Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series

Are you tough enough? The Gnarly Bandit, is a series of 5 ultramarathon trail races, consisting of four 100 mile races, plus one 100K (because, hey, everyone needs a cool-down). These races are run throughout the Upper Midwest, and there’s a pot of gold at the end for those strong enough to complete the challenge.

Gnarly Bandit

How to Enter:

  • Join the UMTR! You must be a member to compete in the Gnarly Bandit.
    - On the membership form, mark the box that indicates entry into the Gnarly Bandit Series.
  • You must be registered for the Gnarly before the first race, the Zumbro 100M on 4/11/2014.
    - Races are not credited retroactively.
  • That accomplished, you are in the series – but you have a few things left to do…
    - You are responsible for your own registration and fees for each race.
    - Note: Some races have field limits, so best not to procrastinate.
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge RealtyThis year The Pomerenke Group of Bridge Realty, at buyandsellwithbill.com, has graciously posted a $1000 pot o’ gold, that will be split evenly among the group finishing the series. But it’s all-or-nothing, folks, you must finish all 5 races to be eligible for the spoils. The UMTR thanks Bill for his generosity, and we encourage you to show your appreciation by Liking his Realtor “Bill Pomerenke” page on Facebook and Sharing his posts with your FB friends. We wish everyone the best in their quest to become Gnarly.

The cash prize and an original John Storkamp commemorative artwork will be awarded to each 2014 Gnarly Bandit finisher at the November UMTR Awards Fest.

Series Director: Adam Schwartz-Lowe

Races Show/Hide

Race
Location
Date
Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance RunZumbro Falls, MN04/11/2014
Kettle Moraine 100 MileLa Grange, WI06/07/2014
Black Hills 100 MileSturgis, SD06/28/2014
Superior Sawtooth 100 MileLutsen, MN09/05/2014
Wild Duluth 100KDuluth, MN10/18/2014

2014 Current Entrants: Show/Hide

Entrant
ST
Zumbro
Kettle
B. Hills
Superior
W. Duluth
Boucher, VeroniqueON28:07:0127:26:1831:19:4435:00:43
Maas, JohnMN23:35:4720:28:4824:23:4229:00:17
Schmidt, JordanMN33:38:3028:48:4532:12:5437:54:38

Remember, too, the work of all who make this series possible. The individual races, volunteers, sponsors, and the UMTR. Drop them a note, e-mail, or for the races, express these sentiments at the event. We may be gnarly, but we’re gnarly nice.

What the Gnarly Bandit himself says (known as Rules by some) Show/Hide

  • “Of course you have to join them UMTR people before you start, and ya’ gotta throw your hat in on the Gnarly series before the first race. Do I have to break a log over your head?”
  • “I can’t guarantee you entry into any of the races, you gotta do that. Don’t come crying to me out on the ranch about not getting’ in one of my races. Enter ‘em all now, for goodness sake. What are you, chicken? And you gotta pay your own fees; did I even have to be saying that?”
  • “Official finishes, as determined by the RD, is what counts. You gotta submit yours to that Schwartz-Lowe fella. He’s a little slow on the uptake; don’t expect him to figure it out I’ll tell you that right now.”
  • “Each Gnarly finisher is recognized with a special award — them UMTR people know some crafty folks — plus you’ll be a-sharin’ in the pot of gold. Now them are some nice neighbors.
  • “One volunteer effort is required by season’s end. You slickers, get out thar and be doin’ something. You don’t expect me to be out there a-doing work, do ya? I gotta take care of the ranches! I gotta be rockin’ in my chair. So, you volunteer at any race, includin’ showshoe, of the current series year. Them race director entrants are exempted from this volunteer requirement because they pay me secretly under the table. he, he, he.”
  • “Expect to be hearin’ from me, too, ‘cause I’ll be payin’ attention if you’re tough enough to earn my honors.”
  • “And if yer needin’ a place to keep you safe from varmints, you better be lookin’ up those fellas from the Pomerenke Group! They’ll find it faster ‘n a hawk spies a rabbit, by golly! Those guys are the real deal. They can come a-huntin’ on the Gnarly Ranches anytime.”

The Gnarly Hall of Fame Show/Hide

“These Gnarlyites are the Gnarliest of them runner-types. Gettin’ on my Hall of Fame is harder than gettin’ a bull to give milk — but these few went and did it no-how. Well, here’s a tip of the old duster and a new chaw in the jowl just to be a-celebratin’.”

Year
Finishers
 
2008Pierre Ostor
2009Daryl Saari
2010Dale HumphreysDaryl Saari *
2011Adam Schwartz-Lowe
2012Aaron Buffington
John Taylor
Brian Woods
2013Angela Barbera
Joseph Hegman
Ron Hendrickson
Tina Johnson
Matt Menacher
Jessica Pendleton
Darryl Saari
John Taylor

* By completing the Wild Duluth 100K in addition to the regular (4 race) Gnarly schedule in 2010, Daryl completed what was then known as the Ultimate Gnarly (5 races). As of 2011, 5 races were required to officially complete the one-and-only Gnarly Bandit schedule.