Zumbro 100 Mile Trail Race Information
Race Date: Friday April 7th, 2017
Start / Finish Location: Zumbro River Bottoms Management Area near Theilman, Minnesota
Race Start Time: 8:00 AM
Registration details can be found HERE
Race Founded in 2009, 100% trail Race & Minimum Maintenance Gravel Roads, Located 1:45 South of Minneapolis / St. Paul MN, 6 x 16.7 mile loops = 100 miles, Elevation Gain 18,588 FT, Elevation Loss 18,588 FT, NET Elevation Change 37,176 FT, 29 Aid Stations, 34 hour time limit, Course Map HERE
Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run Description and History:
The Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run is a six-loop (6 x 16.7 = 100.2 Miles) 100% trail ultramarathon. The Zumbro Endurance Run 100MI trail races take place within the Zumbro River Bottoms Management Unit in Southeastern Minnesota’s Bluff Country – just outside of the tiny village of Theilman, MN approximately 1:45 from Minneapolis – St.Paul, MN. The races start and finish at the West Assembly / Horse Campround Area. Generally speaking the Zumbro River Bottoms Management Unit lies within a portion of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest – an expansive 1.7 million acre tract of Minnesota hardwood forest on the Northern edge of the Driftless Region which is mainly characterized by its tall bluffs and deeply carved river valleys. This “bluff country” is rugged, hauntingly beautiful and provides the perfect venue for 100 miles of trail running – while this is certainly not an “easy” trail race it can still be a great choice for your first 100, that is if you are ready for a good amount of climbing / elevation gain. This is a laid back, old school, low-key trail race hosted by ultrarunners for ultrarunners.
Registration for the 2017 race will open on Tuesday November 1st, 2016 at 9:00AM CST. We offer online registration only and it will be hosted through UltraSignup. The fee is $195.00 (plus UltraSignup fees). Registration will close on Friday March 31st, 2017 at 5:00 PM CST or once the field limit has been met. There will be no registration after Friday March 31st, 2017. There will be no registration at packet-pickup or race-day registration so do not delay in signing up. Complete registration details can be found HERE.
Field limit for the 100 mile race is 200 runners.
Refunds, Transfers & Switches:
Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance. Race registrations are not transferable to other participants, to future years races or to other Rocksteady Running events. We do do not allow transfers race between distances. Please consider these factors carefully before registering.
We DO NOT keep a waiting list for those that did not get in prior to the race selling out.
What you get:
A well marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers. Runners who register by March 13th will have their name custom printed on their race numbers. All 100 mile finishers will receive a BELT BUCKLE and a wood medal. All registered runners that show up on race day get an awesome Rocksteady Running Tri-Blend (read; non-technical / casual cotton blend) T-Shirt with a super cool design, Shirts are unisex but fit both genders really well – you can see the current and past years race shirts HERE.
The race start is approximately 1:45 South of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Airports in Minneapolis St Paul (MSP), Rochester (RST), and Lacrosse(LSE).
There is no lodging available in Theilman, MN but there is rustic camping available at the start / finish area for a fee.
Camping is available right at the start area for everything from tents to the largest RVs. There is self serve registration near the entrance. The daily camping fee is $16.00 per night (subject to increases) – be sure to pay the fee! Pre-registering is not necessary. More info can be found on the DNR website HERE.
Grocery stores and gas stations in Wabasha, Lake City and Plainview
Emergencies / Hospital Information:
For Emergencies Dial 911
Google Map Directions in printable .PDF format to Wabasha and Rochester Hospitals click HERE
Wabasha (Local Hospital / Closest Option)
St. Elizabeth Hospital
1200 Grant Blvd. West
Wabasha, MN 55981
Google Map LINK
Rochester (Advanced Medical Care)
Saint Mary’s Hospital
1216 Second Street Southwest
Rochester, MN 55902
General Number 507-255-5123
Google Map LINK
Packet Pick-Up, Cookout and Race Briefing:
Thursday April 6th, 4:00-7:00 PM – West Assembly Area
Cookout is free for runners and we will have a jar out with a suggested donation for non-runners so your crew and family can eat as well. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend as well. There will be no formal race briefing – (read; this is VERY low key.) Menu will include pulled pork, veggie burgers, chips, fruit, cookies and drinks.
Friday April 7th, 630-7:30 AM – Race-morning packet pickup if you did not get yours on Thursday – ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN AGAIN ON FRIDAY / RACE MORNING SO WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE STARTING THE RACE.
We will do a quick race-briefing at 7:55 AM / 5 minutes prior to the race-start.
Please keep your drop bags as small as possible. We will take drop bags during packet pickup on Thursday evening – we will also accept drop bags up until 7:00 AM on race morning. Each drop bag must be clearly labeled with the race distance, runner’s name, race number, and the drop bag’s destination / aid station name – Aid Station 1/4 – Bridge, Aid Station 2/3 – Sand Coulee, Aid Station 5 – Start / Finish. Race numbers will be assigned a few days before the race start and will be available on the website. Your drop bag may not be available at Aid Station 1 or 2 on your first loop as they come fairly quickly and we need time to get the drop bags out to their destination. Please do not put valuables or liquids (cans of pop, Red Bull, etc.) into drop bags. Drop bags will not be returned to the finish area until the end of the race (6:00 PM Saturday) so we ask that you only put items in your bags that you are happy living without should you need to leave before drop bags are back. Items left behind will not be mailed to participants and will be donated to charity.
Every year runners get caught in a section without lights and it has a serious effect on their race! Use your drop bags, crews and plan accordingly.
Weather and Clothing:
Early April in Minnesota – we can have highs in the 70’s and lows in the low 30’s or, believe it or not, a combination of both! All the snow should be gone and the trail should be in good shape, but once in awhile some patchy snow /ice and mud will linger. Be prepared for all weather and trail-conditions, watch the forecast and plan accordingly – typically, this is a beautiful time of year to run in Minnesota. Note about 2013: for the first time we had snow, so it can happen!
Zumbro River Bottoms / Management Area – West Assembly, Friday April 8th, 8:00 am. All runners must check-in race morning by no later than 7:30 AM – if you fail to do so, you are not officially in the race – this is your responsibility. We will do a quick pre-race briefing at 7:45 AM / 15 minutes prior to the race start.
The Zumbro Endurance Run hosts three races simultaneously, the Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run (starts at 8:00 AM Friday) and the Zumbro Midnight 50 (starts at 12:01 AM Saturday) and the Zumbro 17 Mile (starts at 9:00 AM Saturday). Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series) so runners can be easily identified by race officials, volunteers, spectators and other runners. Runners who register by March 17th will have their name custom printed on their race bib. We ask that all competitors wear their number on the front of their body on their outer-most layer at all times. Runners will be tracked coming into and out of each aid station. If we cannot see your number, we cannot track you or take your finishing time and if we cannot do that, you will be disqualified and will not earn an official finish. More information can be found HERE
Pink Ribbon In Lieu of Back Bib
Because the 100 mile race is not the only race happening during race weekend (50 mile starts at 12:01AM Saturday and 17 mile starts at 9:00AM Saturday) we have often thought about implementing a “back bib” / race number for 100 mile runners, rather than do that now and make it mandatory we came up with the idea of a piece of pink ribbon. You are welcome to take the piece of pink ribbon and tie it to the back of your hydration pack, waist belt etc. so you can easily be identified by runners doing the other distances, hopefully you will get some cheers and passed with care by these fresher / more energetic runners. It is NOT mandatory that you participate in this but it is there as an option and has worked well over the last few years.
The Zumbro Endurance Run will be chip timed. Your timing chip will be affixed to the back of your race number – example HERE. Do not remove your timing chip. Do not bend or fold your timing chip or crumple your race number – this may break your timing chip. Your race number and your timing chip must be pinned on your outer-most layer at all times. Above guidelines must be followed in order ensure that split times and finish times are recorded. This chip is disposable and does not need to be returned. More information can be found HERE
The course will be marked with Orange flags with reflective strips, which will always be on the left hand side of the trail except in the rare occasions where there will be two-way traffic, in those areas the flags will be on both sides of the trail – reflective arrows will be used sparingly as well.
It is unfortunate but is not unheard of at many of the major trail races that course vandalism has occurred and flagging has been intentionally moved or removed by small minded individuals – it is important that you study the course prior to running and have a concept of where you are going.
Our aid stations are manned by volunteers, many of them spending a good part of their weekend out there – please be sure to thank the volunteers! A complete list of the aid stations can be found on the “Aid Station Maps and Data” page. Food and Drink – Aid stations will have the following beverage and food choices available: (All aid stations) Water, Hammer Heed, Hammer Gel, Soft Drinks, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Potatoes & Salt, Cookies, Candy, Fruit and other Misc. Foods – (Mile 50 and Later) Soup, Coffee, Misc. Hot-Foods
If you have special dietary requirements, please make sure to make use of your drop bags. We cannot guarantee that all of the above foods listed will be available at all times, if there is a nutrition item that could “make or break” your race, be sure to make use of your crew, drop bags or plan to carry what you need.
Pacers are allowed in the 100 mile starting at mile 50 / at the West Assembly – start-finish area. “Muling” is not allowed. We do not / cannot arrange a pacer for you. If you are looking for a pacer we suggest that you ask a friend, someone in your local running group or if you are from out of town check with one of our local running groups such as Upper Midwest Trail Runners, you can connect with members via the UMTR Facebook Page. Keep in mind that our races have a very high volunteer to runner ratio and many runners find that support at aid stations all that they need as long as they plan accordingly and make good use of their drop bags. Usually the best approach is to find someone who knows you as a runner – preferably someone you have done long runs with or have run long races with – that way they will know how to read you, anticipate your needs, push you when needed and hold back when required. If you don’t have someone like this to help, another experienced ultrarunner should work. What you don’t want is someone that YOU will end up having to take care of on the trail.
Due to our past experience with people wearing headphones on trail runs such as these, we discourage their use however we won’t tell you can’t wear them . Full awareness of one’s surroundings, and the ability to communicate with other participants, race volunteers, and trail users not associated with the event are critical to everyone’s safety. Please use common sense.
Don’t do it. If you see some trash someone else has dropped, pick it up. Keep the trail clean.
The finish line cutoff for an official finish is 34 hours (Saturday, 6:00 pm) thus you must average 3 MPH (20:00 minutes per mile) in order to finish the event within the time-limit. All cutoffs will be strictly enforced – we do however reserve the right to pull (or allow to continue) any racer as we see fit – if you are uncomfortable with those terms, consider running another race.
The intermediate cutoff’s are as follows:
You must make (mile 83.5) and have started your 6th / final loop (left the aid station) by 12:45 PM on Saturday.
If You DNF:
Should you need to drop out of the race, remove your number and your chip and give them directly to the HAM radio operators at the aid stations you are dropping at – if you are not sure who that is ask around until you find them. If you leave the course and fail to notify race officials, you will be asked not to come back.
• 1st Place Overall Male and Female
• 1st place Open (age 39 – under) Male and Female
• 1st Masters (age 40 – over) Male and Female
• 1st Grand Masters (age 50 – over) Male and Female
Results will be updated regularly at the finish. Preliminary results will be available on the website within a couple of days of the finish – final results (with any corrections) will be posted on our website within a few weeks of the end of the race.
Lost and Found
Any personal items left after the race (including drop bags) will be donated to a charity. We will not ship items to you.
We are always looking for them. Do you have friends and family coming but don’t really need them to follow you around to crew – see if they want to volunteer. Learn more HERE.
Next years race date:
The race is typically the 1st or 2nd weekend in April – The 2018 date will most likely be April 13-14 BUT THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. The Zumbro races are always held the weekend before Minnesota Turkey Hunting starts – sometimes these schedules are not released until late fall of the upcoming year.