Race Crew

April 2009 Assiniboine Park Run 10

Joan Swain, Chairperson, and the late Ted Swain and daughter Natalie Swain.

Joan Swain was married to Ted for nearly 36 years.  She saw first hand Ted’s love of reading as it impacted upon their two daughters, Kristina and Natalie, and the many students that Ted taught throughout his 37 year teaching career.  She also experienced Ted’s commitment to running as a means to improve health and personal self fulfillment.  Joan, herself not a natural runner, trained under Ted’s gentle tutelage and subsequently ran the Toronto Half Marathon with Ted in Oct 2008.  Sadly Ted’s unexpected passing in May 2009 prevented future planned runs together.  It has been an  honor for Joan to work for over 6 years with the hard working individuals of Ted’s Run for Literacy committee whose goal it is to keep Ted’s memory alive by supporting CanU and, by extension, reading and running.


Joanne Schiewe, Honorary Board Member  (in memoriam).

Joanne Schiewe


Carly Walsh, Social Media 

Carly Walsh is constantly pushing hashtags, re-tweets, and Facebook likes as Ted’s Run for Literacy’s social media and promotions person. Ironically, she rarely posts about her own running journey, which begs the question, “if you ran a marathon and didn’t post about it on social media, did it really happen?”


Pat Button Linda Klaric, Food and Beverage

Linda Klaric has been involved with Ted’s run for six years. Linda met Ted through the running room. She ran a 10km personal best with Ted. Linda has run five full marathons and 27 half marathons. Running is a wonderful thing to do.

Pat Button began running later in life and was delighted to find a whole new community of friends. Many of those years were spent running with Ted. Pat is honoured to be part of Ted’s Run for Literacy.


Aldo Furlan, Volunteer Coordinator

Aldo Furlan is a long-time runner, school coach, and volunteer in the running community. He has competed in distances from five km to marathons across Canada and the U.S. His long standing goal is to finish a race in each province…as long as his left knee lets him. One of his favourite runs was a 10km beach run along the coast of Australia at Crunulla Beach in Sydney. His inspiration to join the Ted’s Run For Literacy team began with it’s first official race, when he saw the connection between Ted’s Run For Literacy and Can U. It was a natural progression and one which he welcomed readily. He is now proud to promote Ted’s Run For Literacy as a continued supporter of CanU at Sister MacNamara, as well as other schools across Canada.


Terri Rosendale, Registration

Terri Rosendale was motivated to start running after watching her daughter complete a 5 km event in 2013.  At first Terri couldn’t run more than 5 minutes on the treadmill.  She worked her way up to 20 minutes. After seeing a friend complete a half -marathon she decided to give it a try.  Her friend, who ran out of a Calgary Running Room in Calgary, told Terri she would meet a lot of great people and get the support she needed if she joined the Running Room.  On February 27, 2014 Terri joined the Kenaston Running Room for her first half-marathon clinic.   She completed her first half-marathon that June. To date she has completed nine half- marathons  and one marathon.  Terri is currently training for her second marathon in June 2018. Terri is also the proud mama of two children and married to her number one fan, Jeff. Terri  Works full time, loves to do home renovations, crafts, and drawing.


Mauricio Alfaro, Course Director

Hi, my name is Mauricio Alfaro and I like stuff. Summer stuff, winter stuff. I like food stuff, family stuff, music stuff, relaxing stuff. Did I mention, “food stuff” yet? I’ve been a regular gym goer since 2012, then accomplished the Manitoba Full Marathon same year and haven’t stopped since. I look forward to new challenges and experiences but making memories with friends and loved ones is the stuff of gold. In between the adventures, remember to “Throw kindness around like confetti” and don’t forget ‘Rule Number 32: Enjoy the Little Things’. Cheers!”



Roger Berrington, Executive Director CanU and Member at Large TRL

Roger Berrington has been and continues to be a huge fan of Ted Swain and Ted’s Run For Literacy. Roger introduced Winnipeg and Manitoba to the amazing after school Running and Reading programs in 2006 (coordinating six after school programs at its zenith) and has enjoyed seeing many kids deepen their confidence and conviction in fitness and literacy over the years. In 2010 Roger was part of a team that launched CanU (the University of Can) which paved the way for kids to be introduced to the dream of a post-secondary education while providing them with mentors, literacy tools, nutrition and health education experiences and a variety of sports. Roger has been a member-at-large with Ted’s Run For Literacy since its inception in 2010.


Michael Bennett; Race Director

Michael Bennett was a friend of Ted Swain and attended several of his clinics. Michael is active in the running community and hosts a blog called See Mike Run. Michael has run many marathons and half-marathons. He has completed several 50 km Ultra Marathons. He is a founding member of TRL and coined the phrase “Ted’s Run for Literacy, the little race that could.”


Winston Yip and daughter, Sponsorship

Winston Yip is active in the running community through racing, volunteering and most recently…committee member of the Ted’s Run for Literacy.  He has 3 full marathons under his belt and over 20 half marathons completed to date.  He enjoys running with his fellow peers and meeting new people in the running community.


Darcie Wadelius, Co-race director

Darcie Wadelius (Co-race director)has been with TRL since its first race.  She fell into running by virtue of joining clinics at the Running Room where Ted mentored many runners who were new to running.  She has several half marathons under her belt and would like to try another full one day. She also loves trail running and has met some of the nicest people through the running community.

Cheryl Maxsom (Dry clothes drop-off)… bio is not available at this time.

Past TRL Board Members

Tim MacKay

Steve Wetton

Tom Malone

Jerri Lee MacKay

Connie Joy

Petra Rapmund

Bobbi Nicol

Sherri Grandmont

Sandra Danberg

Christy Zamzow

Mouse Fraser (honorary)

Brent Bailey

Lorraine Walton

Rachel Munday

Mike Still


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