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Welcome!

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.

William O’Brien Volunteer Call-Out!

As many of you may recall, one of the UMTR Trail Race Series races (William O’Brien) had to be rescheduled from earlier this year due to flooding. That race is now this weekend. UMTR is coordinating some of the volunteers for the race. Since this is a shorter race we need fewer volunteers and the time commitment is much shorter. We are looking for a Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Déjà vu all over again…

It’s been a month and two races since the last UMTR Trail Series update. During that time we experienced extremes…we saw the southern most race in the Trail Series(SCU Trail Scamper) and also the northern most race in the Trail Series(Fisherman’s Picnic) in Grand Marais. And we also saw the end of the busiest portion of our race schedule with four races in five weeks Read More →

Save the Date

UMTR Awards Fest is fast approaching! Saturday, November 22nd!

Hope your calendars are marked in ink for our Annual Awards Fest! Come celebrate amazing accomplishments, enjoy fellowship and yummy cuisine as we share our Potluck dishes. Additional location and time details will follow very shortly, but put a big “X” on your calendar to save the date. Note! To be eligible for the drawing for our awesome door prizes from our many supporting races Read More →

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Gnarly Bandit: Calling in the Big Guns

The Gnarly Bandit was not a man who knew fear. He had sat nose to knifetip on many an occasion, the owner of said knife often a large, oafish character accusing him of cheatin’ at cards. Which seemed appropriate, as the Bandit had more than likely been cheating at the time. Be that as it may, quick wit and quicker reflex had gotten him out Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Racing the Horse Out West

Hello! The leaves have begun to turn color here in Duluth, and I’m left wondering what happened to the summer. Of course, fall is about the best time for trailrunning, but not sure I’m ready yet… And another race is in the books! A few hearty, heat-loving souls took on the Lean Horse races, with some great results. Rob Henderson was the second man and Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Catching Up with Voyageur and Marquette

Hello All- Thanks for your patience in awaiting the updated standings! I hope you all have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather as much as I have. A vacation here, few days there, and all of a sudden three more races have happened! Great participation by both racers and volunteers at the Voyageur, and some folks snuck over to Marquette to grab series points. Leslie Read More →

2014 Fall Superior Endurance Races – UMTR Aid Station Vounteers Needed!

Come one, come all! UMTR is looking for volunteers… lots of them! As we did last year, UMTR will again be sponsoring the Temperance River Aid Station at the Fall Superior Endurance Races on the weekend of Sept 5-7th. This is a special aid station that enables you to help out runners in the 100 mile, 50 mile and Moose Mountain Marathon at the same Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: And Her Quest Continues…

Last weekend saw our most recent race in the UMTR Trail Series with the Eugene Curnow(holy buckets this is one huge challenge!) Trail Marathon. As usual, the course was unrelenting with the infamous powerlines, Jarrow’s Beach, and technical terrain. Throw in rain from the night before and you have a mudfest which made the course even more challenging. That being said, this race is a Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Through Afton

Extra, extra, read all about it… Updated UMTR Trail Series Standings through Afton 25k/50k. This update is for the “just the details” people in our group. No fluffy words or phrases… just the details. But you better read because we have some pretty neat competitions shaping up… there will be a quiz. Women’s Open – Wendy Nelson has overtaken Christi Nowak for the lead. Women’s Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Two More in the Books

Bonjour! We’ve had another two races go into the books for the 2014 Ultra Series. Having been on the course at the Black Hills races, my hat is off to anyone who finished on a challenging day! If you have not heard, there was mud out there that made black ice look positively tacky. And looking at the pictures from Afton, it appears that was Read More →

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