We get tons of emails from our runners after each event, this is just some of them:
“I just wanted to say thank you all your hard work. You’ll probably receive 99 emails like this (44 100-mile starters + 55 50-mile starters). If you don’t, you should. This was my first 50 miler. Let’s just say I’ll never forget it. All the little things did not go unnoticed. See you at Sawtooth this fall, and hopefully at many races in between.”
“Thanks for putting on such a great event. The course was far and away from anything I could have predicted or imagined it would be like. The volunteers were remarkable, as well as the course markings. I have alot of work to prepare for coming up for the rest of the races in the series [Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series] but I have a feeling my first will always be the most bittersweet.”
“I just wanted to say what a nice job you did with this race. I cannot imagine the planning that goes in to such an event and I had a great day and it looks like many others did as well. Very nicely marked course, great aid and volunteers. Thank you especially for taking care of all of us. I was trying to figure out how I was going to get a locksmith out to the course on a Saturday after I dropped my car key ‘somewhere’; thanks for taking care of my Honda key for the remainder of my race. Just goes to show you that ‘running people’ are pretty incredible all around. A friend has been trying to get me to run this race. The midnight 50 mile start was indeed an ‘epic’ event.”
“Thank you for putting on such a great event! My night running experience is pretty limited and you had the course perfectly marked. Portions of the first and second loop were some of my best experiences running in my life. The 3 loop course was a more of a self purification exercise giving myself ample time to categorize what I should be doing better in my life. But that is part of why we keep going. The volunteers were great, the aid stations were supplied very well. I could not think of anything that I wanted that was not available (except fresh legs). The whole event had a very cool vibe to it. Thank you very much!!”
“Thank you again for all your hard work! The volunteer’s were top notch, as was everything about this race. I can’t believe I’m already saying (quietly!) that I’ll come back!”
Hey! Just wanted to thank you again for a great race this past weekend. I thought you organized, executed, and produced a great event! From parking, trail marking, start/finish, to aid stations, volunteers, unique shirts and medals, everything was great.
John, I really appreciated that you took a few moments to talk with and encourage me to race when I stopped by Friday and mentioned I hadn’t been well the previous 30+hrs. Being there for just the few minutes and talking really helped encourage me. Race day had some tough epic conditions, but it was great! Really enjoyed the course and would love to run it sometime when it’s dry and cool out! The bluff views were amazing! Seeing several other Iowans and meeting several Minnesotans (?) was fun too. Hope to see you next year! Glad I saw the ad in an Ultrarunning Mag last Fall. If there’s anything I can do to help you out next year or to review the race positively, let me know! Appreciate all your hard work!
It was a tuff day, cold rain, hail, mud with suction perfectly formulated to pull you shoe right off. Even with these challenging conditions every volunteer did absolutely everything to ensure everyone had a great day. Words fail to convey how incredible the RSR events, the staff, and the volunteers are. If you have never done at RSR event, I highly recommend it.
I had a student come to find me before school this morning to ask me if I had ever heard of the Zumbro ultra races and to tell me that he and his family volunteered on the Zumbro course over the weekend from 7pm – 7am. He says he has been there to volunteer before and wants to continue helping your runners. I have to tell you, he was so excited telling me about being out there in the elements overnight while watching the runners struggle to keep going. Without knowing it, you guys might have planted the seed for him to become a future ultra runner.
And what a run it was, pouring rain up until race start, the mud was deep and the hills steep. One of the funnest runs I have run to date. Excellently marked and stocked. Epic muddy down hills with energy absorbing sand at the bottom!
Thank you John, Cheri, and all of your incredible volunteers for a memorable event. Once again you put on a premier event for runners, enabling us crazies to test ourselves not only against the distance and terrain, but also against the weather. I appreciate that all of you were also enduring the elements making sure we were fed, hydrated and cheered for. I almost feel sorry for speedy dudes like my brother John who missed out on the epic-ness of the event after 8 AM. Thanks again, I will probably be back in 2015, how much more challenging can it get after 2013 and 2014?
Although I wish my result was better, I can’t even begin to thank all of the volunteers and John Storkamp for putting on an amazing race. I didn’t realize how much of a B!tch some of those climbs were going to be but glad to have given it everything I had. Even though my own personal race was cut short I am happy to have been given the chance to help others finish their race.
Ultramarathons are generally crazy, but Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Run 50 miler was probably my most psychotic yet! It was a physical and mental roller coaster that taught me a lot, particularly about preparation….and Mother Nature can change everything! Thanks to RDs, volunteers, runners and their supporters for creating another amazing event.
To John Storkamp and the entire Zumbro 100 Mile Endurance Runteam not least the volunteers. This was my first 100 and it was epic. The course was amazing and the volunteers just rocked it. Always attentive and cheery even at stupid o clock at night.
Running this race in the snow last year and thunderstorms this year, I can without a doubt say that this is one of the best managed races that I’ve been a part of. From the logistics to all of the great volunteers, this is a top notch race that I would highly recommend to anyone. Well, maybe not anyone because the course is pretty badass and not for the faint of heart. But great job to John and all the volunteers that helped put this race on! All of your efforts do not go unnoticed and are very appreciated!
Thank you so much for a strong race. Thank you all volunteers for rushing to ask us what we need. Special thanks to volunteers, organizers, and runners at AS start-finish. BOB and JULIA and everyone for all the support; for giving me your jackets and hat, for the food, for the strong encouraging words, for the fire! For everything. This was so amazing of you. Best spirit. You guys rock!!!
I can’t say enough good, warm things about this race. I arrived at aid station 3 on my fifth loop soaked and freezing. 3 volunteers gave me the clothes off their back to make sure I stayed warm. You have no idea how much that helped this girl get the mental boost to finish. THANK YOU. To all the 50 milers and 100 milers that wizzed past a girl with orange socks and a yellow tee and said encouraging things… THANK YOU. You never know how far a quick “looking good” can go in the dead of night 16 hours into a race.
I want to say a very sincere thank you to all aid station volunteers and race directors! I was the knuckle head who decided to ditch his hat, gloves & jacket, and only run in shorts & a tee shirt, for the 3rd loop of the 50m. The volunteers were genuine in support, ensuring my fluid intake & electrolyte intake we sufficient to keep me moving in the cold rain. It was a first for me to have coffee in one of my water bottles:) Even at the finish line a volunteer was quick to ask where my drop bag was so I could get my jacket & hat. I am thankful for the support and concern I received. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
This was my first ultra and I did the 50 miler. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The course was insane but never a dull moment. The volunteers all went above and beyond, they really were great. I loved the event and am all ready counting down the days until next years. Thank you for all your time and energy you guys put in to make a event like that happen.
Some thoughts on the race: - Excellent organization as usual. Volunteers were terrific, course markings were perfect, and the finishing “medal” is awesome. - An event that’s definitely worth the trip south from the Cities. - I love the positive attitude involved in trail races, and it’s reflected in the organization of this race – informal and fun, yet with top-notch professionalism.