The Running Whys – Troy Sandwith

Troy Sandwith1When Troy Sandwith made a commitment to running, the first race he picked to compete in was the 2011 Fredericton Marathon.

Was he crazy? Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Jennifer Spinney

Jenn SpinneyThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in August.

Near Jennifer Spinney‘s house on the Carlisle Road there is a hill. It’s not any hill but the kind of incline that can get inside your head.

Whether it is biking or running, the climb can be daunting, a challenge that requires a mini celebration every time it is conquered.

Some call it a beast. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Heather Suttie

 

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Heather Suttie of Fredericton competed in last weekend’s Toronto Marathon, finishing in a  time of 3:20.17, good for second place in her 45-49 age group and 43rd overall in the women’s race, which featured 1,407 runners. Photo submitted.

This column ran in the Oct. 22 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

Like many who are about to celebrate a significant birthday, Heather Suttie made a plan to mark the occasion in style.

So when it came to her big 4-0, she figured running a marathon would serve as the perfect occasion to achieve one of her major personal goals. She started out by conducting a bit of research, found a contact for Mike Simmons, a highly regarded coach/mentor/athlete and was set to call him for some guidance. Continue reading

The Volunteer Whys – Joe Comeau

JOe photoAt 25 years old, Joe Comeau is ready to celebrate a major volunteering milestone.
Next month, Joe will take part in his 10th edition of the Marathon By the Sea, part of a loyal and dedicated core of supporters who help to make the race rock.
He assists with everything from course set up to taking a lot of outstanding photos that capture the spirt of the event. As a result, he transformed into one of the biggest boosters of Saint John’s grand marathon race, which runs Aug. 12-14 with a packed weekend of activities. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Cathy Jeffrey

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Cathy Jeffrey races in the 2013 Boston Marathon, less than two years after taking up running the sport.

This article appeared in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner June 18.

Growing up in Sackville, Cathy Jeffrey first used jogging to keep in shape for her high performance tennis career.

She has many memories of running behind the family suburban van near her cottage with her siblings, training until her father “could see us in the mirror, laying face down in the dirt.

The early regiment paid dividends for Jeffrey, who competed annually at the Canadian Junior National Tennis Championships, winning a couple of doubles titles, all of which served as a stepping stone to making the Virginia Tech University tennis team on a full tuition Division 1 scholarship. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Sue Teakles

Sue Teakles is shown completing her first marathon when she crossed the finish line at the 2014 Marathon By The Sea.

Sue Teakles is shown completing her first marathon at the 2014 Marathon By The Sea.

The third feature in our Running Whys series for 2016 is on Sue Teakles. She is from Penobsquis, just outside of Sussex and she comes from a large family – six sisters and three brothers, most of whom live in the Sussex area.  She is an elementary school teacher at Hammond River Valley Elementary and lives with her partner, Nick, in Saint John.

She is another familiar face in the Greater Saint John running circles and is preparing for this year’s Marathon By The Sea.

We asked her a few questions and she put together a great story on her motivations and goals.

Enjoy.

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Sue with Brenda Guitard after Hopewell Rocks 8km

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I ran a bit through high school when I was on the field hockey team. Since then, I had kept up some occasional short runs on my own, usually 20-30 minutes at a time, using running as a way to keep in shape. At the end of 2013, I started running longer distances, and my friend Greg and I decided to train to see if we could do a half marathon. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Kirby

 

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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

We are ready for liftoff

The Running Whys 2016 will kick off in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner this Saturday with a feature on Nat Couture, one of many NB runners headed to the Boston Marathon. He’s looking to improve on a 2:50 clocking last year. As always, if you know of someone you think has a great story, drop us a line.

A long and rambling recap of the highs and lows from the amazing Chicago Marathon experience

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It was a tad congested as we made our way to the start line of the Chicago Marathon.

Close your eyes and imagine a race where all your family and friends are cheering you on, loudly with horns and drums and wild shouts of delight.

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Now imagine you are running 5k, then 10k and this support does not end, seemingly increasing in volume and intensity along a 26.2 mile route, not stopping for more than four hours.

Now imagine that enthusiasm takes place on a gorgeous Sunday morning with an infinite amount of signs and cheers and food and drink (yes, beer was offered) and encouragement every step of the way.

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But imagine that instead of family and friends, these shouts and cheers and music and passion are from complete strangers, an international brethren who have bonded in one goal, your goal, regardless of how fast, how slow you are going. Continue reading