What We Do

 Trail Running Canada is dedicated to promoting Canadian trail and ultra running. Trail Running Canada is produced by a collaboration of trail runners and event organizers from across Canada. It was started in 2008 and has seen growing popularity ever since.  Trailrunningcanada.ca, our former sister digital magazine Trail Running Canada, Facebook and Instagram pages and Twitter account are a prominent online source for Canadian trail and ultra running news, athlete features, product and race reviews and events. Contributors are located across the country and cover all running abilities. A special focus of Trail Running Canada is telling the amazing stories of Canada’s trail runners. If you have a story to tell or would like a product reviewed, email us on run@trailrunner.ca

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The Team

Publisher – Operator

Gavin Grobbelaar

Gavin Grobbelaar from Calgary, Alberta loves to run all types of distances and terrains. The More obscure the project or race, the better but his favorite distance is 50-80km’s in the mountains. Working as an operations manager, media and communications director and Race Director for large scale endurance events internationally for over 10 years means that he gets to work in the industry he is so passionate about and be involved in running as a career. Between high level Multisport and Ultra Running he has been running most of his life. It’s not only a lifestyle but therapeutic, keeping the mind as clear as possible. Taking on adventure, endurance and racing projects is what keeps him inspired.










Jonathan Schmidt

Jonathan-CouleeCactus_0753Trail Running Canada was started by Jonathan Schmidt in 2008. After surviving the 2007 TransRockies Run, Jonathan decided there was a need for more resources on trail running in Canada. After all, Canada has some of the best places in the world to go trail running. Since his immersion into trail running at TransRockies, Jonathan has finished numerous trail races in Alberta and British Columbia, including Powderface42, Lost Soul Ultra 50k, Heiko’s Half and Coulee Cactus. Jonathan is a two-time runner up at the Lost Soul 50k, three-time winner of Coulee Cactus and top 5 finisher at Powderface42

Website Editor and Gear Reviewer

Kelly Anne Wald

Kelly Anne maintains  the quality of our reporting and reviews. As well as being a former The North Face Trail Ambassador (2013) she now is heavily involved in the development the this program. Immersed in the community of trail runners Kelly Anne has competed in various distances across the continent.  You may keep up with her trail exploits at kellyannewald.wordpress.com.


Site Administrator: Nick Jendzjowsky

Long time cyclist turned trail runner, Nick has started to immerse himself in the trail running community.  Although new to the sport, he has entrenched himself in the sport and is becoming part of the trail community.  He heads to the mountains west of Calgary as much as he can.  You can reach him on twitter: @jendo_1982 or instagram: jendo82 and read his exploites at: https://perogypower.wordpress.com/







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