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.
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.