2021 Moose Mountain Marathon Participant Guide

Saturday September 11, 2021 – Northern Minnesota
Starts at 8:00AM at on Cramer Road Trailhead near Schroder, MN. Finishes at Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountain.

 

About this document:
The following is REQUIRED reading for anyone planning to register for the 2021 Moose Mountain Marathon. There are also versions of this document specific to the 100 Mile and 50 Mile race distances.  Prior to registering, runners must review this document in its entirety. It should also be reviewed again as we get closer to the event as it is subject to change.

This is a long read, over ten minutes, but it is imperative that you read it.

Thank you for your interest in, and support for, the Superior Trail Race.  We love you, we miss you, and we hope to see you.



The ‘2021 Moose Mountain Marathon Participant Guide’ intends to achieve the following:

• To provide an overall event guide for participants, outlining everything that they can expect from this year's event; beginning with the registration process, during, and after the event has concluded.

• To communicate the ways in which this year's race(s) will, or could, be different / modified from years past. The general theme is that registrants will need to be flexible, willing to adapt right up until race day, and be more self-sufficient than in years past. Runners should not register for this year's race if they are not willing or able to do so.

• To communicate to the United States Forest Service (USFS), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR), Superior Hiking Trail Association (SHTA), Cook County, Lake County, local emergency managers, surrounding communities, participants, staff and volunteers the manner in which our event will be conducted in light of the vast majority of Covid restrictions being lifted in the state of Minnesota, but with full awareness that the disease still exists.

We feel that outlining this information in plain language via a single unified document will provide the greatest level of transparency and understanding of the entire event among all stakeholders. By intertwining all of the specific event information along with Covid-19 considerations, everyone that would like to participate will be compelled to read this document.

 

Acknowledgement of an improving Covid-19 pandemic while setting expectations for race modifications:

 

*** For everyone's happiness, anyone that is not comfortable with, unwilling or unable to adapt to these modifications or potential modifications should not register for this year's race. It is important to note that significant elements of the race could change even after you register. Once you register there are no retractions or refunds. We encourage you to view this all in a positive light; an opportunity to be flexible, adaptable and resilient. Regardless of how it is, it is going to be awesome. ***

 

While the Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to improve and nearly all Minnesota gathering, masking and physical distancing guidelines have been discontinued, this year’s Superior Fall Trail Race could still be significantly modified for reasons directly or indirectly related to the pandemic. We have been, and will continue to work on these details right up until the race.

The reasons for potential modifications may include but are not limited to; the potential for a surge in Covid-19 cases and corresponding reinstatement of state restrictions, a significantly busier than ever North Shore, Superior Hiking Trail and Superior Hiking Trail Trailheads (the location of our aid stations), less volunteers available due to personal comfort level, complicated personal schedules, change in priorities, or rearranged race and volunteer schedules (other major races and events have rescheduled on or around Superior race weekend), and what at times seems like a never-ending number of other unintended and indirect consequences of the pandemic. Runners who are considering participating in the 2021 event can expect a safe and fun event but should generally be prepared for things to change right up until the last minute and to be more self-sufficient than in years past.

• Pre-Race Events: We may forgo the formal 100 mile pre-race event in Two Harbors. Should this be the case, we would still hold a 100 mile drop bag dropoff event on Thursday afternoon/evening. As in years past, Thursday afternoon/evening will be the only time that we will accept 100 mile drop bags (we never accept 100 mile drop bags on race morning).

• 50 mile race start: Check-in and waiting for the start of the 50 miler may be completely outdoors this year, TBD.

• Crew / Spectators: Crew and spectator access at aid stations may be limited to fewer aid stations. Our hope would be that for one-hundred milers there would be crew access at least every 25 miles equaling three opportunities along the route, and at least once for fifty milers, there is the potential that there would be no crew or spectator access for marathoners. It is important to note that it could be less than this, or it could be more. As a result of Covid and changes in the general public's travel habits, the North Shore and the Superior Hiking Trail have become exponentially busier than they have at any point on record. Trails and trailheads are busier than ever, parking can be hard to find on the weekends. Just fitting our aid stations in at these locations could be a challenge this year, let alone hundreds of crew / spectators. Additionally, it takes dozens of volunteers just to handle traffic control, parking, crew and spectators at our aid stations and it is yet to be seen what our volunteer turnout will look like this year due to the pandemic, shifting schedules and priorities, etc. While not guaranteed, spectators will likely be allowed at race starts and the race finish.

• Pacers: We DO expect that pacers will be allowed in the 100 mile race per usual.

• Aid Stations: Food and beverage options may be greatly reduced at aid stations. We will be (even more) cognizant of aid station hygiene going forward, there may be less (or no) hot food items and more pre-packaged foods. Runners should be prepared to make use of their drop bags for specific fueling and hydration needs.

• Drop Bags: As a result of what we expect to be more drop bags than ever, we will be strictly enforcing our pre-existing drop bag policies - we admit to some lax enforcement in years past. You may have one drop bag at each aid station that accepts drop bags (not all do). Your drop bags may be no larger than 15″ L x 10″ W x 7.5″ H. Do not put liquids in your drop bag (Red Bull, Coke, Etc.) as they have the tendency to break open. Drop bags will not be protected from the elements, so use waterproof bags if the contents inside cannot get wet. Do not put valuables in drop bags. Drop bags need to be clearly marked with your name, bib number and the aid station for which it is intended. Once the aid stations close, drop bags will be delivered to the finish line and likely will not be available until after 8:30PM Saturday night. Drop bags will remain outside, unattended / unmonitored near the finish line until approx 9:00AM on Sunday. Unclaimed drop bags will not be mailed to you and will be donated to charity.

• Marathon Waves: We may consider splitting the Marathon / 26.2 mile distance race into two start waves, one starting at 8:00AM and one at 8:30AM OR do some kind of rolling start.

• Photography: Most of our photographers are volunteers. We will do our best to have as much photographic coverage of the event as possible but it is safe to assume there will be less photography than normal.

• Finish amenities. Traditionally we do a buffet style, regular and vegetarian chili meal for race finishers. For 2021 the meal may either be simplified or eliminated. Runners should be prepared to have whatever sustenance they need after they finish their run, or should make use of local eating establishments.

• Awards and 100 mile patches. There may be no awards (our friend that normally does them may not have a chance to make them this year due to the short lead time and complications in his schedule) and same with finishers patches, they may have to be mailed after the race.

 

Covid-19 Preparedness, Protocols & Key Considerations:
The Covid-19 situation is continuing to improve and almost all Minnesota gathering, masking and physical distancing guidelines have been discontinued. Below are the specific Covid-19 considerations that we will observe.

• Runners, spectators, volunteers and staff are required to stay home if they are Covid positive, have been exposed to someone that is Covid positive in the past 14 days, are not feeling well or are experiencing any of the symptoms listed HERE https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

• While masks are no longer required in Minnesota, we have absolutely no problem with anyone that would like to electively wear one.

• Anyone that is not vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain 6’ of physical distance anytime they are indoors at a race-sanctioned event. (100 mile pre-race meeting or drop-bag dropoff, bus ride to the start of the race, Gooseberry Falls Visitors Center / bathrooms at the start of the 100 mile race, inside the Finland Rec Center for the 50 mile start, at the finish in any Caribou Highlands building)

• Proper and frequent hand hygiene will be encouraged and numerous hand sanitizing stations will be available.

• Touchpoints and surface areas will be routinely cleansed.

• Currently neither the State of Minnesota nor the bus company we use require masks on charter busses. At this time masks will not be required for the shuttle bus ride to the start of the races. The current mask mandate for Federally regulated transportation (i.e. airplanes) is set to expire on September 13. If there is some indication in early September that this mandate is being extended, we will take this as a sign that we should consider requiring masks for the shuttle to the start and will notify you if they will in fact be required.

• Inherent to a running race, a database / list of runners is maintained and could be leveraged for contact tracing if needed.

• The vast majority of event activities will be outdoors.

• Runners in the 100, 50 and 26.2 mile point-to-point (one-way) races, will naturally be physically distanced as they spread out over great distances along the Superior Hiking Trail.

• Aid stations will be simplified, will generally have less options and will contain more pre-packaged food items than in years past.

• All runners registering will be prepared to adjust should we need to enact more Covid-modifications, should cases increase and state mandates be reimposed, such as; masking, physical distancing, rolling vs mass starts, less aid station support, and more.

 

Registration: For 2020 lottery winners / 2020 registered runners, that would like to run in 2021:
Those runners that were accepted into the 2020 Superior Fall Trail Race via the 2020 lottery will be selected / guaranteed entry into the 2021 race should they register. We will conduct a two-week “lottery” registration period from Sunday July 18 at 9:00AM through Sunday August 1 at 9:00AM. Those that were subject to 2020’s cancellation that would like to run simply need to register at any time during this two-week period, providing registration details and payment information. The week of August 2 you will be selected and payment cards will be charged. We will match the email address associated with your UltraSignup account, used to register in 2020, to your email address used to register in 2021 to determine who will be automatically accepted. If your email address has changed from 2020 please contact us. If you have not done so already, please add info@ultrasignup.com to your email providers whitelist / ‘do not spam’ list. You will be required to register for the same race distance as 2020 (unless we have given you pre-approval to change distances - see below for more information on this). Register carefully as there are no refunds (see our full refund policy below).

 

Registration: For those that would like to run a different distance than they were registered for in 2020:
The individual Superior race distances each have their own field limits for a myriad of good reasons. We understand that there are a handful of you that were accepted into the 2020 race that would like to register for a different distance than you were signed up for in 2020. For those that would like to go up in distance, you will need to meet the qualifying requirements for the distance that you would like to run (see qualifying requirements below). Please note that virtual races do not count towards the qualifying requirement. If you would like to switch distances, the process will be as follows. 1.) Meet the qualifying requirement should you be looking to go up in distance 2.) Indicate to us via THIS https://forms.gle/5GhWgZf4t5BJGtnV6 form the distance you were registered for in 2020 and the distance you would like to switch to in 2021 3.) List your qualifying race, date, and results link. We will then review and accommodate as many of these changes as possible. You will receive an email indicating if you are allowed to switch or not. We may not be able to accommodate everyone, but will do our best. Please note that if you do not receive an email indicating that you can switch and register for a different distance than you were registered for in 2020, and register for that different distance anyways, we will remove you from the race.

 

Registration: Deferrals / Deferring to 2022:
We understand and appreciate that some of you who were registered for the 2020 race are not able to register for and participate in the 2021 race. If you would like to (or need to) defer to 2022, please indicate that to us HERE https://forms.gle/rVaQwhxq6N3Kkw8q8

 

Registration: For those who were not registered in 2020:
We will conduct a two-week “lottery” registration period from Sunday July 18 at 9:00AM through Sunday August 1 at 9:00AM. Those that were not registered for the 2020 Superior Fall Trail Race that would like to run the 2021 race will provide their registration details, qualifying, and payment information. Once those that were subject to the 2020 cancellation are automatically selected into the race, we will do a lottery draw for any remaining spots. If you are selected your card will be charged and you will be entered into the race, your name appearing on the publicly published list of registered runners. The lottery draw will take place sometime between August 2 and August 9.

 

Registration: Group Lottery Entry:
FOR 2021 [THIS OPTION IS NOT AVAILABLE TO THOSE THAT WERE ENTERED IN AND SELECTED TO RACE VIA THE 2020 LOTTERY, AS YOU ARE GUARANTEED PERSONAL ENTRY THIS YEAR, AND ENTERING WITH SOMEONE NEW AS A GROUP WILL MAKE THE SELECTION PROCESS TOO COMPLICATED ON OUR END

People may choose to enter the Superior Trail Race lottery as a “Group” / with the contingent that everyone that has listed themselves as being part of the group are also selected (max 6 people per group). A group may be mixed between all three race distances. Everyone in that group is either “all in” if selected, or “all out” if the group is not selected. It is important to note that the groups name is entered into the lottery only once and is drawn against all other groups and individuals – entering as a group does not increase your chances of being selected. The group lottery option was implemented for those that only want to participate in the race if their friend, spouse, family member gets in as well - if this is not you, then do not enter the lottery as a group.

To enter the lottery as a group you will need to do the following:

1.) Decide on a VERY UNIQUE “Group” name ahead of time.
2.) Notify everyone in your “Group” of your chosen name ahead of time.
3.) Each individual within the “Group” must register for the lottery via UltraSignup and provide their individual registration and payment information per the lottery registration policy and procedures.
4.) Enter your “Group” name where indicated on the online entry form.
5.) Check the list of registered runners after the lottery drawing to see if your group has gotten in (group will not be listed, just individuals who comprise the group.)

Should your group get in your credit card will be automatically charged and your registration will be subject to all lottery registration policy and procedures as outlined.

Please Note: Groups are for registration purposes only. There is not a team component to the Superior Trail Races.

 

Entry Fee(s):
100MI: $265.00, 50MI: $150.00, 26.2MI: $110.00 (plus UltraSignup fee).

 

Refund Policy:
Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, race registrations are not transferable to other participants, future years' races or other Rocksteady Running events and transferring between distances (up or down) is not allowed. The Race Director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, trail condition concerns, natural disaster or pandemic. In such cases there will be no refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complimentary race entry to a future race. Entry fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, starting well in advance of the race date – including course preparation, race supplies, permits, administration and overhead. We will make every effort to produce a fair and safe event for all participants. Any decision we make that impacts the race date or potential cancellation is carefully considered and based on the overall event safety, sustainability and manageability.

 

Qualifying Standards:
Applicable for those that were registered in 2020 and would like to go up in distance or those that are registering for any remaining spots after those subject to the 2020 cancellation are allowed in.
In order to enter the lottery for the 50 and 100 mile races, registrants must meet the following qualifying criteria (note that we did not advance the early date by a year, due to what was for all intensive purposes a loss of racing in 2020 - it is still Januarly 1, 2018)

100 Mile:
In order to register you must have finished at least one 50 mile or longer trail race since January 1 2018, or ANY previous year's Superior 50KM, Moose Mountain Marathon, Superior 50 Mile or Superior 100 Mile. Completion of 50 miles or more during a 12 hour or less timed/loop trail running event will also qualify you (i.e. a race where you run on a measured loop in order to see how many miles you can run within the allotted time). Virtual races do not count. Qualifying races submitted on the race application must be accompanied by a link to official / verifiable (published) results which will be checked. Those not meeting the requirements will not be allowed entry to the race.

50 Mile:
In order to register you must have finished at least one 50KM trail race or longer since January 1 2018, or ANY previous year's Superior 25KM, Superior 50KM, Moose Mountain Marathon, Superior 50 Mile or Superior 100 Mile. Completion of 50KM or more during an 8 hour or less timed/loop trail running event will also qualify you (i.e. a race where you run on a measured loop in order to see how many miles you can run within the allotted time). Virtual races do not count. Qualifying races submitted on the race application must be accompanied by a link to official / verifiable (published) results which will be checked. Those not meeting the requirements will not be allowed entry to the race.

26.2 Mile:
No qualifying requirement needed.

 

Entering the Lottery / Registering:
The link to register can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/registration-info/

Quick Stats:
State – Minnesota, Race start is 3.5 hours north of the MSP International airport, 26.2 Mile point-to-point 99% trail ultramarathon – 99% single-track,  Elevation Gain 5,500 FT, Elevation Loss 5,500 FT, NET Elevation Change 11,000 FT, 3 Aid Stations, 14 hour cutoff.

 

What you get:
Transportation to the race start from Caribou Highlands.  A well-marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers.  A high quality Tri-Blend T-Shirt, past years shirts HERE.  A wood finishers medallion.

 

Travel:
The race start is approximately 5 hours north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Minneapolis has a world-class international airport and traveling to the race is a breeze.  There is also an (2nd tier)  airport in Duluth MN.

 

Lodging:
Caribou Highlands Lodge in Lutsen, MN is the race host hotel – the race finishes at Caribou Highlands and the finish-line will be just a short walk to your room. We recommend that you stay here and support Caribou Highlands as they do a great job supporting us!  Call 1-800-642-6036 or visit their Website at http://www.caribouhighlands.com. Caribou Highlands’ address is 371 Ski Hill Road, P.O. Box 99 in Lutsen, MN 55612.

 

Camping:
There are many camping options in the area but the best bet is probably one of the Great Minnesota State Parks!  Below is a DNR Map showing all of the state parks on the North Shore.  Gooseberry and Split Rock are very close to the start – Tettegouche is more in the middle between the start and finish and Temperance and Cascade are closer to the finish (although Cascade is on the far-side / past the finish in Lutsen).  Crosby Manitou is in the middle as well but the camping is not very close to Highway 61 – you have to take a lot of back roads to get in and out of there.  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/map.html

 

Packet Pick-Up:
Caribou Highlands Lodge, Village Chalet [LOCATION ON CARIBOU HIGHLANDS PROPERTY SUBJECT TO CHANGE].
Friday September 10, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday September 11, 7:15 am, at the race start (Cramer Road)

 

Optional Pre-Race Briefing [SUBJECT TO CHANGE / CANCELLATION]
Friday September 10, 7:00 pm. There will be a non-mandatory pre-race briefing at Caribou Highlands Lodge, on the patio by the pool or in the Village Chalet (if raining).

 

Race Morning Check-in:
Even if you attended packet pickup on Friday Night, you still must check-in on race morning, this is a safety precaution so we can track exactly who started the race .  If you did not pick up your packet an race number on Friday night you may get it right at the race start.  Check-in will take place at the start-line starting at 7:15 AM.

 

Bus Transportation to Starting Line:
Runners should plan to be on board the shuttle buses at 6:50 am, for a 7:00 am departure. It is about a 25 minute ride to the race start. Runners will give us their bib numbers as they exit the buses at the start location, thus effectively checking back in. Toilets will be available at the start of the marathon. There is not drinking water at the start of the marathon. Runners will have the opportunity to send “warmups / warmup clothes” back to the finish of the race. If runners had not checked-in / picked up their bib at Friday nights packet pickup they can get their bib at the start of the race – they will get their t-shirt at this time as well and can send their shirt back to the finish with the “warmups”. Runners wait outside for the start of this race / there is no building.

 

Warmups:
You will have the option of sending “warmups” / clothing from the race start back to the finish – please place in a plastic bag (these bags will not be protected from the elements) and label as “Warmups” with your name, race distance and race number.  Do not put valuables in bags as these bags will get placed outside, near the finish line and will unattended / unmonitored.

 

Drop Bags:
As a result of what we expect to be more drop bags than ever, we will be strictly enforcing our pre-existing drop bag policies – we admit to some lax enforcement in years past. You may have one drop bag at each aid station that accepts drop bags (not all do). Your drop bags may be no larger than 15″ L x 10″ W x 7.5″ H. Do not put liquids in your drop bag (Red Bull, Coke, Etc.) as they have the tendency to break open. Drop bags will not be protected from the elements, so use waterproof bags if the contents inside cannot get wet. Do not put valuables in drop bags. Drop bags need to be clearly marked with your name, bib number and the aid station for which it is intended. Once the aid stations close, drop bags will be delivered to the finish line and likely will not be available until after 8:30PM Saturday night. Drop bags will remain outside, unattended / unmonitored near the finish line until approx 9:00AM on Sunday. Unclaimed drop bags will not be mailed to you and will be donated to charity.

 

Lights:
Know your pace and your approximate finishing time – if you are a slower marathon runner you will need lights to navigate the course and finish the race, plan accordingly.

 

Weather and Clothing:
Early Sept. in Northern Minnesota – we can have highs in the mid 80’s and lows in the mid 30’s or, believe it or not, a combination of both!  Rain is not uncommon.  Be prepared, watch the forecast and plan accordingly.  The official average high is 65F and the average low is 47F.  Records are 81F and 37F.  One item that we highly recommend for runners is a plastic bag, poncho or rain jacket that you can carry with you for a cold overnight or a down-pour – don’t succumb to a DNF because you did not have the proper clothing!

 

 

Race Start:
Saturday September 11, 8:00 am at the Cramer Road Trail Head.  Bus transportation will be available from Caribou Highlands to the Marathon start.  Please plan to be on board at 6:50 am, for a 7:00 am departure.  All runners must check in race morning prior to starting otherwise you are unofficial / not in the race (this is your responsibility!)

 

Race Numbers:
Race numbers will be assigned prior to the race and available to view on our website. You must wear your race number and it must be clearly visible at all times.  The Superior “Fall” Trail Races host three races simultaneously, the Superior 100 Mile, the Superior 50 and the Superior / Moose Mountain Marathon.  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.  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.  Your emergency contact information will be printed (in small print) on the front of your race number.  If you have any medical conditions, allergies etc. you may write this information on the back of your race number  so emergency personnel will have access to information pertinent to your care should something happen.

 

Chip-Timing:
Your timing chip will be affixed to the back of your race number.  Do not remove your timing chip.  Do not bend or fold your timing chip or crumple your race number – this may break your timing chip. Your race number and your timing chip must be pinned on your outer-most layer at all times.  Above guidelines must be followed in order ensure that split times and finish times are recorded. This chip is disposable and does not need to be returned.  More info can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/chip-timing/

 

Course Markings:

A comprehensive section on course markings with photos can be found HERE

The course will be marked with Orange flags, which will always be on the left hand side of the trail.  For sections encountered at night, the flags will also have reflective strips tied to them.  Danger areas such as cliffs or drop offs will be marked with reflective X’s.  The Moose Mountain Marathon primarily follows the Superior Hiking Trail – you can also look for the official Superior Hiking Trail signs for assurance that you are on the right trail.  Throughout the race you will encounter intersecting trails and Superior Hiking Trail “Spur-Trails”  – in the Marathon the only time you will ever take a “Spur-Trail” or a trail that is not the superior hiking trail is near the finish – shortly after crossing the Poplar River you will get off of the Superior Hiking trail and will follow orange / reflective flagging into Caribou Highlands / the finish line at the pool behind the building.

*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 maps prior to running and have a concept of where you are going – also, always remember, you are supposed to be on the Superior Hiking Trail only – except in those specific instances listed above.

 

Aid Stations [Food and Drink Items Subject to Change]:
You must visit (and be recorded) at every aid station / you may not skip any aid stations. Our aid stations are manned by volunteers, many of them spending a good part of their weekend out on the race course – please be sure to thank the volunteers!  A complete list of the aid stations can be found HERE.  Superior is a cupless race.  We will have some pre-packaged foods and may have some hot food items.  If you have special dietary requirements or “make or break your race food items”, please make sure to make use of your drop bags.

 

Cupless Race:
Superior is a cupless race.  Should there be soda at the aid stations you will need to provide your own cup.

 

Pacers:
Pacers are not allowed for the Marathon.  Obviously you can “pace” with another registered runner, but any runner found running with a pacer who is not a registered runner (“a bandit”) will be disqualified.

 

Info For Crews, Spectators and Family (runners please share this with your crews):  [SUBJECT TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE – SEE BEGINNING OF THIS DOCUMENT]
It is unlikely that anything a runner does will ever put another participant, crew, pacer, spectator or the Superior Trail Race as a whole in jeopardy – more likely it would be a runners crew or a spectator inadvertently doing something in a vehicle near or at an aid station that could negatively impact the race – thankfully, to date, we have had very few problems!  Please review the following link and forward this link on to your crew, pacers, family members and spectators.  https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/crew-pacer-family-member-spectators-information/ – REMEMBER THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NEW CREW OR SPECTATOR ACCESS ALLOWED FOR THOSE IN THE MARATHON AT THE TEMPERANCE RIVER AID STATION AS SPACE IS SEVERELY LIMITED – YOUR CREWS / SPECTATORS SHOULD UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE VISIT THE TEMPERANCE RIVER AID STATION AND IF THEY ARE FOUND DOING SO, YOU (THE RUNNER) WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

 

Other Distances:
The 100 mile race starts on Friday at 8:00AM and the 50 mile race starts on Saturday at 5:15AM.  100 mile runners have red bib / race numbers and may also have a pink piece of ribbon affixed to their hydration pack, waist belt etc so you can easily identify them. 50 mile runners have blue bib / race numbers and may also have a blue piece of ribbon affixed to their hydration pack, waist belt etc so you can easily identify them.  Please give these runners, especially the 100 milers the right of way since they will have been on the trail a long time by the time you see them.

 

Headphones:
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 not associated with the event are critical to everyone’s safety.  Please use common sense.

 

Littering:
Don’t do it.  If you see some trash someone else has dropped, pick it up.  Keep the trail clean.

 

Cut-off Times:
The Moose Mountain Marathon has intermediate and race finish cutoff times that will be strictly enforced.  The finish line cutoff for an official finish is 14 hours (Saturday, 10:00 pm).  Intermediate cutoff times are listed in the table below.  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.

Intermediate Cutoffs – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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.

Safety Considerations:
The Superior Trail Race takes place on a very rugged, single-track hiking trail, running on such a trail comes with inherit risks that runners accept upon entering the event.  In addition to trail conditions other potential dangers include but are not limited to of note to; Wet / slippery trail conditions (mud, roots and rocks), wet / slippery boardwalks and bridges, bees / bee stings, road crossings (use caution when crossing just as you would if you were a regular hiker on the trail or like you do on your training runs) and steep drops / cliffs.  Hydration, all runners should have sufficient water carrying capacity to make it from aid station to aid station (water bottle or hydration pack / system).

 

Medical & Emergencies:
Emergencies dial 911.

Two Harbors / Lake County
*For use from Two Harbors, Gooseberry Falls (Race Start) to Cramer Road Aid Station

Lakeview Memorial Hospital
325 11th Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616-1360
(218) 834-7300 Lake County Sheriffs Office

Lake County Law Enforcement Center
613 Third Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616
(218) 834-8385

Grand Marais / Cook County
*For use from Temperance River Aid Station to Lutsen / Caribou Highlands (Race Finish)

Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center
515 5th Ave West
Grand Marais MN 55604
218-387-3040 Cook County Sheriffs Office

Cook County Law Enforcement Center
143 Gunflint Trl
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218)387-3030

 

Awards: [SUBJECT TO CHANGE – THERE MAY BE NO AWARDS IN 2021]
1st Place Overall Male and Female
1st place Open (age 39 – under) Male and Female
1st place Masters (age 40 – 49) Male and Female
1st place Grand Masters (age 40 – 49) Male and Female

Awards will be presented at approximately 8:00 PM Saturday – if you have won an award and have to leave early please let us know and we will get it to you before you leave.

 

Post-Race Clean-Up:
Caribou Highlands Lodge will furnish shower facilities and towels for runners who are not staying at the lodge.

 

Post-Race Meal:
There may or may not be post race food provided.  More info forthcoming.

 

Results:
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 or to local runners in need. We will not ship items to you.

 

Qualifying Races: [UTMB POINTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR THE 2021 RACE – MORE INFO FORTHCOMING]:
The Superior Fall Trail Race are qualifying races for a number of races throughout the world. The information contained on this page is not intended to be a comprehensive list of those races, instead highlights just a few of them. Participating in any of the Superior Fall Trail Race(s) that are qualifiers for other races does not guarantee you entry into any of those races. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with those races qualifying and registration / lottery requirements and procedures well in advance of any race that you would like to run. https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/qualifying-races/

 

Volunteers:
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.

 

Superior Hiking Trail Association
The Superior Hiking Trail is one of the premier long-distance single-track hiking trails in the WORLD (not exaggerating).  We cannot thank you all enough for your donations to the SHTA. The trail would not be this well maintained without all your help. Consider becoming a Superior Hiking Trail Association member, it is very affordable and each contribution makes a world of difference.  Learn more by visiting the Superior Hiking Trail online HERE

 

Next years race date:
The Superior Fall Trail Race is always held the weekend after Labor Day weekend.

A personal note about Rocksteady Running in 2021:
Simply put, the past 16 months have not been easy. I say this knowing damn-well that it has not been easy for any of you either. Ultimately, I am grateful and feel so fortunate for so many things - mainly my health, and the health of my family and friends. Since the very first race I ever directed, when I was in my (gulp) 20’s, and still working a demanding job outside of events, I did my best to hold our races and myself to the highest standards. Eventually as we took over a few more races, interest in the sport and corresponding demands increased, we were blessed with the ability to transition into doing this full time, and did so for many years. The pandemic has brought Cheri back to full-time employment outside of Rocksteady Running and has pushed me more deeply into other outside work as well - this in order to keep it all going. A core group of friends, family and many mere acquaintances have stepped up this year to support us and make the modified events that we could hold, a reality. Without these individuals, we literally would not have made it this far. We are not out of the woods yet - in fact, some of the pain we are only beginning to feel now (and believe it, many small business owners are just really starting to hit the wall now). Interest in racing so far this year has been soft, a few of our events we just simply could not figure out how to hold, expenses are way up, and more, but I digress. After the Superior Fall Race this year we will buckle down again in outside endeavors and will do everything in our power to be here and ready to go again in 2022. If you would like to support via a donation / by adding a little something extra to your entry fee, you can do so HERE https://www.rocksteadyrunning.com/product/donate/ or hop on our online store and buy something - if not, we understand, you have already done a lot.

I know that most of you run, race and volunteer because you love it and because it enriches your life, your sense of well-being, etc. These are the same reasons that I started doing endurance sports in the mid-1990’s. That said, I know that for so many of you, it is not purely a selfish endeavor. I know this because of the number of you that have reached out to us over the last year and a half, the thoughtful notes of support, the kind words and gestures. Please know that we are so grateful for that support and that we never take that support for granted. We consider ourselves lucky to get to do this with you, and for you.

As always, please reach out if you have any questions or need anything at all.

Humbly and Respectfully,

John Storkamp

Owner / Founder of Rocksteady Running
Race Director of the Superior Fall Trail Race

racedirector@superiortrailrace.com

Or

john@rocksteadyrunning.com

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

Directions:
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

Terrain:
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.