The Manitoba Marathon has many hard working and talented runners that participate. Here are some of our Elite Athlete’s short biographies! Be sure to watch out for them at the 2017 Manitoba Marathon finish line and cheer them on!


Dr. Reesa Simmonds


 It is with joy and pride that I run the Manitoba Marathon each year. The friendly and familiar faces en route make it my favourite event despite having marathoned extensively elsewhere. I train rather informally and unconventionally in that almost all of my training is done in the course of a daily commute to work as well as ‘running errands’. I also spend significant time working in northern Manitoba emergency rooms, which is challenging given the longer duration spent contending with winter conditions. In previous years, I have placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Manitoba Marathon so I’m highly anticipating the experience of one day being the first to cross that finish line!


Alice Sherwin


Alice Sherwin (27) is a runner and teacher from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Alice is University of Manitoba Cross Country and Track team Alumni. In 2013, Alice completed her first full marathon, placing 2nd overall in the Manitoba Marathon. In 2014, she placed first overall in the Manitoba Marathon and landed on the Top 100 Most Fascinating Manitobans list. 

Career Highlights:
2007 and 2011 Manitoba Half Marathon – 1st place 2014
Winnipeg Police Half Marathon – 1st place 1:24:04
2014 Manitoba Full Marathon – 1st place 3:04:38 2014
Manitoba Marathon Relay – 1st place female team #Beastmode 2015
Boston Marathon – 3:03:13 Personal Best


 Jennifer Kripki


I am a Registered Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor, and long distance running coach, from Saskatoon. I am a runner, Triathlete, and adventure racer. I have been a runner for 23 years but only started racing in the last 10 years. I have a personal best of 3:05 marathon, hoping to break 3 hours this fall:) Some of my top accomplishments are: Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon, Ironman Canada, & Canadian Death Race. I am currently gearing up, once again to take on Ironman Canada, in whistler, at the end of July.


Emma Kusch Dahle


Emma Kusch Dahle is a grade 12 student at Kelvin High School. This will be her 5th year she’s participated in the Intrepid Dezine Half Marathon. Last year she finished 3rd overall among women. She’s competed nationally in the 1500m and 3000m distances and will be attending North Dakota State University.


Cathy Cullen


My name is Cathy Cullen. I was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. DOB – 08/08/80. Running has been a huge part of my life and is something I’ve always had a passion for. I ran track and x-country in high school as well as for the U of Manitoba. Needed a new goal to tackle and began competing in full marathons after I graduated. I am currently an elementary PE teacher in the Winnipeg School Division and hope that I can send a message to my students that with some passion and a hard work ethic, they can reach whatever goals they set for themselves. I have 2 amazing kids at home (Shelby – almost 4 and Tyler – 1.5). I loved the challenge of getting back into shape after having my kids and achieved a goal I set for myself of winning the Las Vegas full marathon before my mat leave ended with my son. I am now enjoying running for fun and spending lots of quality time with my family. Along with my husband, we will all participate in the Manitoba Marathon Super Run this year 🙂 I really only like to compete when I feel I’m at the top of my game, so when you see me toe the line for the Manitoba Half or Full Marathon again, know that I’ll be there to compete! 🙂


Heather Magill


Heather Magill (34) grew up in Calgary, Alberta running for Calgary Spartans track club. After graduating high school she attended Campbell University in North Carolina on a track and field scholarship. Notable college achievements include: Qualifying for the NCAA Cross Country and Track and Field National Championships. While in college Heather qualified to represent Canada at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships in Dublin Ireland and the NACAC Track and Field Championships in San Antonio, TX.

Post Collegiately Magill ran for Adidas Raleigh Track Club based in North Carolina from 2005 until 2012. Focusing on road racing her PBs include: 5k- 16:59, 8k-27:04, 10k-35:20, half marathon- 1:15:46, marathon- 2:57:42.

After having a baby in August 2013, and moving to North Dakota, Magill has been building her base mileage and racing the half marathon distance. She is looking forward to her ‘post-baby’ marathon debut at the Manitoba Marathon!


Brian Walker


Brian Walker began running at an early age, participating in numerous Super Run and Marathon Relay event prior to university, following in footsteps of his father Tim and uncle Bob who ran marathons competitively in the 1980s, with his uncle still holding the title of fastest Manitoban to run the Manitoba Marathon (2:19:06). Brian has run four Manitoba marathons and eight total marathons since 2009.

  • 2009 – Winner of Rick McLennan award for fastest first time Manitoban in the Manitoba marathon.
  • 2012 and 2013 – Second in the Manitoba Marathon
  • 2013 – Personal best of 2:24:11 at the Chicago Marathon
  • 2014 – Winner of the Manitoba Marathon


Abduselam Yussuf


For me, running is a stress reliever and it’s fun. Running long distance feels like there are no limits to how fast or how far you can go. You choose it all and most of all it is not repetitive. I don’t think I’ve made any huge accomplishment just yet, but what I am most happy about is winning the Intrepid Dezine Half Marathon here in 2014 with a 1:09.32. My Mentors are all the coaches, all the alumni from track that I have met over the years, and especially all my friends and teammates around me that I learn from every day.


Brendan Gemmell


Brendan Gemmell is a runner and student from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who graduated from River East Collegiate (Winnipeg, MB, 2011) and Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS – BA Hon., 2015). Gemmell competed with the River East Kodiaks and Dalhousie Tigers XC and Track and Field teams and is currently training for events 3000m to 10000m in length. Gemmell has won numerous 5km and 10km races in both Halifax and Winnipeg and has participated in Manitoba Marathon events for nearly 15 years.

                        – 1st Place – 2014 Manitoba Marathon Relay – Team Stride Ahead

                        – 2nd Place – 2013 Manitoba Marathon Relay – Team Wolfpack

                        – 10km Personal Best – 31:28