The Running Whys – Paulette Stoddard

Running Whys PaulettePaulette Stoddard is a Saint John native who started to run in 2009, one of many important facets that helped in transforming her life.

She continues to live on the West Side of the city and has been happily married to her husband Jim since 1999. Professionally, she is the Purchasing and Security Manager with WorkSafeNB Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Carla Harris

Carla Harris started running at age 40 and became hooked, competing in many distances and has branched out to triathlons as well.

Carla Harris started running at age 40 and became hooked, competing in many distances and has branched out to triathlons as well.

This is the third in a series of stories featuring athletes who will take part in Marathon by the Sea.

 Carla Harris has generally been active all her life but did not start running until she was in her 40s. That leap was inspired, in part, by volunteering at a water station during one edition of Marathon by the Sea. There, she witnessed the determination of the competitors and felt if older runners could tackle the course, so could she. It changed her life. What follows is her story of her impressive progress, extensive competition and her journey into the triathlon disciplines as well.

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by Carla Harris

I have been running for about 15 years but was a late starter at the age of 40. I am now 56 years old. I was pretty active as a kid, running a little, broad-jumping and I remember how much I liked being outside. Once I competed in a junior high school running relay team where I got a ribbon.

In my early 20’s, I started Continue reading

The Running Whys – Mark Leger

Mark Leger, right, is shown finishing the Prince Edward Island Marathon in 2010 with his sister Allie. He will participate in the 20th anniversary edition of Marathon by the Sea on August 10.

Mark Leger, right, is shown finishing the Prince Edward Island Marathon in 2010 with his sister Allie. He will participate in the 20th anniversary edition of Marathon by the Sea on August 10.

This is the 17th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

Editor’s note: A lifelong baseball fan, Mark Leger was introduced to distance running as he watched his sister and his friend compete at the Boston Marathon. One of the rewards for making the trip was taking in a few games at Fenway Park. However, after receiving plenty of suggestions, encouragement and personal challenges, he ultimately tackled and succeeded in completing the marathon distance. Now, he has further expanded his interests and is a triathlete. Here is his story on running, fitness, his motivation and that one goal he still covets.

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For years, I made an annual pilgrimage to the Boston Marathon – as a spectator, not a runner though. My sister Allie and my friend Rami ran the race nearly every year. I was a big Boston Red Sox fan, so I made the trip to catch a few games and watch Allie and Rami finish the race on Boylston Street. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Rob Long and Sheila Perry-Long

Rob and Sheila Perry- Long made dramatic changes to their lives approximately seven years ago and have not looked back since.

Rob and Sheila Perry- Long made dramatic changes to their lives approximately seven years ago and have not looked back since.

Editor’s note: This is the 13th story in a series profiling runners who will compete in the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By the Sea Marathon in Saint John. The stories are also running on the MBTS Facebook page and MBTS website.

For Rob Long and Sheila Perry-Long, it is likely they never dreamed of how their lives might have changed when they started to incorporate running, then cycling, swimming and fitness into their lives. It started with a brave step forward by both approximately seven years ago and continues today with chapter after chapter of a journey that has seen them lose a combined weight of 240 pounds. Not only are they runners but regular participants in triathlon and both will be on hand August 10 for the 20th anniversary running of Emera Marathon By The Sea. Their riveting story is below.

Rob

I’ve never been an athlete.  In fact, I’ve never been very active, period.  Having grown up in a non-athletic family, I never had any interest in sports, especially running.  I was an overweight couch potato. Continue reading