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

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The Running Whys – Stacey Briggs

Stacey Briggs of Quispamsis made the transition to running after she retired from the Canadian women’s rowing team. Photo/Topher Seguin

Stacey Briggs made the transition to running after she retired from the Canadian women’s rowing team. Photo/Topher Seguin

This is the 20th story in a series profiling runners and the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on August 10. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s note: After years of elite level rowing, it seemed only natural that Stacey Briggs of Quispamsis made early morning runs a part of her regular fitness routine as she transitioned from her competitive career. The morning outings, a staple for many distance runners, were perfect for Stacey, accustomed to many early hours on the Kennebecasis River honing her craft on the water.

Now a teacher in the Anglophone South School District, Stacey is one of the top runners in her class and in 2010, was the second fastest woman in the 5-mile event of Marathon by the Sea and ninth overall in the 301-person field.

Here is her story on running and what it means to her.

Enjoy.

 

I have always enjoyed being active, and after retiring from the women’s national rowing team, I wanted to stay in shape with something that was going to keep me outdoors and really challenge me. Continue reading