The third annual Ted's Run for Literacy was a smashing success. With 291 registered runners and walkers this makes 2013 our best ever race. The seven family teams added a whole new sparkle to Ted's Run for Literacy sporting names such as the MackaPackas, The Poundies, The 4RE's, Jack's Firing Jets. I even overheard some good natured chirping between two families.. you're going down MackaPackas.... hope those tattoos aren't permanent LJM3 ... all in the spirit of fun and good cheer. Several dozen schools were represented including Teulon, Kelvin, Grosvenor, John Henderson and Balmoral Hall. It is gratifying to see children run to support children living in poverty.
|Carly bringing in her son.|
As Stephanie led the participants in a pre-race warm-up the thick clouds parted exposing a summer blue sky. The sun's warmth smiled on the dancers; their feet kicked a little higher, a little stronger as they danced together as one. And the smiles, what can be said of the smiles? To say Ted was there smiling along with his old pals would be stating the obvious. He was there in the hearts and the minds of all... and he was in shorts with a Viking hat. Dear old Ted, you are missed so.
|Smile x 3|
We invited political folks but Ted's Run is too small for busy politicians. No matter, we had the support of three race directors: Bridget Robinson of the Point Douglas Run, Jonathan Torchia of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Run, and local hero, Jeff Vince of the Diana Stevens Empower Run. We had the likes of David Fielder, Barefoot Bob, Melissa Budd, and many many more. We had one wheeler whose smiles and positivity lit up the course. No, we didn't have any politicians, they were all to busy, but we had better, we had the likes of you. We had folks with kind hearts, deep pockets, and unbridled positive energy. We had moms and dads and kids. We had a wheeler, and dog walkers. We had energy and spirit. We had the spirit of Ted waft through the course. No politicians though, they were too busy.
|What an awesome team!|
What can one say of the volunteers who give so freely of their time? Those who keep us safe. Those that load vans. Those that hand out ribbons to child runners.Those that cheer and hold up signs. Those that have beautiful souls. Those who give so much and expect nothing in return except perhaps a smile and a coffee. I tried to thank you all but I know I missed many, please forgive me. These volunteers we have at Ted's Run for Literacy, we are so fortunate and so grateful for your support. Ted smiles upon you.
|Best volunteers ever!|
Since it's inception in 2011, Ted's Run for Literacy has raised over $15,000 for Start2Finish. Ted's Run for Literacy... indeed... the little race that could.
My friends, and friends soon to be, thank you for believing in Ted's Run for Literacy, thank you for believing that childhood poverty can be eradicated, and thank you for your support.
It's a good day to be alive.
Save the date: The fourth annual Ted's Run for Literacy, October 19, 2014, Kildonan Park.