Sponsors are the lifeblood of our event that provide critical financial support. Click on the sponsor logos below to learn more and please, if possible support them with your dollars and / or drop them an email and thank them for supporting our event. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor you can learn more HERE.
There is no doubt, Minnesota is blessed to have many great independently owned running stores – TC Running Company is one of them but the difference at TC Running Company is their unparraled interest and support of local trail and ultra-running. Thank you TC Running Company for your ongoing support! TC Running Company endeavors to meet the needs of a variety of runners including local middle and high school athletes competing in cross country and track & field, parents of student athletes, college runners, post-collegiate, and competitive runners. We’re also the choice of several local running groups such as Lifetime Fitness, ALARC, MDRA, and The Marsh (which include beginners and walkers). Over the years, TC Running has kept its focus honed and effective. And even though we’ve grown a little since we first opened shop, we still have the same product focus, the same great employees, and the great discounts we’ve been known for in the past. Our efforts have always been locally based, and we will stay true to those roots as part of our commitment to quality service and helpful customer relationships. We invite you to stop in today and experience the kind of personal attention and sound running advice that only TC Running can provide. We look forward to meeting you!
Salomon is a footwear and apparel company that needs little introduction but we will make one anyways! The Superior Trail Race is very excited to be teaming up with Salomon as a sponsor of our event! The collaboration between engineers, athletes and the trail running community gives Salomon a unique advantage in providing the very best, most innovative trail running products. Salomon supports trail running worldwide; from elite-level races to grassroots events. With input from sponsored athletes Salomon continues to evolve products and help drive the progression of the sport.
With us and many other Minnesota ultra’s since the beginning – Hammer Nutrition’s ongoing gererosity has earned them our unwavering loyalty and support. Thank you Hammer Nutrition for everything that you do for our events. You may think that honest, customer-first businesses selling legitimate products have become extinct. Hammer Nutrition is a refreshing exception – No hype, just great products and service. Our longevity, sterling reputation and devoted following amongst serious endurance athletes is unrivaled in the marketplace for four reasons: 1.) Extremely effective products, 2.) Superlative customer service, 3.) Volumes of free knowledge, 4.) Unlimited access to our experts. Since 1987, our passion has been helping serious endurance athletes like you reach their highest levels of athletic performance and physical health safely, naturally, and legally, one completely satisfied client at a time. Twenty years later, this is still our top priority. Hammer Nutrition has always been a huge supporter of the Afton Trail Run, we are all big believers in Hammers products and grateful for their support, year in and year out.
PSI is proud to be a sponsor of the Superior Trail Race. Vaniply Ointment/Skin Protectant was specially formulated to help prevent and relieve chafed skin associated with sports activities such as running or bicycling. It forms a protective barrier which helps to retain the skin’s natural moisture. It spreads easily, is non-greasy, and long-lasting. Convenient 10g pocket size tubes will be provided in your race packet and 2.5 oz tubes will be at each aid station. Our mission is to provide products that are superior in quality, effectiveness and value for people with sensitive skin. Our skin and hair care products are free of fragrance, masking fragrance, dyes, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde. All products are gluten-free. Be sure to check out our other product lines: Vanicream, Free & Clear, and RoBathol.
CCES owners and local ultrarunners Jason and Amy Husveth have been long time supporters of Minnesota trail / ultra-running and the Superior Trail Race. We thank Jason, Amy and CCES for providing detailed course mapping / modeling for the Superior 100, 50 and 26.2 Mile races. Critical Connections Ecological Services (CCES) is a natural resource and ecological restoration consulting firm based in Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota. The company was originally incorporated in 2000, with the goal of providing the highest quality scientific expertise and innovative environmental solutions to local municipalities, state and federal government agencies, and select private clientele. CCES provides a number of environmental services including large-scale natural resource inventories, greenway and open space planning and design, land cover mapping, focused botanical inventories, rare plant surveys, natural community restoration design and implementation, wetland delineations, wetland mitigation design and monitoring, and technical/scientific report writing. Furthermore, we excel at integrating detailed natural resource field data into GIS, CAD, and database software applications, enabling our clients to make cost effective and ecologically sensitive land use and land management decisions.
Volunteers and runners alike need to stay up for a few days to do one of these hundred milers, so good coffee is an essential! We have teamed up with Peet’s Coffee to keep our runners and our volunteers going and spirits high! Peet’s Coffee & Tea is a specialty coffee roaster and retailer. Founded in 1966 by Alfred Peet (1920–2007) in Berkeley, California as “Peet’s Coffee, Tea & Spices”, Peet’s is especially known for its strong, dark roasted coffee, including its Major Dickason blend. Hands down, some of the finest coffee anywhere!
Tony has been coaching groups and individuals since 2010, having built one of the most successful training groups in the state. As a certified coach Tony has helped hundreds of people reach and exceed their running goals. Tony’s coaching will include an individualized and adaptable training plan that is designed to work with your schedule and your abilities. Though he has a strong passion for coaching athletes in the 100 mile distance, Tony also coaches those who are looking to run their first 5k, set a marathon PR or tackle any of the Ultra distances. http://tonystenslandcoaching.com/
We thank St. Croix Law and Joel Button for their support of the Superior Trail Race! The St. Croix Valley is a special place to live, raise families, do business, and prosper. Superb legal guidance is a valuable component of assuring the continuity of our interests and assets. St. Croix Law provides such legal guidance for anticipated and unexpected matters. Our sense of community is a major benefit of living in this area. The importance of discretion, trust, integrity, and accountability are perhaps higher in our lives. St. Croix Law recognizes the value of legal counsel that knows you professionally as a client and treats you as a neighbor.
Jon Howard helps companies integrate wellness into the careers and lives of their employees resulting in lower insurance costs and greater productivity. A few other things Jon does are public speaking, executive coaching and leadership development. Contact Jon at [email protected] to discuss how he can help you and / or your company set and reach goals. Learn more at www.jonhoward.co Jon would be too humble to mention it, so we will… besides being one of our fantastic sponors Jon Howard is a 2014 Superior 100 Mile finisher. You can connect with Jon Howard on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM
Trail Transformation is a coaching service aimed at providing you with the framework to reach your highest potential and will help you become the best trail runner you can be. Coach Jake Hegge’s background in Exercise and Sport Science and Physical Therapy allows him to address the physiology, running mechanics, injury prevention, periodization, nutrition and psychology of running. Jake will tailor your training program to your individual needs, while minimizing the risk of injury. Your training program will include expert advice and guidance throughout your trail running journey, wherever it may take you. Jake enjoys coaching runners of all abilities and can coach for any distance. In addition to being a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Jake has run (and won) many ultramarathons around the Upper Midwest. You can learn more at http://www.trailtransformation.com/
Performance Running Gym, the Twin Cities’ gym specifically for runners. Runners are a unique breed. We march to the beat of our own drummer. We are stubborn enough to hit the roads and trails day in and day out, but many of us neglect the very thing that can take our running to the next level. Strength training. That is why we created Performance Running Gym. https://www.performancerungym.com/
We are super excited to have Mill City Running heading up the Temperance River Aid Station! Owned by husband and wife Jeff and Bekah Metzdorff, Mill City is a culmination of their life’s passions of running and community building. Both avid runners, they opened Mill City Running in 2013 after spending a decade working in a variety of running related positions. The homegrown Minnesotans are living their dream and are excited to help you on your path to fitness. Our staff of 13 includes teachers, students, social workers, professional runners, artists and moms, all brought together by our passion for running. When you visit Mill City Running you will find a staff of experts here to help, whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned competitor. From finding the perfect shoe, to nutrition suggestions and training advice, we’ve got you covered.
Jarrow himself ran the 100, said it was the highlight of his running career and that is huge coming from a man with such a storied ultrarunning career. You will find Jarrow himself each and every year volunteering somewhere out on the course proudly wearing his buckle and jacket – thank you Jarrow! Austin-Jarrow is a specialty running retailer in Duluth, MN – need something last minute as your heading up the shore – stop in and see Jarrow, tell him we sent you! www.austin-jarrow.com
Northwest Outlet provides HAM Radio Communications at the Crosby Manitou Aid Station! Northwest Outlet has been a fixture in Northwestern Wisconsin and the twin ports of Superior, WI and Duluth, MN for over 50 years. Northwest Outlet is family owned and operated, focusing on great customer service, products and services. We sell a full line of outdoor gear ranging from camping to hunting and fishing, footwear, clothing and outerwear from brandnames such as Columbia Sportswear, The North Face, work gear (including a full line of protective and fire rated clothing) from Carhartt. Stop in to check out our kayaks from Old Town or our truck toppers from A.R.E. and all of the accessories to outfit them.
For very simple sports, trail and ultrarunning can be fairly gear intensive that is why we could not be more excited to have partnered with GearJunkie.com! GearJunkie.com, launched in 2006, is a top online publication for product reviews and news in the outdoors world. The site contains thousands of pages of content — gear reviews, news, travel and adventure stories, a video section, photo galleries, and giveaway contests.
Admittedly the Delta Diner and Delta Wisconsin is a long ways from the where the Superior Trail Race takes place but they know a good thing when they see it and so do we! A huge thank you to Delta Diner for providing our trail markers with Lunch on the big day where 25 hearty folks tackle the marking of 103 miles of rugged trail. People have been known to travel far and wide just to make the trip to the Delta Diner, you should too, its that good, seriously, that good, especially after you have run 100, 50 or 26.2 miles. We suggest the Lucky Denny with a side of Stuffed French Toast and Bacon with a little bit of Pain is Good on top. www.deltadiner.com
Caribou Highlands Lodge has served as our start / finish and lodging partner for many years now. Please be sure to book your stay with Caribou Highlands. Be sure to tell them you are running the Superior Trail Race for a discounted rate. Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota’s and the Midwest’s largest ski destination located at the tallest mountain in the Midwest. Caribou Highlands is one of Minnesota’s favorite resort destinations. Located amongst the Sawtooth Mountains just one mile inland from Lake Superior’s North Shore, Caribou Highlands offers great views and a unique vacation experience.
The resort and lakeside cabins are centrally located in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota right on Lake Superior’s shoreline in Little Marais, close to the intersection of Highway 61 and and Lake County Road 6. All of the North Shore attractions are within easy reach, whether it be hiking, sight seeing, shopping or just plain relaxing by the cool waters of Superior. At Eagles Nest gifts you can find unique gifts and souvenirs of the area as well as Ice Cream and Sodas, cabins cuisine and condiments. If you left any necessary items behind you may just find it here.
Trailfitters opened in May 2004 to provide clothing and footwear to active outdoor people like trail runners, hikers and anyone that appreciates the fit and performance of products designed and built for outdoor use. Trailfitters is located in Fitger’s Brewery Complex in beautiful downtown Duluth, MN. For people not familiar with Duluth, it is an outdoor lover’s dream. Located on Lake Superior, Duluth has been rated in the Top 10 Outdoor Dream Towns by Outside Magazine. It is home to numerous hikers, runners, cross-country skiers, rock climbers, kayakers, in-line skaters, triathletes and other endurance athletes. Duluth has over 52 miles of hiking trails and 65K (40 miles) of cross-country ski trails all within the city limits! Duluth is home to the southern terminus of the Superior Hiking Trail – a 296 mile footpath that winds its way along the ridgetops overlooking Lake Superior. It was rated the #2 hiking trail in the country by Backpacker Magazine. It has become a destination for hikers and backpackers from all over the country. If you love the outdoors, Duluth is a great place to be. Come visit sometime and stop into Fitger’s Complex to say hi and get some ideas on where to hike, run or ski.
Bill Pomerenke is an ardent supporter of many trail and ultrarunning events and orginizations in Minnesota. We are thrilled to partner with Bill as our official real estate sponsor of the Superior Fall Trail Race. Why an official realtor parnter for a trail run you ask… well, Bill can help you find a house near any of our great trail runing venues and that equals more trail time, what could be better! Visit www.buyandsellwithbill.com
The owner of the Blue Water Cafe has been on our communications team as a HAM Radio Operator for some time – we thank him and Blue Water Cafe for all of their support over the years! Blue Water Cafe – known as the Meeting Place in Grand Marais has been a long-time supporter of the Superior Trail Races in a number of ways! Should your travels before or after the race take you to Grand Marais (and they should), be sure to stop in at Blue Water Cafe and let them know that you were up running the Superior Trail Races!