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 link to report your results from this race. Please contact us if you should have received this email, but didn’t! Results reporting deadline is April 9th.

Up next: Zumbro

The next installment for the Ultra Series, as well as the first race of the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series and the Trail Run Series, is only a week and a half away! The Zumbro 17/50/100 kicks off next weekend, with launch times spread between Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th. All eyes seem to be on the weather as the date draws closer.

Ready for a little fun run?

The annual Post-Zumbro Pie Stumble, now in its third year, has become a tradition for UMTR members. Robyn will again be holding this event the Saturday after Zumbro, and attendees are welcome to run a little – or a lot – before convening for a pie-and-treats potluck. The fun happens at Afton State Park on Saturday, April 21st!

Help us give back

As mentioned in an earlier email, UMTR will be sponsoring an aid station at the Chippewa 50K/10K races – and we need volunteers! We’ll be setting up shop at the mile 7ish/mile 22ish aid station, doling out beverages and goodies to weary competitors. We’d love to see more smiling faces out there! Chippewa 50K/10K will be taking place on Saturday, April 28th. Interested? Send an email to info@umtr.net and we’ll connect you with the Aid Station Captain.

Remember: Volunteer hours worked at a series race will count toward your points in that series, if you’re registered in the series. Even better, every hour volunteered at any race or doing trail maintenance activities will count toward our year-end donation pool. All UMTR volunteer hours are tabulated, and our largest donations of the year are generated in proportion to those hours. More volunteer hours, more donation dollars!

And that’s a wrap! Did we miss anything? Have we left unanswered questions? Let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

Until next time, see you on the trails!

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