Crew, Pacer, Family Member and Spectators Information.

Runners, please forward this information to all of your crew members, pacers, attending family members and spectators.  Crews and spectators are required to read, print and keep a copy of this document in their vehicle on race weekend.  We suggest reviewing this a couple of times early, then printing it about a week before the race as this information is subject to updates and changes.

REQUIRED: Download and Print Crew and Spectator Directions HERE



There will no longer crew access at Finland.  Significantly, the Finland Recreation Center, the mile 52 aid station for the 100 mile race, and the start headquarters of the 50 mile race, is no longer available to us. The Eastern Area Management Team for the Greenwood and Cook County / BWCA fires have taken over the entire site for a command center in order to accommodate about 80 staff and will be camping outside, around the building and near the trailhead. We will have an aid station nearby (it will be within a mile of the stated distance of the existing aid station), the normal aid station is at mile 51.2. That said, runners need to plan for this to be a ‘no crew access’ and ‘no pacer swap-out’ aid station. For those runners that rely heavily on crew or pacers this could pose a challenge in that the previous aid station (County Road 6) is at mile 43.5 and the next aid station (Sonju Lake Road) is at 58.7, BUT crew access is not (never is) allowed at Sonju Lake Road either. Crosby-Manitou is the next aid station after Sonju, which does allow crew access, that is at Mile 62.9. The point is, that you are going to need to have everything that you need with you (and/or make use of your Finland and Sonju drop bags) in order to go from 43.5 to 62.9 (19.4 miles) without crew. I know for most of you this will not be an issue (qualifying standards for the win), but I want you to be fully aware of the logistics. Additionally, if you are using a pacer starting at County Road 6 (43.5) you need to make sure that your pacer is capable of safely covering this distance with you, carrying what they need to take care of themselves. Finally, if you do have crew and pacers, it is your responsibility to share this information with them. If we have time we will update the documents on the website – but there may not be time to do so so it is very important that you get this info to your crew i.e. “There is no crew access at Finland, there is no crew access at Sonju either, I will see you at Crosby.”

All runners will be allowed pacers from the County RD 6 Aid Station this year, no matter what time you get in. Note that pacers / crew cannot (never could) leave vehicles overnight at County Road 6, i.e. pacers need to get dropped off.

Please note that the changes regarding County Road 6 and Finland have NOT been updated on the aid station chart, maps, etc. – This is an “audible” and it is your responsibility to update your and your crews notes on this.

More information for the reasons behind this can be found HERE


• Crew members and spectators will be prohibited from idling their vehicle engines at trailheads / aid stations (once you park, you must turn off your engine)

• Crew members and spectators will be asked not to smoke.

• There will be no fires at aid stations this year. There is still a burn ban in place / campfires are strictly prohibited.

More information for the reasons behind this can be found HERE




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

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.

Crew members should not crowd the aid stations, please give the aid station volunteers plenty of room to do their jobs.

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.

In Closing:
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!





2022 Lottery Selection

We thank everyone that entered the 2022 Superior Fall Trail Race 26.2MI, 50MI and 100MI lottery. The lottery drawing for the September 2022 event took place in accordance with our lottery protocol and procedures. Complete 2022 lottery drawing information can be found HERE

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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.