Author Archives: Jamison Swift

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 →

Gnarly Bandit update post-Kettle!

The Gnarly Bandits have again demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with. After April’s Zumbro race eliminated only one of the starting 11 hopefuls, all 10 remaining Gnarly Bandits rolled through Kettle Moraine’s torrential downpour, soul-sucking mud, and crushing heat and humidity with the implacability of an Abrams tank. That’s right, despite an overall finish rate of less than 45% at Kettle Read More →

Trail work alert!

UMTR member Lisa Messerer sent along these opportunities for helping out our northern Minnesota trails! Lisa organizes 3-4 work evenings on the SHT in Duluth, MN every summer. This year they will be on Wednesday’s – June 14, 21, and 28 Start at 5:30 pm, work at least 2 hours or until we finish the planned section. June 14: WildKnits Section to Glen Place (meet Read More →

It’s another UMTR Trail Series update!

Another two races down! Ice Age and Spring Superior are fading in the rearview mirror already. Shout out to Kelly Jaworski for a great race in the 50 mile race at Ice Age. That proved to be the most competitive in the Ultra Series, with Kate Leis and Laurel Sipe not far behind. It was a fast day at Spring Superior! Course records were set Read More →

A May Trail Series Update!

The 2017 Trail Series is well under way!  The results through the Runnin’ in the Ruff 10k miler are posted on the website. Stephanie Anderson takes the lead in the Female Open and Overall Female! Ann Starr currently leads the Female Masters Division, and Amy Wasson and Pam Albin are tied for Female Grandmaster! On the male side, Erik Raivo controls the Open with 100 points. Brian Swartling leads in Read More →

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