Greetings, and an early welcome to the Zumbro Endurance Run 2017!

We are just over a month away from this years race! We wanted to get an email off to you welcoming you to this years race and give you a couple of updates as we get closer to the big weekend!

The 17 mile race sold out in record time this year (note that we do not keep a waiting list) but there are still spots in the 50 and 100. We are still looking for volunteers – we welcome 17 and 50 milers who want to take the day off and come hang with us on Friday volunteering at an aid station (and getting stoked / inspired to run) or if you have friends or family that would like to chip in we would appreciate that too! You can learn more and sign up to volunteer HERE.

Even though Zumbro got hit with a snowstorm this past weekend, dropping over a foot of snow, the mid-February melt that we experienced a couple of weeks ago should lead to things drying up at Zumbro pretty well this year since most of the base was gone before last weekends storm. There is however always a chance for a March snowstorm to set things back again, so at this point, hope for the best but expect any and all conditions – it is Zumbro after-all!

Last years 2nd place 100 miler Rob Henderson doing a little ski recon with the RD last weekend.

We are finalizing the shirt and bib designs and will be launching those soon on our Website and on Facebook, so stay tuned to both. Any critical updates will always be on the website and we use Facebook more for non-critical updates and entertainment. Make sure you are reviewing all info on the race website so you are prepared for the race and there are no surprises.

As always we will have lots of cool shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, posters and more available for sale down at Zumbro – with NO cell / internet coverage available at Zumbro we do not accept credit cards so make sure you bring cash or check!

High-quality silkscreened die-cut sticker – they cost a little more but they are so worth it, especially this one. We accept cash or check only on race weekend.

We did an original piece of artwork for this years race – designed by John Storkamp inspired by the The Zumbro Endurance Run printed on a 7 3/4″” wide, mellow concave, premium American / Canadian Maple skateboard deck! You can hang it on the wall or ride it! Skate deck top color will vary and is picked random. We are taking pre-orders only for these so if you want one you will need to commit in advance and pay / pick up on race weekend. You can order yours ​HERE​.

Zumbro skate deck? We are as passionate about our art as we are our running – here is an opportunity to own a unique piece of Zumbro art! 100 milers, what better way to say thank you to your pacers or crew?

Bib assignments will be made within a couple of weeks before the race and will be available on the website. We will send you a final email between 10 days and 1 week from the race with some reminders and any last minute info. Again, be sure to read all the info on the website so you are fully prepared for the event. Should you have any questions please shoot me an email. We look forward to seeing you all in just over a month!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Zumbro Endurance 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.