Sponsors & Partners

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and partners. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor you can learn more HERE.

Click HERE to learn more!
Trail Transformation
Fika Coffee
Performance Running
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
Caribou Highlands - Lutsen, Minnesota

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/joinsuperior/ – if you are already a member and would like to make an additional donation, you can do so HERE https://superiorhiking.org/donate superior/ – If you are ever so inclined, drop them a line and tell them how meaningful it is to you to have the opportunity to train and race on the Superior Hiking Trail. We thank you for your support of the SHT!

Caribou Highlands - Lutsen, Minnesota

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.  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 year-round 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.

Visit Cook County
Visit Cook County represents the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, Grand Portage and the Gunflint Trail. Only in Cook County, MN can you enjoy Lake Superior – the world’s largest freshwater lake, visit Minnesota’s tallest mountain peaks and highest waterfall, ski the largest ski resort in the Midwest and enjoy its longest and most scenic biking trails.  Visit Cook County HERE!

Salomon is a footwear and apparel company that needs little introduction, but we will make one anyways!  The Superior Fall Trail Race is very excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Salomon! 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.

Vaniply Skin Protectant

Vanicream is a proud sponsor of the Superior Fall Trail Race. Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment will be available at our aid stations. Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment is a long-lasting ointment helps prevent water loss and soothes dry, irritated, and itchy skin and lips. Soothes irritated skin caused by rubbing associated with running, biking, and other activities. Ideal formula for dry skin associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, ichthyosis, and winter itch. For dry to extra dry skin. Formerly known as Vaniply™ Ointment.

Twin Cities Running Company
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!
Mill City Running - Minneapolis, Minnesota
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.
Trail Transformation
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/
Fika Coffee
Here at Fika, we roast coffee with the goal of bringing you the best from around the globe. But coffee isn’t just a great beverage – it’s a story, an adventurous one, with characters close as your neighbor and far away as the farmer on the other side of the world. Fika Coffee is dedicated to this story and it’s people. From you, to the farmer and everyone in between, we love coffee because coffee is people.
Performance Running
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/
St. Croix Law - Joel Button

Jerry is a reliable and trusted mortgage professional, and a trail runner! Jerry is committed to exceeding the expectations of his real estate partners and clients. Dedicated to providing the very best combination of products and rate – service and results. Jerry has been helping people finance and refinance their homes, cabins, and investment property for over 15 years.

As one of the country’s largest privately owned banks, Bell embraces a simple yet powerful commitment to our employees and customers. Our core values of family, unequaled service and giving back are at the heart of what we do. Employees and customers alike are treated like family, and Bell is recognized as a top place to work and to do business. We’re a place where people matter, and results matter. That’s the Bell difference. http://www.jshomeloans.com NMLS# 452472

St. Croix Law - Joel Button
JerCo is family owned Contractor in the twin cites and is a proud sponsor of the trail community. Owner Jeremy Flaten, his family and friends have made Rocksteady events part of their yearly family traditions for the past 6 years. At JerCo Construction we transform your home to fit your unique lifestyle throughout the stages your life. Our team is trust worthily and passionate about life; they are driven by the challenge of making your home fit your unique style and needs. We individually and collectively, dedicate ourselves to providing exceptional workmanship, extraordinary service, and professional integrity. We treat your home as our home and you as friends and family. At JerCo we strive to provide a safe, harmonious environment where our employees can enjoy a balanced life and receive much satisfaction and pleasure for a job well done. Our commitment to both our customers and our team allows JerCo Construction to provide lifelong exceptional service to Twin Cities Metro Area. Building you a better home isn’t just our business it’s our life.
Northwest Outlet

Northwoods Running is a run coaching service that is highly personalized. Certified Running Coach Jeff Miller has over 40 years of competitive running, cycling, Ironman, trail running and ultrarunning experience. No cookie cutter programs. One-on-one time with your coach on a regular basis. You already lead a busy life, but you have goals and dreams. Most training plans are pretty rigid. Running should add to your life, not be another challenge to squeeze into it. I am passionate about running and helping others stay active and healthy — not just for a race, but for your entire life. NORTHWOODS RUNNING – Real Coaching For Real People Chasing Extraordinary Dreams. https://www.northwoodsrunning.com/

Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
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 http://www.buyandsellwithbill.com
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty

Nestled snugly inside the Mountain Inn at Lutsen, LutZen is more than just a massage studio, it’s a technique, a brand, and an experience that is unique to our therapists. Down to the last detail; from our cozy spaces, our wildly talented and intuitive massage therapists, our comfy massage tables, and all of the little extras that make you go Ahhhh…

Bigger Than The Trail

We thank Bigger Than the Trail for heading up the Sugarloaf Aid Station at Superior! Bigger Than The Trail is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that is using trail running as a platform to advocate for mental health. We come alongside individuals, providing educational support and treatment options. Please don’t think our mission is limited to just people who run. This is much bigger than that. Running is not the focus, but rather the people we can impact. Our focus is to bring light to the real struggles and challenges associated with mental health. You can learn more at https://www.bttt.run/

Northwest Outlet
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.
Delta Diner - Delta, Wisconsin

Run Superior, win goodies, and collect good vibes while supporting a great cause by becoming a Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) FundRacer! You could even earn guaranteed / lottery-bypass entry into the race! Learn more HERE https://www.superiorfalltrailrace.com/mile-in-my-shoes/

Rocksteady Running is proud to have Mile in My Shoes as an official Superior Fall Trail Race charity partner. MiMS is a local nonprofit that uses the power of running to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to build connections, boost wellness, spark social change, and center people traditionally excluded from running spaces. Based in homeless shelters, addiction recovery programs and re-entry centers for people exiting incarceration, MiMS views running as a tool for both personal and collective transformation. By focusing on people and spaces often marginalized in our society, MiMS teams use movement as a catalyst for social justice. By bringing together people from all walks of life, Members not only find common ground, but learn from and reach out to one another for support.

Delta Diner - Delta, Wisconsin

With roots on the North Shore, our team is dedicated to nature conservation and enjoyment of the outdoors. We believe in helping you achieve your goals and are here to support in your trail, tree, and home landscaping projects so that you can get out and enjoy life! We are a small family-owned business dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and quality outcomes. We are dedicated to preserving your trees as well as your home, and give careful consideration to every project.

Delta Diner - Delta, Wisconsin
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.  http://www.deltadiner.com
Jon Howard

Executive Coaching with Relentless Courage. We help people set and reach their goals. We move forward and believe action is key to growth. When life gets crazy and responsibilities at home and work pile one on top of the other, it’s easy to let our health, fitness and personal goals slip. The years go by and we don’t even realize how much our health has declined or how far we’ve gotten from our greater purpose. When it’s time to turn things around and start a new program, however, it can be difficult to know what to do next. And staying motivated is hard — especially if you try to do it all on your own. That’s where the coach comes in. Visit our website, then get in touch to learn how we can help.

St. Croix Law - Joel Button
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.
Critical Connections Ecological Services Inc.
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.
Blue Water Cafe - Grand Marais, Minnesota
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!
Austin Jarrow
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!  http://www.austin-jarrow.com
Trail Fitters
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/

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.