The MRA was formed in 1971 and currently has 344 members. However thousands of Manitobans benefit from our activities. Whether young or old, male or female, disabled or disadvantaged, the MRA serves them all. Most of the people who participate in our events avail themselves of our facilities but are not actually members of the organization. Part of our ongoing effort is to encourage them to join. We also offer school memberships which provide discounts to students at events such as the Manitoba Marathon.
The MRA is the only non-profit advocate for the sport of road running in Manitoba and is incorporated under the laws of Manitoba. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors which is accountable to its members and to the community and employs a part-time Executive Director, Kathy Wiens. Our mission statement is to “promote and support the sport of running for health, fun and fitness for life to runners of all ages and abilities”. The aim of the MRA is to encourage mass participation in road running as well as the individual pursuit of excellence through our schedule of fun runs and road races.
It's what we do best!
The MRA encourages Manitobans to make running and walking a part of a healthy lifestyle and makes a special effort to encourage our youth to pursue running as a way of staying fit for life. In order to achieve this, the MRA organizes two road race series for its members. The MRA PRO Race Series is for runners ages 16 and up who are looking for some friendly competition. It gives them the opportunity to compete against others in their respective age groups and be rewarded for their efforts at the annual Year-End Awards Banquet. It also provides properly measured and certified courses that can be used by elite runners wishing to qualify for national events and recognition. In fact, Manitoba has the second largest number of certified courses in Canada thanks in a large part to the MRA.
Meet the Team
The Manitoba Runners' Association was created in 1970 by Charlie Paille, Victor Wilkes, and Laurie Logan because there was no organized road running program in Manitoba in place at the time. The original name was the Manitoba Road Racers' Association. The name was later changed to the Manitoba Runners' Association.
Carrying on the traditions and the spirit of the MRA today are:
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!
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.
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.
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