Superior Fall Trail Race 2018 – Volunteer Email 11

Date: Tuesday August 28th, 2018
Subject: Superior Fall Trail Race 2018 Volunteer Email 11

[Those of you that have been signed up for awhile have seen several emails from me thus far, for those of you that signed up to volunteer more recently you will want to review the previous volunteer emails from this year which are available on our website HERE – Volunteer Email 3 is by far the most comprehensive so please be sure to review that one if you have not already. Also, please don’t be startled that this is email # 11, many of them from 4 to 10 were for very specific breakout groups and do not apply to everyone!]

Hi All,

First off, I want to share another heartfelt thank you for volunteering for the 2018 Superior Fall Trail Race, Friday Sept 7th and Saturday Sept 8, 2018 – we could not do it without you!

Volunteer Assignments:
Volunteer assignments are set and are available HERE – if we have assigned you too little, too much or you see anything that is off, please let us know. Anyone that wants to come to the finish on Saturday and help there from the early afternoon until 11:00PM is also welcome, just come find us and we will put you to work! Also, if you are interested in helping us with cleanup at our home in the Twin Cities the Monday after the race, please let us know!

Volunteer Jobs:
The jobs corresponding to volunteer assignments can be found HERE – this link contains important information about each volunteer job, directions and more.

Aid Station Coordination:
For those working aid station, aid station captains will be given your contact info and may be in touch, if you do not hear from them or need to get in touch with them please let us know and we can get you connected if you would like, otherwise you can just report to your aid station at the scheduled time.

Volunteer Lodging:
ATTACHED is the volunteer lodging plan / unit and room assignments for those that have indicated they need some help with lodging – it is in .PDF format, you should be able to do a CTRL+F to search the document for your name or simply just look through the document [DOCUMENT OMITTED FROM THIS EMAIL]. We have a great volunteer turnout this year and a large number of people indicated they needed (communal) lodging – so space will be tight but should still be comfortable. Complete info about volunteer lodging can be found HERE – if you are staying, please read this! If you are still in need of a place to stay (it will almost certainly be floor-space at this point) and have not indicated that to us, please email me ASAP.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHECK IN AT / WITH THE FRONT DESK AT CARIBOU HIGHLANDS WHEN YOU ARRIVE – YOU CAN JUST GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR UNIT. The same sheets that are attached will be taped to the front door of every unit all weekend long. Be sure to check the sheet as soon as you arrive / before going to your room as room assignments could be tweaked a little between now and race weekend. Those listed as staying at ‘ Lutsen ‘ (Lutsen Lodge which is just down the road), we are still waiting on room numbers and will email you complete details in the coming days.

HAM Radio
HAM Radio assignments will be made by and emailed to you directly by Rick and Jayne Johnson in the coming days – my understanding is that Rick is on a fire deployment out West right now and will be back in a day or two. Our aid station bins are already packed and trucks start getting loaded tomorrow, so, if your t-shirts do not make it into the aid station bins, Cheri and I will bring them out personally as we have done other years – it is a good reason to come visit you anyhow!

More Info: contains just about everything you would ever / could ever need to know about the race. Please take some time to study it and print off the materials that you think will be helpful to you on race weekend since cell and Internet coverage is non-existent in areas.

This will almost certainly be our last group email before the race, although a few more breakout groups may see a group email or two. Please feel free to email, call, Facebook or text anytime between now and the race. Thank you all once again – we are looking forward to seeing you all on race weekend!

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
[email protected]


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.