2023 Lottery Selection

We thank everyone that entered the 2023 Superior Fall Trail Race 26.2MI, 50MI and 100MI lottery. The lottery drawing for the September 2023 event took place in accordance with our lottery protocol and procedures. Complete 2022 lottery drawing information can be found HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/2023-lottery-selection/

Information for the 2024 lottery will be published on this page late fall / early winter of 2023. For your reference the 2023 event lottery / registration information is below. Please keep in mind that this information is subject to change for the 2024 race.


2023 Lottery / Registration Information

2023 Superior Fall Trail Race 100, 50 and 26.2 Mile, Detailed Lottery Registration / Application Information and Procedures: Race Date(s) Friday Sept 8 and Saturday Sept 9, 2023

PLEASE NOTE: Prior to registering you should review this page (registration info page) and the race information page / participant guide associated with the distance that you would like to run.  The link to register for the lottery is at the end of this page for a reason, please review all of this information in its entirety.  Thank you for taking the time.





The 15 day lottery registration / application period for the 2023 event will open on Sunday January 1, 2023 at 9:00 AM CST and will close on Sunday January 15, 2023 at 11:59PM CST. The lottery drawing will be held thereafter with accepted registrations processed and the resulting start list published within 10 days of lottery registration closing (so, on or before January 25).


Do not enter the lottery unless you fully intend to register and run this race.  Do not enter the lottery until you have familiarized yourself with all lottery rules and procedures on our website.  Accepted applicants selected at the end of the lottery registration period will have their credit card automatically charged and will be officially entered into the event as a registered runner.  Once an accepted registration has been processed and published to the start list there will be no refunds.  Detailed information regarding registration fees and policies can be found below.


History & Description of the Superior Fall Trail Race Lottery:
In the early 2010’s the Superior Fall Trail Race underwent a period of exponential growth. The last time we held a conventional registration process was in 2015 and the race filled in hours, crashing our registration (web) server many times over in the process. Registering had become a fast-finger contest for those that were available to be at their computers on the exact day and at the exact time that race registration opened. For the 2016 race the lottery was instituted in an effort to provide a fair and sane method of choosing the starting field.

The lottery and resulting registration is hosted through our registration provider UltraSignup. Those participating in the lottery will be selected by the race director and race committee in accordance with the following registration limits: 100MI (275 registrants), 50MI (225 registrants), Marathon (430 registrants).  One lottery will be held for each of the three race distances.  There is no fee to enter the lottery.


If the Field Limit for Any of the Distances is Not Met Via the Lottery:
In the event that the field limit for any of the distances is not met via the lottery, remaining spots will be made available until the field limit has been met via a “conventional” registration process.


Procedure for Entering the Lottery:
To enter the lottery, applicants will submit their registration information (including credit card information) via UltraSignup during the 15 day online lottery registration / application period as referenced above.  Applicants for the 50 and 100 mile races must also meet the qualifying standard(s) as outlined below. There is no fee for entering the lottery, you will only be charged if you are selected to run the race.


Drawing Procedure:
Within 10 days of the lottery registration / application period closing, the lottery drawing will be held and accepted applicants (along with those who qualify for automatic acceptance – see below) will have their credit card charged by UltraSignup.  They will see their names added to the list of registered runners after the drawing and within 10 days of the lottery registration closing (so, on or before January 25).  Accepted applicants who have accidentally provided invalid payment information or have the payment transaction fail for some other reason will be notified with instructions on resolving the issue – if the issue is not resolved within 48 hours of the email correspondence their acceptance will be revoked / void and the spot made available to someone else.  It will be the applicants responsibility to check their email and ‘spam’ as mail-servers routinely ‘spam’ non-malicious transactional email from all types of companies / senders.


Applicants Not Selected:
Applicants not selected will find that their names do not appear on the list of registered runners – it will be your responsibility to check the list as we will not send out additional notification to those that were not selected. Those applicants not selected will not have their credit card charged.


Payment Terms and Conditions:
If your name is drawn in the lottery your credit card will be automatically charged and you will be officially entered in the race.  For those that are selected please note that 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. Please consider all of these factors very carefully before entering the lottery registration / application process.


Registration / Entry Fee(s):
100MI: $295.00,  50MI: $165.00,  26.2MI: $115.00 – (plus UltraSignup fee).


Registration Fee Assistance:
Registration fees are used to cover the costs of producing a race, cover overhead and hopefully provide a little bit of a cushion / startup capital for the following years race.  That said, we do not want an entry fee to be the reason that someone cannot participate in one of our races.  For each race that Rocksteady Running produces, we will make available a couple reduced fee and / or comp entries for those in need. Please contact us via email if you need registration fee assistance and give us a brief explanation of your situation. Any assistance provided will be kept confidential. Please only request help if it is necessary, leaving the assistance for those that are truly in need.

Additionally, our Endless Summer Trail Run Series, which consists of four to five weeknight trail running races throughout the summer, with distances ranging from 5KM to 7 miles, is an ultra-low-cost event that is specifically intended to reduce financial barriers to trail racing. While the entry fee for each individual series race is only $25, we provide a full-fledged race experience including a giveaway, a chip-timed race, tons of experienced and friendly volunteers and refreshments after. These low cost racing opportunities are made possible in part by what are generally higher entry fees for our longer / ultra-distance races. This is one way in which we can all encourage and welcome individuals from all walks of life into our awesome sport.


Automatic Acceptance – Previous Winners and 5 Year Finishers:
For 2023, the previous year’s (2022) male and female (overall) winners for each distance along with 100 mile runners with 5 or more finishes at the Superior 100 will be guaranteed entry, however we make no guarantees of these exceptions beyond 2023.  Those automatically accepted will be required to pay the full registration fee like all other accepted applicants.


Waiting List (No Waiting List Will Be Kept):
Please note that 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 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 accordance with our permitor(s) including; the United States Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Superior Hiking Trail Association, Lake County and Cook County.  We have found that a percentage of those chosen in the lottery will not make it to the starting line due to injury, illness, or other “real life” interventions and adjust the number of allocated lottery spots (registration limit) accordingly year to year based on historical averages.


Group Lottery Entry:
Runners may choose to enter the Superior Fall Trail Race lottery as a “Group” / with the contingent that everyone that has listed themselves as being part of the group are also selected (minimum 2 – maximum 6 people per group).  A group may be mixed between the 100M, 50M and 26.2M 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 solely 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.
2.) Notify everyone in your “Group” of your chosen name.
3.) Each individual within the “Group” must register for the lottery 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 EXACTALY as your group has agreed up (same name, same spelling, same spaces, etc.)
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 Fall Trail Race.


UMTR Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series:
The Superior 100 Mile Trail Race is part of the Upper Midwest Trail Runners Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series.  Gnarly Bandit runners will need to register for the Superior 100 via the lottery as set forth on the Superior Fall Trail Race website.  Gnarly Bandit hopefuls ARE NOT guaranteed entry into Superior 100 via the lottery process.  If a Gnarly Bandit hopeful does not make it into Superior 100 via the lottery they will be guaranteed entry into Superior 100 post lottery (and charged accordingly) if / once the following criteria have been met. 1.) Are registered for the Gnarly Bandit Ultra Series with UMTR 2.) Have entered the Superior Lottery and have not been picked 3.) Have completed Zumbro 100, Kettle 100 and Black Hills 100.  If you are not registered for Superior 100 and have met the preceding criteria it will be your responsibility to contact the Superior 100 race director immediately after finishing Black Hills for instruction on how to register for the race and pay your entry fee.


Qualifying Standards:
In order to enter the lottery for the 50 and 100 mile races, registrants must meet the following qualifying criteria. Qualifying criteria are in place for event safety, manageability and so that all participants are set up to have a good experience.

100 Mile:
In order to register you must have finished at least one 50 mile or longer trail race at any time in the past (with verifiable online results) or ANY previous years 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 or longer trail race at any time in the past (with verifiable online results) or ANY previous years 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).  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.


Rights Reserved:
The Superior Trail Race reserves the right to allow into the race or disallow from the race any applicant (regardless of stated lottery procedures) as the race director and / or the race committee deem in the best interest of the race.  Please note, this is not an invitation for those not meeting the qualification requirements to email and ask for an exception.


Cancellation Policy:
The Race Director reserves the right to modify or cancel the race or course for safety concerns, trail condition concerns or natural disaster. 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, staff 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.

~ During the lottery registration period follow the link below to enter the lottery.

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.