CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE MRA’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
by KATHY WIENS
Welcome to the winter edition of our quarterly newsletter, ON THE RUN! Now that the 2017 race season has officially ended it’s time to transition to training in the off season. Whether you brave the elements and run outside all winter or move indoors to a treadmill, winter is the time to start building a base for the next running season.
Included in this newsletter are the winners that we celebrated at our annual MRA Awards Night on November 15th in both the Classic Race Series (16 + up) and the Youth Race Series (16 + under). It not difficult to take part in either of the series-all you have to do is become a member of the MRA! Go to: https://www.registrationlogic.com/secure/Register.aspx?E=3160 to sign up online or visit our website at: http://mraweb.ca/join-the-mra/ to download a membership form. All it takes to qualify for an award in the Classic Series is a minimum of 5 races and in the Youth Series you only need to complete 3. You could be one of our 2018 winners!
I have begun putting together the Race Calendar for 2018 and it looks to be a busy one! It will be sent out to the membership and posted on our website in early February. Also included will be the races chosen to be part of the Classic Race Series and the Youth Race Series. It can help you to plan your 2018 running season and is a great motivator!
Did you know that the first event on our calendar is the Frost Bite River Run on January 28th? It’s a chip-timed 5-mile fun run that starts at the Riverview Community Centre and makes its way down onto the River Trail to the Forks and back. Everyone gets a medal and there’s an amazing post-run chili meal included. For more information on this unique event go to: http://mraweb.ca/events/frostbite-river-run/. Registration is capped at 120 so don’t delay!
Our annual Hall of Fame Banquet will be on April 9, 2018 and our guest speaker this year will be Kevin Chief, a runner and Vice-President at the Business Council of Manitoba. I’ve heard he’s a fantastic speaker and has quite an interesting background. This is our most prestigious event of the year and a great opportunity to visit with running friends that you may not have seen for a while. We will be accepting nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame from our membership until January 31, 2018. For information on how to nominate someone you feel deserves the recognition, go to: http://mraweb.ca/nomination-process/. Tickets will be available for purchase online in February.
Thank you to our membership for helping to make 2017 such a successful year of running. You are the MRA and it’s my privilege to work with an incredible group of people that make up your board of directors. Have a great holiday season and I hope to see you all at the events in 2018!