Zumbro vs. The Gnarly Bandits

That, as a runner once said, was a hell of a thing. Zumbro 2018 will not be forgotten anytime soon. As an historic late-season blizzard took aim at Minnesota, 16 Gnarly Bandits took the puddle-covered starting line in pouring rain, and began the first race of the season, the Zumbro 100. Throughout the day on Friday the 13th, they endured rising winds, standing water, and Read More →

Pre-Zumbro Gnarly Bandit update!

Hey! Trail people! Stop refreshing the Zumbro weather forecast and take a minute to appreciate our AMAZING roster of 2018 Gnarly Bandit contenders, preparing to toe the line for their first race less than 48 hours from now! That’s right, we’ve got SIXTEEN people registered for the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series. They’ll be contending for eternal glory, enshrinement in the hallowed list of Gnarly Bandits going Read More →

April Events and General Goings-On

It’s April! The snow is falling, the birds are bewildered, and all is chilly throughout the upper midwest. But no matter – the UMTR Race Series forge on relentlessly! The state of the series Our Ultra Series kicked off on March 24th with the END-SURE races in MacLeod, ND. If you’re registered for this series, you should have received an email last week with a Read More →

Meet our Gnarly Bandits Ultra Series Sponsor, Chad Heer!

Every year, we seek sponsors for each of our race series. This sponsorship allows us to provide awards for top finishers in each series, and it gives us the opportunity to highlight a few great businesses in our community who share our interest in trail running. Today, we’re introducing Chad Heer, sponsor of the 2018 Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series. Thank you, Chad! Chad Heer is an Read More →

Meet our Ultra Series Sponsor, Dr. Chad Koterba!

Every year, we seek sponsors for each of our race series. This sponsorship allows us to provide awards for top finishers in each series, and it gives us the opportunity to highlight a few great businesses in our community who share our interest in trail running. Today, we’re introducing Dr. Chad Koterba, sponsor of the 2018 Ultra Series. Thank you, Dr. Chad! Dr. Chad Koterba is Read More →

Meet our Trail Run Series Sponsor, Randy Kottke!

Every year, we seek sponsors for each of our race series. This sponsorship allows us to provide awards for top finishers in each series, and it gives us the opportunity to highlight a few great businesses in our community who share our interest in trail running. Today, we’re introducing Randy Kottke, sponsor of the 2018 Trail Run Series. Thank you, Randy! Here’s where we break Read More →

Join UMTR at the Chippewa 50K/10K!

We’re looking for a few good volunteers! UMTR will be sponsoring an aid station at the Chippewa 50K/10K on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. This aid station will serve runners at around mile 7, and again around mile 22. It’ll be a great opportunity to give back to our trail running community, and it’s the perfect excuse to hang out in the woods with friends! These Read More →

Gnarly Bandit? Gnarly Bandit!

That’s right, we are FIVE WEEKS out from the first race of the 2018 Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series. This five-race “slam” series tests runners’ hearts, minds, and legs, as they complete some of the most rugged ultras in the Midwest: Zumbro 100 Mile, Kettle Moraine 100 Mile, Black Hills 100 Mile, Superior 100 Mile, and Wild Duluth 100K. Think you’ve got what it takes to be Read More →

February Update!

It may not feel like it, with yesterday’s snowfall in the upper midwest, but spring is on the way – and with it, our race season! Our first series race takes place on March 24th in McLeod, ND. If you’re still looking for a race to kick off your year, the END-SURE 25K, 50K, 100K, and 100M are still open for registration! The 50K and Read More →

Introducing: the Timed Race Series!

At this year’s board retreat we talked about the rise in popularity of timed races. These are events that are based on time, not distance. Participants have a set number of hours to complete a looped course as many times as they can, racking up mile after mile. Some runners may choose to bring down the hammer and conquer as many miles as they can, Read More →

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