The Running Whys – Troy Sandwith

Troy Sandwith1When Troy Sandwith made a commitment to running, the first race he picked to compete in was the 2011 Fredericton Marathon.

Was he crazy? Continue reading

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The Running Whys – Blair Bass

Blair printFor many runners, training takes place in the dark, the early morning hours before sunrise, the calm before the day’s responsibilities kick into gear.

With others, running is powerful therapy in an escape from an internal darkness, a forum to invigorate their soul, a setting to flee from life’s challenges or a mental home in which to find important solutions. Continue reading

The Running Whys – 2016 Marathon By the Sea previews in review

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor

White concrete room. Grungy urban wall and floor background interior

One runner lost 70 pounds. Another dropped more than 45.

Several used the sport to deal with the stress of difficult family situations.

Two others detailed their reasons for volunteering at Emera Marathon By The Sea.

And one extremely special woman encouraged us to Never, Never, Never Give Up. Demonstrating determination and a strong will allow you to accomplish anything. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Natalie Davidson

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davidson, right, ran her first half marathon at Marathon By The Sea in 2003.

Natalie Davison is originally from Moncton but now calls the far north of Queensland, Australia home. She moved there in 2008 after graduating from Dalhousie University with a physiotherapy degree.

Originally, the trip was thought to be a six-month holiday but she quickly fell in love with the country and never left. However, she is returning to New Brunswick to compete in the half marathon in the 2016 Emera Marathon By The Sea.

Of note, she is training in the winter in Australia although she was still running in shorts and a t-shirt. Eight years later, she is a dual citizen and loving life, while she misses her friends and family. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Jeremy Brown

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Jeremy Brown of Fredericton will compete in the Port City Challenge, tackling the 5k runs on Friday August 12 and Saturday, August 13 and the 10 k race Sunday, August 14 during Marathon By The Sea.

He will turn 30 next month and as a youngster, was a soccer player, which helped him get introduced to running in the first place. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Carolyn Radcliffe

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe crosses the finish line of the 5 km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Carolyn Radcliffe’s road to the 10-kilometre race as part of the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea started on a bike. She wanted to lose weight and did, dropping 30 pounds through Weight Watchers programming and time on the bicycle. But that was only the beginning in her inspiring tale of dedication. Thanks to a work-sponsored running clinic, she took up running; slowly at first but now with great enthusiasm and appreciation. Check out her Running Whys story and find out how much progress she has made, how much weight she lost and what the sport has provided in other areas of her life. Enjoy.

by Carolyn Radcliffe

I began running last year in May 2014 after losing 30 pounds on Weight Watchers.

I had always been overweight. In fact, my younger school years were full of body shaming and bullying. I had never really given any sport or diet a proper chance because I just didn’t believe I could do it. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Andrew Estey

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

Andrew Estey celebrates with his children Grace, left, and Charlotte after completing the half marathon at the 2014 Marathon by the Sea in Saint John.

This is the 16th profile on runners competing in the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

Andrew Estey estimates he blacked out for 30 seconds.

Then, in the aftermath of a severe mountain biking accident, he dusted himself off and attempted to finish his Canada Day 2013 journey from Fredericton to Mactaquac and back.

About another three kilometres down the road, however, the pain from a broken bone in his neck and three crushed vertebrae in his back proved too intense. His riding partner sped ahead to get help and through swift efforts, Andrew got the treatment he urgently required. Continue reading

The Running Whys – Patty MacMillan

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aminign for the 5k inthe Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer.

Last year, Patty MacMillan ran the Marathon by the Sea full marathon and this year, is aiming for the 5k Into the Night race, which takes place less than three months after she completed 18 weeks of chemotheraphy treatment after her latest battle with cancer. Photo Submitted

Three times, Patty McMillan has fought cancer. On May 28, less than a month ago, she finished 18 weeks of chemotherapy in her latest battle. Among the initial plans for Patty, who completed the full marathon in Saint John a year ago, was training for the 5km Into the Night race at Marathon by the Sea this August.
What follows is her inspirational account of her challenging journey, the courage she displayed, the friends and family who supported her and the determination she showed to set and achieve weight-loss and running goals.
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by Patty MacMillan

I was never athletic growing up….

I never ran a race in my life….

Cancer changed everything….

What changed for me in the beginning was in my early 20’s I was told I was “Pre Diabetic.” I weighed in at 300 pounds at only 5ft 6″. This shock was only Continue reading

The Running Whys – Krista Sutton

CUTLINE: Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children Tucker and Adriana and her mother Brenda.

Krista Sutton, centre, celebrates after completing the 5-km race at the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea with her children and her mother Brenda.

When participants in the 2014 Emera Marathon by the Sea crossed the finish line in their respective events last August, many were delighted to complete a major goal. The experience proved especially meaningful for one Saint John runner, who used the 20th anniversary race and corresponding salute to the fallen RCMP officers as motivational fuel to launch her personal wellness journey. This year, Krista Sutton is back and is sharing her incredible story of recovery that started almost 18 months ago. Her account is the first installment in our 2015 Running Whys series for the 2015 Emera Marathon by the Sea.

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By Krista Sutton

I wasn’t always a runner.

I maybe ran on the treadmill at the gym or in phys. ed class as a teenager but I was always fairly fit though. When I graduated high school in Quebec, I decided to move to 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