The Running Whys – Kay Stairs

Kay Stairs met Katherine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

Kay Stairs, left, met Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, during pre-race festivities of the 2015 event. Stairs qualified for and competed in the race for the first time last month. Photo Submitted.

This story ran in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner May 16.

Midway through training for an attempt to qualify for the Boston Marathon, Fredericton’s Kay Stairs got married.

Several days after tying the knot, Kay and her husband Richard spent a few days in Saint John and the couple celebrated by tying their sneakers and taking to the roads of the Port City.

We just went down for a few days after the wedding and proceeded to go out for a 20-mile run,” said Stairs, chuckling at her fitness regiment in February 2014.

You gotta do what you gotta do.Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Shelley Doucet

Shelley Doucet, shown here at last weekend's River Valley Rave 5km, has taken the provincial running scene by storm with a record-setting start to 2014.

Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis has taken the provincial running scene by storm with a record-setting start to 2014. She has already qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon and will run the full at the Marathon By The Sea this August in Saint John.

Editor’s note: This time last year, Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis and her husband Evan felt they could save half the time if they took their dogs running each day instead of their normal walk. They were busy, with two young children and demanding jobs, including Shelley’s role as a professor in nursing at the University of New Brunswick.

But in addition to the time saved, they rediscovered their admiration of the sport and a short time later, Shelley decided to enter Marathon By The Sea, signing up for the half marathon the day before the event. Since then, the results have been nothing short of electric, especially this year, with numerous victories in the provincial running scene including four course records since April.

Last week, for example, she set a new mark at the River Valley Rave 5k, coming in under 18 minutes and last fall, she qualified for the Boston Marathon in her first marathon.

In a few months, she will return to Marathon By the Sea, where this incredible string of success started last August.

Her amazing story follows below:

From a young age, I was actively involved in a variety of sports, such as basketball, ringette, hockey, and soccer. This later carried over into playing on provincial (rugby, soccer) and university (hockey, soccer) sports teams. I always tended to stray away from individual sports, such as track, as I preferred to compete as a team. The reality is that I would put too much pressure on myself otherwise. Continue reading