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

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The Running Whys – Adam Fowler

Adam Fowler of Fredericton competed in a number of full marathons and half marathons this year around the region, including the Saint John Marathon By the Sea. Photo Submitted.

Adam Fowler of Fredericton competed in a number of full marathons and half marathons around the region in 2014, including the Saint John Marathon By the Sea. The most memorable and significant took place in Halifax. Photo Submitted.

Editor’s note: This story ran on Nov.1, 2014 in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner.

For many in the Fredericton running community, the time change this weekend correlates positively with a somewhat welcome relief in training intensity. The end of October means the packed schedule of events across the region have concluded and medals for races and a trio of regional running series are hanging proudly in homes across the city.

That’s the case for Fredericton’s Adam Fowler, who in the past few weeks, ran the Prince Edward Island Marathon Oct. 20, the Legs for Literacy half marathon Oct. 26 and even competed in a 5-kilometre Halloween event in Saint John Oct. 25. Continue reading