2022 Superior 50 Mile Trail Race Participant Guide

About This Page:

The information on this page and associated links comprise the official Superior 50 Mile Trail Race Participant Guide. It contains all of the information and links you will need in order to research, register for and run the race. Runners are required to review this page, along with the registration info page in their entirety prior to registering for the race. This information should then be referenced as needed in the months and weeks leading up to the race. Keep in mind that information may be updated and changed right up until the race, so a final review of the information about a week out is encouraged. Registered runners can expect a welcome email from us with any new / additional information about one week out from the race. This page contains the following sections:

GENERAL EVENT INFO

SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR 2022

DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & EQUALITY

LOTTERY REGISTRATION INFORMATION

RACE SPECIFICS

COVID CONSIDERATIONS

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

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/ GENERAL EVENT INFO

 

Date, Time and Location:
Race Start:
Saturday September 10, 2022
Finland Community Center
6866 Cramer Rd
Finland, MN 55603
Google Maps directions HERE

Shuttle bus for 50 mile start departs Caribou Highlands at 4:00AM

Race starts at 5:15AM

Course Maps and Aid Station Charts can be found HERE

 

Race Headquarters and Race Finish:
Caribou Highlands Lodge
371 Ski Hill Rd
Lutsen, MN 55612
Google Maps directions HERE

 

Quick Stats:
52.1 mile point-to-point trail ultramarathon 95% on technical single-track, Race starts at the Finland Community Center 3.75 hours north of the Minneapolis Minnesota International Airport (MSP), Race finish is at Caribou Highlands Lodge 4 hours north of MSP, Elevation Gain 12,500 FT, Elevation Loss 12,500 FT, NET Elevation Change 25,000 FT, 7 Aid Stations, 16H 45M cutoff.

 

Superior Fall Trail Race Description:
The Superior Fall Trail Race 100MI, 50MI & 26.2MI are extremely hilly, rugged and technical trail-races that traverse the Sawtooth Mountain Range via the Superior Hiking Trail in far Northern Minnesota. All three distances are run point-to-point, finishing at Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountain. The race is approximately 4.5 hours North of Minneapolis. The course parallels Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world by surface area, climbs to near 2000′ peaks with breath-taking vistas of the lake and inland forests, and crosses whitewater rivers and serene streams while traversing through boreal forests. The Superior Trail Race is organized by Rocksteady Running and directed by John Storkamp.  The Superior Trail Race would not be possible without its hyper-dedicated crew of longtime volunteers. You can learn more about the history of the event and more about the area where it is held HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/about/

 

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/ SETTING EXPECTATIONS FOR 2022

After a turbulent couple of years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the complete cancellation all Rocksteady Running events in 2020, and lightly attended multi-day Covid-modified events in 2021, we find ourselves in a rebuilding and reorientation phase. Having lost over 50% of our revenue two years in a row, we are starting 2022 with added challenges. For several years our races demanded, and we had the privilege of spending a good portion of our time from April through September focusing on our nine annual trail running events. We now (both John and Cheri) are working more outside of the races, and spending our evenings, weekends and vacation days preparing for and producing the races. Without fantastic family, friends and volunteers, none of this would be possible – we are humbled and grateful. While we are confident in our ability to deliver on race fundamentals while producing safe and fun events, we must also temper expectations. Certain amenities will continue to be scaled back; post race meals, aid station offerings, the amount of event photography, media coverage prior to, during and after events etc. Wherever this is the case, we will do our best to make specific mention in the information provided. All of that said, you should generally expect the same professional level of event production, the same incredible volunteers, the same transcendental experiences on the trail and the same awesome vibes. Our mission remains undiminished, “To create experiences that facilitate connection.”

 

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/ DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY

Rocksteady Running welcomes everyone to our events and into our broader trail running community. You are welcome and valued regardless of your race, gender, sexual identity, orientation, or preference, religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, socioeconomic status, age, how quickly or slowly you run. We love and respect all beings. We ask all of our participants to be kind, compassionate and open minded, and to help lift up their fellow runners.

Significantly, we believe that we have a unique responsibility to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals, who are underrepresented in trail running, feel welcome and safe. We believe that a more diverse and inclusive trail running community is a better trail running community. We aim to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to share in the transformative and life-affirming experiences that trail and ultra running and racing provides.

You can learn more about Rocksteady Running’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equality HERE https://www.rocksteadyrunning.com/diversity-inclusion-and-equality/

 

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/ LOTTERY REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 

Lottery Registration:
Registration for Superior is conducted via lottery. Please do not enter the lottery until you have reviewed both the Superior 50 Mile Trail Race Participant Guide and the entire Registration Info page in their entirety. Complete details including lottery protocol, qualifying requirements, entry fees, field limits, etc., and the link to our registration page on UltraSignup (third party registration provider) can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/registration-info/

 

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 between race distances.  Please consider these factors carefully before registering.

 

Waiting List:
Once a race distance sells out, we do not keep a waiting list – instead we accept extra runners up front so that everyone has the same opportunity to train, make reservations, get a babysitter, etc. This means that a withdrawal from a sold out race prior to race day does not create an opening in the race field – it just brings us down to our predetermined field limit which is set in agreement with our permitor(s). We have found that a percentage of those who register will not make it to the starting line due to injury, illness, or other real life interventions and adjust the number of allocated spots accordingly year to year based on historical averages.

 

Cancellation Policy:
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 and administration. 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.

 

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/ RACE SPECIFICS

 

What’s Included:
Transportation from the race finish at Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountain to the race start at the Finland Community Center. A well-marked course with plenty of aid and tons of friendly, experienced volunteers. Your name custom printed on your bib. Chip timing. For 2022 we will either do a a t-shirt or a hat (TBD). If it is a t-shirt it will be the same awesome Rocksteady Running Tri-Blend ( non-technical / casual cotton blend ) t-shirt with a super cool design. Shirts are unisex but fit both genders really well – you can see past years race shirts HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/category/shirts-swag/ All runners who finish the race within the 16H 45M cutoff will receive a WOOD FINISHERS MEDAL.

 

Travel:
The race start at the Finland Community Center is approximately 3.75 hours north of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The race headquarters and race finish at Caribou Highlands on Lutsen Mountain is about 4 hours.  Minneapolis (MSP) has a world-class international airport.  You may also try to fly into the much smaller Duluth airport (DLH) which is only about 1 hours from the race start.

 

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.

There are also other lodging options right on Lutsen Mountain including Eagle Ridge https://eagleridgeatlutsen.com/ and the Mountain Inn https://www.mountaininnmn.com/

Finally, there is no shortage of lodging and camping options throughout Cook County https://www.visitcookcounty.com/stay/

 

Camping:
There are many camping options in the area including many 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 race 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 there.  Here is a complete list of Minnesota State Parks  http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/map.html

 

Medical & Emergencies:
Emergencies dial 911.  While the Superior Trail Race does have its own communications and medical support team, the event covers a lot of miles / area and our team cannot be everywhere at once.  Additionally our teams primary goal is to provide communications and help with minor issues – we will rely on local emergency services for any major medical incident.

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

 

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, 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).  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 1.5 hours 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 life-threatening allergies to bees, hornets or wasps if you do not have, are unable or unwilling to carry your potentially life-saving medicine.

 

Packet Pick-Up & Drop Bag Drop-Off
Friday September 9, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Caribou Highlands Lodge rec area as illustrated HERE

Drop bags are only accepted on Friday night between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

You can also pick up your packet on Saturday 4:30 – 5:00 am at the race start / Finland Rec Center but keep in mind you will receive your t-shirt (or hat) at this time as well – you can send your t-shirt back to the race finish via the “warmups to finish”. We do not accept drop bags on race morning.

 

Bus Transportation to Start Line:
Runners should plan to be on board the shuttle buses at 3:45 am, for a 4:00 am departure. It is about a 45 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 race. Drinking water is available at this race start.  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 inside the Finland Rec Center for the start of this race. New for 2021, shuttle bus pickup will be in the gravel parking lot across Ski Hill Road from Caribou Highlands – exact shuttle pickup location can be viewed HERE

 

Race Morning Check-in and Race Start:
Check-in will take place at the start-line starting at 4:45 AM 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.  The race starts at 5:15AM.

 

Warmups
You will have the option of sending “warmups” / clothing that you wore on the shuttle, 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 and unmonitored.

 

Drop Bags:
We only accept drop bags on Thursday at packet pickup, we DO NOT accept drop bags on race morning.  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 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 and unmonitored near the finish line until approximately 9:00AM on Sunday. Unclaimed drop bags will not be mailed to you and will be donated to charity.

 

Lights:
You will need a headlamp for the first hour of this race.  If you want to dump your light later you will need to have a drop bag at one of the aid stations to put your light into (drop bag must be labeled per the information in the drop bag section.)  Lights are also required after 5 pm in order to leave the Oberg aid station.  Know your pace and your approximate finishing time – if you are a slower 50 mile runner you will need lights to navigate the course and finish the race, plan accordingly.  Look at past finishing times, this is not a fast 50 miler!

 

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 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 Numbers:
Race numbers will be assigned prior to the race and made available on the website.  You must wear your race number and it must be clearly visible at all times.  If you are registered by August 1 you will have your first and last name custom printed on your race number, if you register after this date, you will not.  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. There is space provided on the back of your bibs for your to write your emergency contact information – we ask that you fill this out (fine tip Sharpies will be provided at packet pickup).  More info on and a picture of the bib numbers can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/category/race-numbers/

 

Blue Ribbon In Lieu of Back Bib:
Because the 50 mile race is not the only race happening during race weekend we have often thought about implementing a “back bib” / race number for 50 mile runners, rather than do that and make it mandatory we came up with the idea of a piece of blue ribbon.  You are welcome to take the piece of blue ribbon and tie it to the back of your hydration pack, waist belt etc. so you can easily be identified by runners doing the other distances and you will get tons of encouragement! It is NOT mandatory that you participate in this but those who have in the past have nothing but good things to say about it.  100 milers will similarly be issued a pink ribbon.

 

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/

 

Race Course:
A map of the race course and other logistical charts and documents can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

 

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 Superior Trail 50 Mile 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 50 miler the only time you will ever take a “Spur-Trail” or a trail that is not the superior hiking trail is at the Sonju Lake Road Aid Station – follow the Spur trail to the Superior Hiking Trail parking lot / Sonju Lake Road aid station, (check-in and get aid) then return to the Superior Hiking Trail on the same trail you came in on.  The other instance is at the race 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:
You must visit (and be recorded) at every aid station / you may not skip any aid stations. You can help by showing the HAM Radio Operators your bib number. 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 https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

 

Cupless Race:
We are a cupless race, if you want to drink water or soda out of a cup, you have to have your own (each aid station will have a small stash of paper cups should you lose your reusable cup along the way.) If you are not familiar with these reusable cups they are easy to find and procure, HERE https://hydrapak.com/products/speed-cup-200-ml is an example. Note that we WILL provide disposable cups for things like coffee and soup.

 

Aid Station Food:
Aid stations will have salty and sweet pre-packaged snacks. We will have Coke and Ginger Ale. Runners can expect aid stations to have chicken noodle and vegan soup and aid station captains / crews will also be providing their own unique hot food item or two (usually simple things like grilled cheese, mashed potatoes, etc.)

 

Special Nutrition Items:
We will NOT have any gels, electrolyte tabs or sports drink – procure your own, carry what you need, and make use of your drop bag. With the proliferation of products on the market over the last number of years, everyone seems to have their own preferred brand and we spend more time reading expiration dates and throwing things out than you do ingesting them, and we can no longer justify the waste.

 

Pacers: 
Pacers are not allowed in the 50 mile race.

 

Support Crew:
Some runners choose to have support crew, however it is not required. Our aid stations are well staffed and well stocked and runners complete the race each year without a support crew. Crew may only administer aid to runners at the aid stations, not at other points on the course.

 

Specific Info For Crews, Pacers, Spectators and Family (runners are required to share this with your crews):
Runners make it a race – spectators, family and friends make it an event. We love and appreciate your people, just like you do. That said, 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 help keep it that way.  Please review the following link and forward this link on to your crew, pacers, family members and spectators. They are responsible for reviewing, knowing and printing the needed information.  https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/crew-pacer-family-member-spectators-information/

 

Cut-off Times:
The Superior 50 has intermediate and race finish cutoff times that will be strictly enforced.  The finish line cutoff for an official finish is 16H 45M (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.  Please keep in mind that these cutoffs are meant to give runners the benefit of the doubt that they can speed up after a tough section but we find that those that are pushing any of these cutoffs within as much of a half hour will struggle to finish – please do your own analysis of the course to determine proper pacing.

Intermediate Cutoffs – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

 

If You DNF:
Should you need to drop out of the race you need to report this (providing your bib number) to the HAM radio operators at the aid station 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 to our race in the future.

 

Headphones:
Headphones are allowed. Please keep the volume low, or one earbud out so you can hear what is going on around you. 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.

 

Out-Loud Music:
Playing music out-loud from your phone or other speakers is not allowed.

 

Trekking Poles:
Trekking poles are allowed, please be cognizant of those around you when using your poles.

 

Littering:
Please help to keep the trail clean.  Try not to drop anything, and if you see something that someone else has accidently dropped, please pick it up.

 

Dogs:
You may not run the race with your dog. That said, on-leash dogs are welcome at the race, with your crew, family and spectators at the race starts, at crew-accessible aid stations and at the finish.

 

Results:
Results will be available on our website.

 

Awards:
We do not do specific overall winner or age group awards.  Every finisher will be handed a medal and a buckle as they finish.

 

Post-Race Clean-Up:
Caribou Highlands Lodge will furnish shower facilities and towels for runners who are not staying at the lodge.  Please be sure not to track any mud into the lodge, we will have hoses and brushes to scrub bodies and shoes outside prior to going into the building.

 

Post-Race Meal:
We hope to provide pre-portioned cups of chili (regular and vegetarian), cornbread and cookies in a sanitary, grab-and-go format for runners once they finish. Please remember the chili is for registered runners only and please only have one serving, so the last runners will be able to have some too. Caribou Highlands will then have both a quick / burger-stand and sit-down dining options for you and your family / crew / spectators (to purchase) once you are ready or obviously you are welcome to grab your own stuff or go out elsewhere.

 

Volunteers:
For those interested in volunteering, more information can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/read-first/

 

Superior Hiking Trail Association
The Superior Trail Races (both Spring and Fall) take place on the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail Association is the non-profit organization that builds and maintains the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Trail Races / Rocksteady Running make an annual donation to the trail association, organize volunteer efforts, promote membership and generally advocate for the trail. If you are not already a Superior Hiking Trail Association member, we encourage you to join, you can do so HERE https://superiorhiking.org/joisuperior/ – if you are already a member and would like to make an additional donation, you can do so HERE https://superiorhiking.org/donatesuperior/ – we thank you for your support of the Superior Hiking Trail!

 

UTMB Qualifying Points:
Completion of the Superior 50 Mile Trail Race will earn you three (3) qualifying points towards the UTMB Mont-Blanc races in Chamonix France.

 

Next Years Race:
Historically the Superior Fall Trail Race has been held the weekend after Labor Day weekend. The 2023 race will be held on Friday September 8 and Saturday September 9, 2023.

 

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/ COVID CONSIDERATIONS

 

It is important for registrants / runners to understand that should county, state or federal mandates surrounding Covid change, be modified or reinstated, that certain aspects of our events may need to change.  This could happen at any time, without warning and could change the character of an event; i.e. take what is planned for a single day event and make it a multi-day event, take what is planned for a mass start race and change it to wave starts, change how our aid stations are set up / aid is provided, etc.  Worse case we could see the cancellation of a race. Listed below are the current considerations dealing with Covid.

• 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

• All event activities will be outdoors.

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

• Touchpoints and surface areas will be routinely cleansed.

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

 

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/ FINAL THOUGHTS

A personal note about Rocksteady Running in 2022:
Simply put, the past couple of years 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 pursuing a demanding job outside of events, I did my best to hold our races and myself to the highest standards – to direct them as a professional. Eventually as we took over a few more races, interest in the sport and corresponding demands increased, it required us and we were blessed with the ability to transition into doing events pretty close to full time from April through September, and we 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 like never before in order support us and made the modified events that we could hold in 2021 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 is really catching up to us now having lost about 50% of our revenue two years in a row. Interest in racing in 2021 was pretty soft, a few of our events we just simply could not figure out how to hold, expenses, due to inflation, are way up, and more, but I digress. We are excited and energized for 2022 and can’t wait to see what it brings.

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 two years, 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

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

racedirector@superiortrailrace.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.