Ted’s Run for Literacy: When did you start running and why?
Darcie Wadelius: I started running about 10 years ago because a friend who is a runner encouraged me to try it. I did a leg of the Manitoba Marathon relay and the next year I did the half. I work as a social worker so reducing stress is key for me and I find running to be meditative.
TRL: You’ve been asking by a running gel company to develop a new flavour. What is it?
DW: Since they have come out with salted caramel flavour, I think perfection has been achieved!
TRL: Road, trail, or treadmill – where do you like to run?
DW: I started with road running but have dabbled in trail running the last couple of years. I did the Spruce Woods half marathon this year for the first time and absolutely loved it! I can’t remember the last time I ran on a treadmill. I run outside all year and love clear, crisp days in the winter with a brilliant blue sky.
TRL: What’s the last book you read?
DW: Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It’s a true story of the author’s solo hike of over 1,000 miles on the Pacific Crest trail. Her grit and determination are admirable and her honest portrayal of her flaws is courageous too.
TRL: What does Ted’s Run mean to you?
DW: To me, Ted’s Run is a community event that brings people of all abilities together. I never get tired of the enthusiasm of the running community and always enjoy seeing kids cross the finish line. It’s also important to me to give back to the community so I’m really proud of what Ted’s Run has accomplished so far.