The Running Whys – Kimberlie Sarters

Kimberlie Sarters hits the halfway point of the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax in May. Photo Submitted

Kimberlie Sarters hits the halfway point of the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax in May. Photo Submitted

About five years ago, Kimberlie Sarters decided to get fitness back in her life.

As a youngster growing up in Granby, Que., she was involved in most things kids do – basketball and soccer topping her list of recreation pursuits.

Running, as it was, proved a training mechanism for her other activities.

She also gave rugby a try for a while but after university, she settled into her career, which for the past eight years, has taken her to the New Brunswick government offices in Fredericton. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Lacey Clowater

Lacey Clowater crosses the finish line at the Fredericton half marathon in May

Lacey Clowater crosses the finish line at the Fredericton half marathon in May

This is the eighth 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.

Editor’s note: Lacey Clowater has come full circle in the running game, from aspiring runner to course conductor to this spring – a half marathoner. But as she prepares for the 12 k event at the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By The Sea, she does so with additional inspiration gained from her closest allies. These are the same people whose touching display of support in the final stages of the Fredericton Half Marathon provided Lacey with an emotional and lasting memory that will never fade away. They have also helped her gain a special sense of appreciation for all she has accomplished in a relatively short time.

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I get by with a little help from my friends… Continue reading

In Molly’s words – The Running Whys

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Molly celebrates as she crosses the finish line of the 2013 Hypothermic Half Marathon in Saint John.

As I neared the top, I heard Dad say: “It’s your race now.” I knew that was code for: “Time to relax. You’re going to reach your time goal.” The final metres were downhill. I crossed the line with my arms in the air. The rest of my family and my fiancé were waiting there. Because of their support, and my decision to finally believe in myself, the “last person on Earth to ever like running” had completed her first half-marathon in 2:27.

Molly is another one of those eager Saint John Streakers I talked about yesterday, one who took on the December running challenge and another who also happened to work at Brunswick News when I was there.  We seemed to develop into an avid running crew! Molly, like many, has used running for fitness reasons, hoping to lose weight after earning her degree and in less than one year, did remarkable job. Definitely, many can identify with that goal. As has been the case with other runners in this series, Molly also understands the many benefits fitness and running provide. And for her, those benefits are personal and powerful motivators.

Here is her story.

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by Molly Cormier

On the morning of January 1, 2013, I woke up feeling different than I usually did on the first day of a new year. Continue reading