We thank everyone that entered the 2018 Superior Fall Trail Race 26.2MI, 50MI and 100MI lottery. The lottery drawing took place on Thursday January 18th, 2018 in accordance with our lottery protocol and procedures HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/registration-info/.  Those selected have had their payment processed and their names added to the list of registered runners – for those that were selected but had their payment declined (invalid payment info submitted, insufficient funds, expired card, etc.) you have been sent an email from UltraSignup with instructions on how to provide a valid payment source – if you do not make payment within 48 hours the spot will be offered to someone else.  As always, be sure to check your email SPAM folder since this type of transactional email can sometimes be sent to SPAM.

The list of registered runners is available on our website and UltraSignup and can be found by following the links below.

26.2MI List HERE https://ultrasignup.com/entrants_event.aspx?did=51155

50MI List HERE https://ultrasignup.com/entrants_event.aspx?did=51154

100MI List HERE https://ultrasignup.com/entrants_event.aspx?did=51153

* If  your name does not appear on the list it means that you were not selected to participate in this years event  – please note that you will NOT receive additional notification and we do not keep a waiting list.

The reason for the implementation of a lottery for choosing the “start list” was once again validated by the fact that demand (lottery applications) greatly outstripped supply (available race slots).  While we find no pleasure in turning away runners that would have liked to participate in the race, we do so in compliance with the agreements made with the agencies that permit our event while balancing the appropriate number of runners on the trail in careful consideration of; trail impact, runner safety, participant experience in addition to several other factors.  We will always put our permitting agencies regulations, trail-sustainability, runner-safety and runner enjoyment above all else to ensure a safe, fun and sustainable event for all and know that you would expect nothing less of us.

We encourage those who were not chosen in the lottery to please not give up on the Superior Fall Trail Race and apply to future editions of the event.  We also encourage you to use this as an opportunity to get involved as a volunteer – this race and nearly every other race can only exist if volunteers step up and help make them happen… run some and volunteer at some that is our philosophy.  Additionally, we suggest that those who did not get in to this years event look for and participate in any of the other great trail races in our region and beyond.  There are many online resources for finding trail / ultra races including Upper Midwest Trail Runners, UltraSignup, Ultrarunning Magazine, Trail Runner Magazine and more.

For those of you that were selected to participate in this years race we look forward to seeing you on the start line in September.  Please be sure to take the time to look over our website and familiarize yourself with all aspects of the event.

Again, we cannot thank you all enough for your continued interest in the Superior Fall Trail Race.  As always, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


John Storkamp
Race Director
Superior Fall Trail Race
26.2MI, 50MI, 100MI

Superior Fall Trail Race
100MI, 50MI, 26.2MI Trail Race(s)
Lutsen, Minnesota
(approx 4hrs North of Minneapolis, MN)
September 11 & 12, 2020
100MI Friday 8:00AM
50MI Saturday 5:15AM
26.2MI Saturday 8:00AM

Registration / Lottery:
Registration via 15 day lottery registration period.
Opens Wednesday January 1st, 2020 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Wednesday January 15th, 2020 – 11:59PM CST
Complete Lottery / Registration Details HERE

100MI Start: Gooseberry Falls State Park, MN HERE
50MI Start: Finland Rec Center – Finland, MN HERE
26.2MI Start: Cramer Road – Schroder, MN HERE
Races Finish: Carbibou Highlands – Lutsen, MN HERE

The Superior Fall Trail Races 100MI, 50MI & 26.2MI are run on rugged, rooty, rocky, 95% single-track trail with near constant climbs and descents.  The race is held on the Superior Hiking Trail in the Sawtooth Mountains paralleling Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota / not far from the Canadian border.  The race located approximately 4 hours North of Minneapolis, Minnesota.   The Superior Fall Trail Races are very difficult / challenging races and are probably not a good choice for your first trail or ultra race (see Registration Info for qualifying requirements).

100 Mile:
Point to Point 103.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 21,000 FT
Elevation Loss 21,000 FT
NET Elevation Change 42,000 FT
13 Aid Stations
38 hour time limit
Complete 100MI Info HERE

50 Mile:
Point to Point 52.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 12,500 FT
Elevation Loss 12,500 FT
NET Elevation Change 25,000 FT
7 Aid Stations
16.75 hour time limit
Complete 50MI Info HERE

26.2 Mile:
Point to point 26.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 5,500 FT
Elevation Loss 5,500 FT
NET Elevation Change 11,000 FT
3 Aid Stations
14 hour cutoff
Complete 26.2MI Info HERE

More About the Race:
The Superior Trail 100 was founded in 1991 when there was no more than a dozen or so 100 mile trail races in the USA, back then if you wanted to run a 100, you had choices like Western States, Hardrock, Leadville, Wasatch, Cascade Crest, Umstead, Massanutten and Superior . Superior quickly earned it’s reputation of its namesake today – Rugged, Relentless and Remote and is known as one of the tougher 100 mile trail races.  Superior lives on now as one of the “legacy 100 milers” and is considered by many to be one of the most challenging, prestigious and beautiful 100 mile trail races in the country. Shortly after the inception of the 100, the Superior 50 was started and in the early 2000’s the Moose Mountain Marathon was added. None of the history or tradition of this race has been lost and is a great event for those looking for a world-class event with a low-key, old-school 100 miler feel.  The Superior Trail Race is put on by ultrarunners for ultrarunners.

More About the Area:
The North Shore of Lake Superior runs from Duluth, Minnesota at the Southwestern end of the lake, to Thunder Bay and Nipigon, Ontario, Canada, in the North to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the east. The shore is characterized by alternating rocky cliffs and cobblestone beaches, with rolling hills and ridges covered in boreal forest inland from the lake, through which scenic rivers and waterfalls descend as they flow to Lake Superior. The shoreline between the city of Duluth to the international border at Grand Portage as the North Shore.  Lake Superior is considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It is the world’s third-largest freshwater lake by volume and the largest by volume in North America.  The Superior Hiking Trail, also known as the SHT, is a 310-mile long distance hiking single-track hiking trail in Northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior for most of its length. The trail travels through forests of birch, aspen, pine, fir, and cedar. Hikers and runners enjoy views of boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. The lowest point on the trail is 602 feet above sea level and the highest point is 1,829 feet above sea level.