The Running Whys – Brian and Katie Molloy

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It’s a name that takes some time to get accustomed to, especially for a Saint John couple participating in this year’s Emera Marathon By The Sea.

But Brian and Katie Molloy have bonded while training, enjoyed the benefits from their efforts and even have their two children involved in 5-kilometre runs to prepare for this year’s event. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Terry Thorne

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In the game of running, the marathon represents a most treasured of distances; an exceptionally difficult test of endurance and will in the quest for one of life’s great bucket list items.

Finish the grueling 42.2 km route and the months of intensive training and personal sacrifices made along the way gain you membership into an exclusive club representing just one percent of the population. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andrew Estey

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

This is the 16th profile on runners competing in the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Andrew Estey estimates he blacked out for 30 seconds.

Then, in the aftermath of a severe mountain biking accident, he dusted himself off and attempted to finish his Canada Day 2013 journey from Fredericton to Mactaquac and back.

About another three kilometres down the road, however, the pain from a broken bone in his neck and three crushed vertebrae in his back proved too intense. His riding partner sped ahead to get help and through swift efforts, Andrew got the treatment he urgently required. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Shelley Doucet

Shelley Doucet, shown here at last weekend's River Valley Rave 5km, has taken the provincial running scene by storm with a record-setting start to 2014.

Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis has taken the provincial running scene by storm with a record-setting start to 2014. She has already qualified for the 2015 Boston Marathon and will run the full at the Marathon By The Sea this August in Saint John.

Editor’s note: This time last year, Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis and her husband Evan felt they could save half the time if they took their dogs running each day instead of their normal walk. They were busy, with two young children and demanding jobs, including Shelley’s role as a professor in nursing at the University of New Brunswick.

But in addition to the time saved, they rediscovered their admiration of the sport and a short time later, Shelley decided to enter Marathon By The Sea, signing up for the half marathon the day before the event. Since then, the results have been nothing short of electric, especially this year, with numerous victories in the provincial running scene including four course records since April.

Last week, for example, she set a new mark at the River Valley Rave 5k, coming in under 18 minutes and last fall, she qualified for the Boston Marathon in her first marathon.

In a few months, she will return to Marathon By the Sea, where this incredible string of success started last August.

Her amazing story follows below:

From a young age, I was actively involved in a variety of sports, such as basketball, ringette, hockey, and soccer. This later carried over into playing on provincial (rugby, soccer) and university (hockey, soccer) sports teams. I always tended to stray away from individual sports, such as track, as I preferred to compete as a team. The reality is that I would put too much pressure on myself otherwise. Continue reading