New Brunswick

Marathon By Sea a success

About 800 people turned out for the 16th annual Marathon by the Sea in Saint John, with events including a Nordic walk, an eight-kilometre run, and full and half marathons.

About 800 people turned out for the 16th annual Marathon by the Sea held Sunday in Saint John, with events including a Nordic walk, an eight-kilometre run, and full and half marathons.

Alex Coffin was the first marathon runner to cross the finish line Sunday, with a time of two hours and 48 minutes. This is his seventh marathon win.

"You know, I just feel blessed I'm still running fast," he said. "Right now in Saint John, I feel we haven't ever had as many fast runners as we do right now. It's incredible."

Maggie Johnson from Quispamsis came in first among the women. She finished with a time of three and a half hours.

Linda Leary from Halifax was elated to complete the eight-kilometre long distance walking course Sunday after nearly quitting halfway through.

She said that she weighed close to 163 kilograms when she first made the decision to walk more, and now she is a distance walker.

"It's pretty satisfying. I'm positive if I didn't start doing this I'd be in a wheelchair by now or walking with a cane and I don't," Leary said. "I'm just so happy I didn't quit."

Organizers made changes to the course this year to attract more runners. It featured fewer hills than in previous years.

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