The Upper Midwest Trail Runners is an organization for anyone who likes to run off road – whether dirt, grass, rocks, mud, snow — really, any trail that isn’t paved. We want to encourage more people to run trails and have fun before, during, and after runs. Our organization promotes trail stewardship, a volunteer ethic, trail running ambassadorship and recreational and competitive trail running pursuits.

Ultra Series – Glacial Trail

Good evening! Please see the attached results for the current standings after Glacial Trail 50K/50M, with only Surf the Murph left on the race calendar! Congratulations to Jeff Leuwerke for his second place finish in the 50 mile race! Mark Martinsen continued his impressive year with a strong 50K finish, along with Gary Sheets and Rick Bothwell. For the series, we still have a close Read More →

Trail Series – Harder ‘n Hell Half Marathon

Brook Wheeler was the only UMTR trail series participant in the Harder than Hell Half Marathon last weekend.  She is now tied with Pam Albin for the Overall Female.  The final race in the series is the Great Pumpkin Chase 10k in Lake Elmo, MN!

UMTR Banquet – November 12th

Hear ye! Hear ye! It’s that time of year again…UMTR Banquet time! More info will be forthcoming, but here are the basics… When: Saturday, November 12th, 5pm-8:30pm Where: Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 554199(new and bigger location!) Who’s invited? Current UMTR members are free and you can bring a guest for free too. Additional guests are $5/person. What do we Read More →

Meet Gnarly Bandit Contender Jim Lemke

1. When you started out at the Zumbro 100-mile back in April did you feel confident you would still be in the running for the award at this point? Going into any ultra I never assume I will finish. I hope for the best and plan for the worst. I plan my work and then I work the plan. Training, studying, and strategizing each race Read More →

Meet Gnarly Bandit Contender Erik Raivo

1. When you started out at the Zumbro 100-mile back in April did you feel confident you would still be in the running for the award at this point? Yes, while knowing that each race will pose a different set of uncertain challenges, I felt that my experience and preparation would allow me a good chance at success in the series.   2. What races Read More →

Trail Series Update

Updated results through In Yan Teopa. Ashley Busack leads the open division with 170 points. Brook Wheeler maintains a solid lead in the masters divison with 245 points. Pam Albin continues to rack up the points in the grandmasters division with 315 points. On the men’s side, Josh Thiemann continues to lead with 210 points in the open divison.  Steve Smilie leads with way in Read More →


Voyageur Volunteering

The weather was great and the fun had at Voyageur on July 30. Even more fun may have been had at the Beck’s Rd. UMTR aid station. If you needed aid and your spirits lifted, this was the place to go!  Thanks to all those that volunteered.  Much appreciated!  

Gnarly Bandits

100 % Success for the remaining Gnarly Bandits

Three Gnarly Bandits candidates toed the line for this weekend’s Fall Superior 100 and three Gnarly Bandit candidates finished! Congrats to Jim Lemke, Susan Donnelly, and Erik Raivo. Way to go! Finish Wild Duluth 100k and you become a member of the exclusive club! One more race to go!

Website Down

The home page has been down for a while and we are investigating.

Gnarly Bandit

Gnarly Bandit – Kettle Moraine

Here’s a quick shot of our Gnarly Bandit runners before the Kettle Moraine 100 miler.

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