Superior Fall Trail Race 2019 Volunteer Email 2

Date: Tuesday August 6th, 2019
Subject: Superior Fall Trail Race 2019 Volunteer Email 2

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Hello SUPERIOR Volunteers!

You are receiving this email because you have signed up to volunteer for the 2019 Superior Fall Trail Race 100M, 50M and 26.2M, Friday Sept 6 & 7, 2019 (and / or the days leading up to or after) – we cannot thank you enough for your help! Your name is on the volunteer list HERE – once we start making volunteer assignments, they will show here as well.

This is an intermediate email intended to communicate the following:

a.) Confirmation that I have received your info and am reviewing it – thank you.

b.) [This is a big / important one] To encourage aid station captains and other volunteer leads (along with any other volunteers) to recruit / encourage your friends, family etc. to join you in volunteering and, if you are successful in rounding up some more help, ask them to get on our list by signing up to volunteer HERE , we would like to have 95% of this years volunteers signed up by early-next-week so we know what we are working with or where we still have needs.

c.) To let you know that I will be starting to make volunteer assignments late next week.


We are still looking for help with the following skill positions:

a.) Help with runner tracking. This is a good assignment for people with good computer / data entry skills. This is an indoor job at Caribou Highlands / the race finish, working in concert with our Ham Radio operators entering 100 mile runner aid station in and out times into our tracking software. If you are interested in this specific assignment or know a good candidate, please let me know!

b.) Medical professionals. We are always looking for more medical volunteers.

c.) Professional level or above average social media (photography / writing) skills for on the ground reporting / social media coverage on race weekend.

d.) Professional level or above average photography skills.

e.) If you have a pickup (know the area fairly well, and would be willing to haul some stuff) and are volunteering on Friday overnight or Saturday, please let me know!

f.) Post race cleanup at our home in Hastings, MN on Monday September 9, 2019.

Again, you can expect volunteer assignments to start being made late next week and should keep an eye out for additional emails from me in the coming weeks. If in the interim you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know!

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.