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Welcome!

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: Through Big Woods, only two races left!

As always, please double check your race and volunteer totals. If you feel there is an error, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. UMTR Trail Series results can be found on the UMTR Trail Series Page.

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Gnarly Bandit: References Available Upon Request

It was fair to say that the Gnarly Bandit Apprenticeship Program had never been particularly successful, a fact that bewildered the grizzled one, as he felt his unique blend of orneriness and depravity were the kind of tough love that young folks needed nowadays. He was certain this would have been reflected in the end-of-program instructor evaluations… had anyone actually made it past the first 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! Watch for the E-Vite arriving in your Inbox very soon. Come celebrate amazing accomplishments, enjoy fellowship and yummy cuisine as we share our Potluck dishes. Also, the Keynote this year is by Jordan Hanlon – “My Experience Runnin’ the Grand Slam”! Put a big “X” on your calendar to save the date – Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: They’re comin’ fast and furious…

The races they are a comin’ fast and furious for the UMTR Trail Series…. After a few week hiatus during the last few weeks of August, we’ve seen two races in the last two weeks(Moose Mtn. Marathon and Harmon Farms) and another two(In Yan Teopa and William O’Brien) this upcoming weekend. Fall is here and the weather has been near perfect! The usual suspects are Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Superior Fall Races Deliver Again!

Aloha from the balmy north! The Superior Fall races lived up to expectation, with great weather, muddy trails, and spectacular participation from the UMTR Ultra Series participants. I think I saw as many people up there crewing and volunteering as I saw racing! I really enjoyed getting to talk with many of you, and watching great performances on the trail. As for the series, Leslie Read More →

William O’Brien Volunteer Call-Out!

As many of you may recall, one of the UMTR Trail Race Series races (William O’Brien) had to be rescheduled from earlier this year due to flooding. That race is now this weekend. UMTR is coordinating some of the volunteers for the race. Since this is a shorter race we need fewer volunteers and the time commitment is much shorter. We are looking for a Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Déjà vu all over again…

It’s been a month and two races since the last UMTR Trail Series update. During that time we experienced extremes…we saw the southern most race in the Trail Series(SCU Trail Scamper) and also the northern most race in the Trail Series(Fisherman’s Picnic) in Grand Marais. And we also saw the end of the busiest portion of our race schedule with four races in five weeks Read More →

Witch Cauldron

Gnarly Bandit: Calling in the Big Guns

The Gnarly Bandit was not a man who knew fear. He had sat nose to knifetip on many an occasion, the owner of said knife often a large, oafish character accusing him of cheatin’ at cards. Which seemed appropriate, as the Bandit had more than likely been cheating at the time. Be that as it may, quick wit and quicker reflex had gotten him out Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Racing the Horse Out West

Hello! The leaves have begun to turn color here in Duluth, and I’m left wondering what happened to the summer. Of course, fall is about the best time for trailrunning, but not sure I’m ready yet… And another race is in the books! A few hearty, heat-loving souls took on the Lean Horse races, with some great results. Rob Henderson was the second man and Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Catching Up with Voyageur and Marquette

Hello All- Thanks for your patience in awaiting the updated standings! I hope you all have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather as much as I have. A vacation here, few days there, and all of a sudden three more races have happened! Great participation by both racers and volunteers at the Voyageur, and some folks snuck over to Marquette to grab series points. Leslie Read More →

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