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.

UMTR at Chippewa 2016

Chippewa 2016

Here’s a few of our club members before the fun started at Chippwa 2016.

Gnarly Bandit Series Hopefuls before the start of Zumbro 199

The Gnarly Bandit Is Off and Running

Nine runners made it through Zumbro 100 to kick off the start of the Gnarly Bandit for 2016. They braved the cold weather over the weekend and can now look forward a couple of nice warm summer races. Check out Gnarly Bandit Results

North Woods Photos Discount

We have a new discount available for paid UMTR members. Kelly Doyle, outstanding local photographer, and grand prize winner of this years Lake Superior Magazine photo contest is offering you 20% off of select items. Read about it here on her blog. And while you’re there gawk at the photos and read her bio. Thanks for your support Kelly. A coupon code will be needed Read More →

2015 Year End Banquet

The annual potluck banquet(free to members and one guest) is scheduled for Saturday, November 14 at 5:pm-appromixately 8:30pm. Location is 2511 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406. Evites were sent out a few weeks back. If you haven’t received yours, check your spam and then contact me offline. We’ll be hitting you up for membership renewals and selling apparel at the banquet so bring your Read More →

2016 Trail Series

For those of you that are already planning your race schedule for next year, the Trail Series, Ultra Series and Gnarly Bandit schedules will be finalized and posted on the website in February. The Board needs to review races, race feedback, next year’s dates of races, etc. before finalizing the new schedules.

Upcoming UMTR Banquet

UMTR Banquet update Evites will be emailed out later this week to all current UMTR members. Accommodations will probably be tight, so RSVP asap if you want to save your spot. If you don’t receive an invite by the end of the week, you are either not a current member(remember memberships run from 1/1-12/31) or we may have a bad email address. Feel free to Read More →

Run Free JPEG Poster Large


On Saturday, November 8th, UMTR is sponsoring a showing of RUN FREE: THE TRUE STORY OF CABALLO BLANCO at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth, MN. The show will be at 6:30 PM. Check out the press release for the full details: Duluth Press Release If you’ve read Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, you’ll know who Caballo Blanco is. Tickets can be purchased at the door Read More →

2015 Ultra Trail Series – Into the Fall Swing

Hope that this series update finds you well and enjoying the cooler weather. We’ve had another couple of races go in the books in August. First was the heat of Marquette, where Janet Gray had a nice finish in the 50K, Jake Hegge turned in another fast time there as well, and Rob Henderson continued his habit of running everything with a 100k finish. At Read More →

Trail Series Results Updated

Check out the latest trail series results. Up to the date after the Fall Superior Races. http://www.umtr.net/trail-series/umtr-trail-run-series/

Mt Rushmore

Gnarly Bandit: A Monumental Undertaking

The little girl in the pretty flowered dress smiled and looked at the quarter resting in the palm of her diminutive hand as if it were a winning lottery ticket. She squeezed it tight and climbed carefully up on the riser that stood in front of the pay-per-view binoculars attached to the railing. Raising up on her tiptoes, she could just… barely… bring her eyes Read More →

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