Training At Zumbro
If you are planning on doing any course reconnaissance, scouting or training runs at Zumbro we ask that you please read the following information in it’s entirety.

 

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.  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.

 

THE ZUMBRO BOTTOMS MANAGEMENT UNIT / RICHARD J. DORER MEMORIAL HARDWOOD (STATE) FOREST IS NOT A STATE PARK, INSTEAD IS DESIGNATED AS STATE FOREST.  THERE ARE SOME KEY DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN STATE PARKS AND STATE FORESTS THAT USERS SHOULD FULLY UNDERSTAND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

•  More often than not, State Forests do not have the infrastructure, amenities, parking, on-site staff, comprehensive signage etc. that State Parks have.  They generally feel more remote and are significantly quieter.

•  State forests do contain private holdings within their boundaries, many of which are signed “no hunting” or “no trespassing”, all State Forest users are required to respect and not enter private property.

• A short portion of the Zumbro race course is on private property, which we have permission to use for the race only.  DO NOT use this portion of the course when training at Zumbro.

 

HUNTING SEASONS:

•  State forest lands are generally open for hunting, trapping, and fishing during the appropriate season and with the correct license.

•  Although state forest land is open to all users during hunting seasons, the Zumbro Endurance Run strongly discourages running the trails at Zumbro during the Turkey and Deer Hunting Seasons, especially during the Gun Hunt periods (as opposed to archery or muzzeloader).

•  As a reminder, anytime you are venturing into State Forest land during or adjacent to any hunting season or if you are unsure if you are in a hunting season you should wear blaze orange clothing so you are visible to hunters.

•  For your reference we have published MNDNR links below with important dates and information regarding hunting seasons…

Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Seasons:
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/seasons.html

Minnesota State Deer Hunting Map:
http://dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/deer/map.html

Deer Permit Area 342 (Zumbro Bottoms) Detail:
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/recreation/hunting/deer/dpa/DPA342.pdf

 

HORSEBACK RIDING:

•  The Zumbro Bottoms Management Unit is one of the most highly used horse-back riding areas in the entire state.  Horse back riding opens May 1 and closes November 1.  While the area remains open to all trail users during this time, weekends will be very busy with horseback riders and may not be conducive to the most pleasant trail running experience – during the Summer months mid-week is probably the best time to visit.

•  When you encounter horse back riders on the trail please give them the right of way by moving 10 feet or more off of the trail so that you do not scare the horses and they may safely pass.

 

TRAINING AT ZUMBRO – A FEW TIPS:

•  Be sure to print a map before you go and bring it with you.  Use of a GPS unit and / or compass may not be a bad idea either  for those unfamiliar with the area it can be quite confusing.

•  Besides a couple of the high peaks, cell reception at Zumbro is pretty poor so you cannot rely on it.

• Bringing a friend / running partner for safety is strongly advised

•  In the Summer months the trails at Zumbro are primarily maintained for Horseback Riders, so while the lower and encroaching brush on the narrower trails may not bother a horse, it will almost certainly bother you!

•  We feel that the best time to visit and train at Zumbro is as follows…

1.) In the early Spring, prior to the race.  Keep in mind that there may still be snow, standing water and ice on the trail so the use of snowshoes, traction devices or waterproof shoes may be helpful.

2.) In the late Fall, after Deer Hunting has concluded but before we get deep snow.  Keep in mind that there maybe snow, standing water and ice on the trail so the use of snowshoes, traction devices or waterproof shoes may be helpful.

3.) In the Winter.  The trails receive very little use in the winter so you will almost certainly will want snowshoes and may find yourself doing a lot of walking which is good training too!  None of the parking lots are plowed in the Winter so a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle with high clearance may be necessary.

*  Note: When in the area, should you see something that may be illegal, dangerous, or important information to pass along to  Zumbro Bottoms Management unit managers please contact the DNR INFO center who will then communicate to the necessary persons at 888-MINNDNR (888-646-6367)

 

CONCLUSION:

We are lucky to live in a state with so much public land that caters to all user groups including hikers, runners, skiers, horseback riders, hunters, ATV’ers and so on.  We ask that you please respect all other public land and trail users right to pursue their chosen activities, hobbies, passions and interests just as we hope and assume they will do for us.

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.