Zumbro Volunteer Communication 3 2014

Date: Saturday March 29, 2014
Subject: Zumbro 2014 Volunteer Communication 3

Hello All,

For those of you who signed up after ‘Volunteer Email 1 and Volunteer  Email 2′ were sent out, they can be found HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteers/volunteer-updates/. Pardon the long email but we have a quite few things to get through.

Thanks again to everyone that has signed on to volunteer at the 2014 Zumbro Endurance Run, we have a really impressive list of volunteers for this years event and are now just under two weeks out!  We could not put on such a great event without your help.  We currently have the following numbers registered:  100MI=54, 50MI=132, 17MI=204, TOTAL=390

Current volunteer assignments can be found HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteers/volunteer-assignments/ – if you see any mistakes in available times or positions or see something that will not work for you, please let us know.  Please keep in mind that you may have been assigned more than one job, so please search for you name (you can search by last name or you can sort the table by clicking on the column header rows.)  There could be a few minor tweaks between now and race day, so please be sure to check the list the week of the race.  Info on each specific volunteer job can be found HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteers/resources/volunteer-jobs/   *HAM Radio Operators please note that you specific assignments / times will be handled by Brendan Johnson.

Please be sure to review the website and specifically the volunteer section in its entirety so you are 100% up to speed on what is going on (printing out what anything you feel you need), where you are going, how to get there, what you are doing, what is provided and what you need to bring – again, all of this can be found on the site – if you still have questions, please be sure to let us know.

IMPORTANT:  We are anticipating lingering heavy snow-pack and persistent colder-than-normal weather, the Zumbro Bottoms area is currently covered in a “slurry” of snow, ice, mud and water.  As of now we are asking that those volunteers heading to Aid Station 1/4 and 2/3 do not drive down and park in the North Assembly area unless they have a 4-Wheel drive vehicle with decent ground clearance – try to group up with other volunteers in your group that have 4-Wheel drive vehicles to limit traffic heading down so we have the least impact on the road as possible. You should plan to meet at the Start / Finish area then head down in groups, we can also provide rides for people down to AS 1/4 and 2/3 – just come to the Start / Finish area prior to the start of your shift.  For those that have to hike out to Aid Station 2/3, be sure to wear rubber boots or shoes that you don’t care about and bring something dry to change into since the trail heading out there is VERY muddy. These are the anticipated conditions but are subject to change, we will provide an update as we get closer to the race.

A few other quick things to note:

  • It is probably going to be pretty cold down there, so please be sure to bring a lot of warm clothes, think down jacket and other winter stuff for those late night shifts especially.
  • Its probably going to be really muddy so bring appropriate footwear.
  • There are toilets at the Start / Finish area and very close to Aid Station 1/4 – however, there are no toilets at Aid Station 2/3 – you either have to use the woods or walk back to Aid Station 1/4 (about a 10 minute walk).
  • Work with your aid station captain and those in your group to rotate out and get some rest, feel free to bring a tent, sleeping bag etc so you can catch some Z’s.
  • You are welcome to all the aid station food you can eat but you may get tired of it… you may want to pack a lunch so you have something you like.
  • ***Feel free to put your own personal touches on the aid station and please work with your group to plan an extra more substantial food item (grilled cheese, burgers, pizza – whatever sounds good and you know you can pull off)!

Need to know what we are providing at the aid stations?  A list can be found HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteers/resources/aid-station-supplies/

Never worked an aid station and want to learn more?  You can do that HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/volunteers/resources/aid-stations-101-2/

Confused about the area or where to go?  You can learn much HERE https://www.zumbroendurancerun.com/aid-stations-maps-data/

Below is a list of aid station captains and their email addresses should you want to coordinate anything with them prior to race day – they have been here and done it and know the ropes so feel free to contact them directly, you can report directly to them when you arrive as well – Everyone else should report directly to me – John Storkamp or Cheri Storkamp at the start / finish area.  Your shirts will be at the aid-station or area you have been assigned to with the aid station captain.

Aid Station 1/4 (Friday through Finish) – Alex Kurt
Aid Station 2/3 (Friday Day and Saturday Day) – John Gustafson
Aid Station 2/3 (Friday Overnight) – Christopher Koch
Aid Station 5    (Friday Day through Friday Night) – Chris Swenke
Aid Station 5    (Friday Overnight to Saturday Morning) – Amy Spieth
Aid Station 5    (Saturday AM to Finish) – Ross Jilk

* Email addresses omitted for web version of this email.

That is all for now, this will probably be the last group email before the race unless something of note comes up.  I leave for the race site on the Tuesday prior to the race and from then on will only check email and voicemail once a day, so please, if you have questions or need to get in touch with me, please do so sooner than later!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Zumbro 100 Mile 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

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.