The Tallest Poppy Run Club – Starting July



The Tallest Poppy Run Club


The Tallest Poppy Run Club is inclusive of all runners of all abilities.  Our target neighbourhoods are Wolseley and West Broadway, but other folks are welcome.  The Tallest Poppy Run Club will be led by Ted’s Run for Literacy board members all of whom are very experienced runners.


A ten-week running program building strength and endurance for participants to comfortably run a 5 km or 10 km distance with confidence and success.  We will run different routes through the neighbourhood always starting and finishing at The Tallest Poppy. We will slowly increase our distance every week. Each session will start with a talk about a different aspect of running including nutrition, injury prevention, benefit to mental health and more.


Thursday evenings in July, August, and September at 6:00 to 7:00.


The Tallest Poppy, 103 Sherbrook in the heart of The Beautiful West End.


We believe running not only promotes physical and mental health, it also builds friendships, confidence, and adds to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood. The Tallest Poppy is at the crossroads of Wolseley and West Broadway, and is a welcoming meeting place for the adjoining neighbourhoods. In other words, a perfect location to bridge the gap and build community.

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Pop Up Season Is Starting

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2015 TRL Post-Race Survey

We had a blast at this year’s event, and we hope you did too! Please let us know your thoughts in our quick and easy post-race survey! To complete it shouldn’t take more than 2-4 minutes of your time. To those that have already responded via direct email invitation, thank-you so much!

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It’s taken us almost 24 hours to wrap our heads around how amazing TRL 2015 was yesterday. We can’t thank our 236 runners, volunteers, and sponsors enough for all the support. You made our fifth race thee best ever. Thank-you.

We will be posting more photos soon so you can relive the fantastic morning (even with the rain).

Photo courtesy of Fern Berard.

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Lori Roberts, our latest People of TRL interview, who’s running her first 10km race at TRL 2015


Ted’s Run for Literacy: When did you start running and why?
Lori Roberts: Sitting around a campfire with friends one night in July 2012, I made a suggestion that the five of us should sign up for the 2013 Manitoba Marathon Relay. We all (reluctantly?) agreed, I started running in the spring 2013, and the Happy Crampers placed 105 out of 395 in our category. After that, I was inspired to try to improve my personal performance. I did not run any “races” in 2014, but continued to find ways to include running in my busy life. I run because it’s inexpensive, simple, and because I can. In December 2014, I broke my wrist in a skating incident and I have lasting issues that requires surgery. I am currently unable to ride a bike, do yoga, or any other exercise that requires force or movement of my wrist so this year I started running a lot more simply because it’s the one thing I CAN do. I started the season off with my first 5km race in May and will finish it off with my first 10km at Ted’s Run for Literacy. I’ve seen such improvement in my endurance that I’m inspired to keep going. I also have a great husband who helps me fit regular runs into our busy routine and it’s encouraging that my young children are becoming interested in running with me!

TRL: Road, trail, or treadmill – where do you like to run?
LR: Did I say I “like” to run? Mostly road, a few trails, never on a treadmill.

TRL: If a movie/TV villain was chasing you who would have you running at top speed?
LR: Whichever ones are the fastest. Because if they weren’t fast, I would run my usual pace and hope that I’ll outlast them.

TRL: What’s the best tip you learned while training for Ted’s Run?
LR: I have a few that are all along the same line – Set a goal and stay committed, believe that I can overcome my negative brain (which always tells me to quit, or provides me with endless excuses not to go), and having a destination or a pre-determined route to keep me from taking a short-cut.

TRL: What does TRL mean to you?
LR: Ted’s Run for Literacy represents the integrity in people to make positive change and to encourage people to work towards a better future. Our youth need support and leadership to know that it is within all of us to succeed. I am excited to participate for the first time this year and look forward to seeing this little race become a major contributor to support literacy and inspire our youth to achieve success.

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People of TRL – Petra Rapmund, runner and TRL board alumni


Ted’s Run for Literacy – When did you start running and why?
Petra Rapmund – I started running in my early 40s after the death of my mom. I took up running to quit a 20+ year smoking habit. I guess I traded an unhealthy addiction for a healthy one.

TRL – What is one of your favourite inspirational or motivational quotes?
PR – My favourite inspirational / motivational quote is “I can do all things with God who strengthens me”. I have it tattooed on my arm as a constant reminder.

TRL – What’s the last book you read?
PR – The last book I read is the bible and I’m currently working through To Kill a Mockingbird.

TRL – You are invited to a fun run that calls for dressing up. What’s your costume?
PR – -My costume is Peter Pan because I never want to grow up! Ha ha, ask my kids.

TRL – What does Ted’s Run mean to you?
PR – My licence plate is “run for kids”. Kids are our future to everything. I try to associate myself with organizations who lift up and benefit kids. Ted’s Run is one of those with amazing people making it happen.

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People of TRL – Bob Cox, Runner and Publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press


People of Ted’s Run – Bob Cox, runner and Publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press

Ted’s Run for LIteracy: When did you start running, and why?
Bob Cox: I started running longer distances in 1975 when I was 14. I had always run in elementary school – cross-country races, track events. But then I got into high school and stopped, for some reason I can’t remember. In the spring the school organized a 10-mile run to raise money for new gym equipment. I entered and showed up on a hot Saturday morning dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, wearing black canvas high tops. About two miles in at a water station, a teacher told me that I had better slow down because there was a long way to go. I did not heed the advice and finished second behind an 18-year-old on the track team. I started taking it seriously after that. I ran around the block every night – I lived on a farm so it was 4.5 miles. Then I doubled up and ran 9 miles a night. I ran past another farm one night and the farmer came out and offered me a job, which I held for four years. I was the best distance runner at my high school after that and often finished first or second in regional races. I ran my first marathon in Quebec City in 1982 and have been running and racing regularly for 40 years.

TRL: With your busy schedule as Publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, when do you find time to run/ how do you work in training?
BC: I actually train very little in terms of pure running. I go to CrossFit classes almost every day and they include a variety of conditioning exercises that provide a strong fitness base. I fit in the CrossFit sessions mostly early in the morning – 6:30 a.m. – so they don’t interfere with work. On top of this I go for a couple of short runs during the week, about 5 km each. Then I do an ultra-long run on the weekends, usually at least 25 km. That gives me the training I need to be a competitive runner in my age group in local races at most distances.

TRL: You’ve just won a major race – what would the Free Press headline say?
BC: “Old guy beats youngsters” – I’m always happy just to win my age category (55-59), but I love being active and fit enough at my age to zip past people 25 years younger.

TRL: Do you have any pre-race rituals?
BC: Yes, I do a half-hour dynamic warmup with a lot of movements that I do regularly at CrossFit. A lot of it is yoga-inspired to loosen up the hips, stretch out the hamstrings and get you ready to run. And I always tie my shoelaces in a triple knot, a practice I started after the laces on one shoe came undone one time at the start of a race along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. I bent down to tie it up, the starter sounded and runners tried to get past me, stumbling, tripping, even falling as they began their race by running smack dab into a stationary man. I was not popular.

TRL: What does Ted’s Run for Literacy mean to you?
BC: Ted’s Run for Literacy raises money for the kind of support that is crucial for at-risk kids. I can’t think of a more important way of building a stronger society. I grew up relatively poor. My father died when I was 11, leaving behind my mother and six children. But I always had three things – enough food to eat, supportive schools and running to keep me healthy and make me feel good about myself. Every kid should have the same.

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