a quest for improved health has transformed into a deep appreciation for fitness and running for Caitlin Stevens-Kelly. When once a 5-kilometre race appeared daunting, she now leads community running clinics and has a number of longer distances on her resume, on her way to her first marathon event. Here is her story and her goals for Marathon by the Sea in August.

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by Caitlin Stevens-Kelly

A doctor told me I had the lungs of a 76-year-old.

I was 30 at the time. I do have chronic lung disease because I was born prematurely. I weighed 1.0 kilogram at birth but had no other problems and through the years, I have been able, to some degree, ignore my chronic lung disease. However, asthma, several bouts of pneumonia and lots of medications later, I knew Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carla Harris

Carla Harris started running at age 40 and became hooked, competing in many distances and has branched out to triathlons as well.

Carla Harris started running at age 40 and became hooked, competing in many distances and has branched out to triathlons as well.

This is the third in a series of stories featuring athletes who will take part in Marathon by the Sea.

 Carla Harris has generally been active all her life but did not start running until she was in her 40s. That leap was inspired, in part, by volunteering at a water station during one edition of Marathon by the Sea. There, she witnessed the determination of the competitors and felt if older runners could tackle the course, so could she. It changed her life. What follows is her story of her impressive progress, extensive competition and her journey into the triathlon disciplines as well.

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by Carla Harris

I have been running for about 15 years but was a late starter at the age of 40. I am now 56 years old. I was pretty active as a kid, running a little, broad-jumping and I remember how much I liked being outside. Once I competed in a junior high school running relay team where I got a ribbon.

In my early 20’s, I started Continue reading

The Running Whys – Gary Keating

Gary Keating will compete in the half marathon Sunday at the Marathon by the Sea, marking the 19th consecutive year he has participated in the event.

Gary Keating of Saint John will compete in the half marathon Sunday at the Marathon by the Sea, marking the 19th consecutive year he has participated in the event. He credits a newspaper story for sparking his initial interest.

This is the 22nd 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 stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

These days, Gary Keating might be better known in his run for public office. But the truth is, he’s been running for a long time. In fact, he ran in Marathon by the Sea long before he became principal at Simonds High School, a post he continues to hold today.

In hindsight, his association with MBTS started in the most interesting of fashion, the day after the first race took place in 1995 as part of Festival by the Sea. Continue reading