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Love Letters to Manitoba


Manitoba Runs on Love

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You don’t sleep in on Father’s Day in Winnipeg. No, you get up with the sun, which rises at 5:20 a.m., drive to a parking lot, crowd onto a yellow school bus and head to the University of Manitoba.

You do it for love – love of running, love of family, love of community. It all pours out onto the streets around Investors Group Field as thousands of runners gather for the 7 a.m. start of the annual Manitoba Marathon.

Proud parents watch their toddlers dash off in mini races, fathers join their young daughters for the super run, other runners take on distances from 10 km to a half marathon to the full 42.2-kilometre marathon, relay teams string out across the city, each member waiting their turn to run.

It’s a race, sure, but more than that it’s a celebration, an outpouring of community love.

I’ve felt some of my proudest moments as part of it – as a father running with his daughter in her first real race, as a team member helping my gym place well in the relay, as a runner greeted by cheering strangers.

Two quick stories:

I have lived across Canada and run regularly for the past 45 years. I’ve run marathons over the cobblestones of Quebec City, through the cozy streets of Stockholm and past a million spectators on the sidewalks of Chicago.

Exciting? Sure. But not what I feel as a Manitoba runner.

Love means commitment and Manitoba runners have it in spades. The Manitoba Runners’ Association is celebrating 50 vibrant years of supporting running year-round in one of the coldest places you can live. There are organized races on the coldest day in January and on the hottest day in August. And people show up, running in temperatures from -35C to +35C, a bigger range than anywhere in the world. They’re tough, durable and stubborn. Their love is tried, tested and true.

I feel it every time I run down Wellington Crescent, every time I race in Assiniboine Park, every time I stand at the start of the Manitoba Marathon.

So, here’s to Manitoba runners and all the people who organize, volunteer and cheer at races and provide an outlet for all this passion. I love you too.

Bob
Bob Cox is publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press



Submitted Love Letters

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MBCI Grad 10 Art Class - Rebecca

MBCI -  Grade 11-Art class - Kelly

Lovely Manitoba

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 3 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 2 of 2)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 1 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 1 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary Grade 7/8 (Post 2 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary: Grade: 7/8 Class (Post 1 of 2)

The love of Clear Lake

"Cher Manitoba" par Isaiah - École Saint-Lazare 9e année

MBCI Grade 7 Art - Emerson Penner

Elmwood High School

Maryland Park School

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 3 of 3)

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 2 of 3)

Grant Park High School - Grade 7/8 SS - Post 1 of 3

St. Paul's Collegiate (Elie, MB)

Manitoba

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil

Manitoba

Cher Manitoba: Une lettre amicale de la classe 5/6B de Ecole St Malo School

Birthday Cards to Manitoba

Elwick Community School Grade: 7/8 

Mrs. Smith

Ashern Early Years School Grade 4

École Sun Valley School - Need a Knee?

École Sun Valley School - Egg on Wheels

École Sun Valley School - Canadian Oil

École Sun Valley School - Start Your Engines

École Sun Valley School - The Facts About the Fax

École Sun Valley School - Garbage bag

École Sun Valley School

École Sun Valley School - Snowmobile

Spongee

Tundra Buggy

Elmwood High School Grade 12

Frontenac School ART 5/6 2021

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How Do I love you.......Let me count the ways

A distant province, a longing heart

My love of country life

Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

Clear Lake

Natural Beauty

Beautiful peaceful Manitoba

Community

A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret

MANITOBA'S MAGIC!

RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies

Forever

Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy

Lovely Lake Winnipeg

Lake Manitoba, Oh Manitoba!

What I love about Manitoba

MANITOBA PRAIRIE SUNSET

My home, My heart, My Manitoba

Ode to the Manitoba Sky

MY HOMETOWN ❤️

Passion is a word for us

The Forks, The Exchange District and Surrounding Areas

Manitoba Farm Auction

Maple Sugar Run.

OUR MANITOBA BUTTERFLY ❤️

Arts + Culture Like No Other

CARMAN'S TOWN CLOCK

Love My Manitoba Winter days

A love for the land, wrapped up in memories

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERING CRAB

My Love for McGillivray Falls

Oh Oak Hammock Marsh!

Beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park

You, Me & BDE

Happy to Hike to Hunt Lake

Kings Park moments

Bear Lake, MB

The Forks

Pine Point Rapids

Astounding Aikens Lake

Amazing, inside & out!

Love The Esplanade Riel!

Gardening in Manitoba is a Love Affair

Crocuses in April

Home Away From Home

First Sign of Spring

Beautiful Manitoba

Mairzy Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey

Manitoba Multiculturalism

King's Park my go to!

Winnipeg beach in the summer

I LOVE MANITOBA!❤️

Amazing at Twin Beaches, MB

You Make Me Feel Rich!

Allo Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain!!

Clear Lake Love

Clearwater Lao

LIFE ON THE FARM

Wonderful Whiteshell

Manitoba, You are So Special!!

Meet you at the Bell MTS Place!

You're corny & I love you!

Winnipeg Coyote

Manitoba Glass Works

You Are Immaculate!

Ahoy Manitoba!

Love you Lower Fort Garry, you National Historic Site, you!

Dam you!

U & Me ; Union Station!

Carman Golf Course

Happy Birthday Manitoba

My Bae, the Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface..

Le Musee de Saint Boniface

Dalnavert Museum

Gabrielle Roy House / La Maison Gabrielle Roy

Wanna WAG with me?

I'm spying on you!!

Upper Fort Garry Hertiage Provincial Park

Oh St.Boniface City Hall!!

Love my Manitoba Legislative Building

Beautiful weather

Peaceful province

Beautiful Manitoba

True North Adventures

Manitoba, a Great Place to Be!

Trail Blazer

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MANITOBA

Enjoying Winnipeg parks

Walking in The Park

Rolland 4-H Museum

Love for Humankind

Prairie Cathedral.

Love

Manitoba...From the Air

The Swan Valley

My 150th Blood Donation in Manitoba's 150th year

I LOVE Hiking in Manitoba

We Love our Lakes in Manitoba!

Mr.

Beyond the Beauty

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