*** IMPORTANT – 2021 INFORMATION / UPDATES: 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. ***
Welcome spectators, family members, crews and pacers to the Superior Trail Race! We are very happy to have you with us for this years race! Thank you for coming and supporting your runner, we know how much it means to them! Thank you in advance for taking the time to review this page and print the above document. This is all very important logistics and safety information just for you i.e. your very own homework for this race!
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 because of great people like you taking the time to study up in advance! Many of you are new to the area, navigating back roads you have never been on and at all hours of the day and night, we want to help make it the best, safest and most enjoyable experience possible for everyone! Please take the time to review our entire website, you can be the most effective crew person, pacer or spectator and of the most benefit to your runner by knowing as much as you can about the event.
Failure of crew members to obey any of the following guidelines will result in a time penalty being assessed against their runner – worst case will be the disqualification of their runner. Cell and 4G coverage is limited on the North Shore – be sure to print all maps, directions and information you may need (including this document) as we will not have printed materials available for you on race weekend.
Aid Station Access:
Crews may only visit the aid stations that are crew accessible per the aid station spreadsheet available on our website.
All aid stations except the following are crew accessible for the 100 mile – Split Rock and Sonju Lake Road.
All aid stations except the following are crew accessible for the 50 mile – Sonju Lake Road and Temperance River.
All aid stations except the following are crew accessible for the marathon – Temperance River.
Driving, Parking and Unloading:
Crew members should exercise extreme caution when driving between aid stations keeping in mind that many of the roads that you will be traveling on are narrow, remote, gravel roads – so please keep speed at or well below the posted speed limits and exercise extreme caution when approaching aid stations as in these areas the trail and runners almost always cross the road.
Crews should park in designated areas only and at the aid stations where there is no parking lot, be sure to pull well off to the side of the road, PARKING ON ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD ONLY.
Never stop in front of or unload in front of an aid station – expect to haul gear quite a ways so make use of a backpack.
RVs and motor-homes are not allowed at any of the aid stations – we understand that the definition of an R.V. or motor-home is broad but basically any vehicle that is longer or wider than a standard pickup truck is how we define it – this is due to many extremely narrow roads leading to aid stations where cars will also be parked on one side of the road.
A Minnesota State Park pass is required for any and all vehicles entering any Minnesota State Park (Gooseberry, Tettegouche, Crosby-Manitou) for your convenience you may want to purchase one in advance http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/permit.html
Pacing and Crewing:
50 mile and marathon runners are not allowed pacers but may have crew and spectators.
Crew members may only give aid to runners at aid stations and nowhere else on the course.
100 mile runners may have ONE pacer at a time starting at County RD 6 / 43.5 miles after 6:00PM. 100 Mile runners may have up to TWO pacers for the last section of the race, Oberg to Lutsen.
All pacers mus wear a PACER bib number which will be issued to runners at the pre-race meeting on Thursday night.
Pacers may not mule for runners – i.e. carry food, water or gear.
Crew members should not partake in aid station food or refreshments however those actively pacing a runner out on the trail are welcome to get aid from the aid stations.
Finish Line & Post Race:
Parking (unless you are staying at Caribou Highlands) is across Ski Hill Road from Caribou Highlands in the large gravel parking lot.
Finish line food and refreshments are for registered runners only – you may purchase food and refreshments from Caribou Highlands gift shop and from Mogul’s, Caribou Highlands onsite restaurant.
Results for all races and Runner tracking links (100 mile only) are available via our website. Results will be published in real time as runners cross the finish line. 100 mile runners will be tracked in and out of aid stations but there can be gaps, delays or omissions in this information – we consider this information as being there for “entertainment purposes only”. We suggest saving the results and runner tracking links in your phones so you can quickly access your information. Unless there is a legitimate fear that there is an emergency we will not / cannot query the specific location of your runner at the finish line on Saturday as we need to keep our communication channels open for emergency communications.
We would like to thank you again for coming and supporting your runner and participating in a fun and unique event. Thank you for your care and attention in helping to make our event as safe as possible!