The Running Whys – Gary Keating

Gary Keating will compete in the half marathon Sunday at the Marathon by the Sea, marking the 19th consecutive year he has participated in the event.

Gary Keating of Saint John will compete in the half marathon Sunday at the Marathon by the Sea, marking the 19th consecutive year he has participated in the event. He credits a newspaper story for sparking his initial interest.

This is the 22nd story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John on Sunday. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

These days, Gary Keating might be better known in his run for public office. But the truth is, he’s been running for a long time. In fact, he ran in Marathon by the Sea long before he became principal at Simonds High School, a post he continues to hold today.

In hindsight, his association with MBTS started in the most interesting of fashion, the day after the first race took place in 1995 as part of Festival by the Sea. Continue reading

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