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.

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 →

Swap your Gear! At the Awards Fest!

Want to get a free shirt, running book or gear? Do you have unused or slightly used running related item(s) that another runner might be able to use or appreciate? Look for the “swap table” at the upcoming UMTR banquet this weekend. This is a tremendous chance for those attending to “share the wealth” and meet others in the process. This will be totally free Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Results – The Final Tally

One week to go before the UMTR banquet and the Trail Series Standings are now being posted. Please memorize since there will be a banquet quiz with a huge prize to be awarded…..well, maybe not, but everyone on this list deserve kudos for being a UMTR and being a part of this series. Awesome awards will be given to each Class winner, as well as Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Results – The Final Tally

The results are in! Please review the series standings for accuracy, and contact me with any errors or omissions so that I can finalize these standings. Hope that you’re looking forward to the big UMTR Awards Banquet happening on November 22. Also expect to see an Ultra Series survey/wrap up email in early December. Thanks for your participation! -Eric Nordgren Results can be found on Read More →

Save the Date

UMTR Awards Fest! Save the Date! Saturday, November 22nd!

Hope your calendars are marked in ink for our Annual Awards Fest! You should have received an E-Vite if you are a current member! If not, check your junk mail area in case it got caught up. If you still can’t find your invitation, please feel free to contact us. Come celebrate amazing accomplishments, enjoy fellowship and yummy cuisine as we share our Potluck dishes. Read More →

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