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 – Erika Kubik

Erika KubikThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in September.

Erika Kubik’s return home has been nothing short of a dream.

The 32-year-old Fredericton native moved back to the city in December, re-establishing herself in the area she lived until she was approximately 10 years old.

What she discovered was a perfect venue for her reasonably new hobby – running. It’s a sport she took up four years ago and one that she credits for many positive attributes in her life. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jennifer Spinney

Jenn SpinneyThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in August.

Near Jennifer Spinney‘s house on the Carlisle Road there is a hill. It’s not any hill but the kind of incline that can get inside your head.

Whether it is biking or running, the climb can be daunting, a challenge that requires a mini celebration every time it is conquered.

Some call it a beast. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Murray Lowery-Simpson

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The story ran in the July 29 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

It’s been a while since those early runs for Murray Lowery-Simpson, taking part in his elementary school races as a grade school student in Halifax.

And while the results weren’t exactly the greatest, the experience of those first steps formed a formative base, one that assisted his hockey fitness skills as a teenager and subsequently led him to approximately 20 marathons as an adult, all after he moved to Fredericton around the year 2000. Continue reading

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 – Bob Cormier

bob-cormierThis story ran in the Nov. 12 edition of the Daily Gleaner. 

When it came to setting running goals for 2016, there was a justified emotional component at work for Fredericton’s Bob Cormier.

As a veteran of 23 previous marathons, Bob knew the demands required and the internal discipline needed to complete the 42.2-kilometre route, regardless of its setting or time of year.

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The Running Whys – Heather Suttie

 

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Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Ahmet Tahan

amhet4-1This column ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on Sept. 24.

When opportunities arise, you have to take advantage of them. And for Fredericton’s Ahmet Tahan, a shot at a new career path presented to him was just too good to pass up.

So after 10 years as the assistant store manager of the Smythe Street Superstore, Tahan and his wife Celeste are moving to Grand Manan, where he is taking over the Your Independence Grocer franchise on the island. Continue reading