Superior Fall Trail Race 2019 Volunteer Email 1.5

Date: Thursday August 1, 2019
Subject: Superior Fall Trail Race 2019 Volunteer Email 1.5 (2019 Superior Fall Trail Race Aid Station Captains August 1 Check-In)

Distribution List:
Split Rock – Rick Berg
Beaver Bay – Nancy Griffith
Silver Bay – Curt King
Tettegouche – Peter Schnorbach
County 6 – Jamison Swift
Finland – Dawn Long
Sonju – SHTA / Jaron Cramer
Crosby – Karen Gall
Sugarloaf – Jan O’Brien
Cramer – Brian Poeppel and Tara Rourke
Temperance – Mill City / Bekah & Jeff Metzdorf
Sawbill – Dale Immerfall
Oberg – TCRC / Kurt Decker

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for coming back and captaining your respective aid stations again this year! Superior is the 10th oldest and one of the best reputed 100 mile trail races in the country and absolutely would not be what it is without the consistency and expertise that we have at our aid stations.

I think all but one or two of our captains have gotten their names on the volunteer list – if you have not yet, please help me out by dropping me your info – this really helps with the amount of manual data-entry that I have to do.

To date, we have about 215 volunteers signed up for the race, of what will hopefully be about 315 volunteers in total (which is about the perfect number to execute the event). We are tracking slightly ahead last year on this date, so we are looking pretty good, but need to get that final 100 signed up in the next three weeks for sure! That said, I strongly encourage you to reach out to those that were at your aid station last year and / or even more importantly reach out to a person or two in your network that may have not helped at the race before, who you think would be a good addition to your team. Introducing new people to the race is not only good for the race, it is good for people, friendship, team and community building… like our friend Robyn say “volunteering at Superior might just change your life!” You can direct any prospective volunteers to THIS email and then to the signup HERE

Finally as a reminder (especially for the aid stations County Road 6 and later) as you are thinking about your extra food / hot food meal planning, please keep in mind that we are happy to reimburse for any extras that you buy. A couple of organizations do this as part of their sponsorship of the race and a couple other individuals prefer to donate, but just know that we want / need you to do some extra hot food items beyond the general aid station fare that we can provide and don’t want the cost to be a barrier. Also, remember, if you have a trusted aid station helper(s) this is something you can delegate / partially delegate etc. These aid stations are so big these days that delegation becomes key. Please let me know how we can help!

That is all I have for today. It is hard to believe today is already August 1st! I hope to start volunteer assignments in the next 10 days and have another mass communication out to all volunteers shortly thereafter.

If you need anything from me at all, please reply to this email, Facebook message, text or call – any of those work!


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.