2014 Zumbro ‘Midnight’ 50 Mile Trail Race
Race Date: Saturday April 12th 2014 (Late Friday – early Saturday)
Race Start: Zumbro River Bottoms Management Area – Theilman, Minnesota
Start Time: 12:01 AM – (Midnight / late Friday – early Saturday)
Theilman Minnesota | Race location is 1:45 south of the MSP International Apirport | 50 Miles (3 x 16.7 mile loops) | the Zumbro Endurance Run was established in 2009 | Elevation Gain 9,294 FT | Elevation Loss 9,294 FT | NET Elevation Change 18,588 FT | 15 Aid Stations | 18 hour time limit | Field is limited to 200 runners.
Zumbro 50 Mile Endurance Run Description and History:
The Zumbro Midnight 50 a three-loop (3 x 16.7 = 50.1 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 (15 aid stations in 50 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. This is a laid back, old school, low-key ultra … help us to keep it that way by bringing the right attitude! Thank you!
Registration for the 2014 race will open on Friday November 1st 2013. You can register online or fill in the online form, print it and mail it in your check. The fee is $85.00. Registration will close on Wednesday April 2nd, 2013 at 5:00 PM or once the field limit has been met. There will be no registration after Wednesday April 2nd. There will be no registration at packet-pickup or race-day registration so do not delay in signing up!
Field limit for the 50 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.
What you get:
A well marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers. All registered runners will receive a short-sleeve unisex cotton T-shirt, not just any crappy old T but a high-quality RSR T with killer Zumbro graphics like years past. Runners who register by March 17th will have their name custom printed on their race numbers.
The race start is approximately 2 hours South of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Airports in Minneapolis St Paul (MSP), Rochester (RST), and Lacrosse(LSE) – More info on travel can be found HERE.
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)
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 (subject to increases). 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
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
Friday April 11th, 10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - West Assembly Area - We will do a quick race-briefing at 11:45 PM / 15 minutes prior to the race-start.
Please keep your drop bags as small as possible. We will accept drop-bags at the start on Friday night and they must be delivered to us by 11:30 PM. 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 not 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.
The Midnight 50 starts at Midnight, thus you will need a good headlamp and or flashlight.
Whether 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 ice / snow 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.
Zumbro River Bottoms / Management Area – West Assembly, Saturday April 12th, 12:01 AM (Later Friday night / Early Saturday morning) . All runners must check-in race morning by no later than 11:30 PM – 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 11:45 PM / 15 minutes prior to the race start.
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.
We will be using chip timing for the race. Your chip will be on a velcro strap that you should attach to your right or left ankle only or a chip to attach to your shoe – no other spot on your body is acceptable. You must wear your chip at all times.
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.
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 Stations, 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
*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 not allowed in the 50 mile race.
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.
The finish line cutoff for an official finish is 18 hours (Saturday, 6:00 pm). 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 33.4) and have started your 3rd / 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.
1st Place Overall Male and Female
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 2015 date will most likely be April 10-11 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