The first Gnarly race complete!

As sunshine streamed into the Zumbro assembly area Friday morning, 11 Gnarly Bandit hopefuls toed the starting line, with smiles on their faces and fire in their souls. And by Saturday evening, all but one had completed the first of the five challenges in the race series. (Allan Holtz stopped after four of six laps). Warm, sunny weather and unusually dry (and sandy) trails made for un-Zumbro-like Read More →

It’s Gnarly Time!

The weather is uncertain, the trails are muddy, the drop bags are packed, the taper crazies are almost over. That’s right, it’s already Zumbro time! It’s going to be an incredible kickoff to the 2017 Gnarly Bandit Ultra Trail Series! We have 10 stout competitors, strong of leg and true of heart (if a bit short of toenails), including several Gnarly Bandit veterans. We have Read More →

Have you joined UMTR yet?

This is your friendly reminder that if you would like to be apart of any of the race series, you must be a member of the group BEFORE the first race. With END-SURE being only two weeks out, this means many of you need to sign up before that weekend! However, and equally important to remember is that even if you do not want to Read More →

Call for sponsors!

Looking for a way to promote your business while supporting great trail running and friendly competition? The Upper Midwest Trail Runners is looking for sponsors for our annual Trail, Ultra, and Gnarly Bandit Race Series! If your business would like to support a race series with a cash or in-kind sponsorship, send your proposal to by February 26. (If you have questions, that’s how Read More →

Welcome to 2017 Trail Runners!

Upper Midwest Trail Runners is ready to kick off another great year of running trails, and being an awesome community of people who care about each other and the outdoors. The Board of Directors met in January and finalized our 2017 race series calendar, as well as addressed some exciting changes coming this year. First, we’re going to utilize this website more often to share Read More →

Ultra Series – Glacial Trail

Good evening! Please see the attached results for the current standings after Glacial Trail 50K/50M, with only Surf the Murph left on the race calendar! Congratulations to Jeff Leuwerke for his second place finish in the 50 mile race! Mark Martinsen continued his impressive year with a strong 50K finish, along with Gary Sheets and Rick Bothwell. For the series, we still have a close Read More →

Trail Series – Harder ‘n Hell Half Marathon

Brook Wheeler was the only UMTR trail series participant in the Harder than Hell Half Marathon last weekend.  She is now tied with Pam Albin for the Overall Female.  The final race in the series is the Great Pumpkin Chase 10k in Lake Elmo, MN!

UMTR Banquet – November 12th

Hear ye! Hear ye! It’s that time of year again…UMTR Banquet time! More info will be forthcoming, but here are the basics… When: Saturday, November 12th, 5pm-8:30pm Where: Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 554199(new and bigger location!) Who’s invited? Current UMTR members are free and you can bring a guest for free too. Additional guests are $5/person. What do we Read More →

Meet Gnarly Bandit Contender Jim Lemke

1. When you started out at the Zumbro 100-mile back in April did you feel confident you would still be in the running for the award at this point? Going into any ultra I never assume I will finish. I hope for the best and plan for the worst. I plan my work and then I work the plan. Training, studying, and strategizing each race Read More →

Meet Gnarly Bandit Contender Erik Raivo

1. When you started out at the Zumbro 100-mile back in April did you feel confident you would still be in the running for the award at this point? Yes, while knowing that each race will pose a different set of uncertain challenges, I felt that my experience and preparation would allow me a good chance at success in the series.   2. What races Read More →