The Running Whys – Run for the Cure

personalThe UniCats. That was the name of the secret club Kathy and her friend Michelle had when they were 12 years old. UniCats believe in the power of magic/miracles (unicorns) and are as fierce as big cats.

Read Kathy’s Run For the Cure page here.

It is the perfect name for the team we are organizing for this year’s CIBC Run for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 2. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Mark Scott

2015 Bluenose Marathon FinishThis story appeared in the Daily Gleaner on Aug. 27.

As a 40th birthday present to himself, Mark Scott adopted a philosophy of go big or go home.

So on Oct. 16, the Fredericton resident will be in Pownal, Maine, with eight of his running friends for the Big Brad Ultra, an 80-kilometre trail run that will test his endurance, commitment to training and reward a running career that has already achieved plenty in just six years.

I got it in my head that I wanted to do something memorable,” said Scott, who lives in the city with his wife Wendy and two daughters.

After four marathons in two years, I decided I was ready for a new challenge and this is what I decided on.Continue reading

The Running Whys – Fran Robinson

FranThis article ran in the Daily Gleaner on August 13.

There is a special picture of Fran Robinson in her personal library, one from last winter’s cross-country ski season, set on a beautiful day, sun shining as she looks intently onto the track feeling fit, happy with her training and ready to race.

For Robinson, the Ontario native who moved to New Brunswick to study her master’s degree, it was the culmination of months of training, complete with her summer leg work that allows her to challenge herself and live through a philosophy of active living. Continue reading

The Running Whys – 2016 Marathon By the Sea previews in review

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor background interior

One runner lost 70 pounds. Another dropped more than 45.

Several used the sport to deal with the stress of difficult family situations.

Two others detailed their reasons for volunteering at Emera Marathon By The Sea.

And one extremely special woman encouraged us to Never, Never, Never Give Up. Demonstrating determination and a strong will allow you to accomplish anything. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Natalie Davidson

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davison is originally from Moncton but now calls the far north of Queensland, Australia home. She moved there in 2008 after graduating from Dalhousie University with a physiotherapy degree.

Originally, the trip was thought to be a six-month holiday but she quickly fell in love with the country and never left. However, she is returning to New Brunswick to compete in the half marathon in the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Of note, she is training in the winter in Australia although she was still running in shorts and a t-shirt. Eight years later, she is a dual citizen and loving life, while she misses her friends and family. Continue reading

The MBTS Volunteer Whys – Mike Doyle

Mike DoyleOne new facet of our Running Whys program for 2016 is a look at volunteers and other people associated with the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea. There is no better place to start than with the race’s executive director Mike Doyle, a name many will recognize around the provincial and local running scene.

We asked him a few questions about this year’s MBTS and running from his perspective.

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

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The Running Whys – Guillaume Dauphin

DauphinThis story ran in the July 2 edition of the Daily Gleaner.

One of the newest faces on the Fredericton running scene made a quick impression at the Salmon Run 5km event last weekend, winning the inaugural race in the 65-person field in a solid time of 19:48.

It’s something Guillaume Dauphin gives credit to his interest in swimming, rowing and trail running as well as the rocky terrains he has taken advantage of while living in his native France before moving to Newfoundland and Labrador and eventually Fredericton. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Cathy Jeffrey

Cathy Jeffrey photo

Cathy Jeffrey races in the 2013 Boston Marathon, less than two years after taking up running the sport.

This article appeared in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner June 18.

Growing up in Sackville, Cathy Jeffrey first used jogging to keep in shape for her high performance tennis career.

She has many memories of running behind the family suburban van near her cottage with her siblings, training until her father “could see us in the mirror, laying face down in the dirt.

The early regiment paid dividends for Jeffrey, who competed annually at the Canadian Junior National Tennis Championships, winning a couple of doubles titles, all of which served as a stepping stone to making the Virginia Tech University tennis team on a full tuition Division 1 scholarship. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Brenda Guitard

Brenda

Brenda Guitard is shown here in the 2013 Boston Marathon, turning onto Bolyston Street toward the finish line.

Many people in the Saint John running community will recognize the person we have profiled – Brenda Guitard. Originally, we asked a few questions and Brenda suggested we weave them into a story.

But she’s done such an awesome job of detailing her career, her words are perfect.

Here is today’s Running Whys for the Marathon by the Sea, which takes place Aug 12-14 in Saint John.

Enjoy

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I was born and raised in Saint John. After graduating from University, I moved to Northern Ontario, where I taught high school for 18 years. In 2008, I returned to Saint John, supply teaching and working at the Running Room. For the last four years, I have been teaching physical education in elementary school – One year at Sussex Elementary School before moving Belleisle Elementary School, where I am in my third year. I continue to work at the Running Room part-time. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Kirby

 

Ottawa Marathon Finish Line

Mark Kirby, Allyson Finley and Tammy Blechschmidt cross the finish line at the 2016 Ottawa Marathon.

It’s almost a decade since Mark Kirby formally took up running, unsure if his initial steps in 2007 would lead him much past his five-kilometre training goal.

Fast forward nine years and Kirby has seven marathons to his credit, including the Ottawa Marathon last weekend, where he and 16 other Fredericton area athletes – including 13 marathoners – combated the heat to tackle major personal goals in one of the country’s biggest races. Continue reading