Author Archives: Lisa Kapsner-swift

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 →

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 →

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 →

UMTR Officially Surpasses 300 Members!

We did it! YOU DID IT! For the first time in our existence, UMTR has officially surpassed 300 members! The revenue brought in by your membership dollars will help us continue to provide aid station support at races, donations to our local parks and trails, and goodies for our member-driven fun runs. As promised, one member was selected at random, and UMTR will make a Read More →

It’s an All-Purpose Update!

Hey members! It’s time for an all-purpose update! First, we’ve got an SHT FatAss coming up! Paul Wilken is graciously assembling a Not-Quite-50K FatAss next Saturday, August 12th. This run will be starting at Enger Tower in Duluth and running the Wild Duluth route down to Chambers Grove Park. For more information or to join the event, head here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1741909912771047 On the distant horizon, save Read More →

UMTR 2017 Budget: A look at where your membership fees go

We’re inching closer to that ever elusive 300 member mark and our special promotion to donate $300 to a trail/park of your choice! As a part of that promotion, we thought we should give all of you a little peek behind the curtain and show where your yearly $20 membership fee goes. By far, our largest budget item is donations to the parks and trails that Read More →

Call for Leadership

Greetings UMTR Members! It’s that time of year when we need to start talking about the UMTR Board of Directors. Upper Midwest Trail Runners is a completely volunteer organization with a hard-working board. We seek to help trail runners – and the trails themselves – across the upper midwest. That’s where YOU come in! UMTR can’t exist without folks like you stepping up and committing time and talents to Read More →

Ultra Series Update!

Greetings, UMTR Ultra Series! Apologies for the long radio silence on the Ultra Series Results. (Current standings found here.) June came and went so quickly that I feel like I slept through the month. Many of you likely feel very different, as we’ve had Chester Woods, Kettle Moraine, Black Hills, and Afton go by. There are so many great performances that I can’t begin to Read More →

A New Membership Record!

We’ve set a NEW RECORD! Upper Midwest Trail Runners has just logged 276 members, which is an all-time high! But with many hundreds of trail runners toeing the line at races each weekend, we think there’s still room to grow. If you’ve been on the fence about joining UMTR, now is the time! Yearly membership is only $20, and this fee gets you discounts at Read More →