The Running Whys – Laura Lee Mullin


laura-5Among Laura Lee Mullin’s most memorable runs was the one that happened before she was married, when she brought her future husband Robert along for what she described as a test run.

They had been dating just a few months and decided to go for a 5km jog together when Laura Lee, fuelled by her ‘competitive spirit,’ decided to take Robert on a little loop.

At least that’s what I told him,” recalls Mullin, a physiotherapist with the Department of National Defence the past 13 years. Continue reading


The Running Whys – Jill Johnson


Jill Johnson’s running career started out as a complimentary activity.

Running was a natural training fit for the Fredericton native, who played competitive soccer in high school and university, and later at the semiprofessional level with the Ottawa Fury for three years. The formula was straight forward. The more she ran, the better she played. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Stephanie Chase

Stephanie Chase of Oromocto is one of the top performers in the women's 30-39 age class of the Running Room Super series, with 308 points in six races this season.

Stephanie Chase of Oromocto is one of the top performers in the women’s 30-39 age class of the Running Room New Brunswick Super Series, with 308 points in six races this season. She earned 580 points in 11 races last year.

Here is the latest edition of The Running Whys series that ran in the Daily Gleaner this week. It features Stephanie Chase of Oromocto, who ran a lot as a child, took a break and just recently, has regained an enthusiasm for the sport which has lifted her to the top levels of the women’s 30-39 division in the Running Room New Brunswick Super Series points list.


1. First, tell me a bit of your background. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?

I grew up in Fredericton and live in Oromocto now. My boyfriend is in the military and we have three kids. I have a home-based business providing medical transcription for physicians across Canada.

2. When did you start to run?

My parents were really into the running boom in the 80s and 90s. My dad, Steve Scott, is a founding member of the Capital City Road Runners in Fredericton, so from a young age running was a big part of our lifestyle. My parents took me to a lot of the races around the province when I was a kid. I ran some 5Ks at an age that I think may have been a little too young, but back then they didn’t have the 1K races that they have now for kids. Continue reading