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.

Gnarly Bandit: Searching for the King of Cool

The Gnarly Bandit considered the curious amalgam of rough-necks, goons and thieves that passed for clientele in this well-aged watering hole. Back home, they would have been at each other’s throats. Here, they conducted themselves as gentlemen; like siblings home for Christmas, quelling their differences, if only to smile simultaneously (and momentarily) for the family picture. It was a détente the patrons accepted for Bandit-Con, Read More →

Trail Fighter Weekend at TCRC

Check out what’s going on at TCRC this weekend (March 27-30)!  UMTR members get 25% off shoes and 30% off apparel.  On Friday the 27th come and see the premier of “Trail Fighter” at 7PM.  Remember you membership cards. TRAIL FIGHTER TOUR

New Edition of UMTR Podcast, by John Focke

John Focke has finished up the second edition of the UMTR Podcast. This one features John Storkamp, Eric Nordgren, and Adam Schwartz-Lowe. Listen up to the best half hour of your life: https://soundcloud.com/upper-midwest-trail-runne/umtr-podcast-ep-2  

Superior 100 and Gnarly Bandit

As most have heard, the Superior 100 is moving to a lottery this year.  This has an impact on those doing the Gnarly Bandit as they will need to commit to Superior much earlier than normal.  We have worked on some allowances for Gnarly Bandit runners to ensure that they, with some provisions, will be able to get into Superior.  Please read the following paragraph Read More →

UMTR Podcast

Check out the inaugural episode of the UMTR Podcast! Learn what UMTR is, about our various race series, and get the inside scoop on the Arrowhead 135.  Big thanks to John Focke for being the driving force behind this.

Aaron Buffington 1973-2015

This morning, February 3rd, 2015, Aaron Buffington passed after battling kidney cancer for 13 months. For many, he was a dear friend, running partner, and ubiquitous trail presence.  His friendly smile, kind words, and helpfulness will be dearly missed.  Aaron was a frequent racer and aficionado of the 100-miler, having finished the Gnarly Bandit in 2012. Join us in mourning the loss of Aaron and Read More →

Volunteer Tracking

New for 2015 – we will be tracking the volunteer hours that UMTR members put in throughout the year, but we need your help for accurate numbers! Starting February 1, when you give your time for any trail race or maintenance event, send us an email at info@umtr.net and let us know. This is not a competition, we simply wish to start putting some numbers Read More →

2015 Trail Run Series

The races in the 2015 Trail Run Series are set.  Some of the dates aren’t quite set yet, so we took our best guess.  Be sure to double check them, and we’ll get things updated as we know more.


2014 UMTR Banquet Recap

The first ever UMTR AwardsFest Banquet was held in November of 2008.  That first year’s event included a panel of speakers including Andy and Kim Holak, Carl Gammon and Tom Burr.  Awards were given to participants in the Fab 50 and MN Trail Series, Vasque had a table (they sought shoe testers for 2009), and the first Trail Person and Trail Runner of the Year Read More →

Black Hills

Gnarly Bandit: Odd Couples Therapy

The Gnarly Bandit was feeling a bit melancholy as he gazed at the quiet, snow-covered peaks of the distant Black Hills. The headline in the tattered newspaper in his saddlebag said it all. “Three Escape the Bandit! Make off with Fame and Fortune!” The Grizzled One sighed. They had given him the slip. “Could’ve used that pot o’ gold,” he grumbled. “Might’ve bought me a Read More →

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