Zumbro 100 Ultra Marathon

Runner Updates 2013

 

Zumbro Endurance Run | 100MI, 50MI, 17MI
April 12th & 13th, 2013
Theilman, MN
Do not reply to this email, please email questions to HERE
You can visit the official Zumbro Endurance Run website HERE


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.

FINAL THOUGHTS: 

  • 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.
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