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

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The Running Whys – Alex Coffin

Alex Coffin will race the Marathon By The Sea in August in search of his eighth marathon title. Gilles Gautreau photo

Alex Coffin will race the Marathon By The Sea in August in search of his eighth marathon title. Gilles Gautreau photo

Editor’s note: This is the 11th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 2oth 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.

His name is synonymous with long distance excellence in New Brunswick over more than two decades.  And this year, Alex Coffin is returning to run in the 20th anniversary of Emera Marathon By The Sea, an event he has captured a record seven times. What follows is his personal look back at his involvement in the race, his motivations and other insights on a remarkable career that remains at an extremely high level. On Canada Day, he put together another successful running of the Canada Day 10-miler and is a trusted coach, mentor and of course, runner. Continue reading