Joel Toews is a long time trail runner who has been volunteering or organizing trail races in Manitoba for the past decade.

In the Fall of 2017 with a desire to organize a winter ultra and with his love of the Falcon Trails Resort and Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes area, the two came together in the creation of the Frozen Falcon 8-Hour Winter Endurance Run. Following this event, a number of calls from the trail running community came to organize more events, and Oxbow 50, Birds Hill Trail Series and Beaudry Fall Classic were born.

For three seasons, these events were organized under his own name and from the website; joelatoews.com. As they were highly successful and both welcomed and supported by the community, the decision was made to give these races an umbrella under which they would operate, thus the creation of On The Edge Running.

Though the past few years have held many challenges with the COVID-19 global pandemic, it is the hope moving into 2022 and beyond, that On The Edge Running, under the leadership of Joel Toews, will continue to plan safe, simple, high-quality and well organized in-person trail races in Manitoba.

See you on the trails!

Cory and Anneke Funk have both been casual trail runners since High School. But it’s only in the past few years they’ve truly realized their passion for the sport and the trail running community here in Manitoba.

Since returning to their home province after four years living in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, they’ve run many of the incredible trail races on offer and loved every grueling minute of it. And the amazing people they met at those races made them love it even more. All the while, they’ve spent many weekends at their family cottage in Lester Beach running and skiing through the beautiful Grand Beach trails. The Grand Sand 15k is a culmination of the many kilometres they’ve spent together meandering through those trails dreaming of what contributions they could make to the community of Lester Beach and the trail running community, which have both brought them so much joy over the years. 

We’re excited to have Anneke and Cory on board to provide direction and organization of our new race for 2022, the Grand Sand 15k!