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 – Paulette Stoddard

Running Whys PaulettePaulette Stoddard is a Saint John native who started to run in 2009, one of many important facets that helped in transforming her life.

She continues to live on the West Side of the city and has been happily married to her husband Jim since 1999. Professionally, she is the Purchasing and Security Manager with WorkSafeNB Continue reading

The Running Whys – Penny Klepic

Penny.jpgFor Penny Klepic, the numbers tell the story.

In the three years since she decided to tackle running through a popular Couch to 5k training program, she’s transformed her health and her body, while enjoying tranquility on her runs and taking 26 minutes off her half marathon clocking.

“I was 50 pounds overweight and everything was hurting,” she explained of her initial motivations. “My oldest son is special needs and I needed an outlet to vent and clear my head most every day.

“Right now, running is a huge part of my life.” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carole Van Ember

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This story ran in the May 13th edition of the Daily Gleaner.

When Carole Van Ember started running, she wanted to develop an improved healthy lifestyle, one that would allow her to enjoy quality time with family and friends for many, many years. The inspiration resulted from a powerful and painful memory for the Fredericton resident, who has called the city home for more than a decade.

Back in 2007, her mother Madeline died at the age of 55 from uterine cancer, less than seven days after Carole‘s son Bruce was born, in what she described as, “the best week and the worst week of my life.Continue reading

The Running Whys – a Gleaner recap

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This story ran in the Nov. 26th edition of the Daily Gleaner

The New Brunswick running season wrapped up last weekend with an impressive awards and Hall of Fame banquet in Tracadie.

But the unofficial running season takes few breaks and before we look back at the past year, planning is already well underway for next season’s events, including the Scotiabank Fredericton Marathon and the Liv9 Fall Classic. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Lee Byram

Since Lee Byram of Fredericton started running, he has completed nine marathons and last year, won his age class in the season long Run New Brunswick Super Series.

Since Lee Byram of Fredericton started running, he has completed nine marathons and last year, won his age class in the season long Run New Brunswick Super Series.

Approximately six years ago, Lee Byram was headed out to enjoy a winter afternoon, eager to tackle some snowshoeing. Despite the frosty temperatures, he savoured what the season had to offer and, as was often the case, he set out for a light round of exercise. But on that fateful day, something happened. He bent over and when he stood up, he felt dizzy, nauseated and realized he was not as fit as he thought.

In his mid 50’s, he’d seen enough of life events that affected friends and family and as a result of his incident, he knew he needed to make significant changes in his lifestyle. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jesse Davidson

Jesse Davidson has adjusted his work schedule to make room for training on Harbour Passage.

Jesse Davidson has adjusted his work schedule to make room for training on Harbour Passage.

For Jesse Davidson, the decision to run the Marathon by the Sea’s Into the Night 5K event was based on a long-range desire to walk his daughters down the aisle on their wedding days.

As a result, Jesse recently came to a realization.

These days, his life is hectic, with two energetic young girls, a loving family and a career in the IT industry which leads to long stretches of time behind a computer terminal.

Yet, he knew that if he did not make changes in his physical activity levels, he might not be around for any weddings and have the honour of accompanying either of them on their most special of days. 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