Category Archives: Trail Series


Gnarly Bandit: The Tide Turns at Kettle

The staccato sound of the Bandit’s yellowed fingernails tapping the desktop registered his level of impatience, which had increased lately for a variety of reasons – not the least of which was the fact that he had been working for over an hour trying to communicate with the customer service department at the other end of his phone line. He listened to the tranquil, automated Read More →


The Gnarly Bandit Heads East

The Bandit rubbed his hands over the fire, slowly working the feeling back into his long, gnarly digits. Nearly two months removed from the Zumbro hundred miler and they were still stiff and numb. But a warm fire and many draughts off his bottle of Hair o’ the Dog had made progress. He flexed each finger in turn, listening to the sound of each knuckle Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Through Superior Spring 25K

“There was a bit of mud out there today” and “I love this race!” Those were two comments heard over and over at last week’s Spring Superior Races in Lutsen. Attached are the updated Trail Series Results and we have people putting up some very impressive numbers!!!! Overall Men’s and Women’s leaders are Ethan (don’t call me Dr. yet) who has run all four races Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Slippery Slopes on the Superior Trail‏

Lots of participation at Superior! 26 ultra series participants earned finisher woodles (unless I missed someone), or about a quarter of the series. I know too that even more people were up there volunteering. From the reports I’ve heard, the trail conditions on the SHT were absolutely perfect! All finishers will be able to one-up any Tough Mudder stories forever… On to standings. For the Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: Through Chippewa and 7@7

Three down….fourteen races to go! We have some great competition shaping up in all the classes with a huge increase in total participation in each race from last year. This year, after 3 races, we’ve seen 63 total participants compared to 18 at this time in 2013. Currently we have 97 members participating in the series with a strong contingent of runners looking forward to Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Ice Age Update – Speedy Times Down South

After another set of races this past weekend there has been some moving and shaking in the standings. Good weather in Wisconsin made for excellent racing in the Southern Kettle Moraine. In the women’s open division, Amie Spieth had a great finish as the 13th woman in the 50 mile race, which, combined with some volunteer points, ties her with Christi Nowak and Leslie Semler Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Chippewa draws a crowd!

The results are in from the Chippewa 50K, and things are heating up already! Christi Nowak tied the Open standings up, matching Leslie Semler’s early lead with her own victory in the women’s race. Kathy Jambor doubled back from the Zumbro 100 to open up a bigger lead in the Masters, and grab the Overall lead as well. Will she keep up the frequent racing? Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: Zumbro… Mother Nature’s Temper Tantrum

The Ultra Series got rolling down at Zumbro a week and a half ago, and what a start! Racers were treated to beautiful, summer-like weather on Friday, then deteriorating weather through the night, right down to the hypothermic range. Congrats to all who raced through the tough conditions, whether you found your way to the finish line or not. As for results, on the women’s Read More →

UMTR Trail Series: The season is off and running!

We are off and running!…literally! This past weekend saw the first race in this year’s UMTR Trail Series. Zumbro was quite the experience, but then, when isn’t it? This year nature decided to rain and rain and rain which left much of the trail looking more like a river than a trail. That did not stop twenty-three hearty souls from finishing. Seventeen UMTR Trail Series Read More →

UMTR Ultra Series: The 2014 season is upon us!

No doubt all of you are spending this fine spring morning thinking about the upcoming trail racing season. To help, we want to spread the good news that the UMTR Ultra Series kicks off next Friday at the Zumbro 50/100 Mile races! Snowshoes are optional. If you have already registered for the Ultra series, you should be set to go. If you have not and Read More →