Zumbro Endurance Run | 100MI, 50MI, 17MI April 12th & 13th, 2013
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Welcome Runners! The Zumbro Endurance Run is quickly approaching, are you ready? We are super excited to have another very diverse and extremely well qualified field for this years race. Listed below are some very important updates and reminders pertaining to this years race. If after completely reviewing the info below; along with the info on the Zumbro website, blog and Facebook pages, should you have any questions – please feel to drop us a line (do not reply to this email, please direct all emails HERE and we will do our best to answer your questions). Please note that we head to the race site on the Tuesday prior to the race and cell and email coverage is very limited in the Zumbro River Valley, so if you have questions, ask them before Tuesday if possible! We are looking forward to seeing you all on race day and are looking forward to another successful Zumbro Endurance Run!Sincerely,John Storkamp – Race Director & The Entire Zumbro Endurance Run Team
GENERAL RACE INFORMATION: Everything you need to know regarding the race can be found on our website, use the links below to find complete details about each race distance along with course maps, elevation profiles, directions to the race and more. Should you still have questions after reviewing this info., please feel free to contact us!
IMPORTANT COURSE UPDATES – PLEASE READ: We have had a lot of questions about the Zumbro race course this year. Heavy snow-pack and continuing unseasonably cold temperatures will certainly leave patches of snow, ice, water and mud on the course come race day – so runners should plan to have wet feet. We ask that you come prepared to run in all conditions and consider bringing extra gear (extra changes of socks, extra shoes, warm clothes, traction devices for ice, etc.). Trail conditions are improving daily and while we will most likely have a slower course than normal, we are not anticipating conditons having a major impact on the race. If needed we may implement a few very minor re-routes and should that happen, you will be briefed about this just prior to the race start – as always, follow the course markings and you will be fine. We still have about a week until race day, if the weather cooperates, more snow will melt and things will continue to dry up.IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING CHANGES IN CREW ACCESS TO AID STATIONS:
Due to the heavy snow pack and unseasonable conditions, the Minimum Maintenance road leading to Aid Station 1/4 (Bridge) and Aid Station 2/3 (Sand Coulee) is in extremely poor condition and as a result we will not be allowing any (vehicular) crew access to these aid stations. If your crew is found driving to the aid stations – you will be disqualified. If your crew wishes to meet you at these aid stations they may hike to meet you – we will mark some shortcuts (for crew members only – not runners) who wish to make this hike. Crew, family and spectators need to be sure to dress appropriately for hiking on sloppy trails and be sure to give the right of way to the runners when they are on the trail. Crew should be sure to study and print the course map HERE. We thank you for your understanding, this decision was made for the safety of race crew, family members and friends of the runners and to save your vehicles and the road from damage.
RACE NUMBERS AND CHIP TIMING: Race numbers have been assigned and a list of names with assigned numbers can be found HERE – those that met the deadline will have their name custom printed on the race numbers. Please use this information for marking your drop bags and share your race number with friends and family so they can track you – if someone asks about “Bill” we may not know, but if someone asks for #125, we will more than likely have some info. Race numbers are assigned in groups and each race bib has a different color scheme – this helps to differentiate runners participating in different distances. Your number must be worn on your front and be visible at all times so other runners and the race organization can identify you – examples of this can be found HERE.We will be using chip timing for this years race – you will be issued a chip on a non-abrasive Velcro bracelet that you must wear on your ankle (either ankle is fine). Be sure to go over any timing matt’s that are on the ground and never around them – we will use these matts to track your loops and your finish time.Please remember that 100 mile runners should always be given the right of way, these individuals will have been on the course for a significant period of time prior to the 50 and 17 milers starting and deserve consideration.
OTHER IMPORTANT ITEMS:
Be familiar with all of the info on the Zumbro Website, it is your responsibility as a runner to know this info.
Arrive well in advance of the start time of your race – check in closes 1/2 hour prior to the start of each distance.
Make sure you have what you need. It can be cold – bring warm clothes. It will get dark – have your headlamp with you when you need it. You will get hungry and thirsty – the aid stations have a lot of stuff, but if there is something special you need or if there is an item that will make or break your race, be sure you have your own stock of it as aid station can run out of specific food items.
Be considerate of other runners, especially those running the longer distances, they won’t be as quick to act or as steady on their feet later in the race and as a result should have the right away, your consideration and encouragement.
If you DNF, you must notify a race official immediately and turn in your timing chip – failure to do so will result in a ban from future races.
We will have posters, beanies, stickers and previous years shirts available for sale at the race – bring some cash and get some really cool stuff!
VOLUNTEERS – be sure to thank them – most of them are runners just like you, they are donating their time so you can participate in this race, consider returning the favor in the future at a race! We are always looking for more volunteers – if you know someone who would like to volunteer for this years race, please send them our way.
SPONSORS – we have many. Their financial support help to make this race possible, please support our sponsors!
You have trained hard, tapered well and are ready for a great day in the Zumbro River Bottoms – best of luck… see you on the trail.
We appreciate your continued support – we strive to make the Zumbro Endurance Run one of the premier ultramarathon and trail races in the country – should you have any questions, comments, concerns, complaints or compliments, we welcome them.
The Zumbro Endurance Run is a Rocksteady Running Event Rocksteady Running is operated by ultrarunners for ultrarunners You can learn more about the Rocksteady Running philosophy HERE. Run Wild | Be Free | Rocksteady
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.
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)
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.
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
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 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.