The Running Whys – Paul Lavoie

Paul LavoieIt was 1978 and Paul Lavoie had just returned to Fredericton to live after spending several years in Yellowknife in one of his early career postings with the federal government.

Once settled back in the New Brunswick capital in his role as a regional manager for Natural Resources Canada, he was comfortable with administration. But with many long hours at the desk, he realized he needed to get back into shape. Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Sherri Colwell-McCavour

Sherri Colwell-McCavour displays the medals she received this year after completing her second Dopey Challenge at Disney in January.

Sherri Colwell-McCavour displays the medals she received this year after completing her second Dopey Challenge at Disney in January.

When Sherri Colwell-McCavour decided to improve her fitness more than a decade ago, her first walk consisted of 21 kilometres. It was a challenge, yes, but as she describes in today’s edition of the Running Whys, she greets challenges with glee. Ride a rollercoaster during a marathon. Yup, she’s done it. What follows is her enlightening, insightful, delightful and often humourous account of the reasons she runs, the lengths she has taken to achieve some of her goals and how she treasures the relationships she’s made along the way. So grab a cup of your favourite beverage, find a cozy spot and enjoy!

The Running Whys

by Sherri Colwell-McCavour

I have to say, I was very honoured to have been contacted back in late May and asked if I would like to be a contributor to 2015’s Running Whys for MBTS. It was approximately five minutes later when I thought “Good grief. I have nothing worthwhile to contribute to this great forum! These days I spend most of my time working to meet deadlines and praying I can get at least one decent workout in during the week. I don’t feel like much of a runner these days!” Continue reading

The Running Whys – Haley Adams-Green

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

Haley Adams-Green races toward the finish line of the YSJ Airport Run. She is an active participant in the Run NB series of events and will once again be racing in Marathon by the Sea this August. Photo Submitted

As an accountant, Haley Adams-Green is naturally drawn to numbers, like the kind of statistics generated on one’s Garmin. But for Haley, running, particularly in the Greater Saint John area, provides so much more, ranging from social to inspiration, from goal setting to volunteerism. She is active in many Run NB events in addition to regular competitions in triathlon. She has also organized races and in August, she will be on hand once again at the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea. Here is her story on why she runs.

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by Haley Adams-Green

I used to dread track and field day at school. I was never very fast. Growing up in a very small community in Nova Scotia, I also was never exposed to the world of running. I didn’t know I didn’t need to be fast, I just needed to get out there and do it (and the “fast” is a relative concept that comes with time)!

My father-in-law inspired my husband and I to start running when I was in my twenties. I soon became truly addicted. Being an extrovert with a love for a very “solo” sport, I started Continue reading

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