Superior Fall Trail Race volunteer Email 4

Date: August 26th, 2014
Subject: Superior Fall Trail Race Volunteer Email 4

Hi All!

We will try to keep this one short and sweet since it is always a balancing act in keeping the lines of communication open while not bogging you down with too much information!

Volunteer Updates:
If you have signed up more recently to volunteer copies of earlier emails can be found HERE

Volunteer Assignments:
We could see some minor tweaks between now and race day but this is pretty close to what it will be – what we will call 95% Volunteer Assignments are posted HERE  be sure to sort and search by job and by your name since many of you are assigned more than one job.

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

Volunteer Lodging:
Communal lodging for Aid Station Volunteers is available at Caribou Highlands Townhome Unit #544 on Friday and Saturday night.  Marking and Sweeping Volunteers have already been given information regarding the unit they are in and anyone else not working an aid station or marking / sweeping will get lodging information directly from us.  Here is a map detailling where the townhome units are at Caribou Highlands 

A few reminders about lodging:

  • This is communal lodging meaning you may share a bunk room or a living room floor with others.
  • We ask that you bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow as there may only be floor space available when you are needing to sleep.
  • This is in a nice, modern clean townhome near the finish area at Caribou Highlands and there are cooking facilities and showers available, please make use of them!
  • Please clean up after yourself and have your towel and toiletries if you are going to take shower.
  • Please do not reserve a room or bed for yourself, if you are not going to be there for awhile please pack your stuff up and keep it with you, if there is a free bed or bedroom, feel free to use it.
  • Do not lock the door to the unit, if the door is locked there will be a key under the front door mat, do not take / remove this key – leave it there otherwise people coming in after a volunteer shift could be locked out.
  • Do not leave valuables in the townhome since we will not be locking it.
* The race runs on a tight budget so thank you for your understanding on the communal lodging arrangements.  We want to make volunteering as accessible and painless as possible for everyone and realize / appreciate that you are already spending money on gas to get up to the race, buying meals and some of you even take time off of work.  These arrangements have always worked out well in the past and everyone seems to have a great time!HAM Radio, Markers and Sweepers
Ham radio operators your assignments are made and sent to you by Rick and Jayne Johnson.  Markers and Sweepers, Matt Long is the Marking and Sweeping Coordinator and your assignments have been emailed to you, if for some reason you did not see that, the information is available HERE Emails:

  • Within the next couple of days we will be sending aid station captains only some additional information
  • We will also be sending individual group emails for each aid station so you have some direct contact with those that you are working with

The Website: 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.

We just simply could not do this without you, we are all part of something special.

Please email or call me with any questions.

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director
Superior Trail Races

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.