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.


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.

UMTR Members at Chester Woods

Chester Woods 2016

UMTR had a great showing at Chester Woods this weekend. Here is a pre-race picture of some of the UMTR 10 mile runners that participated at Chesterwoods this weekend. Others that ran the 10 miler, 50k, and volunteered included JJ Teskey, John Storkamp(2nd Place-50k), Rob Henderson(3rd Place 50k), Jeff Miller(4 place 50k), Joe Boler(50k-great finish, place unknown), Kristine Tibor(50k-place unknown), and Jake Hegge(volunteer).

Ultra Series Update

Good afternoon! We’ve made it through another two races in the 2016 Ultra Series.  Ice Age 50K/50M were great early season races down in southern Wisconsin, and Spring Superior was an absolute hit for trail conditions, though I hear the weather could have been cooler. It’s early in the year, but there have been some outstanding efforts already.  Janet Gray, Andrew Kuncel, and Mark Martinesen Read More →

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 →

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