TRNL Committee Members

Robert Pond

Chair Person


Erica Summers

Vice Chair


Ian Royle

Secretary


Andrea Duguid

Treasurer


Don Clarke

St. John's Director


Kerry Spurrell

Mount Pearl Director


Chris Butler

Avalon Director


Brett Holloway

Avalon West Director


Michelle Strang

Burin Peninsula Director


Michael Parkes

Central East Director


Steve Wheeler

Western Director


Robin Cooper

Labrador Director


Tim McDonough

Maritime Relations


Tobias Längle

Director of Int. Relations


Robert Jobling

Member At Large


Mike Russell

Member At Large


Chris Michelau

Official Results Lead


Paula Slaney

Medical Director


Vacant

Northern Peninsula Director


Vacant

Central West Director


Vacant

Central Director



Erica Summers

Vice Chair

Hi There, I’m Erica coming to you from Newfoundland’s beautiful West Coast. First and foremost I am a Trail Runner & Ultra Marathoner, but a close second in no particular order, I am a Road Cyclist, Swimmer, XC Skier, Mountain Biker and all around outdoors enthusiast. In 2013 I fell in love with running. In what feels like 6 short years, running has taken me on some incredible journeys and brought wonderful opportunity and people into my life. It all started as a challenge to complete Newfoundland’s largest road race, The Tely 10. Fast forward 6 years and I have just completed my first 50K Ultra Marathon with a second one just a little under a year away.

In 2017 I landed an Ambassadorship with Run Like a Girl Adventures inc, which inspired me to start my own trail running group in my city, Tuckamore Trail Runners. I have put off several virtual runs through Run Like a Girl and was fortunate enough to travel to Costa Rica this year on one of their adventure and wellness retreats. More recently I have acquired an Ambassadorship with Salomon & Arthur James Clothing Co. as a Brand Ambassador. This coming spring I hope to put off my cities first Trail Running Clinic while continuing to grow our trail and running communities.

In my spare time I can be found spending time with my pup, Togo, cats Meredith & BK, reading, and camping while exploring our beautiful province. 2019 has some big shoes to fill!

Find me on Instagram @summerwanderer


Andrea Duguid

Treasurer

Hi My name is Andrea Duguid I am new to trail running-hooked since last year and your new treasurer for TRNL for 2019. By day I am a pharmaceutical sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline with the respiratory portfolio and by night I try and play super mom to two wonderful children Cameron (8) and Adriannah Norris(6). I have been running since a child, my dad got me involved in the early 80’s running the “Run for Health” 5 km’s and I have loved running ever since. I completed my 12 Marathon this year, finally qualifying for Boston only to miss the time cut off—- that’s when I decided to take a crack at my first ultra Marathon with the ECT50. What an experience! ( Notice I said First).

Although I am not the fastest runner out there, I love going the distance and pushing my body to see what else it can do. I also am a big fan of women’s soccer and have been playing since childhood and still play to this day in the women’s division with “ First Choice Haircutters”. I have the best team and coach I could ever ask for, and we still manage to beat the younger girls and hold many city and provincial titles. My main motto is living a healthy lifestyle all while having FUN. I am looking forward to assisting these wonderful group of people and help establish trail running here in our beautiful province.


Don Clarke

St. John's Director

I never thought I’d call myself a runner. In the spring of 2016, I fell in love with Trail Running and I’ve been a Trail Runner ever since.

Katie and Nancy Wadden offered to help assist me with bringing back weekly group Trail Runs with The Outfitters, and took me out for my first trail run in Pippy Park while we were scouting out the trail for our first group run. I found the Trail Running to be very cognitively stimulating and engaging, the physical demands and varying technical terrain pump my adrenaline, and through the community of Trail Runners I found myself a new sport.

I love how it doesn’t matter to others how slow or fast you may be, you are welcomed and accepted as the trails challenge each and everyone of us in our own way… both mentally and physically. In the fall of 2018, I participated in my first race ever, the East Coast Trail 50K Ultramarathon – a personal accomplishment I never would have imagined possible. It was through the support and encouragement of my trail running friends and the community, as well as my family that fueled my run.

Over the past three years, I’ve helped introduce a lot of people to Trail Running as well as the East Coast Trail (to my surprise), and have even converted many road runners to the sport. I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to the trail running community and honoured to be a part of TRNL.

If there is ever anything I can do to be of assistance to anyone, please feel free to reach out: TrailRunning@theoutfitters.nf.ca


Kerry Spurrell

Mount Pearl Director

Hi, I'm Kerry. I started running when my teenage daughter was small. Then when my 2nd child was born I struggled to find time to get out road running and I started hiking with a group called The Outdoor Mommas. We would hike the East Coast Trails with our babies in backpacks. I loved the trails. I started hiking with friends whenever I could.

I eventually I tried the Sisters In Fitness Bootcamp on the River which was trail running with a twist. I quickly realized what an awesome workout for the mind and body the trails could be. I heard about and the Outfitters trail runs and started joining whenever I could and really loved the freedom of it, how grounded it made me feel and how it strengthened my running. I completed more half marathons, Telys and Cape to Cabots; I got braver and bolder and eventually signed up for Liminality...by then I was hooked!

In 2018 I set and accomplished my biggest running goal yet, I completed my first marathon and ultra marathon with the ECT50. Now I’m building my trail running skills and setting new goals.


Chris Butler

Avalon Director

Hi! I'm Chris, the Avalon Director here @ TRNL. I started running in 2012 and it quickly became an addiction. Fast forward several years and I am proud to add marathoner and ultra marathoner to my accomplishments. When I am not running, I am with my two children who keep me busy on my feet!

I am excited to be a part of TRNL and to assist in the growth of trail running in our province. The only thing better than the beautiful trails we have to offer are amazing people to share them with. Thanks for stopping by and showing interest in TRNL. We have some great events coming up and I hope you will be a part of them!


Brett Holloway

Avalon West Director

My name is Brett Holloway and I am originally from Musgravetown, NL. I am currently living in St. John’s where I am in the midst of completing a Medical Degree through Memorial University. Growing up in rural Newfoundland provided me with a unique opportunity to experience trail running as one of my greatest thrills was, and continues to be, exploring local trails with friends, family and team-mates.

While I have had the opportunity to pursue my passion for trail running in many different places, nothing seems to compare to the trails we have here in our own backyard. Through my involvement with the TRNL community I hope to use my combined passion for outdoor exploration and healthy living to inspire others to find their passion, pursue their fitness goals and to experience the beauty that Newfoundland has to offer in a fun and engaging environment... and maybe with a little competition!


Michelle Strang

Burin Peninsula Director

I'm a Physiotherapist and have been working at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Center for over 15 years. I’m a mom to two awesome kids who keep me very busy between the arena, pool and soccer field. I have been running my whole life but longer distances after having my second child in 2008. I have been a member of the Mariners Athletics running club over the past number of years. I’ve run a number of TelyTens, several half marathons and 3 c2Cs. I’ve been a member of NLAA road running for the past 5 or more years and have participated in almost all those races as I’m often in St John’s area throughout the year for kids hockey, soccer,etc. My kids are now running 5k races with me too 😊

I hope to be a voice for this region and hopefully be a liaison to promote and inform the Burin Peninsula running community about these races.


Michael Parkes

Central East Director

Hey Guys! My name is Michael Parkes and although I’m not an avid runner I have a lot of experience on the trail.

I’m originally from Ontario and I moved to Newfoundland in 2009. I didn’t plan on staying here, but after spending 6 weeks hitchhiking from the Yukon to St. John’s, I thought I’d rest a while. Fast-forward 10 years, and I’m still here on “The Rock”. Since then, I graduated from MUN with a Degree in Geography and Biology and now I work as a Conservation Officer in Gambo, NL. This place is my new home.

I have a beautiful fiancé, Amy, and a gorgeous two year old daughter, Lilly. Lilly can’t get enough of riding around on daddy’s shoulders as we explore this province’s beautiful forests and coast lines. I love hiking, back country camping, RVing, raising chickens and gardening, kayaking and canoeing and all that fun stuff; whatever gets me outside. Recently, I joined the Gambo Fire Department so I’m always trying new things and helping out others whenever I can.

I’ve never participated in a trailrunning race before but hopefully 2019 will be my year!


Steve Wheeler

Western Director

Steve is an avid runner, skier, and back-country hiker. On top of enjoying these activities he is a professional guide in Gros Morne National Park. Known locally in the park for having run the the combined North Rim and Long Range Traverse in a day, he has also completed ultra runs at home and abroad in Iceland, and New Zealand. Steve still enjoys taking the pace down with his family, enjoying the sights of western Newfoundland.


Tim McDonough

Maritime Relations

Tim McDonough has dug deep in all three maritime race communities and has chose to toughen up here in Newfoundland.

He was born in 2015 when he clawed his way across finish line of the 20km Herring Run trail race. In 2016 he learned about nutrition, hydration, and running, and completed both a half and full marathon.

In 2017 he raced 30 times and placed 3rd in his group at the Run New Brunswick Super Series and was nominated for ‘Up and Coming Runner of the Year’. He ran his first three 50km races (Rompin.’ Rockwood 50km, Brookvale Ultra 50km, Fundy Circuit 50km) and got a taste for the ultramarathon podium.

In 2018 Tim logged over 5000km, notably placing 3rd overall at Riverlands 100mile Endurance Run and winning the Gaspesia 100km two weeks before the Quebec Mega Trail, a second 100km race. More recently Tim finished the gruelling Bear 100 Endurance Run in Utah and was a strong finisher at the East Coast Trail Ultra 50km right here in Newfoundland.


Mike Russell

Member At Large

Hello my name is Mike Russell and I am an ultra-distance runner! I never thought I'd be a runner let alone one that runs as much and as far as I do. Growing up, I never ran, I never liked it at all. I spent majority of my time mountain biking local trails in my hometown, snowboarding local mountains, and mountains in British Columbia, and skateboarding.

I spent a lot of my years searching for that one something that would fuel the fire. After a lot of soul searching I began running. In 2016, I took on Newfoundland’s Largest Road Race, The Tely 10 and began training with 5-10km runs. When I completed the Tely 10, I needed more, I was hooked! I started looking at training for races like Cape to Cabot, arguably one of the toughest road races in North America. I started crushing distances and goals I never thought possible. Fast forward two years and I have completed The Barkley Fall Classic 50km, alongside the ECT 50km, Liminality 50 Mile, not one but TWO 100milers and countless other races. Running just came naturally to me!

I’m going into 2019 trained and healthy. I have a huge amount of love and respect for the sport and for those who have ran and trained with me. I love you all and can’t wait to see everyone kill it in 2019.


Chris Michelau

Official Results Lead

My name is Chris Michelau, and I am a 26 year old Labradorian, now residing in St. John's. I'm an engineer, and I spend most of my free time outdoors. I enjoy hiking, x-c & downhill skiing, climbing, and most recently, trail running.

I started running about 2 and a half years ago, when my buddy Mike Russell asked me to run the Tely 10 in his injured friends place. That first road race naturally led me to trail and ultra running, an outlet that could combine my new found interest in running with my passion for the outdoors. Since that time I've ran the ECT 50k twice, and the Squamish 50 miler this past summer, with UTHC 125k as my next goal race for 2019.

Through TRNL as the Race Results Lead, I hope to take my passion of the outdoors and trail running, as well as the skills I've learned by working as an engineer, to help contribute in growing the trail running community in Newfoundland.


Paula Slaney

Medical Director

Hi everyone! My name is Paula Slaney and I’m coming to you from the heel of the boot (Lawn, NL). While I am new to trail running, I am an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. I completed my medical degree at Memorial University in 2016 and my residency in family medicine in 2018. Currently, I am practicing both family and emergency medicine in Burin, NL. In an attempt to combine my profession with my passion I am in the process of completing a fellowship in wilderness medicine through the Wilderness Medical Society.

I am thrilled to join TRNL as the medical director to help ensure both enjoyment and safety while trail racing. When not wearing a stethoscope, you can find me exploring the outdoors with my favorite sidekick – my dog Everest or heading to the airport with my passport in hand looking for a new adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the trails!