Testimonials

“I just wanted to say thank you all your hard work. You’ll probably receive 99 emails like this (44 100-mile starters + 55 50-mile starters). If you don’t, you should. This was my first 50 miler. Let’s just say I’ll never forget it. All the little things did not go unnoticed. See you at Sawtooth this fall, and hopefully at many races in between.”
“Thanks for putting on such a great event. The course was far and away from anything I could have predicted or imagined it would be like. The volunteers were remarkable, as well as the course markings.  I have alot of work to prepare for coming up for the rest of the races in the series [Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series] but I have a feeling my first will always be the most bittersweet.”
“I just wanted to say what a nice job you did with this race.  I cannot imagine the planning that goes in to such an event and I had a great day and it looks like many others did as well.  Very nicely marked course, great aid and volunteers.  Thank you especially for taking care of all of us.  I was trying to figure out how I was going to get a locksmith out to the course on a Saturday after I dropped my car key ‘somewhere’; thanks for taking care of my Honda key for the remainder of my race.  Just goes to show you that ‘running people’ are pretty incredible all around.  A friend has been trying to get me to run this race.  The midnight 50 mile start was indeed an ‘epic’ event.”
“Thank you for putting on such a great event!  My night running experience is pretty limited and you had the course perfectly marked.  Portions of the first and second loop were some of my best experiences running in my life. The 3 loop course was a more of a self purification exercise giving myself ample time to categorize what I should be doing better in my life.  But that is part of why we keep going.  The volunteers were great, the aid stations were supplied very well.  I could not think of anything that I wanted that was not available (except fresh legs).  The whole event had a very cool vibe to it. Thank you very much!!”
“Thank you again for all your hard work! The volunteer’s were top notch, as was everything about this race. I can’t believe I’m already saying (quietly!) that I’ll come back!”
Hey!  Just wanted to thank you again for a great race this past weekend.  I thought you organized, executed, and produced a great event!  From parking, trail marking, start/finish, to aid stations, volunteers, unique shirts and medals, everything was great.
John, I really appreciated that you took a few moments to talk with and encourage me to race when I stopped by Friday and mentioned I hadn’t been well the previous 30+hrs.  Being there for just the few minutes and talking really helped encourage me.  Race day had some tough epic conditions, but it was great!  Really enjoyed the course and would love to run it sometime when it’s dry and cool out!  The bluff views were amazing!  Seeing several other Iowans and meeting several Minnesotans (?) was fun too.  Hope to see you next year!  Glad I saw the ad in an Ultrarunning Mag last Fall.  If there’s anything I can do to help you out next year or to review the race positively, let me know!  Appreciate all your hard work!
It was a tuff day, cold rain, hail, mud with suction perfectly formulated to pull you shoe right off. Even with these challenging conditions every volunteer did absolutely everything to ensure everyone had a great day. Words fail to convey how incredible the RSR events, the staff, and the volunteers are. If you have never done at RSR event, I highly recommend it.
I had a student come to find me before school this morning to ask me if I had ever heard of the Zumbro ultra races and to tell me that he and his family volunteered on the Zumbro course over the weekend from 7pm – 7am. He says he has been there to volunteer before and wants to continue helping your runners. I have to tell you, he was so excited telling me about being out there in the elements overnight while watching the runners struggle to keep going. Without knowing it, you guys might have planted the seed for him to become a future ultra runner.
And what a run it was, pouring rain up until race start, the mud was deep and the hills steep. One of the funnest runs I have run to date. Excellently marked and stocked. Epic muddy down hills with energy absorbing sand at the bottom!
Thank you John, Cheri, and all of your incredible volunteers for a memorable event. Once again you put on a premier event for runners, enabling us crazies to test ourselves not only against the distance and terrain, but also against the weather. I appreciate that all of you were also enduring the elements making sure we were fed, hydrated and cheered for. I almost feel sorry for speedy dudes like my brother John who missed out on the epic-ness of the event after 8 AM. Thanks again, I will probably be back in 2015, how much more challenging can it get after 2013 and 2014?
Although I wish my result was better, I can’t even begin to thank all of the volunteers and John Storkamp for putting on an amazing race. I didn’t realize how much of a B!tch some of those climbs were going to be but glad to have given it everything I had. Even though my own personal race was cut short I am happy to have been given the chance to help others finish their race. 
Ultramarathons are generally crazy, but Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run 50 miler was probably my most psychotic yet! It was a physical and mental roller coaster that taught me a lot, particularly about preparation….and Mother Nature can change everything! Thanks to RDs, volunteers, runners and their supporters for creating another amazing event. 
 To John Storkamp and the entire Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Runteam not least the volunteers. This was my first 100 and it was epic. The course was amazing and the volunteers just rocked it. Always attentive and cheery even at stupid o clock at night.
 Running this race in the snow last year and thunderstorms this year, I can without a doubt say that this is one of the best managed races that I’ve been a part of. From the logistics to all of the great volunteers, this is a top notch race that I would highly recommend to anyone. Well, maybe not anyone because the course is pretty badass and not for the faint of heart. But great job to John and all the volunteers that helped put this race on! All of your efforts do not go unnoticed and are very appreciated!
Thank you so much for a strong race. Thank you all volunteers for rushing to ask us what we need. Special thanks to volunteers, organizers, and runners at AS start-finish. BOB and JULIA and everyone for all the support; for giving me your jackets and hat, for the food, for the strong encouraging words, for the fire! For everything. This was so amazing of you. Best spirit. You guys rock!!!
I can’t say enough good, warm things about this race. I arrived at aid station 3 on my fifth loop soaked and freezing. 3 volunteers gave me the clothes off their back to make sure I stayed warm. You have no idea how much that helped this girl get the mental boost to finish. THANK YOU. To all the 50 milers and 100 milers that wizzed past a girl with orange socks and a yellow tee and said encouraging things… THANK YOU. You never know how far a quick “looking good” can go in the dead of night 16 hours into a race.
I want to say a very sincere thank you to all aid station volunteers and race directors! I was the knuckle head who decided to ditch his hat, gloves & jacket, and only run in shorts & a tee shirt, for the 3rd loop of the 50m. The volunteers were genuine in support, ensuring my fluid intake & electrolyte intake we sufficient to keep me moving in the cold rain. It was a first for me to have coffee in one of my water bottles:) Even at the finish line a volunteer was quick to ask where my drop bag was so I could get my jacket & hat. I am thankful for the support and concern I received. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
This was my first ultra and I did the 50 miler. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The course was insane but never a dull moment. The volunteers all went above and beyond, they really were great. I loved the event and am all ready counting down the days until next years. Thank you for all your time and energy you guys put in to make a event like that happen.
Just wanted to thank you and all your volunteers for another awesome event. I can’t imagine how much work all goes in to put these events together. You do a great job.
Well done John. You should be incredibly proud. And you brought us nice weather to boot. Are all of the races you direct at the Rock Steady Running site? I need to step up and volunteer.    
Thanks for putting on such a great race at Zumbro this weekend. What an incredible event! Unforgettable.
I ran the 17 miler and had an unbelievable time.  What impressed me the most was it was more of a community than a competition.  Amazing people and conversations on the course, awesome support people at aid stations and glorious weather.  I am mentally gearing up for the 50 next year.  You run a fantastic event. The people who came to spectate felt the same way – they really enjoyed the event and since they got to walk from aid stations one/four and two/three – they got a sample of the hills and were more sympathetic to the runners.
The RSR events are easily the best run, best organized and funnest events I am involved in. I am a ham radio operator and have worked aid stations at Superior, Afton and Zumbro. I was at radio “net control” this year from around 12:30AM to about 9:00AM on Saturday, so although I was watching out for the 100’s and the 50’s, I didn’t get to see many of the runners at this year’s Zumbro. I do a radio for a lot of marathons and stuff and take it from me – the RSR events are better organized, the volunteers are way more dedicated and the radio operations are second to none at these Ultras. You have a good thing going, RSR. Congrats to the runners and thanks to the volunteers!
This race had some of the most organized aid stations and most helpful volunteers of any race I’ve done. Thank you so much to everyone who donated their time this weekend. It was a great event because of you.
Just wanted to thank you all for the most amazing event I have ever participated in! It was so well planned, thought out, covered, and just amazing! It was my first Ultra and by far my favorite race to date. A huge thank you to all the volunteers for all their hard work and dedication in staying there all day, night, and day again! Amazing! I just had the best time on the most difficult course! Mother Nature helped too, but you guys are simply awesome! Thank you again and hope to see you all sometime in the future.
I’m not saying this for any other reason other than I loved this event. I wrote those words because I felt them whole heartedly. I’ve never been a part of anything quite like that before. I saw the elite side by side with the newbies, like myself and completely support each other. I saw such dedication by ALL volunteers that floored me, and the atmosphere was just plain astounding! At the urging and support from fellow ultra maniacs, my first ultra was truly my favorite event, hands down. I loved everything and everyone there, you just can’t ask for more than that!
I had written to you a few weeks back regarding training for my first Zumbro 17 miler.  I just wanted to let you know that I did do the race and finished at 3:35.  I loved every minute of it!  It was such a beautiful course and I met so many great people.  Coming from a road running background, I was amazed at the laid back feel and friendliness of everyone I met on the course.  I can say that running Zumbro was a life changing event for me.  Your race has definitely gotten me hooked on trail racing.  I am in the process of signing up for the Afton 25K and the Endless Summer Series.  I am even going to sign up for my first 50K in October at Surf the Murph.  I wanted to thank you for the training and course tips that you gave me.  I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my first message.  I would have really missed out if I would have skipped the race because I was too nervous to have Zumbro be my first foray into trail running.  After meeting some of the 50 and 100 milers on Saturday, I am already dreaming of someday joining their ranks.
As a new comer to the coveted Zumbro event and my first attempt at 50M I find it difficult to put into words what an amazing experience it was. I was humbled by the incredibly talented runners and the event staff and volunteers who were amazing and supportive beyond my expectations. I look forward to next year!!!
My first 50.  Humbled and honored to be in the presence of such amazing people. The athletes that crushed it up front. Awe. The 100 milers. Each and every one of them. Insane respect. That course. Humbling. The event and the volunteers and the atmosphere. Spiritual. And I hope the Beastie Boys are cranking loudly always. Amazing night/ day in my life. That chunk of wood and twine is priceless. Thank you Zumbro.
Some thoughts on the race: – Excellent organization as usual. Volunteers were terrific, course markings were perfect, and the finishing “medal” is awesome. – An event that’s definitely worth the trip south from the Cities. – I love the positive attitude involved in trail races, and it’s reflected in the organization of this race – informal and fun, yet with top-notch professionalism.
Thanks for all you do to get this going.   This was my first ever run and volunteering at a run. I can not believe how smooth everything seemed and how welcoming most people were to a first timer. I consider myself very lucky to have had Dan bring me to such an event.   Again great job John and whoever you have supporting your efforts. – Steve
I had an amazing time out there! It was fun to run along with participants of the 50 and 100 mile races, and meet other 17 mile trail runners along the route. The volunteers were fantastic and gorgeous weather only added to the great experience. You put on a well-organized, fun race! I will be back. – Laura
I’m sure you will get many of these emails today, but I just wanted to write you and thank you both for putting on such an incredible event this past weekend at Zumbro. This was my first time volunteering (and actually- even attending) an ultra event, and I was time and time again overwhelmed and impressed by the energy, thoughtfulness, and logistical organization of this event. It is clear that you both have made it a priority for participants and volunteers alike to have an enjoyable, fun, and safe experience, and I left on Saturday feeling like I had stumbled upon this magical place that I didn’t know about before and now wanted to share with everyone. I’m very much looking forward to volunteering at your events in the future and possibly even running at one.  Thank you both again, – Kate
Thanks for a great event John. Very well organized. Volunteers were great. 17 mile runners were the best. I bet 95% provided encouragement as they passed. Trail runners are awesome! – Brian
Zumbro was my first Rocksteady Running event and I wanted you to know that I thought it was one of the best organized events I’ve seen.  I had a great time as well.  Kudos and many thanks! – Jon
You’re very welcome, John! I volunteered because I wanted to support my brother (Ryan Cooper), and to cheer on many other runner friends, too. I don’t ever volunteer to get something in return but as others have said, you have really created an environment where volunteers absolutely benefit, too. The hours flew by. What an awesome experience, thank you for your leadership. I’ll definitely volunteer again, if it’s a help to the trail running community! Erin
Another amazing year! I cannot thank you enough for putting on such top notch events. Truly the best around. This was my second year at Zumbro and I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to have Aid Station volunteers that remembered me from last year or that I have seen from Superior. It’s true what they say, if you build it they will come. You certainly have built, and continue to build, an awesome tradition and sense of community my friend. Which is why Zumbro is  starting to become one of my favorite races (When you are 2 for 2 in the hundo, it’s hard not to come back!). – Kevin
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Zumbro Endurance Run
100MI, 50MI, 17MI Trail Race(s)
Theilman, Minnesota
April 7th & 8th, 2017
• 100MI Friday 8:00AM
• 50MI 12:01AM Saturday (Friday Midnight)
• 17MI 9:00AM Saturday

Registration:
Opens Tues Nov 1, 2016 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Fri March 31, 2017 – 11:59PM CST
*Or once the field limit has been met
Complete Registration Details HERE

Directions to Race Start:
Zumbro River Bottoms Management Unit
West Assembly Area
(Near Theilman, MN)
Google Maps Directions HERE
Written Directions HERE
(Approx 1:45 south of Minneapolis, MN)

Terrain:
The course consists of a mix of rugged single and double track trail with rubble, loose rock and sand along with minimum maintenance gravel roads.  The race is primarily concentrated in two large valleys within an expansive hardwood forest.  There are four significant, short, steep climbs (approx 300FT) per loop with small hills in-between along with some significant stretches of flat valley floor running.  Be sure to see maps, elevation charts and stats provided on this website HERE.

100 Mile:
6 x 16.7 mile loop = 100 miles
Elevation Gain 18,588 FT
Elevation Loss 18,588 FT
NET Elevation Change 37,176 FT
30 Aid Stations
34 hour time limit
Complete 100MI Info HERE

50 Mile:
3 x 16.7 mile loop = 50 miles
Elevation Gain 9,294 FT
Elevation Loss 9,294 FT
NET Elevation Change 18,588 FT
15 Aid Stations
18 hour time limit
Complete 50MI Info HERE

17 Mile:
16.7 Mile Loop
Elevation Gain 3,098 FT
Elevation Loss 3,098 FT
NET Elevation Change 6,196 FT
5 Aid Stations
9 hour cutoff
Complete 17MI Info HERE

More About the Area:
The Zumbro Endurance Run 100MI, 50MI and 17MI 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 Campground 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, 50 or 17 miles of trail running – while this is certainly not an “easy” trail race it can still be a great choice for your first 100, 50 or 17, 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.