Category Archives: Upper Midwest Trail Runners

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 →

The 2018 Trail Series are Here!

It’s the season for snowshoes, spikes, and beardsicle pictures. It’s also the time of year when we start dropping cash on our 2018 races! As you’re making your plans, we’re excited to announce the 2018 Trail, Ultra, and Gnarly Bandit series races. Trail Series Ultra Series Gnarly Bandit Series While the Gnarly Bandit series hasn’t changed much, we’ve added a few races to the Trail 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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