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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.

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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 →

2014 Fall Superior Endurance Races – UMTR Aid Station Vounteers Needed!

Come one, come all! UMTR is looking for volunteers… lots of them! As we did last year, UMTR will again be sponsoring the Temperance River Aid Station at the Fall Superior Endurance Races on the weekend of Sept 5-7th. This is a special aid station that enables you to help out runners in the 100 mile, 50 mile and Moose Mountain Marathon at the same Read More →

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 →

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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 →

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