Qualifying Races
The Zumbro Endurance Run 100 Mile, 50 Mile and 17 Mile races are qualifying races for a number of races throughout the world.  The information contained on this page is not intended to be a comprehensive list of those races, instead highlights just a few of them.  Participating in any of the Zumbro Endurance Run Races that are qualifiers for other races does not guarantee you entry into any of those races.  It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with those races qualifying and registration / lottery requirements and procedures well in advance of any race that you would like to run.
UTMB, CCC, TDS, OCC
The Zumbro Endurance Run races are International Trail Running Assocation (ITRA) points qualifying races.  The ITRA is the organization that evaluates individual races / courses and awards corresponding points that go towards individual runners points totals, qualifying them for UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc), CCC, TDC, OCC in addition to some other European races.    Below you will find corresponding years / race distances and number / type of qualifying points that have been awarded for each Zumbro race finish.  Please note that the number of points allotted to a specific Zumbro race distance may change from year to year based on changes to course certification / qualification criteria as decided upon by the ITRA. More information about qualifying for UTMB, CCC, TDC and OCC can be found HERE https://utmbmontblanc.com/en/page/87/87.html

2020 Zumbro 100 Mile

2020 Zumbro 50 Mile

2020 Superior 17 Mile

2019 Zumbro 100 Mile
2019 Zumbro 50 Mile
2019 Superior 17 Mile
2018 Zumbro 100 Mile
2018 Zumbro 50 Mile
2018 Superior 17 Mile
2017 Zumbro 100 Mile
2017 Zumbro 50 Mile
2017 Superior 17 Mile
    The Zumbro Endurance Run is an official UTMB qualifying race.  https://utmbmontblanc.com/en/
  The Zumbro Endurance Run / Rocksteady Running is an International Trail Running Association (ITRA) Member – learn more about the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) HERE https://itra.run/

Zumbro 2020

The 2020 Zumbro Endurance Run has been scheduled for Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11, 2020.  Registration will open on Friday November 1, 2019.

Before registering for this years race, we are requiring all runners to read the following disclosure and acknowledgement in its entirety https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/zumbro-2020 -  It will take you about 7 minutes to read. It covers the following key points.  

1.) Zumbro was partially cancelled in 2018 due to an abnormal / early Spring blizzard. 

2.) Zumbro was completely cancelled in 2019 due to an abnormal / early Spring blizzard. 

3.) Zumbro is not immune to a third such weather event. In the event that we must cancel the race for any reason, there will be no refunds and the race(s) will not be rescheduled.  

4.) Those intending to register and run in 2020 should be fully aware of significant course, aid and access changes.  

5.) Zumbro does take place on the Friday and Saturday prior to Easter Sunday in 2020.

Given the weather these past couple of years, we totally understand if you do not want to take the risk of signing up for Zumbro and are certainly not asking you to. There are a lot of other great races that you can sign up for in the Midwest and North later in April and in early May. We are totally fine having a smaller event. Whatever you decide is totally, completely, 100% fine with us.  We wish you the best of luck with whatever you run this coming Spring.  We thank you for your ongoing interest and support. 

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Zumbro Endurance Run
100MI, 50MI, 17MI Trail Race(s)
Theilman, Minnesota
April 10 & 11, 2020
• 100MI Friday 8:00AM
• 50MI 12:01AM Saturday (Friday Midnight)
• 17MI 9:00AM Saturday

Registration:
Opens Fri Nov 1, 2019 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Fri April 3, 2020 – 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 17 mile loop = 102(ish) miles
Elevation Gain 13,500 FT
Elevation Loss 13,500 FT
NET Elevation Change 27,000 FT
17 Aid Stations
34 hour time limit
Complete 100MI Info HERE

50 Mile:
3 x 17 mile loop = 51(ish) miles
Elevation Gain 6,750 FT
Elevation Loss 6,750 FT
NET Elevation Change 13,500 FT
8 Aid Stations
18 hour time limit
Complete 50MI Info HERE

17 Mile:
17 Mile Loop
Elevation Gain 2,250 FT
Elevation Loss 2,250 FT
NET Elevation Change 4,500 FT
2 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.