The Running Whys – Johanne Thériault

Johanne TheriaultAs Johanne Thériault details her busy running schedule, whether it be training on the road near her home in Nigadoo or outlining her plans to race in Berlin, Chicago and Saint John this year, the question usually turns to her motivations.

That’s where the 34-year-old city solicitor for the City of Bathurst can get emotional.

“It’s always a question I like to brush off, because the answer is pretty personal,” says Johanne. “It’s something that is still hard to even say out loud.” 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

In Julia’s words – The Running Whys


Julia celebrates after crossing the finish line to complete the Legs for Literacy half marathon in October.

“My mom and step-dad were cheering me on from the roadside—and I finished the race 10 minutes faster than my goal time. I felt like white-girl Usain Bolt. I blasted Bruce Springsteen on my iPod and went full-out. I was hooked. Summer 2013 turned into a summer of (by my standards) serious running.”

One of the beauties of social media is the ability to connect in group forums and work on common goals. That’s where I got to know Julia, in a running group our mutual friend April developed in December. The aim of the Saint John Streakers – not that kind of streakers! – was to run at least one mile each day during the month. You could run longer if you wanted but the overall goal was to help keep the holiday weight gain to a minimum. We monitored our progress with updates on Facebook and Julia was one of the most enthusiastic and regular participants, even celebrating her birthday with a monster length run after Christmas. But as we learn, running in 2013 provided much more for Julia.

Her story is below.




by Julia Wright

It’s kind of hard for me to explain how I got into running: I was a bookish, non-athletic kid. Gym class felt like a special torture devised to embarrass me. I preferred to write lines in advance, stuff them into the teacher’s hands, then park myself on the bench with the Chronicles of Narnia or Harriet the Spy. Continue reading