The Running Whys – Dianna Payne

Dianna PayneIt’s been 10 years since Dianna Payne found running.

It’s a relationship still going strong – one she gives credit to many factors, including her participation in her first race – the 2007 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But for Dianna, her love for running goes beyond the fitness benefits she gains. It is about her social network, which plays a critical role in how the sport has grown into such an important part of her life. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Carolyn Radcliffe

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe’s road to the 10-kilometre race as part of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea started on a bike. She wanted to lose weight and did, dropping 30 pounds through Weight Watchers programming and time on the bicycle. But that was only the beginning in her inspiring tale of dedication. Thanks to a work-sponsored running clinic, she took up running; slowly at first but now with great enthusiasm and appreciation. Check out her Running Whys story and find out how much progress she has made, how much weight she lost and what the sport has provided in other areas of her life. Enjoy.

by Carolyn Radcliffe

I began running last year in May 2014 after losing 30 pounds on Weight Watchers.

I had always been overweight. In fact, my younger school years were full of body shaming and bullying. I had never really given any sport or diet a proper chance because I just didn’t believe I could do it. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Krista Sutton

CUTLINE: Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children Tucker and Adriana and her mother Brenda.

Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children and her mother Brenda.

When participants in the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea crossed the finish line in their respective events last August, many were delighted to complete a major goal. The experience proved especially meaningful for one Saint John runner, who used the 20th anniversary race and corresponding salute to the fallen RCMP officers as motivational fuel to launch her personal wellness journey. This year, Krista Sutton is back and is sharing her incredible story of recovery that started almost 18 months ago. Her account is the first installment in our 2015 Running Whys series for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

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By Krista Sutton

I wasn’t always a runner.

I maybe ran on the treadmill at the gym or in phys. ed class as a teenager but I was always fairly fit though. When I graduated high school in Quebec, I decided to move to Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jeff Queen

Jeff Queen, shown in this race in Miramichi, will run the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea this August, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the sport.

Jeff Queen of Saint John, shown in this race in Miramichi, will run the half marathon at the 2014 Emera Marathon By the Sea this August, celebrating his 10th anniversary in the sport. Since 2004, he’s shaved 90 minutes off his marathon time.

This is the seventh 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.

2014 marks an anniversary for Jeff Queen of Saint John. A decade ago, he took on the half marathon distance at Marathon By the Sea and caught the running fever. It led to his first marathon and many more, impressively shaving 90 minutes off his initial marathon time in that span. Jeff is one of the top runners in the area and this year, he is returning to Marathon By the Sea once again, the scene of where his passion for running really kicked into high gear.

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I was active in many sports as a kid growing up, but didn’t maintain anything through university. I started running in 2004 to get back into sports, and because, to be honest, I thought it’d be fun to run a marathon. Continue reading