We’re not flush, but we aren’t cheap either.  Last year Ted’s Run for Literacy donated $7077 to two very deserving organizations that align directly with our Mission Statement.  We donated $4000 to our long term charity partner, Can U and another $3077 to Inner City Missions, Learn and Play.

When you register for The Little Race That Could, know that 100% of the registration fee directly supports improving literacy within inner city neighbourhoods; not one penny (what’s a penny again?) is used for race administration.

The cost of hosting our event is covered entirely by our wonderful sponsors. Your registration fees and donations are immediately put to work making our city a better place for children, a better place to live.

You should feel good about that.. we sure do!

As always, it’s a good day to be alive.


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Mark your calendars!

Our race committee is gearing up for our 9th annual Ted’s Run for Literacy on September 29, 2019. We are pleased to announce that we now have a school outreach coordinator, Ryan Warkentin. Ryan’s sole job is to expand on the number of school teams registering for TRL (no pressure Ryan). Back by popular demand are the unique, hand made medals designed and made by local artist, Natalie Ferguson. And yes, don’t worry, there will be heaps of Tara Bjornson’s famous cake!

Stay tuned for more announcements.

We are indeed the little race that could.


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Our 5 km event has sold out, twice!  We chipped 70 bibs for the 5 km event and sold out on Thursday morning.  We located another 38 bibs and sold these out in a couple of hours.  We have capped the 5 km event at 108 participants.

Several 10 km bibs remain but we expect these too will be sold out.

Kit pick up is on Saturday, September 22 between 10:00AM and 2:00 PM at the Kenaston Running room.

It’s a good day to be alive,


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2018 Medal Reveal

Handmade and one of a kind, these incredible medals were made by Natalie Ferguson, outreach coordinator at Art City. Exclusive to Ted’s Run for Literacy 2018.

Register to get yours: https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/15057/teds-run-for-literacy-2018/

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Top 10 reasons to be a Ted’s Run for Literacy Runner/Volunteer

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10)That warm feeling it brings in your heart in supporting CanU!
9)Awesome swag!
8)Be a part of a team with a “specific set of skills.”
7) Be a part of the only race that connects two beautiful city parks!
6) Have a legitimate reason to “tell someone where to go.”
5) Anticipate what outfit David Fielder is going to wear this year…..
4) The only road race Chuck Norris would start at 10:00am and finish at 9:55am.
3) It won’t rain this year……promise (fingers crossed).
2) Honour Jo by kicking cancer’s butt.
1) All of the above.

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Important PSA Coming…

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Ted’s Run for Literacy is proud to bring you an important PSA this week. Stay tuned!

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TRL Coffee Table – Tom Malone, Course Director and Resident Hugger

TRL: What are you reading?
TM: The Power of Now by Eckhart Toll – for the second time.

TRL: What’s it about?
TM: To sum it up, it walks one through a journey of enlightenment to live in the present. The past is gone and the future is largely out of our control, and living in the present is where we can truly appreciate all the love and beauty of life that is all around us at this very moment.

TRL: What have you taken away from the book?
TM: It taught me to recognize my ego and by recognizing its insanity, to have a much more enjoyable and fulfilling life. My enjoyment of hugging is a direct byproduct of Eckhart Tolle’s teachings.

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TRL Coffee Table – Carly Walsh, Ted’s Run for Literacy Social Media & Promotions

TRL; What are you currently reading?
CW: I’m switching between Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (e-book) and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (real book).

TRL: What made you pick those books?
CW: Honestly, I picked up Shoe Dog initially because I’d read an excerpt from the book online that featured Steve Prefontaine, and I’ll read anything about Pre. But he’s actually only a very small segment of an incredible brand story!

And I picked Harry Potter because who doesn’t like getting lost in a little magic?

TRL: What are some of the things you’ve learned from reading these books so far?
CW: There’s so many takeaways from Shoe Dog in all areas of life – from business to leadership. I think what I really liked is the “fake it til you make it” aspect. Phil Knight didn’t know anything about making and selling running shoes, he just had a “crazy idea” that he could make a better shoe. He guessed, improvised, and followed his instincts into success (although that took a very long time; so another takeaways is never give up on your “crazy ideas”).

With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – which I’m only part way through – I’d say it’s really all about no one else can define who you are – not your parents, not your social clique (or Hogwarts House in this case) – you just do you.

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TRL Coffee Table – Michael Bennett, Ted’s Run for Literacy’s race director

TRL: What book are you reading?

MB: I just finished reading

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.

TRL: What made you pick this book?

MB: I read her earlier book called Olive Kitteridge and I fell in love with her style.

She writes about the dynamics of families and the power of childhood memories that often spill into adulthood with frightening consequences. Coming from a large and complicated family myself, I’ve always been intrigued with this topic. There is so much below the surface of how families present themselves to society. Strout methodically peels back layer upon layer of the human condition, exposing raw nerves. It is here where healing can take place.

TRL: What are some things you’ve learned from this book?

MB: I have learned that the perfect family does not exist. There are always flaws and impropriety within any family nest no matter how strong and pure they may present. Events from the past that appear innocuous at the time sometimes become tortuous memories
with significant truth. The takeaway from this book is learn to accept others and their flaws and, paradoxically, love yourself despite your own flaws. Learn to own your mistakes and ask forgiveness.

TRL: Who should read this book?

MB: Anyone with family skeletons in their closet; in other words, everyone.

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TRL Coffee Table – Darcie Wadelius, TRL Co-Race Director

TRL: What was the last book you read?
DW: The last book I read was Crow Lake by Mary Lawson.

TRL: Why did you pick it?
DW: I chose this book as I just happened to be perusing the book sale cart at the Millennium Library on my lunch break when it caught my eye. It had been nominated as book of the year by a number of media outlets and as a Winnipegger, I couldn’t pass up a bestseller for $1.50!

The book is set in the heart of Canadian Shield in northern Ontario and focuses on the Morrison family who is deeply impacted by a tragedy. The story is told from the perspective of Kate who was a child at the time and follows her into adulthood. She struggles to make sense of her memories about how her family coped after the incident and how she ended up becoming estranged from her siblings over time. Fortunately, a family celebration brings them together offering the chance for reconciliation and understanding. The story is beautifully written in an understated manner and her descriptions of the physical landscape felt like home to me.

TRL: What do you love most about Canadian authors and books?
DW: I have a soft spot for Canadian literature as I think that there are many talented authors in our fine country. Maybe their stories resonate with me because I have lived here all of my life but I think that works of fiction can also help us identify what it means to be Canadian. This is even more significant now as we talk about reconciliation on a national level and hopefully move in the right direction. So in honour of Canada’s 150th, I think I need to discover another Canadian author! Anyone have suggestions for me?

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