About Trail Run Manitoba

Operating as a community organization, Trail Run Manitoba, is all about building an amazing community of trail runners in Manitoba. While most of our activities centre around Winnipeg, you’ll find us running trails where ever we can find them in the province.

Trail Run Manitoba was started by Dwayne Sandall and Natalie Duhamel in December 2007 in a fit of pre-new years resolution ‘now is the time’ inspiration. Since the first year with the Try a Trail race series, we have expanded to include ultra marathons, first the Beaudry Lemming Loop, then the Spruce Woods Ultra. And through our strategic relationships with like minded organizations such as Olympia Cycle Club, since 2013 we have helped organize an ultrarun as part of Actif Epica and Where’s the Beach.

The goal was simple. Put on great races, by runners for runners. If you, at any point, feel that we aren’t meeting that simple goal, please tell us; these events are about you.

The Trail Run Manitoba team:



Dwayne Sandall

Dwayne’s first exposure to organized running was on a dirt track in the middle of nowhere. Returning to running after a grad school induced hiatus, he realized that while road marathons were sort of fun in a way that only other runners will understand, he decided to have more fun by getting off the roads and running ultra marathons. Since that first 100k there has been no turning back – he now accumulates dirty trail shoes and as many different ways to carry water and food on the trail as can be imagined.


Natalie Duhamel

Natalie is a reformed runner. She endured the sport of running long enough to snag a man (the One and Only Dwayne Sandall), then decided that this man runs enough for an entire family and so she decided to take a permanent hiatus from putting one foot in front of the other until you reach the end. In lieu of running, Natalie lovingly cuts up foodstuffs for the One and Only Dwayne Sandall during his races of increasing distance.