Stride Ahead employees are longtime runners who understand your needs and have been highly trained to analyze your foot and choose product that will perform for you. Ken and his staff help runners prevent injuries and enhance their abilities by fitting them in shoes that are right for their body type and running gait.
As well as running themselves, the staff like to give back to the sport and help other runners improve. Whether they are in the store recommending the proper equipment, helping at races, giving advice or coaching, they would enjoy talking to you about your running.
You may already know some of them but if not here is a short bio on each one.
Ken Friesen B.P.E. is well prepared to cater to runners needs after 20 years as the footwear manager for a large sporting goods company and even longer as a competitive runner. Ken opened Stride Ahead Sports in Winnipeg’s Grant Park shopping centre in 2004.
Colin Barnett – Working at stride ahead for close to 10 years and running for 11 years. Competed on the U.of M. track team while studying Kinesiology and Biology. A 4 time provincial 800 meter champion and Canada West ‘All Canadian’ in X-Country. Colin won a bronze medal in both the Canada West Champioships for the 1000 m. and the Western Candian Summer Games for the 1500 m.
Rennie Benedict – B.H.Ec., M.Sc. (Ex. Phys.). Rennie has extensive experience and expertise as a sports nutritionist, having advised elite and recreational athletes on nutrition for health and performance for over 20 years. She also taught nutrition at the University of Winnipeg from 1997 to 2012. Rennie is a competitive road cyclist (six-time gold medal winner in the Manitoba provincial time trial championships), triathlete, and former long-distance runner (Manitoba half-marathon winner in 1995). She is dedicated to helping others achieve their healthy lifestyle and endurance sports goals
Ken Perchaluk – Working at stride ahead for 11 years and started running in the running boom days of the 70’s. Head coach of ‘Road Kill’, the largest running club in Winnipeg. Ken is a Manitoba Runners’ Association Road Running ‘Hall of Fame’ award inductee in the athlete / builder category.
Courtney Friesen – A University of Manitoba Bison track athlete that really enjoys running the sprint events and has represented Manitoba in numerous meets. Courtney is looking forward to a career in the sports medicine field.
Ralph Waples – A teacher in Fort Garry and St. John’s-Ravenscourt for 40 years. Ralph has coached track, X-Country, soccer & hockey. He ran the first 5 Manitoba Marathons with a best time of 2:34 and runs for pleasure on a daily basis.