The Running Whys – Andrea Bower

Running Whys AndreaAs her tenure with Canada’s short track speed skating team in Calgary was ending, the pain in Andrea Bower’s back was intensifying.

And as she sought relief, she took a chance on a something not many would have prescribed – running.

Now back home in New Brunswick, Bower is celebrating 15 years of running for ‘the fun of it,” as she navigates life as a teacher, wife and mother. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Charlotte Flewelling


Charlotte finished the 8km race at Hopewell Rocks, a major goal for her.

Running has always been part of Charlotte Flewelling’s life but now more than ever it is essential. Step by step, she is hitting some big personal goals. And she has her sights set on Marathon by the Sea in August. Here is today’s Running Whys.



This year will mark three years since Charlotte Flewelling took up running. Looking back, appropriately enough after Father’s Day weekend, she says it was her Dad who provided her first inspiration for the sport, which has developed into a critical component so she can meet her health-related goals. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Paul Sands

Paul's Marathon 2015This is the first in a series of stories on runners, walkers and volunteers who will be taking part in the Marathon by the Sea this upcoming August. This is the third year for these stories entitled the Running Whys and in 2016, we lead off with Paul Sands of Saint John.



It’s been almost four years since Paul Sands of Saint John got back into running. In June of 2012, then 58, Paul started walking, then running, in an effort to combat the effects of sitting most of his work day at a desk. Continue reading

In Julia’s words – The Running Whys


Julia celebrates after crossing the finish line to complete the Legs for Literacy half marathon in October.

“My mom and step-dad were cheering me on from the roadside—and I finished the race 10 minutes faster than my goal time. I felt like white-girl Usain Bolt. I blasted Bruce Springsteen on my iPod and went full-out. I was hooked. Summer 2013 turned into a summer of (by my standards) serious running.”

One of the beauties of social media is the ability to connect in group forums and work on common goals. That’s where I got to know Julia, in a running group our mutual friend April developed in December. The aim of the Saint John Streakers – not that kind of streakers! – was to run at least one mile each day during the month. You could run longer if you wanted but the overall goal was to help keep the holiday weight gain to a minimum. We monitored our progress with updates on Facebook and Julia was one of the most enthusiastic and regular participants, even celebrating her birthday with a monster length run after Christmas. But as we learn, running in 2013 provided much more for Julia.

Her story is below.




by Julia Wright

It’s kind of hard for me to explain how I got into running: I was a bookish, non-athletic kid. Gym class felt like a special torture devised to embarrass me. I preferred to write lines in advance, stuff them into the teacher’s hands, then park myself on the bench with the Chronicles of Narnia or Harriet the Spy. Continue reading