The Running Whys – Erika Kubik

Erika KubikThis story ran in the Daily Gleaner in September.

Erika Kubik’s return home has been nothing short of a dream.

The 32-year-old Fredericton native moved back to the city in December, re-establishing herself in the area she lived until she was approximately 10 years old.

What she discovered was a perfect venue for her reasonably new hobby – running. It’s a sport she took up four years ago and one that she credits for many positive attributes in her life. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Dave Horgan

Dave Horgan, shown after competing the Bluenose Marathon In May, will compete in Marathon by the Sea for the 10th time this summer.

Dave Horgan, shown after competing the Bluenose Marathon In May, will compete in Marathon by the Sea for the 10th time this summer.

This is the second in a series of stories leading up to the 2015 Marathon by the Sea.

Motivation for sport can take many forms but for Dave Horgan, the inspiration of a great Canadian hero played an early role in his first footsteps into longer distance running. Later in life, he returned to the sport, saluting the influence of his late mother and once again adopting a healthy lifestyle that continues to this day. In August, Dave will return to Marathon by the Sea for the 10th time this year. His Running Whys story follows.

Enjoy.

by Dave Horgan

I’m fairly certain that I’ve always loved running. Like many kids I participated in annual track and field events for school, but it was in September of 1980 at the age of 12 that I was introduced to longer distances.

Terry Fox had just been hospitalized and forced to end his Marathon of Hope, so my Grade 7 teacher at Grandview Avenue School, Art Comeau, formed a 100-mile club to bring awareness to Terry’s cause and to fitness in general. That school year, I ran Continue reading