Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Upper Midwest Trail Runners

A few months ago I was very fortunate to be voted onto the Upper Midwest Trail Runners board. The UMTR is for anyone who likes to run on dirt, grass, gravel, rocks, mud and snow-anything that isn't paved. Larry Pederson, RD for the Superior Fall Races as well as the founder of the Minnesota Trail Run Series, is the creator of UMTR. Larry wanted a club to encourage more runners from Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Canada to run on trails.

The past few months we, as in the Board of the UMTR, have been working on a run series, logos, brochures, membership, website, etc. and are excited to launch UMTR soon.

We are launching the 5 Fab Fifties, a series of 50K and 50 mile races throughout the region. Entry in he ultra series, as well as the MN Run Series, is free for all runners who join the UMTR club. UMTR membership is $20 a year.

5 Fab Fifties ultra trail series:

April 12 Chippewa Moraine 50K
April 19 Trail Mix 50K
May 10 Ice Age 50 Mile
May 17 Superior Trail 50K
July 5 Afton Trail Race 50K
July 26 Voyageur 50 Mile
August 23 Lean Horse
September 5-7 Superior Sawtooth
October 11 Glacial Trail 50 Mile

Runners who prefer shorter trail races or who have never tried running trail before may like to opt for the shorter races ranging from 5K to Marathon.

April 19 Trail Mix 25K
May 3 Running in the Ruff 10K
May 17 Superior Trail 25K
June 7 Chester Woods Trail Race 10 Mile
June 14 Sour Grapes Half Marathon
July 5 Afton 25K
July 26 SMU Trail Scamper 4 Mile
August 16 Days of Old Track & Trail 10K
September 6 Moose Mountain Marathon
September 20 City of Lakes Trail Loppet 5K
September 27 In Yan Teopa 10 Mile
October 18 Big Woods Run Half-Marathon

I am very excited to be able to be a part of this group who is bringing trail races to the people of the Upper Midwest. Get out there and be a part of the series!! You will enjoy it, truly.

This is a great way to hook up with others more experienced than you, you will meet others to ask questions of, to learn of training, to just meet up and run together. I would have loved something like this when I was just beginning to run trail.

I'll post updates and developments here as they take place. We will be launching a website soon for UMTR.

Get out there and ENJOY!!


Carl Gammon said...

Thanks to you and all the board members of the UMTR.

I just finished reading about the 5 Fab Fifties on Keith's blog and was anxious for more info, so I was happy to see it here. It sounds like fun and I can't wait for more details, and a chance to sign up for UMTR.

olga said...

That is awesome you guys do that! Series are so much fun!

Steve said...

Great news about the 5 Fab Fifties and the UMTR. I can't wait to hear more info. Thanks, Julie!

SteveQ said...

A couple of corrections from the guy in charge (me!): the Glacial Trail has a 50K and a 50 Mile, the Lean Horse is a 50 Mile, the Ice Age has a 50K and a 50 Mile and the fall Superior race includes the 50 Mile and the 50 mile split of the 100 mile.

I'll post more on my site this week and forward info to the Dead Runners listserv.

Carilyn said...

Congrats on the Board! Sounds like you have some great races coming up!

Anonymous said...

It turns my legs to rubber just looking at all those miles..

You guys rock!

Anonymous said...

Hey Julie,
-60 degree weather predicted for Friday and into Saturday here in Duluth. Still gonna run in that? Would they cancel it?