MRA Board of Directors
Executive Director - Kathy Wiens
Kathy Wiens has been an active road runner for about 25 years. She loves to race all distances from 5km to the full marathon. She belongs to the Road Kill Running Club and trains with them when her body allows! She works in the office of a rural veterinary clinic a couple of days a week, and in her spare time she teaches Dressage riding to a small group of adults. She sat on the Run Manitoba committee of Athletics Manitoba for 3 years and when road racing was turned back over to the Manitoba Runners' Association she wanted to continue giving back to the running community. Kathy says it is an honour to take over the reins from Leni as Executive Director.
She is married to her husband Peter and has two very active children, Kaitlyn and Noah, who train with the Windburn Triathlon Club.
President - John Murphy
John has been involved in running for many years, to date he has completed 14 full marathons, plus many half's, 5k's, 10K's and relays. He started running because he needed a flexible exercise program, that fitted his work travel schedule, fitting in short runs where he could, and then he became hooked on the sport. He ran his first full marathon in 2000, and found it so rewarding that he did another 2 that year.
While he continues to enjoy running, he now finds that helping others achieve their running goals to be more rewarding.
Last year he received a volunteer of the year award from the "Canadian Diabetes Association" for his work with "Team Diabetes". Since 2004 he has assisted with organizing and training participants for various marathons, he said most of the participants are new to the sport and to see them achieve their goal is both humbling and rewarding, he plans on continuing to recruit and help others to achieve their running goals and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
John retired in 2006 from the North West company, after a lengthy career that he enjoyed in retail operations and marketing with "The Bay" and the "North West Company".
He believes running/walking is not only very rewarding but great exercise for all ages.
He is looking forward to working with the MRA board team and helping all runners have an enjoyable and rewarding experience as they strive to achieve their running goals.
Secretary - Dreena Duhame
Dreena is a retired legal assistant and has been a board member for 11 years as secretary. Dreena celebrated 35 years of running in May 2014. During that time she has completed distances of one mile to the full marathon. She hopes to be running when she is 90. Besides being passionate about running, Dreena loves opera, the Blue Bombers and her three cats: Norma Jean, Dudley and Tonto.
Her other volunteer activities include the Humane Society and tending the kettle for the Salvation Army at Christmas time.
In September 2013 Dreena completed the Trail of the Incas in Peru, a four day trek through the Andes Mountains. She was the oldest female with that particular tour company to do so. She says she could not have done it without her background as a runner.
Dreena was inducted into the MRA Running Hall of Fame in 2013.
Judy McMullen - Treasurer
Judy has an exciting career at Red River College, as Assistant Controller. During her 29 year career at RRC, she has been involved with staff in numerous running events and that is where she met James Slade and became involved in the MRA Board as treasurer. In Winnipeg she has run 2 marathons, half marathon, participated in countless relays and fun runs. She has 3 children who were always active in the school running programs. She is proud to say that they continue to be active in running, hockey, snowboarding and other physical activities. In her free time she also enjoys golfing, swimming, slow pitch, curling, gardening and reading. She has sat on numerous boards and committees; Roblin Park Community Centre Board of Directors for 12 years, RRC Daycare for 11 years, actively involved in the inception of the Winnipeg Women’s Hockey League (WWHL) and sat on the board for 4 years and at Red River College involved with the Staff club. She is eager to participate in the MRA Board of Directors and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.
Leni is the past Executive Director of the Manitoba Runners' Association and has agreed to stay on the board as an advisor. Leni is excited about this new chapter in her life and knows she will enjoy her retirement with the wonderful new man in her life.
She has two grown children and seven grandchildren. She loves to walk, ballroom dance, cycle, read, go to movies, and spend time with her wonderful grandchildren.
Leni was inducted into the MRA Road Running Hall of Fame in 2012 as a builder.
John has been a member of the MRA for about 16 years. John was born in Holland, NL and came to Canada in 1957. He started running at the age of 47. His first race was the Churchill Drive Ice Cream Run and his second race was the Manitoba Half Marathon. His first full marathon was the Twin Cities Marathon at the age of 57. To date he has run in 20 full marathons, 35 half marathons and numerous shorter races.
John is retired from the Rehab Centre for Children where he was the Director of Mechanical Design and Services (making wheel chairs and other special equipment for children).
John has a passion for children and plans to work with kids to help get them started running. He plans to keep running himself for years to come. John was inducted into the MRA Road Running Hall of Fame in March of 2008 as an Athlete/Builder.
Brenlee began running in grade 7 and ran her first marathon at the age of 17 at which time she became a member of the MRA.
Brenlee is the only Manitoba female to have won the Manitoba Marathon five times.
Her enthusiasm and energy are legendary. She has been coaching young runners in Cross Country, Track and Field, Run, Jump and Throw and Fit Run for over 20 years with the Winnipeg School Division.
Brenlee was inducted into the Manitoba Runners’ Association Hall of Fame in 2011 as an Athlete at which time she joined the MRA Board of Directors to give back to the sport that she loves so dearly.
Her enthusiasm and energy is channelled to promote and support the MRA Youth Running Series for runners 16 years and under which started in 2013.
Ken has been a member of the MRA since 1983. He served as a board member for 6 years.During that time he was an equipment facilitator and also Vice -President and President. Ken served as organizer for the Halloween Hustle 5km during this period. He has completed 32 marathons,14 were completed under 2:50. His personal best is 2:40:25. In 1990 Ken began coaching with the After Five Running Club. He has coached track and cross-country at Kelvin High School and also helped train the Triple Threat Triathlon Club. In addition, he has coached running clinics for Stride Ahead Sports. He has been coaching the Road Kill Running Club since 1994.Some of the runners he has coached include Brenlee Muska (5 time Manitoba Marathon winner),Cathy Cullen (Manitoba Marathon winner),Janice Gill (Manitoba half-Marathon winner),Charlene Einarson (Manitoba half-Marathon winner),and Demitri Melman (3rd place Manitoba Marathon). Ken was inducted into the Manitoba Runner's Association Hall of Fame in 2007 as an Athlete/Builder.
Rockford McKay was born and raised in Winnipeg. He is a science curriculum consultant with Frontier School Division. He is an author of the current Grade 7 Science textbook in Manitoba and was advisor to the Grade 10 Science textbook.
Rockford has been involved in road running since the running boom in the 70s. As a distance runner, he participated in track, cross – country and road racing and ran a sub 3hr marathon at the age of 15. He first participated in road racing in 1977, at the Provincial 20 Km Road Race Championship. He was a member of the MRA executive in the early 80s and a board member in the past.
Rockford was the co - race director for the Timex National 10K Championship held here in Winnipeg. He also organized the Joe Keeper – Angela Chalmers Run. The 2005 edition of this race was both the Provincial 5 Km Road Race Championship and Canadian Masters Championship. Rockford volunteered at many races over the past decades.