Marie Burke

Cape Breton Post - - Weekend -

Since 2008, the Cape Bre­ton Fid­dlers Run has of­fered learn to run pro­grams to help peo­ple start run­ning. The pro­gram has ex­panded and is now of­fered in Glace Bay, North Syd­ney and Louis­bourg. It is or­ga­nized and man­aged by about 32 vol­un­teer coaches who are en­thu­si­as­tic about shar­ing their love of run­ning. Name: Marie Burke.

Age: 52.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices, Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity. Home­town: Louis­bourg. Learn to Run (LTR) pro­gram lo­ca­tion: Louis­bourg.

Why did you de­cide to take the LTR Pro­gram? To get ac­tive. What was the best part of the LTR pro­gram? Great coaches like Jen­nifer La­hey and Har­vey Sharpe.

What was the hard­est part? Go­ing out in un­pleas­ant weather and of course the hills.

What is your fa­vorite mem­ory or mo­ment from the LTR pro­gram? Cross­ing the fin­ish line. Best ad­vice you re­ceived about run­ning? Don’t lose your base and keep to a sched­ule.

Some­thing sur­pris­ing you learned about your­self through run­ning? That I can and did do it.

What would you tell a new run­ner? It’s not easy but it if I can do it so can you.

Long­est run (by dis­tance or time) you have ever done? 6.7k. Which race are you do­ing at Cape Bre­ton Fid­dlers in Septem­ber? 5k.

Do you call your­self a run­ner? Now I do.

What are your goals in run­ning? My goal is to run a 10k.

How has run­ning changed you? It made me be­lieve in my­self.

Why do you run? I run be­cause it clears the mind.

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