An Open Letter to Gina Tranquada

Dear Gina,

Just a quick note to congratulate you on your third place finish at the 2019 Winnipeg Police Half Marathon. You are an inspiration to our community and you make us so proud! One hour, thirty-one minutes, and one second is an outstanding time, but (there’s always a ‘but’) I want to draw your attention to another running milestone you achieved way back in 2012.

As I recall it was a rainy day, or was it snowy? There could have been a windchill or at the very least, sleet. I know for sure it wasn’t sunny or warm because our race is not known for balmy conditions, but (see, there’s another one) I digress.

This was the year you walked away $150 richer from Ted’s Run for Literacy for the fastest course record set by a female. Just so you know, this record still stands today despite some serious challenges from some badass female runners who would love to steal this record. The male fastest course time has been beat at least three times and is currently owned by Paul Carr (34:16:90).

Gina, do you remember your time? Are you curious? Do you think you can beat your own record? Are there any badass ladies with a chip on their shoulder (or bib, get it?  chip… bib… never mind, bad runner’s pun) out there who think they are a contender for a new record?

Seriously Gina, we would love to have you back on our course. You are a star VIP in our eyes and we would give you your own personal seat next to the propane heater, exclusive parking, and we will serve you cake on your very own souvenir paper plate.

Hope to hear from you soon Gina.

It’s a good day to be alive,

The TRL Race Crew

PS… to check Gina’s time go to and click “results”… I could tell you but I’m trying to drive some traffic our way :).

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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.


Race Director

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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:

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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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