Superior Fall Trail Race 2014 volunteer Email 2

Date: Tuesday August 20th, 2014
Subject: Superior Fall Trail Race 2014 Volunteer Email 2

Hello Faithful Volunteers!

We would like to officially welcome you and thank you all for signing up to volunteer for this years Superior 100, 50 and 26.2 mile trail races! Superior was founded in 1991 and is one of the toughest, oldest, best organized, best staffed and most well reputed trail races in the country! Between the 3 distances we are super excited to be hosting around 600 runners from 30+ states and 5 countries!  We have about 150 volunteers registered helping fill over 250 volunteer positions!

We have had communication with most of you by this point and just wanted to get a quick update out as the race is quickly approaching! PLEASE NOTE THAT A MORE COMPREHENSIVE EMAIL WILL BE COMING OUT WITHIN THE NEXT 10 DAYS WITH MORE SPECIFICS AND ANY VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENT REVISIONS / ADDITIONS.

Volunteer Assignments,:
Preliminary volunteer assignments have been made and they are available to view HERE  – you can search and sort by name and volunteer position, please note that many of you have more than one assignment / job – please let us know if we have gotten anything wrong, assigned you to too much or if you want more to do more / take on additional assignments!  Volunteers are assigned to Volunteer Jobs – after you take a look at what you have been assigned to, you can learn more about your job HERE – also be sure to review the website in its entirety, you can learn much there! Just an FYI, we are still looking for a qualified / experienced aid station captain for Temperance River from open (12:00AM Saturday) until at least the early AM when we have another individual that can take over.  Aid station captains, take a look at who you have been assigned, if you feel you need more help feel free to recruit (and have anyone you recruit sign up on the website) or let us know and we will look for more help.

Trail Markers and Trail Sweepers Specific:
Your names are on the volunteer assignment page but specific volunteer assignments for these positions will be made by our Marking and Sweeping Coordinator Matt Long and will be emailed to you (and will be available on the website) within the next 10 days or so – generally speaking markers will all need to be available to meet at Caribou Highlands on Thursday Sept 4th at 6:30 AM and be available until evening. Sweepers, the idea is that you are available for multiple sections on both Friday, Friday-Overnight and Saturday until the finish.  At this time we do not need any more trail markers or sweepers (unless anyone knows of someone that is looking to get involved with this on a long term basis).

HAM Radio Operators Specific:
Your information is on the volunteer assignment page but specific volunteer assignments for these positions are made by our HAM Radio Coordinators Rick and Jayne Johnson so if you have assignment specific questions please contact Rick or Jayne.

So as stated, the plan is coming together nicely, we are adding last minute volunteers and making tweaks to assignments for about the next week then revised volunteer assignments and more specifics will be coming out including information on (free / communal) lodging options for volunteers should you need it – in the meantime should you have any questions, please email or call me!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director


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.