Zumbro 100 Ultra Marathon

100 Mile Info.

2016 Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run
Race Date: Friday April 8th, 2016
Race Start: Zumbro River Bottoms Management Area – Theilman, Minnesota
Start Time: 8:00 AM

Quick Stats:
Theilman Minnesota | Race location is 1:45 south of the MSP International Apirport | 6 x 16.7 mile loop = 100 miles – 100% trail Race |  the Zumbro 100 Endurance Run was first run in 2009 |  Elevation Gain 18,588 FT | Elevation Loss 18,588 FT | NET Elevation Change 37,176 FT | 30 Aid Stations | 34 hour time limit | Field is limited to 200 runners.

Zumbro 100 Mile  Endurance Run Description and History:
The Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run is a six-loop (6 x 16.7 = 100.2 Miles) 100% trail ultramarathon within the Zumbro River Bottoms Management area in Southern Minnesota’s Bluff Country / just outside of the tiny village of Theilman. Generally speaking, the Zumbro River Bottoms Management area lies within a portion of the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood Forest – an expansive 2 million acre tract of Minnesota Hardwood forest. We will not pretend these are mountains, because they are not, this is Mississippi River Valley Bluff Country, it is wild, rugged, beautiful and provides the perfect venue for 100 miles of trail running!  The race starts and finishes at the West Assembly Area. Runners will have access to five aid stations per 16.7  mile loop (30 aid stations in 100 miles, that is an average of an aid station every 3-1/3 miles!)  The course consists of primarily single and double-track trail with some minimum maintenance gravel road sections. While this is certainly not an “easy” 100, it is still a decent choice for your first 100 if you are ready for some hills – this is also a great event for those wanting to get in an early season 100.  Want to get the opinion of people that have run this race in the past – ask around on our FACEBOOK PAGE.  This is a laid back, old school, low-key 100… help us to keep it that way by bringing the right attitude!  Thank you!

Registration for the 2016 race will open on Sunday November 1st, 2015 at 12:01AM CST.  We offer online registration only and it will be hosted through UltraSignup.  The fee is $195.00 (plus UltraSignup fees).  Registration will close on Friday April 1st, 2016 at 5:00 PM CST or once the field limit has been met.  There will be no registration after Friday April 1st, 2016. There will be no registration at packet-pickup or race-day registration so do not delay in signing up.

Field Limit:
Field limit for the 100 mile race is 200 runners.

Refunds, Transfers & Switches:
Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance. Race registrations are not transferable to other participants, to future years races or to other Rocksteady Running events. We do do not allow transfers race between distances.  Please consider these factors carefully before registering.

Waiting List:
We DO NOT keep a waiting list for those that did not get in prior to the race selling out.

What you get:
A well marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers.  Runners who register by March 13th will have their name custom printed on their race numbers.  All 100 mile finishers will receive a belt buckle and a wood medal. All registered runners that show up on race day get an awesome Rocksteady Running Tri-Blend (read; non-technical / casual cotton blend) T-Shirt with a super cool design, Shirts are unisex but fit both genders really well.

The race start is approximately 2 hours South of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Airports in Minneapolis St Paul (MSP), Rochester (RST), and Lacrosse(LSE).

There is no lodging available in Theilman, MN but there is rustic camping available at the start / finish area for a fee.

Lodging in Wabasha (15 miles)
AmericInn www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/wabasha

Lodging in Lake City (15 miles)
AmericInn www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/lakecity
Sunset Motel www.sunsetlc.com
Alaska Lodge www.sleepalaska.com

Camping is available right at the start area for everything from tents to the largest RVs. There is self serve registration near the entrance. The daily camping fee is $16.00 per night (subject to increases) – be sure to pay the fee!  Pre-registering is not necessary. More info can be found on the DNR website HERE.

Grocery stores and gas stations in Wabasha, Lake City and Plainview

Emergencies / Hospital Information:

For Emergencies Dial 911

Google Map Directions in printable .PDF format to Wabasha and Rochester Hospitals click HERE

Wabasha (Local Hospital / Closest Option)
St. Elizabeth Hospital
1200 Grant Blvd. West
Wabasha, MN  55981
Telephone: 651.565.4531
Emergency 651.565.4531
Google Map LINK

Rochester (Advanced Medical Care)
Saint Mary’s Hospital
1216 Second Street Southwest
Rochester, MN  55902
General Number 507-255-5123
Google Map LINK


Packet Pick-Up, Cookout and Race Briefing:
Thursday April 7th, 4:00-7:00 PM – West Assembly Area
We encourage you to attend.  Cookout is free for runners and we will have a jar out with a suggested donation for non-runners so your crew and family can eat as well.  Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.  There will be no formal race briefing but at some point the RD might say a few words and we will be available the entire time to answer questions – (read; this is VERY low key.)

Friday April 8th, 630-7:30 AM – Race-morning packet pickup if you did not get yours on Thursday – ALL RUNNERS MUST CHECK IN AGAIN ON FRIDAY / RACE MORNING SO WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE STARTING THE RACE.

We will do a quick race-briefing at 7:45 AM / 15 minutes prior to the race-start.

Drop Bags:
Please keep your drop bags as small as possible. We will take drop bags during packet pickup on Thursday evening – we will also accept drop bags up until 7:00 AM on race morning. Each drop bag must be clearly labeled with the race distance, runner’s name, race number, and the drop bag’s destination / aid station name (Aid Station 1/4 – Bridge, Aid Station 2/3 – Sand Coulee, Aid Station 5 – Start / Finish.  Race numbers will be assigned a few days before the race start and will be available on the website. Your drop bag may not be available at Aid Station 1 or 2 on your first loop as they come fairly quickly and we need time to get the drop bas out to their destination.  Please do not put valuables or liquids (cans of pop, Red Bull, etc.) into drop bags.  Drop bags will nto be returned to the finish area until the end of the race (6:00 PM Saturday) so we ask that you only put items in your bags that you are happy living without should you need to leave before drop bags are back.  Items left behind will not be mailed to participants and will be dontated to charity.

Every year runners get caught in a section without lights and it has a serious effect on their race! Use your drop bags, crews and plan accordingly.

Weather and Clothing:
Early April. in Minnesota – we can have highs in the 70’s and lows in the low 30’s or, believe it or not, a combination of both!  All the snow should be gone and the trail should be in good shape, but once in awhile some patchy snow /ice and mud will linger.  Be prepared for all weather and trail-conditions, watch the forecast and plan accordingly – typically, this is a beautiful time of year to run in Minnesota.  Note about 2013: for the first time we had snow, so it can happen!

Race Start:
Zumbro River Bottoms / Management Area – West Assembly, Friday April 8th, 8:00 am.  All runners must check-in race morning by no later than 7:30 AM – if you fail to do so, you are not officially in the race – this is your responsibility.  We will do a quick pre-race briefing at 7:45 AM / 15 minutes prior to the race start.

Race Numbers:
The Zumbro Endurance Run hosts three races simultaneously, the Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run (starts at 8:00 AM Friday) and the Zumbro Midnight 50 (starts at 12:01 AM Saturday) and the Zumbro 17 Mile (starts at 9:00 AM Saturday).  Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series) so runners can be easily identified by race officials, volunteers, spectators and other runners.  Runners who register by March 17th will have their name custom printed on their race numbers. We ask that all competitors wear their number on the front of their body on their outer-most layer at all times.  Runners will be tracked coming into and out of each aid station.  If we cannot see your number, we cannot track you or take your finishing time and if we cannot do that, you will be disqualified and will not earn an official finish.  More information can be found HERE http://www.zumbro100.com/race-numbers/

Pink Ribbon In Lieu of Back Bib (BETA:)
Because the 100 mile race is not the only race happening during race weekend (50 mile starts at 12:01AM Saturday and 17 mile starts at 9:00AM Saturday) we have often thought about implementing a “back bib” / race number for 100 mile runners, rather than do that now and make it mandatory we came up with the idea of a piece of pink ribbon.  You are welcome to take the piece of pink ribbon and tie it to the back of your hydration pack, waist belt etc. so you can easily be identified by runners doing the other distances, hopefully you will get some cheers and passed with care by these fresher / more energetic runners.  It is NOT mandatory that you participate in this but it is there as an option that we would like to test this year to see if it adds anything to the experience of 100 mile runners.

The Zumbro Endurance Run will be chip timed.  Your timing chip will be affixed to the back of your race number.  Do not remove your timing chip.  Do not bend or fold your timing chip or crumple your race number – this may break your timing chip. Your race number and your timing chip must be pinned on your outer-most layer at all times.  Above guidelines must be followed in order ensure that split times and finish times are recorded. This chip is disposable and does not need to be returned.  More informatinon can be found HERE http://www.zumbro100.com/chip-timing/

Course Markings:
The course will be marked with Orange flags with reflective strips, which will always be on the left hand side of the trail except in the rare occasions  where there will be two-way traffic, in those areas the flags will be on both sides of the trail – reflective arrows will be used sparingly as well.

It is unfortunate but is not unheard of at many of the major trail races that course vandalism has occurred and flagging has been intentionally moved or removed by small minded individuals – it is important that you study the course prior to running and have a concept of where you are going.

Aid Stations.
Our aid stations are manned by volunteers, many of them spending a good part of their weekend out there – please be sure to thank the volunteers!

A complete list of the aid stations can be found on the “Aid Station Maps and Data” page.

Food and Drink – Aid stations will have the following beverage and food choices available:
(All aid stations) Water, Hammer Heed, Hammer Gel, Soft Drinks, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Potatoes & Salt, Cookies, Candy, Fruit
(Mile 50 and Later) Soup, Coffee, Misc. Hot-Foods

*If you have special dietary requirements, please make sure to make use of your drop bags.  We cannot guarentee that all of the above foods listed will be available at all times, if there is a nutrition item that could “make or break” your race, be sure to make use of your crew, drop bags or plan to carry what you need.

Pacers are allowed in the 100 mile starting at mile 50 / at the West Assembly – start-finish area.  Muling is not allowed.

If you are looking for a pacer ask a friend, someone in your local running group or check the Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run Facebook Page. Usually the best thing is to find someone who knows you as a runner – preferably someone you have done long runs with or have run long races with – that way they will know how to read you, anticipate your needs, push you when needed and hold back when required. If you don’t have someone like this to help, another experienced ultrarunner will work. What you don’t want is someone that YOU will end up having to take care of.   Good luck!

Due to our past experience with people wearing headphones on trail runs such as these, we discourage their use however we won’t tell you can’t wear them . Full awareness of one’s surroundings, and the ability to communicate with other participants, race volunteers, and trail users unassociated with the event are critical to everyone’s safety.  Please use common sense.

Don’t do it.  If you see some trash someone else has dropped, pick it up.  Keep the trail clean.

Cut-off Times:
The finish line cutoff for an official finish is 34 hours (Saturday, 6:00 pm) thus you must average 3 MPH (20:00 minutes per mile) in order to finish the event within the time-limit.  All cutoffs will be strictly enforced – we do however reserve the right to pull (or allow to continue) any racer as we see fit – if you are uncomfortable with those terms, consider running another race.

The intermediate cutoff’s are as follows:
You must make (mile 83.5) and have started your 6th / final loop (left the aid station) by 12:45 PM on Saturday.

If You DNF:
Should you need to drop out of the race, remove your number and your chip and give them directly to the HAM radio operators at the aid stations you are dropping at – if you are not sure who that is ask around until you find them.  If you leave the course and fail to notify race officials, you will be asked not to come back.

*Awards will be awarded as follows

1st Place Overall Male and Female
1st place Open (age 39 – under) Male and Female
1st Masters (age 40 – over) Male and Female
1st Grand Masters (age 50 – over) Male and Female

There will be NO duplication of awards, and NO ties. Ties will be broken at the whim of the RD – trust us, you don’t want that!

Results will be updated regularly at the finish.  Preliminary results will be available on the website within a couple of days of the finish – final results (with any corrections) will be posted on our website within a few weeks of the end of the race.

Lost and Found
Any personal items left after the race will be donated to a charity. We will not ship items to you.

We are always looking for them.  Do you have friends and family coming but don’t really need them to follow you around to crew – see if they want to volunteer.  Learn more by visiting the volunteer page.

Next years race date:
The race is typically the 1st or 2nd weekend in April – The 2017 date will most likely be April 7-8 BUT THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  The Zumbro races are always held the weekend before Minnesota Turkey Hunting starts – sometimes these schedules are not released until late fall of the upcoming year.

The Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run is a Rocksteady Running LLC event.  Race Director: John Storkamp