The Running Whys – Mark Kirby

 

Ottawa Marathon Finish Line

Mark Kirby, Allyson Finley and Tammy Blechschmidt cross the finish line at the 2016 Ottawa Marathon.

It’s almost a decade since Mark Kirby formally took up running, unsure if his initial steps in 2007 would lead him much past his five-kilometre training goal.

Fast forward nine years and Kirby has seven marathons to his credit, including the Ottawa Marathon last weekend, where he and 16 other Fredericton area athletes – including 13 marathoners – combated the heat to tackle major personal goals in one of the country’s biggest races. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Kimberlie Sarters

Kimberlie Sarters hits the halfway point of the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax in May. Photo Submitted

Kimberlie Sarters hits the halfway point of the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax in May. Photo Submitted

About five years ago, Kimberlie Sarters decided to get fitness back in her life.

As a youngster growing up in Granby, Que., she was involved in most things kids do – basketball and soccer topping her list of recreation pursuits.

Running, as it was, proved a training mechanism for her other activities.

She also gave rugby a try for a while but after university, she settled into her career, which for the past eight years, has taken her to the New Brunswick government offices in Fredericton. Continue reading