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 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 →

UMTR Trail Series: June Action

Bueller, Bueller…. It’s that time again… time for another update of the UMTR Trail Series Standings. It’s been a busy past month for both the race series and myself so I apologize for not being able to get out the update sooner. Included in this update is the Chester Woods Races and the Sour Grapes 1/2 Marathon. As many of you are aware, William O’Brien Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Hello, Chester Woods! And 100 Mile Fun at Kettle Moraine…‏

It was great to see enthusiastic participation from ultra series participants at the Chester Woods 50K, a new addition to the series this year! Nearly a fifth of the finishers were UMTR members, awesome turnout! Highlights were Jesse Berwald placing second, with Corey Jurowski, Kevin Langton, and Matt Wilson also in the top 10. Alex Eichman finished eighth on the women’s side, with Stephanie Hoff Read More →


Gnarly Bandit: The Tide Turns at Kettle

The staccato sound of the Bandit’s yellowed fingernails tapping the desktop registered his level of impatience, which had increased lately for a variety of reasons – not the least of which was the fact that he had been working for over an hour trying to communicate with the customer service department at the other end of his phone line. He listened to the tranquil, automated Read More →


The Gnarly Bandit Heads East

The Bandit rubbed his hands over the fire, slowly working the feeling back into his long, gnarly digits. Nearly two months removed from the Zumbro hundred miler and they were still stiff and numb. But a warm fire and many draughts off his bottle of Hair o’ the Dog had made progress. He flexed each finger in turn, listening to the sound of each knuckle Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Through Superior Spring 25K

“There was a bit of mud out there today” and “I love this race!” Those were two comments heard over and over at last week’s Spring Superior Races in Lutsen. Attached are the updated Trail Series Results and we have people putting up some very impressive numbers!!!! Overall Men’s and Women’s leaders are Ethan (don’t call me Dr. yet) who has run all four races Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Slippery Slopes on the Superior Trail‏

Lots of participation at Superior! 26 ultra series participants earned finisher woodles (unless I missed someone), or about a quarter of the series. I know too that even more people were up there volunteering. From the reports I’ve heard, the trail conditions on the SHT were absolutely perfect! All finishers will be able to one-up any Tough Mudder stories forever… On to standings. For the Read More →

UMTR Volunteering: Trail Maintenance Project – Jay Cooke SP / Superior Hiking Trail

Extra, extra, read all about it! Trail Maintenance Project is scheduled! UMTR is coordinating our annual trail maintenance project and we want your help! This is a great chance to help maintain the quality trails we are privileged to use throughout the year. Plus, you can earn valuable volunteer points for the various Trail Series to boot! This year we will be assisting with Gill Read More →

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