Author Archives: Lisa Kapsner-swift

Zumbro vs. The Gnarly Bandits

That, as a runner once said, was a hell of a thing. Zumbro 2018 will not be forgotten anytime soon. As an historic late-season blizzard took aim at Minnesota, 16 Gnarly Bandits took the puddle-covered starting line in pouring rain, and began the first race of the season, the Zumbro 100. Throughout the day on Friday the 13th, they endured rising winds, standing water, and Read More →

April Events and General Goings-On

It’s April! The snow is falling, the birds are bewildered, and all is chilly throughout the upper midwest. But no matter – the UMTR Race Series forge on relentlessly! The state of the series Our Ultra Series kicked off on March 24th with the END-SURE races in MacLeod, ND. If you’re registered for this series, you should have received an email last week with a Read More →

Join UMTR at the Chippewa 50K/10K!

We’re looking for a few good volunteers! UMTR will be sponsoring an aid station at the Chippewa 50K/10K on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. This aid station will serve runners at around mile 7, and again around mile 22. It’ll be a great opportunity to give back to our trail running community, and it’s the perfect excuse to hang out in the woods with friends! These Read More →

Gnarly Bandit? Gnarly Bandit!

That’s right, we are FIVE WEEKS out from the first race of the 2018 Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series. This five-race “slam” series tests runners’ hearts, minds, and legs, as they complete some of the most rugged ultras in the Midwest: Zumbro 100 Mile, Kettle Moraine 100 Mile, Black Hills 100 Mile, Superior 100 Mile, and Wild Duluth 100K. Think you’ve got what it takes to be Read More →

February Update!

It may not feel like it, with yesterday’s snowfall in the upper midwest, but spring is on the way – and with it, our race season! Our first series race takes place on March 24th in McLeod, ND. If you’re still looking for a race to kick off your year, the END-SURE 25K, 50K, 100K, and 100M are still open for registration! The 50K and Read More →

Introducing: the Timed Race Series!

At this year’s board retreat we talked about the rise in popularity of timed races. These are events that are based on time, not distance. Participants have a set number of hours to complete a looped course as many times as they can, racking up mile after mile. Some runners may choose to bring down the hammer and conquer as many miles as they can, Read More →

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 →

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