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 tedsrunforliteracy@gmail.com

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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 tedsrunforliteracy.com 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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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!
Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5VW8M2T

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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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