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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Our 5 km Course is now Certified!

Ted’s Run for Literacy is pleased to announce that our 5 km course is now certified and sanctioned by Manitoba Runners’ Association.  We certified the 10 km course years ago, but now, with the resurgence in popularity of the 5 km distance, we felt it’s time to update our 5 km course to the same standard.

Certification means it has been accurately measured and is recognized (sanctioned) by Manitoba Runners’ Association and Athletics Manitoba as a professionally competitive course.

We are indeed, the little race that could.  

Mark your calendars, September 24 at Kildonan Park.

It’s a good day to be alive.


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Mark your calendars…

The 7th annual Ted’s Run for Literacy (or as the hip say, TRL) is Sunday, September 24, same Bat Place, same Bat Time. Remember, we’re the sleep-in race. We start at 10:00 AM while those other races start at the ungodly hour of 7:00AM!

Enjoy the extra zzz’s, brought to you by the good folks at TRL.




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Registration closes at 11:59 PM on Thursday, September 22, 2016.

Registration on Race Day is available for the 2 km event only.

No Race Day registration for 5 or 1o km event.

We have a limited number of chipped bibs. Once they are gone, we are sold out.

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Race Day: September 25, 2016

The countdown is on! We sold out in 2015 so we strongly encourage you to register soon.

For more information on how to register click the “Register” tab above.

For information on Race Day click the “Race Day” tab above.

New this year… registration is now available at Stride Ahead.

For all inquiries contact

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“Jo” button campaign


Donations to the “Jo” button campaign have now exceeded $5000.  Proceeds will be presented to Jo’s family on September 25 at Ted’s Run for Literacy.  At Jo’s request proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Brain Tumour Registry (Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.  Donations will be doubled by Brain Canada.

Buttons are available at City Park Runners, Stride Ahead, and at Kenaston Running Room for a $5.00 (minimum) donation. Contact TRL at for more information.


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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.

For more information contact:

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