Superior2014EmailHeader50-600pxWelcome 50 Mile Runners!

We are under one week away from one of the toughest and most scenic 50 mile trail races in the country!  We are very excited to be hosting another extraordinary field of runners at this years Superior “Fall” Trail Race – represented are runners from 36 states and 5 countries!  We have recruited around 180 volunteers to make this a truly world-class event and help you in achieving your goal of completing one of the most challenging and beautiful trail races anywhere in the world! 

Listed below are a few important reminders and a few changes from years past – we will not overwhelm you with all the details that are readily available on the website under the and sections, rather, we will hit a few key points and then let you explore the website in more depth on your own 

Please take the time to read through this email and all of the information on the website in its entirety and print any information, maps, directions etc. that you or your crew may need as cell and Internet service is intermittent on the North Shore and you will most likely not be able to access the website on your phone, tablet etc unless you are at a location with WiFi.  We will NOT have these printouts for you at the race.  

This is your race and your responsibility to know this stuff – if after reading this email and reviewing everything on the website should you still have questions please contact us.

2014 New 50 Mile Race Start Time:
The 50 Mile Race start time is 1/2 hour earlier than in years past – this year we will begin the race at 5:30AM.
2014 New Shuttle Bus Time:
As a result of an earlier start time, the shuttle bus from Caribou Highlands / Lutsen (race finish) on race morning to the race start (Finland) will be leaving a little earlier than years past – all runners need to be on the bus by 3:45AM, ready for a 4:00 AM (Sharp) departure for the 5:30 AM start (it is about a 45 minute drive from Caribou Highlands to the race start at the Finland Rec Center).  Like last year morning check-in will be held inside the Finland Rec Center and there will be plenty of space to stretch out, bathrooms, access to water etc.2014 New Cutoffs:
Cutoffs for Sugarloaf Road and Cramer Road have each been extended, 15 minutes at Sugarloaf Road and 10 minutes at Cramer Road – all other cutoffs are the same as years past – cutoffs can be found on the “Race-Info”page.

Bees, Hornets and or Wasps!  
The bees / ground hornets and / or wasps are always bad this time of year on the Superior Hiking Trail, if you are allergic you need to be carrying your medication, ointment, EPI-Pen or whatever it is that has been prescribed to you, there are sections of trail that are 10 miles without aid (so you could be 5 miles / well over 1 hour from help) and if you get stung and have a reaction you need to be able to self medicate.  * Do not consider starting this race if you have known allergies to bees, hornets or wasps if you do not have, are unable or unwilling to carry your potentially life-saving medicine.

Changes in Crew / Spectator Access:
New in 2014 there will be no crew or spectator access for 50 mile runners allowed at the Temperance River Aid Station on Temperance River Road – crews or spectators for 50 mile runners found at these aid stations will see their runners disqualified.

Highway 61 Road Work and Detour:
All runners, crews and spectators traveling to the race should be aware that there is a detour on Highway 61 both Northbound and Southbound – Highway 61 is closed between MN State Highway 1 and Cook County Road 6 – this detour routes you up Highway 1 through Finland and back down County 6 to Highway 61.  This detour had originally been scheduled to end the week prior to the race but per our recent conversations with MNDOT have learned that the detour will be in effect until Saturday (race day) and may start coming down during the middle of the day sometime. This detour will add time to your drive, be prepared.

Share this with Your Crews and Spectators:
It is unlikely that anything a runner does will ever put the race in jeopardy, more likely is a runners crew or spectators doing something that could negatively impact the race.  Be sure that your crew has adequate maps and information to navigate the roads and understands the rules of crewing and the fundamentals of the race.  Your crew should be traveling the speed limit on highway 61 and needs to drive very slowly / cautiously on the back roads since the Superior Hiking Trail / race course crosses these back roads many times.  Crews should not stop in the middle of the road or park in the road in front of an aid station to unload, they must park where they are prompted (only on one side of the road if the option for parking is in fact on the road and not a parking lot) and walk with supplies etc. to the aid station.  Crews or spectators choosing not to follow the rules will see their runners disqualified without hesitation.  Again, we will not have print materials such as driving directions for you or your crews at the race, you will need to print these items for your crews or have them print them on their own – it is your job to educate and mange your crews and spectators prior to the race.

Check-In & Re-Check-In:
Even if you have checked in the night before the race at packet-pickup you must “recheck-in” on race morning – to make it easy, we will take down your bib# number as you exit the shuttle bus at the race start – if you are not taking the bus you must check-in or re-check-in at the tables in the morning.

Know Your Bib # at Packet Pickup:
Please know your Bib Number when you come to packet pickup on Friday and check back in on Saturday / race morning – your bib number can be found Bags:
Reminder, we do not accept drop bags on race morning, drop bags must be left during packet pickup on Friday night at Caribou Highlands – if you plan on going directly to the race start in the morning and skipping Friday Packet Pickup but would like to have a drop bag, you will need to find a fellow racer, friend or crew person to deliver it to Caribou Highlands for you / to Packet Pickup on Friday Night.  All drop bags must be marked with runners name, runners distance, runners bib number and drop bag location – drop bags without this information will not be delivered.  Drop bags will be delivered to the finish line on Saturday at 8:00PM.

Cool Stuff For Sale:
As in years past we will have some cool shirts, hats, buffs, posters and stickers for sale at the pre-race meeting.  Cash or check only.

Along with our volunteers, sponsors are the lifeblood of our event – we work with great companies and great individuals from those companies who are passionate about our event, please check them out and if possible show them your patronage.

SHTA – Superior Hiking Trail Association: 
The Superior Hiking Trail is one of the premier long distance hiking trails in the country, without it, there would be no race.  The Superior Hiking Trail Association builds, maintains, and manages the trail with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Please help by joining, donating or volunteering. If you use this trail in training or as a part of this race you should become a member for at least one year – its the right thing to do.   You can become a member of the Superior Hiking Trail Association HERE

Enjoy your taper, travel safe and we will see you at Packet Pickup and on race day.


John Storkamp – Race Director
& The Superior Trail Race Team