Chairperson, 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 9 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.
Member at Large, Natalie Swain, is the eldest daughter of Ted and Joan Swain. Natalie has been involved in TRL since her return to Winnipeg in 2017. Although not a runner herself, she became a passionate reader at a young age, and has fond memories of her father reading to her as a child. Always close with her father, Natalie is happy to contribute to his lasting memory and to encourage the passion for reading and running that Ted had in others. She has run absolutely no marathons, instead choosing to run the intellectual marathon of a PhD…if only that too could be completed in a day!
In memoriam, Joanne Schiewe was an active and much loved TRL board member for many years. As TRL’s MC she rocked the mic like nobody’s business! Joanne was an accomplished Adventure racer, road racer and triathlete. She completed numerous 1/2 marathons, full marathons and several Iron Man events. She is a MRA Hall of Fame inductee and raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer research. Joanne died from Glioblastoma Brain Cancer on August 29, 2016 at the age of 36. She is sorely missed.
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?”
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.
Food and Beverage, 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.
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 the proud mama of two children and she is married to her number one fan, Jeff. Terri works full time, she loves home renovations, crafts, and drawing.
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!”
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.”
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.
Race Director, Darcie Wadelius 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.
Dry Clothes Drop Off, Cheryl Maxsom, Biography and photograph not available at this time.
School Outreach, Ryan Warkentein, Biography and photograph not available at this time.
Past TRL Board Members
Jerri Lee MacKay
Mouse Fraser (honorary)
Brent Bailey (and mom)