Assiniboine Park Conservatory


Don’t miss out on this prestigious event! The annual MRA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Canad Inn on Pembina Highway. This year’s inductees are Len Rolfson-Athlete, Michael Bennett-Builder and the Heart Throbs Running Club. We will also be awarding the 2017 MRA Male Road Runner of the Year to Darren Klassen and the 2017 MRA Female Road Runner of the Year to Alice Sherwin, as well as 2017 MRA Race Director of the Year to Rachel Munday of the Manitoba Marathon. Go to: for more information. Tickets can be purchased online at: or by contacting the MRA office at (204)477-5185 or Early Bird pricing is available until February 28th.


Hello fellow Road Runners:
Here’s a chance to test your winter training progress in a competitive but comfortable indoor setting. The 37th annual Boeing track meet will be held Mar  2 and 3 in the James Daly Fieldhouse / Max Bell Centre at the University of Manitoba, and it offers both 3000 and 5000m races in several categories.
That’s a lot of laps but there are no cars, dogs, or mosquitos to distract you, and your fans can cheer you on every 55 seconds.
Online Registration is at
Entries must be Received by February 23th, 2018.
If you’re not a member of Athletics Manitoba there is an additional $10 ‘day’ membership fee on top of  the $10/race entry fee.
George Stewart
An avid “trackie” and Road Runner


The 36th annual Great Grain Wellness Relay (GGWR) is only one month away.

Round up your team of 5 runners (plus one lap counter) and join us and 50 other teams for a fun two hour relay at Max Bell Centre at 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 10th. For the people new to the event, this is a 5 person relay with each person running 800 metres ( ½ mile) before handing off to the next teammate.  At the end of the two hours, total laps are counted and prizes are awarded to the top three teams in a variety of categories.  This is a great warm-up event for those training for the “big” relay event in June.

For those more adventurous and wanting to test themselves, the 3rd annual Beer Mile Relay (two person) will be held at 2:10 pm (right after the main relay).

 Stay after for the awards and enjoy the comradery with food and refreshments (Beer Tent). 

 All proceeds are in support of KidSport.  Last year  GGWR presented KidSport with a cheque of $10,600 to give deserving youth in the city a chance to participate sports.

 We’re looking forward to seeing you in March.  Registration information and additional information is available on our website at   

David Hooper
Race Director
Great Grain Wellness Relay

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The University of Manitoba Kinesiology Department is looking for individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who are highly active (runners who average more than 47.6k per week) or over the age of 65 (who take part in at least 210 minutes of physical activity per week), as well as inactive individuals who do not run. The study is titled “The Influence of Age and Physical Activity on the control of Mediolateral Dynamic Stability during Walking” and is being conducted by Yash Rawal of the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the U of M. Contact Yash at (204) 887-2955 or for more information.

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The Frost Bite River Run, the first MRA sanctioned event of 2018, is two weeks away. This year’s event is Sunday, January 28th with a 10:00 a.m. start time.

This fun run is part of the Winter Classic events held at Riverview Community Centre in January and February. All net proceeds raised by the run go to support programs and activities at the community center. I hope you will consider supporting our community center and this race by registering here…

This year, in celebration of our fifth year of hosting the Frost Bite River Run, we are holding five mile and five kilometer runs from the Riverview Community Center to The Forks via Churchill Drive and the Red River Mutual Trail.

The section of the RRM Trail from the Forks to Churchill Drive recently opened and it is in the best shape I’ve ever seen it. While I can’t guarantee that the weather or the trail conditions will be perfect on race day, the long range forecast suggests some pretty sweet winter running conditions – about -15c, overcast with light winds from the north north west (at your back for the run to the finish).

This year runners will enjoy a complimentary pre-run winter warm up bowl of oatmeal, fruit and juice, as well as a post-run chili con carne lunch accompanied by a warming Bailey’s and coffee or hot chocolate (18+)!

We have lots of great draw prizes, some nice race swag, great volunteers, fun route and sweet finisher medals for every participant. Even though this is a fun run, we provide chip timing for all our participants and do our darnedest to measure a pretty accurate course.

Registration is a perfectly reasonable $45.00 for runners ages 19 and older and $25.00 for runners 18 and under. MRA members receive a $3.00 refund at check in.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Frost Bite River Run. If you have any questions about the event please email

Many thanks,

Dennis Cunningham
Race director, Frost Bite River Run
Riverview Community Center

Registration Now Open for the Patrick Riddell April Run Series

A New Year, New Goals, and New Name!

Registration is now open for the newly renamed Patrick Riddell April Run Series, to be held April 8th, 15th, and 22nd, 2018 in Assiniboine Park!

Many runners will remember Patrick Riddell as the Race Director for the April Run Series (former Puma Series) for over 30 years, and others will remember him for his tireless volunteer efforts and dedication and commitment to sport in Manitoba. Pat passed away in September 2017, and we are honoured to rename the run series in his memory.

From now until January 31st, we are offering an Extra Early Bird discount for runners who register for a 3-race series:

MRA Members pay only $39.99 for all 3 races in the 5km run or 5km/10km/15km build series ($55 for non-members) – that’s only $13 per race

MRA Members pay only $15 for all 3 races in the 2km School Super Run series ($30 for non-members) – that’s only $5 per race!

The 5km, 10km and 15km races are all part of the MRA Classic Series, and the 2km and 5km races are part of the MRA Youth Series.  MRA discount is applied at checkout.

Register now at:!/series/triathlon-manitoba-run-series-2018

If you have any questions, please contact the Race Director at: or (204) 995-3343.

Want to learn about Triathlon? 

If so, please join us! 

  • • Registration fee for 8-week program $100 Tri MB full member, $110 for non-members.
  • • Run, bike and more!
  • • All you need is your workout gear.
  • • Ages 8 -15 boys and girls.
  • • Every Saturday January 20, 2018 – March 17, 2018 (except February 17), 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • • Learn, be active, and have a fun time with our great Manitoba Triathlon Centre Coaches.

Sport for Life Fitness Centre

145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg MB

Phone: 204-926-8359  | | Register Online

Women’s Only Duathlon Series

Women’s Only Duathlon Series

Saturday January 27 &  Saturday February 10, 2018

7:00 a.m. check in, 7:30 a.m. start.

Sport for Life Fitness Centre, 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg.

Distance 1: 1k Run, 10k Bike, 1k Run

Distance 2: 2k Run, 15k Bike, 2k Run

• Ages 12 and up.

• No bikes needed, spin bikes available.

• Registration fee $25 for Tri MB full members, $35 for non-members.

• Maximum of 30 participants for each race.

• Participant will receive a gift bag. Two prizes will be given through a draw at each race.

• Three Massage Therapists on site to get you nice and loose either before or after the race!

Click Here to Register for January 27

Click Here to Register for February 10

Contact: 204-926-8359 or




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: to sign up online or visit our website at: 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: 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: 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!