UMTR Making a Difference

Trail people love our trails. This past September a hearty crew traveled to the north shore to help work on a crucial section of the trail. UMTR Member and amazing trail runner Steph Hoff helped lead this crew, and wanted to share her experience over the weekend.  “There’s something inside of me that changes as I drive north past Two Harbors.” One of the volunteers Read More →

Some tough and determined 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 three of our five contenders to find out more about what motivates them, and what they can teach us. Thank you, Matt, Even, and Brian! If you see them Read More →

The Gnarly Bandits Get Gnarlier

It’s July, and the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series is well underway! The relentless would-be Bandits have now completed three 100-mile races: the ever-unpredictable Zumbro, the fast and furious Kettle Moraine, and the wet and wild Black Hills. I’m delighted to report that all FIVE Gnarly Bandits remain standing, 300 miles into this 462-mile rollercoaster. Brian Corgard, Matt McCarty, Erik Raivo, Even Semrud, and Nate Ziemski, Read More →


We’ve officially surpassed 350 members for the first time in club history! In celebration, we selected one member at random to choose a park or trail system to receive a $350 donation. Chad W. has chosen Afton State Park as the lucky recipient. Afton State Park is a favorite destination for runners in Minnesota and Wisconsin alike, especially for those who live in the Twin Cities Read More →


See all these smiling faces hanging on to the UMTR banner? YOU can be one of these amazing people! At many of our series races this season you’ll find a UMTR rep with our sweet banner. They’re looking to take a photo of our Gnarly Bandits, and race series participants, so that we can show off what incredible people we have in UMTR! This weekend Read More →

Hey UMTR, it’s almost TIME!!

This is Jamison taking over your UMTR email this week with bad puns, and to remind you that the first race in our inaugural Timed Series is happening May 27th! The Treasured Haven Farms 3, 6, and 12 hour runs are taking place in Rush City, and are a great intro into the timed event format. Run as much or as little as you want Read More →

Zumbro vs. The Gnarly Bandits

That, as a runner once said, was a hell of a thing. Zumbro 2018 will not be forgotten anytime soon. As an historic late-season blizzard took aim at Minnesota, 16 Gnarly Bandits took the puddle-covered starting line in pouring rain, and began the first race of the season, the Zumbro 100. Throughout the day on Friday the 13th, they endured rising winds, standing water, and Read More →

Pre-Zumbro Gnarly Bandit update!

Hey! Trail people! Stop refreshing the Zumbro weather forecast and take a minute to appreciate our AMAZING roster of 2018 Gnarly Bandit contenders, preparing to toe the line for their first race less than 48 hours from now! That’s right, we’ve got SIXTEEN people registered for the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series. They’ll be contending for eternal glory, enshrinement in the hallowed list of Gnarly Bandits going Read More →

April Events and General Goings-On

It’s April! The snow is falling, the birds are bewildered, and all is chilly throughout the upper midwest. But no matter – the UMTR Race Series forge on relentlessly! The state of the series Our Ultra Series kicked off on March 24th with the END-SURE races in MacLeod, ND. If you’re registered for this series, you should have received an email last week with a Read More →

Meet our Gnarly Bandits Ultra Series Sponsor, Chad Heer!

Every year, we seek sponsors for each of our race series. This sponsorship allows us to provide awards for top finishers in each series, and it gives us the opportunity to highlight a few great businesses in our community who share our interest in trail running. Today, we’re introducing Chad Heer, sponsor of the 2018 Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series. Thank you, Chad! Chad Heer is an Read More →

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