Author Archives: Jamison Swift

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Did we mention the number 300?

We’re as close as we’ve ever been to breaking 300 members, and we want to sweeten the deal! If we can reach 300 members before the banquet in November, we will randomly pick a UMTR member and make a $300 donation to their favorite trail in their name! Do you have a favorite trail? Get your friends and family to sign up at http://www.umtr.net/ and Read More →

Trail Series Change!

We recently found out that this year’s SMU Scamper has been cancelled for the year due to extensive rehabilitation efforts on the trails of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota over the summer. We have decided to scratch this race from the UMTR Trail Series. Because we have 19 races in the trail series already, we will not be adding a replacement race. It will still be Read More →

Mid-summer update!

The calendar tells me summer is in full swing, though temperatures up here in Duluth recently have suggested otherwise. And with summer has come our busiest time. Race series are in full swing, trail work days are happening all over the region assisted by our fellow members, and we have had some fun “fat ass” events for you all to meet each other and explore Read More →

SHT Trail Work Alert!

We saw the following request for trail work help on the SHT from John Storkamp! Let John know at john at rocksteadyrunning.com if you can help out. … the Superior Hiking Trail Association is looking for help during the weekdays next week (week of June 19th) to try to finish up the Gooseberry reroute – they had to cancel their last large group project weekend Read More →

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