Post-Banquet News Round-up

The annual UMTR member banquet took place on Saturday night, and we had a fantastic turnout with somewhere between 80-100 members in attendance. The food was abundant and the company was second to none. Three huge pieces of business were accomplished during the banquet: the incoming UMTR Board of Directors was elected, awards were given, and our year-end donation dollars were announced. During the Annual Read More →

The Nearly Final, Almost Finished, Please Double Check Ultra Series Update!

Winter has come early to Duluth, as I’m calculating the results I see a blanket of white laid out over the woods. It’s an early snow, and a sign that the trail season has come to an end. Please check here for preliminary results from the UMTR Ultra Series for 2017. I’m sure that I’ve got omissions and errors in there, so let me know what those Read More →

Trail Run Series Update

With Moose Mountain and William O’ Brien in the books, we only have 5 races left in the series!   I hope you enjoyed summer and can get out to see the Fall colors. Jim Weise continues to establish his lead in the Overall Series with an amazing 395 points.   Is it possible to catch up?!? On the female side, the competition is getting intense!   Stefanie Anderson has a Read More →

Post-Superior Ultra Series Update

Hello all! Last weekend was a wonderful celebration on the north shore of Lake Superior. We had amazing participation in the races, as well as a large number of our series participants doing their part as volunteers. It was wonderful to see so many of you up there, and I look forward to the party again next year. As for the races, congrats to Tina Read More →

Ultra Series Update!

It was another big weekend at the Superior Fall Trail Races, and prior to these epic races, the standings were calculated and the numbers were crunched for our Ultra Series. As such, the information below doesn’t yet include the Superior races – so hold onto your hats and keep an eye out for more in the near future! With that in mind, read on to see Read More →

MORC Bike Survey (due 9/25!)

We want to hear from you! As a part of our trail advocacy initiative we want to learn more about how you use trails that we share in common with MORC (Minnesota Off Road Cyclists). Because both groups have a vested interest in maintaining amazing trails, it’s a natural fit for some collaboration, especially when it comes to helping maintain these resources. We’ve prepared a Read More →

Getting to Know Our Gnarly Bandits

Meet our Gnarly Bandits! If you’re like me, you’ve been wondering what makes our Gnarly Bandits tick. Why are they undertaking this year-long, 462-mile project? And what wisdom are they acquiring along the way? This week, I spoke by email to two of our nine contenders, Kevin Clark and Jeff Leuwerke, to find out more about what motivates them, and what they can teach us. Read More →

Gnarly Bandit Update

As we enter the 10-day, “stalk the weather” window before Superior 100, let’s check in our Gnarly Bandits. Following a masterful performance at Kettle Moraine, in late June they moved on to the hills and hazards of the Black Hills 100. Although it was a good year for the BH100, with cool temperatures and an unusually high 71% finishers’ rate, we sadly lost one of Read More →

Position Statement on Trail Advocacy

UMTR cares about trails and maintaining the natural places we love to run. We share opportunities to assist with trail work, and as an organization we give over 70% of our funds to trail and park organizations around the region. To better articulate our viewpoint, we have adopted the following position statement on Trail Advocacy. In this statement, we share how we seek to promote Read More →

Ultra Series and Trail Run Series UPDATED!

The UMTR Ultra Series has been updated through Voyageur, and current standings can be viewed here.   We’ve seen another of the classics go into the records for the year, with the Voyageur living up to it’s history as a hot, steamy race. We had, by far, the highest participation of any of the races in the series so far, with 29 of our Ultra Read More →

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