Zumbro Volunteer Communication 1 2020

Date: 2/5/2020
Subject: Zumbro Volunteer Communication 1 2020

Hello All!

You are receiving this email because you either a.) have already signed up to volunteer for Zumbro this year b.) were signed up to volunteer for Zumbro last year, and / or c.) have volunteered in previous years… either way, we want and need you this year!  A list of those who have already signed up to volunteer can be found HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteer-assignments/ – We are just over two months from this year’s race, our fingers are crossed for good weather and we are getting excited! If you can’t make it back to volunteer this year we hope it is because you are planning on running, crewing, spectating or just coming down to hang out and have a good time – we all make this event what it is and we want you to be a part of it, one way or another!  This year’s race will be held on Friday April 10 and Saturday April 11, 2020 and we will need help before and after the race as well.

As always, it really helps us to stay organized and on top of things if you can go to the Zumbro website and (if you have not already) sign up to volunteer HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteer-signup/ – providing any useful information that will help us in assigning you to your volunteer position – i.e. days and times available, what position you worked last year, other preferences etc. – also, if you can help with equipment cleanup and storage on Monday April 13 in Hastings, please let us know (usually on Sunday, but this year Sunday is Easter and we know many of you will be with your families that day).

As you may or may not have heard, we have made some changes to the race course and we are super excited about these changes as the course flows better and aid stations are easier to access.  Aid Station 1 / the TCRC Aid Station will no longer be at the bridge, instead the first aid station runners hit will be around mile 5 and will be an unmanned / self-serve aid station (although we will have HAM radio coverage at this location for safety and maybe a couple other volunteers camping out / hanging out.)  Aid Station 2 will come around 13.5 miles into the race and is at a new location, the Central Assembly Area.  The race started and finished at this location the first couple of years it was held until we outgrew it.  It is a great spot for an aid station with parking, a mowed turf area, vault toilets, a pavilion, etc.  This will be the TCRC aid station and Kurt will gladly take your help if you were at the Sand Coulee Aid Station in years past, as the Sand Coulee Aid Station is no more.  Then, finally, Aid Station 3 will be at the start / finish area per usual.  You can see how the revised course lays out HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/maps-and-data/
We will gather volunteer information over the coming weeks, then when we have just about everyone committed we will start making volunteer assignments – look for further communication at that time.
As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me – we are looking forward to seeing everyone this Spring!
Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director




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

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.

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.