I just wanted to send a thank you to all of the volunteers at the race this weekend. I was a nervous coming into this race without any crew and being on my own to the point I almost didn’t come. The volunteers at every aid station were amazing! As soon as I arrived they were there to give me a hand with drop bags, fill my bottles and even help me with my feet. I was also fighting cutoffs and the kindness and compassion of how they gently told me where I was with time and what I was going to need to do to make the next aid station was perfect. When it was time for my day to end as time was getting to tight and I was a drained emotional mess they helped me find a ride back to the finish. All the these kind people that you bring together for these races is what truly make them great. When the lottery allows I’ll be back to give it another try. Thank you so much for everything! – Christina
Phenomenal job once again. I have nothing but love, respect, and appreciation for everyone involved in this year’s race. This is truly a world class event that stands alone!! From my family to yours, wishing you and everyone at RSR a happy and healthy remainder of the year!! – Aaron
I want to send my thanks to you, Cheri, and all of the volunteers and RSR crew for a great race. I haven’t done Superior in many years and the experience this year was top-notch; absolutely wonderful. I know putting on such a well-organized event is very difficult and, somehow, you and your team make it look effortless. THANK YOU! – Matt
I wanted to thank you for the most brilliant day out at Superior Fall trail race! I completed the 50-miler and loved every minute. The route is perfect. The energy of the volunteers at each aid station was fantastic and made such a difference to the overall experience. I have already recommended this race to 3 other friends for next year. – Georg
Thanks again for putting together another great race. I ran the 100 miler and had a great time out there. Special thanks to the Tettegouche aid station. They really helped get me through the hardest part of my race dealing with my blistering foot and helping through without crew. All of the aid stations were great though. I am already looking forward to next year. – Josh
I just wanted to say thank you for putting on such a great race last weekend! This was my first time running at Superior 100 and I did finish! The course is just incredible! The aid station volunteers were the best I have ever encountered. They were so attentive and on their game every time. I’m sure you know it, but I’ve got to say, you have a pretty good thing going on there. I hope to be coming back in future years to add to my first star on my incredibly comfortable hoodie! Thanks again and congrats on putting on this amazing event! – Jeff
Just wanted to send my thanks and appreciation to everyone that made Fall Superior possible. I had a lot of fun!!! I also wanted to send a special thanks to the sweepers from mile 42-50 of the 100 mile race. (all I want to do is to thank you even though I don’t know who you are!) After county road 6, I soon realized that I was DFL when the sweepers caught up to me. My gut had quit a while back, so I was just trying to get to Finland without creating a trail of puke for your poor sweepers to slip and slide through. Also I’ve always loved the section 13 cliff area. Luckily I didn’t create any new puke trails. The sweepers were empathetic and kind and said ‘take your time’ and maybe knew/sensed I wasn’t feeling great. They made sure to give me lots of room and let me get ahead. I’d hear them catch up and then hear a voice say to the others, ‘slow it down, let’s stop for a second’. Anyway these simple gestures helped me tremendously and allowed me to keep moving with my sh*tty gut. No one likes to see the grim sweepers, but it really helps when they are not on your a** (physically and figuratively) when you are feeling crappy. Because at that point, the headlamp lights, their voices, my voice talking/swearing, the stress of being last, the need to keep moving, the smell of gold fish crackers, soup, Tailwind, all that just upset my stomach more. BIG THANK YOU for being kind humans! 🙂 Maybe this is how you train all your sweepers, but thank you for that too because I have run into my fair share of sweepers and they can range from barrels of fun/laughter/good energy to military boot camper drill sergeants ‘you aren’t drinking enough!’, ‘that’s all you are eating???’. Usually I’ve already figured out how badly I’ve screwed up by the time the sweeps come through so I really don’t like the latter. Thanks for a great day, next time I’ll still run my a** off but I’ll be better prepared to handle the gut problems. – Lisa
Superior weekend exceeded my expectations in many ways! I was nervous coming in with a 100 on the horizon and Superior being my first. I ran into friends at check-in on Thursday and they just gushed about Superior and how it was the best. Best race, best finish line, ect. They were not wrong! I just had an absolute blast the first day. Ran with Tammi but also friends and met new ones. Got tough for my running partner overnight and Saturday, but we hung together and every aid station was just great, familiar faces at every one of them I think. Support was great, as was the course. I absolutely caught the Superior bug and can’t wait to run it again someday. I appreciate what you guys do as well as the many volunteers, it was just a fantastic weekend. Thank all you guys very much for such a memorable experience! – Andy
Good afternoon Superior team! My most heartfelt expression of Gratitude to you, your family and the team of Superior 100. I made my first attempt in 2019 as a prairie girl from Canada and made it into Temperance, it took me 4 years to make my way back, this time, from Florida. Although shorter than I anticipated, I was so grateful to be able to show up to the start line. 3 weeks prior I found myself in hospital, and faced with a few levels of uncertainty. To see and experience the trail again touched my soul, and reminded me of the joy in the challenge. With having the experience shortened I did leave my drop bags behind, knowing that the goods would be distributed to a donation location. I do apologise for adding that into the mix of your teams task, I had to get back down south. Thank you. All the best for the upcoming winter season. I appreciate the effort and the heart of your beloved community in Minnesota and God willing, I will meet up with you all again. Many Blessings – Krystee
I felt community and joy all last weekend. I’ve never heard so many thank you’s to all the volunteers from transportation to the aid stations to the finish line. It was amazing to be a runner at this event. You and everyone create a really special experience. Thank you!! – Aimee
This one meant a lot to me. There is nothing sweeter than digging into something hard. Something really hard – and coming out on the other side with a smile on the inside and a tear in your eye for being able to merge with the trail for a day. (Well, I actually merged with that trail, and Afton lots of days this summer!). Thanks for keeping the torch lit on this event. I’m glad to be a part of it and it and the RSR community makes my life richer. – Steve
I wanted to personally reach out and thank you and your team for putting on a stellar race weekend celebrating trail running in the Midwest. I feel like I’m late to the party as I’ve always heard great things, but it was incredible to experience in my debut Superior weekend. Already looking forward to coming back next year. – Tyler
Thank YOU for this race. It was extraordinary. It was the most challenging and beautiful course I’ve run and I can’t wait to do it again. The crew of volunteers, and really everything from start to finish, were second to none. – Jolene
Thanks so much to you and all of the volunteers for another fabulous race weekend! I also have received lots of warnings and advice like Chae about the advisability of doing something this extreme at “my age”. And this year I had pulled a muscle in my calf 2 weeks prior to the race so was doubly warned. I am not a runner, did my first marathon at the age of 60 (Grandma’s) walking the whole thing, and my first trail marathon at 70 (Superior) hiking the whole way. Now I have done Grandma’s 16 times and Superior 5 times, plus hiked all 310 miles of the trail. I am continually asked – why?? So far, I don’t have an answer for that except that I love it! Both are fabulous well-run races on the North Shore within driving distance – and with generous time limits. I hope to be able to do the Superior a couple more times and help with the volunteering after that. My 2 sons joined me this time and surprised me by showing up at the last aide station in addition to the finish line (photo attached). They were amazed at the number of volunteers, the food, and the cheering and encouragement that was given to all of the runners. This is the best race ever. Is there a way for me to make a (small) donation to Rocksteady Running? – Kay
I’d like to take a minute to thank you, Cheri and all of the amazing volunteers at Superior. It was an incredible experience even though I had to drop at Temperance. The positivity and feeling of community is something our world needs more of. I’m hopeful for the opportunity to run again in 2024. – Jeff
I wanted to write to you while the race was still fresh in my head. I flew in from Boulder Colorado and ran the 100 last weekend. First, just a little bit about my background. I’ve been in Colorado for 22 years. My running career includes over 20 road marathons, four Pikes Peak marathons, 15 100’s including five Leadville’s and countless other trail and road races of every distance from 5K and up. Back in the early 2000’s I worked as a sports director of one of the biggest cities in the front range – I started and directed a successful trail running series that is still going today. I’ve run huge races and small local trail races and everything in-between. I tell you all of this only to highlight my experience and to hopefully give my feedback some perspective. I have to tell you that ‘Superior’, from the website and registration process, lottery, communication and information prior to me even getting to Minnesota was second to none. If everything else that followed was just “decent” or “ok,” it still would have been great. However, starting on Thursday at the registration and drop-bag drop off, it was apparent that you, your organization and volunteers had everything more dialed in than I had ever witnessed before. By a LONG ways. The Thursday event was simple and organized. Everyone knew what to do and were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. Little things, like the drop bags stations being so well marked and easy to navigate (and being in order of aid station!). Little things like having sharpies and tape available, not forcing us to bring clear bags or whatever. It was so easy and simple. Taking the photo of us, which I didn’t know was for the live runner tracking at the time, was a nice small touch. Even prior to the race when I sent you emails with questions that I could have found on the website had I been more diligent, you very quickly responded and included links. Everything I mentioned in this, and more, are things that are not inherent to many, or most, of the races I’ve done out here, large and small. Whereas I haven’t had what could be considered a “bad” experience, per se, it’s so noticeable when a race gets everything so right. Now, all of that’s great but what about race day? Well, all I can really say is “wow!” Wow to so many things about what I experienced on Friday/Saturday. First and foremost, that course! Man, oh, man. I couldn’t stop talking about it all day. At every turn there was something new and then the views and then the stairs and then another waterfall and then, etc., etc., etc.! Listen, I live in one of the most gorgeous areas in the world and have ran in some jaw-dropping spots throughout the state but I have to tell you that the Superior Hiking Trail is easily my favorite single track that I ever done. It’s SO much fun. It truly has everything. On your end, marking that course, especially one that is point-to-point as opposed to an out-and-back, has to be a huge undertaking. In my estimation, after running hundreds of races is some dense, mountainous areas, that yours was by far and away the best marked course that I’ve ever done. And that’s saying something. It was SO well marked. I’ve done plenty of “bonus” miles over my race career but it was nearly impossible to get off-track during your race because of how well it was marked. And there are plenty of intersections and ways to get lost all over that trail. In talking with one of the aid station volunteers at Finland, he told me that he was part of the crew that marked the course and I made sure to tell him how impressive it was. It makes it SO much easier to focus on a race when you’re not worried about where you are going. Finally, I can’t wrap this email up without mentioning the aid stations and the volunteers and the community. I would have to think that the trail running and ultra community in MN is smaller than in Colorado. Not only in terms of people but in number of races, etc. One thing that was very evident all weekend is how tight and connected the Minnesota ultra community is. Sometimes that’s a negative and can feel exclusive, but that was not the case at all last weekend. I felt very welcomed by everyone I came into contact with. That’s the backbone of Minnesota! (I spent seven summers in my 20’s working at a summer camp near Brainerd. I know Minnesota nice!). For years I’ve said that there were no better aid station volunteers than those at Leadville (and they are still pretty amazing) but now I have to amend that and put your race at the top. Not only were they immediately helpful but they were also very knowledgeable. I’ve had incredibly nice people give me terrible information (how far to next aid, what’s the cut here, etc.) in the past, but I never experienced that one time at any aid station. There was energy and positivity everywhere on the course! Finally, I had to mention just some small touches that I also noticed and enjoyed. The finish line was perfect. The food available to the runners was amazing and easy. Even the signage for each aid station for the area to pick up drop bags was really professional. It’s nearly impossible to get a 100% grade on anything, especially a race of this magnitude, but I honestly can’t think of one thing that Superior misses. Even things (like those signs for the drop bags) that you didn’t necessarily have to do, were done well. It’s a huge race when you include the marathon and the 50. Whereas another race I love, that is owned by a huge corporate entity, has enormous resources and still manages every single year to screw up a wide range of things (I’ve seen it all; from shuttles that never showed up for runners, mixed messages from aid station captains about cut-offs, emails that have contradictory information included, bad course markings, etc.), I think it’s just you, your wife and your volunteers, and numbers-wise you have a bigger total field, and 100 miles of trail (vs. a 50 out and back) and 13 different aid stations and STILL you nail it. I hope you all know just how impressive that is. You should run a “how to” course for races. It is obvious that you and your team know what they’re doing, even down to the small details. I just now remembered the number of photographers out there and how nice they were and that you can just download the photos from the website, and the runner tracking that was flawless and the individual photo of us on the tracking and results. You’d be amazing at how often those things DON’T happen at most races out here. I’ve been telling all of my local friends since I got back on Sunday how amazing it all was and that we all need to go out and run it together. I’m normally not one to write a novel for a review but it felt necessary given how wonderful of an experience I had from start until “my” finish. Sadly I only got to Finland. 100’s are tough anyway but my physiology makes it even more challenging as my sweat rate is off the charts and that alone complicates things (I’d rather run at 14,000 feet than anywhere with ANY humidity!). I felt great all the way to County Road 6 / mile 42 then things started going south. I wasn’t able to turn it around and continue. Even then there were volunteers in the middle of the night helping me and encouraging me and really trying their best to get me back in the race. Sorry for the imagery, but I was laughing while I was puking because they were so nice and trying so hard to get me back out there. All of this praise from a guy who only made it half way. Now I have to come back and finish the job. Thank you, again, for such a fantastic experience. Superior is ‘THE’ example of how to put on a trail race. – Chris
I wanted to thank you once again for the crazy, addictive, fun, painful, emotional and challenging event that my life seems to revolve around for a few months called the Superior 100. Actually 102, or 102ish which anyone who has never run Superior would say what’s a few extra miles but when you can hear the sounds of the finish line through the valley and then end up running for nearly another hour (or so it seemed) at the end of a 37 hour day, well you get the picture. But we love it! And this year I actually finished so the big question everyone was asking was are you going to enter the 2024 lottery. After getting both big toenails removed on the Monday after I was beginning to question my sanity but now that I’m back to my usual running shenanigans I’m starting to come up with ways to convince my 27 year old son to pace me again, and maybe this time for 50 instead of 41 miles? At 56 its a big ask for my body but of course I am feeling the itch to try again. Here’s why. Your volunteers. I greatly look forward to every aid station and find it difficult to leave because everyone is so kind and caring and helpful. And they are true professionals with the exception that they aren’t being monetarily compensated. And since I managed to finish this year I was able to receive the finish line experience. The only answer my delirium could come up with to every question was “I don’t know”. So, your incredible volunteers brought me a chair, sat me down like 15 feet from the finish, gave me a cool sweatshirt and brought me a warm blanket and then let me sit there for as long as I wanted. As it turned out that was exactly what I needed. How did they know that??? I didn’t feel a wave of glory crossing the finish or have a desire to give a bunch of high fives after receiving my buckle, but I will never forget how well I was treated in those moments by people I didn’t even know who cared about my well being. I’m so grateful for that memory! Finally thank you for your outstanding organization in running the event. All we have to do is figure out a way to get from point A to B and the rest is taken care of. I want you to know that I don’t take that for granted. Have a great rest of 2023 and I’m planning on looking forward to seeing you for the Zumbro 50 with my trusty 27 year old sidekick (my son who is now addicted to ultra trail running). He’ll be leading the way as he always does now to the finish (of his first 50), our roles reversed from years ago and me with a huge smile on my face loving the precious hours I get to spend with a loved one doing something I love. Rare these days for sure! – Brian
I know you are extremely busy, and no doubt exhausted after the race(s). This was my first Rocksteady event, and I could not be more impressed. I ran the 50 mile, and the course was marked to perfection. The volunteers were AMAZING! They all had so much love, respect, and true servants through and through. You ran a top notch event, which I cannot praise enough. Keep up the good work! – John L
Thanks to you and all the volunteers for putting on another fun Superior – The North Shore/SHT is so awesome. I had a great time on the trail. – Mick J
I wanted to write you a note of humble gratitude for pulling this event wonderful race together – its pretty amazing how the set up of the 3 distances, one year was my reason to stop – this year it was a reason to speed up my pace. I am a mother / runner, last year Superior awakened that intense awareness of selfhood and purpose. This year I could experience it in a different way. Thank you. – Martje
Wow! What a weekend. I just wanted to personally reach out and say THANK YOU for all your work and dedication to all these events! Simply amazing. We had a big group of us out there..some who have never ran in their entire lives until this past June. Thank you! – Kristin L
I didn’t get to say this in person and meet you so I wanted to send you a quick note. Thank you so much for the amazing race. The volunteers, as you know, were so helpful and positive. Best! – Julia F
I am sure you are recovering from a long weekend of races. It was nice to officially meet you at the start of the Marathon race. A huge shout out to you and the crew. What an awesome experience!! In my long 1 year running career, this was my first marathon ever and only ever second trail race. The first being ESTRS Spring Lake run in August so I don’t have a lot to gauge against, but I can tell you I loved it as well as everyone I talked to too. I was very happy with the results, Spencer winning it and I came in 13th just before Abby the female winner. Who I was able to run with the last 6 mi and help along the way…. she didn’t have any water and I had plenty to share. The point of this email is to have you tell your wife Cheri THANK YOU from the guy with blue lips. hahaha . Cheri came to me and kindly encouraged me to the nurses’ tent because of the color of my lips. Blood pressure was good, although a bit low for just running the race and heart rate and O2 was okay too. I felt okay, just my blue lips were a sign something more was wrong. My buddy Spencer and I figured out it could have been that I was super low on salt along with fatigue of the race cause me to start to go into the beginning stages of hyponatremia. Thankfully, nothing more serious happened. Took in salt, food, Gatorade, and everything came around after about 4-5 hours and I have felt amazing and have ever since. I didn’t/forgot to, follow my nutrition plan of salt tablets. Lesson learned. I really think it’s awesome she took notice and cared enough to speak up and help me be more aware. You two are some great people. Looking forward to more races with you all. One day, even volunteer. Have a wonderful week!! – Cory
If hundreds had Michelin stars you’d have all of them. Great job. You should always remain immensely proud of the work you and the volunteers do for the race because it absolutely shows. The Superior 100 took my left calf from me at mile 50. Then like malevolent deity watched and waited for me to give up. Well, it had to wait 37 hours to see me cross the finish line. Where I immediately screamed violently because I was so glad it was over. I think I might’ve scared some people at the end though and maybe broke your right ear drum of the guy who was the announcer the box. Sorry about that. I’ll be back next year to get my calf back and settle the score. Best, – Doug
Thanks for an amazing weekend! I just love this race and this year did not disappoint. The course, aid stations, volunteers, spectators were amazing. It was a struggle for me this year but that’s part of the challenge. I’ve never finished last before (I was second last at Arrowhead) but I’ll take the finish. It was the most epic finish I have ever experienced! – Peter
Dear John, Sheri, and the 350 volunteers, Thank you again for helping so many of us challenge ourselves, spend fabulous time in the woods, celebrate with others, and unite with others from our tribe. This seems to be such a tiny show of gratitude compared to the gift that I received.
Once again it was amazing. Thanks. – Kim
A big thank you, again, for putting on a great event! I think the rain this year just made it more epic than ever. I was able to get my first ever finish as a 100 miler in 30h22m, way better than I ever imagined. The vibe of the community you helped build, the volunteers you have assembled, course markings, aid stations, etc. RSR are superior! Fingers crossed, I hope to go for a second 100 mile finish next year at Fall Superior and see about breaking 28hrs and take on my buddy Aaron Hansen (who paced me this year, and was a big part of my milestone). I will be checking the websites and see if there are any volunteer opportunities at Zumbro or Spring Superior. Those will be here before you know it. Thanks again! Keep on rocking these events. – Josh Rouse
Last week my daughter returned to Minnesota for a visit and to run the Superior 100 . I volunteered to be her crew .Never having done that before , I was not sure what to expect . Turns out , I was super impressed with the logistics of the race ( which I heard from more than one volunteer is largely due to you and your wife’s hard work ). The volunteers could not have been more helpful . All were so friendly , solicitous of the runners well being and willing to explain anything to a rookie crew member. It gave me an appreciation of the special ” tribe ” of people in the ultra running community. I have the opinion that any event that comes off smoothly and seemingly effortlessly has behind the scene a great deal of hard work by many people who make it happen. This event confirmed that opinion. Thank you for providing a wonderful experience for my daughter and myself. – Richard
The race is incredibly well organized and put on. I’ve only seen a volunteer army like this at WSER (Western States Endurance Run).
I ran the Superior 100 Trail Race for the first time this year. My race ended with an injury shortly after the final aid station. My slumping stature at the end was fairly infamous so you may have heard about me. The two days of running Superior were two of the most memorable days of my life. Saturday was an incredibly intense experience for me with a full range of emotions. My 26 year old son and I reversed roles as he became my mentor and leader, pacing me and pushing me gently when needed and with tough motivation when he could see that my body could take it. Without him I wouldn’t have even had a chance at finishing. And so for this life changing experience and priceless hours with my son on the trails I thank you and the hundreds who volunteered with great humbleness from the bottom of my heart. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to you and your incredible staff for this experience. Here’s to many more miles of fun and tough SHT miles! Sincerely – Brian
The Superior 100 was an unforgettable experience. I’ve registered 3 years in a row and a few pregnancies later I finally got to run it this year. I experienced everything I had heard it was to be, specifically surrounding the strength and caliber of your volunteer staff. Such amazing, knowledgeable humans, they are far and above. One gentleman handled the water support into my vest like a boss. “Can I fill you? All the way to the top or just half way? Let me burp it for you” Amazing. It’s a day I’m still smiling over and will never forget. Thank you for every bit of work you put in to making it so. I will be back, as a volunteer. – Lauren
It has been almost a month and I think I’m mentally recovered to properly say thank you for putting on a great event! I hope you and your wife have also recovered from the event. The volunteers at all aid stations were amazing and deserve a huge thank you however I wanted to say a special thanks to the volunteers at the Tettegouche aid station. I understand that the trail re-route was not optional and agree the plan put in place was the best option and was well executed. However with the rain (outside our control) made that portion of the race an extreme low for me. When pulling into that aid station hot food was not expected and I was pleasantly surprised to hear the menu upon entering the aid station. The food they had and even more important the positive and selfless spirit of the volunteers literally made me misty eyed. So thank you to you for executing the best plan possible with the re-route and thank you to the volunteers at Tettegouche for having the most amazing aid station. – Tim
I want to thank you for an amazingly well organized event. It was a privilege to be back out here racing in the Superior 100. Thanks for all the hard work you and your staff, volunteers, and loved ones put into the herculean effort of providing a memorable experience for all the participants. – Alex
I just wanted to drop you a quick note about this weekend. This was my 4th RSR race this season. I loved every one! They each got their own flavor. I’ve been dreaming of the Superior 100 for at least five or more years (since I got into the crazy world of ultras). This race exceeded all of my expectations. The aid stations were incredible. Very well stocked. Every aid station had some specialty food items to keep things interesting and fresh. The volunteers were thoughtful, polite, and funny. The photographers on course were very kind and encouraging. The race organization, logistics, communication, and apparel design (t-shirt, buckle, hoodie) are exemplary. It makes me proud and happy to know that you sit at your laptop (probably) and pound out these artistic, wearable masterpieces. I appreciate all the hard work that you and Cheri put into these races. It’s a labor of love I’m sure. In closing, I loved your start line speech and I really appreciate your vibe and aura. Very humbled, grateful, and proudly moved to become a part of the Superior family. This weekend was one of the best in my life (right up there with my wedding day and the birth of my kiddos). I can’t really articulate how thankful I am for the things you do that enrich peoples lives. Grateful for you and everything you do. Take care. Enjoy your fall. Very sincerely, 1st time Sup100 finisher – Justin
Thank you for a wonderful race! I know you had a decade worth of curveballs to deal with in the past year, and I wanted to let you know that I think you and your entire team were AMAZING. The race, aid stations, course marking, communications, and everything else were really perfect. The weather and scenery was super too. Regards – Harry
Thank you for everything that you do with this race. Once again you have put on an incredible event. Every step of the way was filled with support from the volunteers and other runners, there is no community like the one that you have established.
I cannot imagine the stress that was created by COVID and the fires, but things came together and you came through with an incredible experience. Thank you for everything that goes into the races, there are very few experiences like this in the world. Again, thank you, there is nothing on this earth like the experience that is RSR. – Ryan
It was such an amazing run. Thanks. I ran the marathon and linked it to the alphabet. Each of the 26 miles I used the corresponding letters and thought of blessings in my life that started with that letter. From A to Z I am blessed. Thanks for your gift of this event. – Kim
Just wanted to reach out and thank you for putting on such an amazing event. It was organized perfectly and all the participants and volunteers were amazing!!! Mmmm pancakes. This race was so much more than “just” a run for me. There was a lot of meaning behind it for me. It was one of the best days of my life. Thank you! – Katie
What an amazing feat to head up this incredible Superior Trail event! I had a wonderful yet challenging time and so grateful for your persevering efforts to pull it off. Love the detail of the emails- such thorough and caring”passion”! So very blessed to pray on the trail and so grateful for His creation to enjoy. Would love to volunteer for future runs. – Lisa
I’ve run the Superior 100 Mile Trail Race four times. Finished three. I’ve been reading your notes to runners for the 2021 race. Especially through all the ups-and-downs of the past few weeks. I just read your final runner email. Wow! Even for someone not running the race or heading to the North Shore I was inspired. And touched. I’m grateful for all you do. Racing. Organizing. Writing. Inspiring. I have faith that this weekend’s races will be all they need to be. For you. And for everyone involved. See you on the trail sometime. – Mike
Thanks for putting together a great event and great weekend. You really dialed in the weather this year (timely rain on fires and perfect race weather)! I personally had a great time completing the 50 miler and helping my buddy, Aaron Hansen, through the first few aid stations of his 100 miler. As always, the volunteers were superb. I am already looking forward to next year and maybe going for my first 100 miler. Keep it up! – Josh
I wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed your 50M race this year. I don’t know if you can pass on any thanks but if so, I’d also like to thank the course sweepers at the Oberg AS. I came in there ready to quit and they set me up with water and some mashed potatoes and beef stew and got me going again so I could make it in over the finish line. I’ve been thinking a lot about that this week and I’m glad they were there and made the extra effort to convince me I could make it all the way. I hope to run more of your races and volunteer if running doesn’t work out since it’ll give me a chance to meet up with some more great folks and maybe pass on some of that great energy. – Greg
I’ve been meaning to send you this message for about a week, but I continue to struggle to put the total experience of Superior into words :). Thank you so much for creating such a spectacular event and cultivating a truly wonderful community. I remember mid-race telling some out-of-staters how special Superior is– there’s just a real feeling of magic about it, and they could feel it, too. I couldn’t imagine a better place to run my first 100. It was everything I’d hoped and more– including spotting a shooting star with my best friend and pacer on Friday night/Saturday morning! I’m so grateful to you, the many, many volunteers, the other runners, and everyone who showed up to make Superior weekend the special time that it is. As I texted my coach after I finished on Saturday: “My body hurts, but my heart is full.” Thank you, thank you, thank you. Grace and peace – Cari
Just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how awesome this weekend was up at Superior. I had a different view this year crewing Kevin instead of running and it was quite eye opening. The effort your team puts in to make each of the aid stations (and everything between) happen is astounding. I also have a new found respect for crewing/pacing…wow, what a different dynamic…especially early in the morning when you’re dead tired and trying to keep your runner from falling apart. It was far more challenging, exciting and rewarding than I had ever imagined. Anyway, thank you again for a great weekend, I had a blast and I can’t wait to get back at it next year. – TJ
Just wanted to check in briefly to let you know how much I appreciated the volunteers at the race this weekend. The folks at Oberg amazed me. I ended up missing the cutoff there by a few minutes. As I walked into the aid station area, several of the volunteers made a bee line to me to see if there was anything I needed. Donnie Clark wouldn’t let me by without shaking my hand with a big smile on his face. Another young lady sweetly offered and walked some quesadillas and gummi bears over to me as I sat down chilling out for a bit. Just little things, but it meant a lot. I’m getting misty-eyed just now as I type this. People that work and volunteer at your races care and it shows. Thanks – Don
I ran the Moose Mountain Marathon this weekend – my first ever – and had a great time. I wanted to thank you and your army of volunteers and employees for putting on such a great race – it exceeded all of my expectations. I am awed by the athletes I ran with and by the positive energy surrounding the entire event. Most of my body is sore and recovering now but a tiny part of me is already thinking about the prospect of attempting a longer race next year. After re-reading the history of the Superior Fall Trail Race on the website, I realize how much blood, sweat, and tears you, and all of the other directors and staff before you, have given to create and continue this very special race. Thanks and take care. – Pete
First, I wanted to thank you for the tremendous amount of work you put into this amazing event. I never really knew anything about the North Shore or the SHT before running the race last year and I instantly fell in love with everything about it. This year was my second Superior 100 finish of what I hope will be many. I have no idea why I want to continue to put myself through that brutality year after year but I’ll be back whenever I can get in and you can bet I’ll be volunteering when I can’t!Thanks again and best wishes for you and your family. – Mike
I want to keep this short and sweet because I can’t imagine how busy you are directing these races. Thank you for doing everything you do to make Superior (especially) the event that it is. This was my first year running it after pacing and crewing for Bob Skenzich last year. I wasn’t successful in completing the race, but I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and it’s definitely the best race experience I’ve ever had. The support, the volunteers, the aid stations, everything is steeped in excitement and tension the whole way (at least what I was able to get through). The SHT speaks for itself in what a wonderful and challenging trail it is. My friend James came out with me from the DC area to crew me. He’s run dozens of 100s, has done the Grand Slam, has run UTMB, regularly crews for Mike Wardian, and he said that he’s never seen support for a race like he saw at Superior. The packed station at Tettagouche particularly impressed him. What you have going on is really special, and I hope that you continue to helm the race for years to come. My wife and I are moving to Germany for a few years in a couple of months time here, but I’m already planning on doing everything I can to make that lottery for next year and every year after. I need the buckle and sweatshirt. Thanks again, I hope you and yours can rest for a bit here. It’s well deserved. – Ryan
I wanted to reach out to you regarding the race last weekend I had with my brothers and I. The Castillo Trio. We have never ran a trail marathon before and we were all blown away by the experience. The aid stations were spectacular. We will try to convince our dad to run it with us next year if possible. Two questions: 1. When is registration open for the next one in 2020? 2. Are you doing any other trail marathons in the meantime in the MN area? Thanks for all the work you put into it, it will be an unforgettable experience for me. Warmest Regards – Joshua
You guys put on the best races, but it is so much more than that. RSR is a community of amazing people that I am proud to say I am a part of. Thank you for your selflessness and all that you do so people like me can chase our dreams. Anytime you need something and I am available, please let me know so I can help out. You have given me way more than I’ll ever be able to give back. – Ben
I want to thank you for the awesome races that you put on. I am still green to the culture and atmosphere of trail racing. This year was my first all-nighter at an aid station, and I can say that I had a blast. This was also my first hands-on experience of Superior. Much like what I have experienced at Zumbro, your races and the race family culture are amazing. Thank you. For me, I also have a new perspective on running and racing. Helping runners throughout the night was very educational for me. Something that I look forward to implementing next spring at Zumbro. ~ Jason
Another tremendously run race! You and your team of volunteers are truly the best in the business. Yeah, the courses are beautiful, challenging, fun, etc., but you need to know that a big reason all your events are filled to the max year after year is because of the race director and his team, and how every detail has been thought of. Great great job on another successful Superior Fall Trail Races. Love it! With respect. – Kyle
I am not on Facebook so don’t have the ability to express my thanks to you, all of the excellent volunteers, the whole community of Minnesota ultrarunners, etc. If you could pass along my thanks via this email I would be grateful. I have attached a photo I took of the infamous “one person at a time bridge”, my favorite photo I was able to capture during the race, as a small thank you. (As many race reports I’ve read and Kevin’s book I still don’t know the course as well as you guys, so not sure what river that was!) Without yours and all the volunteers dedication and hard work my first Superior 100 finish would not have been possible. Every single person I saw on the course-volunteers, runners, spectators, crews, hikers- was friendly and encouraging. You all have a beautiul state and a great community. The course was the most technical and challenging I have ever run. What passes for “runnable” is still muddy, small rocks and roots that still require vigilance, and rickety boards. The challenge was amazing and I loved every single step. I hope to be back many times in the future and hope to see some of you in the future at the Burning River 100 in Cleveland! Sincerely your friend from OH – Andrew
Another tremendously run race. You and your team of volunteers are truly the best in the business. Yeah, the courses are beautiful, challenging, fun, etc., but you need to know that a big reason all your events are filled to the max year after year is because of the race director and his team, and how every detail has been thought of. Great great job on another successful Superior Fall Trail Races. Love it! With respect. – Kyle
My husband ran the marathon this past weekend, and I have never felt more compelled to thank a race director for such an awesome experience. Thank you – thank you for what you do, what your wife does, what your team of dedicated volunteers and race staff do to make Superior and all the RSR races what they are. The community you have worked hard to nurture and develop over the years makes the RSR community fun and welcoming for everyone regardless of whether or not they are racing. There’s no other community like it. I hope you realize the magnitude of what you have done for trail running in Minnesota because it’s truly something special. Cheers to many more miles. – Rachel
Hi, I’ve uploaded some photos I took during last weekend’s Superior (F) Trail Race to my FB page. I was fascinated by the communal spirit displayed at the race and throughout the entire two days, the material and emotional/motivational support provided to runners by friends, family members, pacers, and the countless volunteers. I think it’s very unique to the RSR races and I’ve tried to capture some of it in my photos and in-between crewing and pacing for my sister (I am no professional photographer, however). Just thought I’d let you know, in case you’re interested in sharing. Thank you for a fantastic race weekend!
Thank you for the incredible weekend! Everything about it was awesome. YOU delivered, RSR delivered, and your VOLUNTEERS delivered! I fastpacked the 100 course a year ago and it prompted me to sign up for the 50 mile this year, and it didn’t disappoint. It made me wish I would have done the Superior Fall Races earlier. The SHT is definitely magical and all the work you guys put into it is incredible. I know you don’t have a problem with race numbers, but I will be recommending it so more Iowa folk make the trek up to the North Shore to experience it. – Nate
First time EVER at volunteering and witnessing what this race is about. I can honestly say it has been my honor (my friend’s and mine) to be inspired by runners, crews and fellow volunteers! what an incredible community! you do have something special going, I can think of one name or two or three, not even runners but truly special family we got to meet and serve with, Dale and his wifey along with Steffan at our Sawbill aid station. I could not believe 23 years and going strong for non runners to serve the way they do with incredible dedication and joy all those athletes. I was so moved by it all. I never thought I would say this but I am bit glad Kathy (my friend) and I did not make it in the lottery, because we truly got to be a part of something truly awesome from the “other side”. My teen and hubby will be helping next year and if I don’t get to run, I will be there with them. Thank you for all you do, it was truly special for us to be there.
I wanted to thank you for an amazing experience last weekend at my first Superior 50 mile. Although I’ve been an athlete all my life, I’ve only been running ultramarathons for the last few years. I recently moved back to MN last year after 25 years away. I train solo and I don’t race often so I’ve always felt a little on the outside of the ultramarathon world. At other races, I’ve struggled with feeling a little invisible, especially at aid stations where it can feel like a reunion for old friends. I didn’t feel that way for one moment last weekend. I was so welcomed at every aid station despite not knowing a single person. The volunteers were so warm, outgoing and welcoming and made me feel like I truly belonged. As a newcomer to Midwest trail running, I just wanted to thank you and your entire team for the wonderful experience. I will most certainly be back! Thank you again! – Sarah
I have no formal race report to submit, but I did just want to drop you a note to say how wicked awesome the race was! I have now done Superior Spring once (25k in 2018) and Superior Fall once (26.2 in 2019) and man do you guys do a great job. Every aspect of the race is well coordinated, well communicated, and well executed! You have a shit ton of great volunteers who make each of the aid stations a great experience, and I was so excited to reach the finish line not only to be done but because of how great the atmosphere and amenities are. I think my runner’s high is still going from last Saturday – I have daily been looking at the new photos added to the site and have already started dreaming of what Rocksteady races I want to do in the future. Thinking I need to get a 50K under my belt, so maybe Superior Spring or Afton will be on my race calendar next year. So from one racer (who probably represents many), thank you, thank you, thank you! Last Saturday was one of the highlights of my year! And I look forward to challenging myself to more of your races in the future. – Zach
I’d like to start out by thanking you for an incredible adventure! This was my first 100mile race. I’d been so scared for so long, so full of doubt that I had what it takes to do a “hundo.” I’ve listened to my husband and his friends talk about their ultras and always thought – wish I wasn’t such a slow runner, maybe I could do this. I’ve heard stories about the course for Superior 100 for nearly 10 years, heard about the relentless up and down, the epic fun and smorgasbord of aid stations, the booming voice welcoming runners to Crosby aid station, the lift of sunrise on the second day, and the camaraderie of the runners. After volunteering in 2018 at the Sawbill aid station I was committed to trying to run Superior. Thank you for the challenge, thank you for living up to the hype I’d heard, thank you for the incredible PB&J sandwiches and all of that ginger ale I drank. The lady who had little confidence in her ability just kept moving with a ton of help from other runners, my crew, my pacers and the kind folks at the aid stations. John, you said that Cheri had packed each of us a belt buckle so come and get it – I didn’t want to let you down when y’all had had such faith. Cheri, you gave my my finisher’s sweatshirt and told me congratulations but I forgot to tell you that! I’m deeply grateful for the experience you guys provide – it was spectacular. – Gretchen
Just a quick email for you. I told you real quick when I crossed the line but kudos to you and your race volunteers. I have run 100 plus marathons/50 milers and the event you guys put on is one of the better ones. Felt honored to run on the superior trail and it was so refreshing to see all the people hang around when they were done to cheer on the other runners. Hoping to make the cut again next year via the lottery. – Craig
I hope you’re doing well and getting some well-deserved rest after such an epic weekend! I ran the 50 on Saturday, and I just wanted to send you a little note to say thank you! My race did not go as planned / hoped, but even so – I’m so glad to have been able to be a part of it all, and I’m so grateful to you and all of the amazing volunteers for putting on an AMAZING race weekend yet again! Superior is like a giant family reunion where you get to meet “family members” you didn’t even know you had. Even when I was exhausted and hurting, the Superior family was there for me, encouraging and cheering me on and doling out liberal amounts of ginger ale to try to help settle my very angry stomach. The Superior Fall races have earned a special place in my heart, even though I’ve only gotten to be a part of it all twice now. Thank you so, so much for making it all happen! You rock! With gratitude. – Cari A
This is Eric (a 50-miler who wasn’t able to run this weekend due to injury). My friend ran the 50-mile race and I was up there supporting her. I was super impressed with the whole event. It was obviously really well organized and I had a lot of fun being there as a supporter of the runners. Congrats on an amazing event! I’ll hopefully be back next year. – Eric F.
Thank you for everything; from the race communications, the best course marking I’ve ever seen, fantastic volunteers, and a race finish environment I will tell everyone about and remember forever. It was a great race and a great day! You guys do it right! Can’t wait until next year! – Emily W.
I want to thank you for putting on such a wonderful race. I’ve organized 5k’s before and know how much logistics that is, so I can’t imagine what you have to go through getting all these races together. It really was one of if not the best organized race I’ve ever seen. – Ryan M
Thank you for making my first hundred last weekend an experience I’ll never forget. I could’ve probably picked an easier race for a first timer, but staying home and running Rocksteady was the only choice in my book. I know it takes a ton of outstanding folks to put this on, and I thanked as many as I could along the way, but you guys hold the bar high and set the tone. Great communities don’t happen by accident, and I hope to continue running and volunteering with the Rocksteady community until my legs fall off. Right now that seems imminent, but I’m sure in another week I’ll just lose some toenails and be fine. Thanks again for all the excellence. – Nick R
This race is amazing! I was one of those silly people that raised my hand Friday night re: first marathon, first trail run. While I was terrified , I must say I enjoyed every minute of it! More importantly – I wanted to send you a note of thanks. I grew up on the North Shore , that trail is home to me but have never challenged myself in this way. I want to thank you for all the work that you do that gave me the opportunity to feel empowered and challenged by Mother Nature and Mother Superior. You don’t just make the race happen, the work that you do makes the experience, and that experience was unforgettable. Thank you for your time and dedication to this event. You are a leader of an amazing community and I’m so appreciative of the way you turn a race into a community. Awesome work! I’ll be back next year – hopefully to run but if I don’t win the lottery – to volunteer. That trail had always held a special place in my heart- but your time and dedication to the event really transforms the run into an amazing community of people. Thank you so much for all the hours you put in! Know that it is noticed and appreciated! Cheers! – Colleen
Just wanted to say thank you. I DNF’d at mile 63 for the hundred for medical reasons. Despite this I had a great time and loved everything about your race. I’ve done about a 100 ultras in my life… Superior was the best. I’m from Philadelphia and had never been to MN before this weekend but I felt I was home. The people, the volunteers, the course were all great.Thanks again…I’ll be back! – Greg H.
I wanted to say thank you for such a great race weekend. It was my first attempt at 100 miles. After many years of pacing and crewing my friends at Superior, I wanted to give it a try. While I didn’t get to the finish line I had an absolutely amazing experience. Your volunteers are unbelievably wonderful. At Cramer Rd, I was really starting to suffer from an injury to my ankle. Robyn was volunteering and immediately came over to help. She was incredibly kind, positive, and encouraging. She gave me the help and the boost I needed to get out of that aid station. This is just one example of the kindness and compassion I encountered this weekend. There are simply too many to recount. Thank you again to you and your whole team. Hope to see you next year! – Andrea R.
I’d like to say thank you to you your amazing team of volunteers. The aid stations, the HAM team, the first aid people, the markers and sweepers set up / tear down squad and everyone else made this race one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I’m beyond grateful. – Vince C.
I just wanted to say thanks for another great fall race at Superior. I’ve done the marathon and 50 in the past and was able to finish the 100 this year, due in large part to the incredible community of people your race attracts. I continue to be amazed at how approachable and supportive the other runners, AS volunteers, etc. are. I spent some time talking to Kevin Langton and Jason Husveth at the Thursday race brief and let them know how helpful their race reports/books were. John Horns introduced himself at Oberg and made sure I had enough nutrition, water, etc. to “get it done” on a bad ankle. I had no idea who this guy was or what his history with the race/running community was. When I eventually finished, the volunteers made sure I got the right size sweatshirt and even sent someone back to the truck to get a medium so I could take it with me. Finally – I appreciate you personally waiting at the finish line (until almost 9pm in my case) to hand me my buckle. Thanks again for continuing this great race legacy and for the awesome personal touches you’ve added. My wife and I look forward to giving back as volunteers (she’s a hell of crew member!) in the years ahead and hopefully an opportunity to run again. Thanks again! – Jesse H.
Thanks for another great race! I just had to share a quick memory from the weekend. My only goal (hope) for this year’s 100M was to get to marathon start before the marathoners joined the course. I was able to do that last year and it was such a huge rush to have this endless string of runners encouraging me as they flew by. It was a lift that lasted me all the way to Temperance. This year, I got to Marathon start at about 7:57am, just in time to hear your pre-race instructions to the marathon crowd and hear you describing the pink ribbons they would encounter. JUST as you were saying that, I came around the corner and you led the entire field in a giant cheer for me. 24hrs in, that felt so good! THANK YOU! I did make it back onto the course before they came by, and you’ll also be happy to know that almost every marathoner gave me praise and encouragement, according to your directions.Thanks again for a fantastic race and offering us the grounds to test ourselves emotionally and physically. See you next time. – Reid
Can’t thank you enough for this gem of a community. Two quick stories that further cement the legacy of the race and its people. John Horns at Oberg- my pacer and I were coming through quickly, as we really wanted to get to Lutsen before sundown. My race goal was well out of reach at that point, but I wanted to finish strong. John could see the afternoon heat had taken its toll. With great advice to me and my pacer, he also went above and beyond by getting water, getting ice in my buff, feeding me some salt tabs, talking me through it and assuring us that we would be off Moose Mountain in no time and ready to celebrate the finish. John is a big part of Superior as a runner from the results I have seen. That day, helping a middle of the pack guy whose race had fallen to more than middle of the pack was awesome. I knew who he was and was lifted by his commitment to a runner he had never met before. That is the kind of character I saw all day at Superior. It’s the same character that we in Omaha continue to try to build with GOATz. John may not have run this past weekend but he helped save my race and first 100 attempted. I am forever grateful. Dimitri – medic at the finish. I finished and was overcome with emotion. Ian Coreless got a spectacular photo of me at the finish. I went straight to my room at Caribou because I knew both of my feet were complete hamburger meat since mile 20. I chose to gut out those 80 miles and deal with the feet later. I just did not realize how bad it was until my pacer and some crew saw my feet and immediately went to find medical attention. They found Demitri. What a God send he was. He would likely agree that the damage to those feet was horrendous. He patiently and methodically took care of them, cut off huge chunks of dead skin, provided sound medical advice and left everything I needed in order to treat them. Two nights later, I am still in some good pain. That pain is just weakness leaving the body and I am humbled by the quick and detailed response from Demitri. Again, character shining through from one of your volunteers. He needs to hear a big “Thank You”! Runner #188 could not have had a worse physical experience at Superior. Runner #188 could not have had a better relational and community experience at Superior. The course was rugged, relentless and remote, as it should be. The people were relentless in caring for runners and rugged in being out in weather hours on end. One thing they were not though was remote. Instead, genuine community oozed from each aid station. It flowed from John and Demitri. With that, how can you possibly give up when pain rides your back all day and night? You don’t and I chose not to. Now I am a very small piece of this legacy called Superior and humbled by it. Tell your entire crew that this is so much more than a race. It is an important chapter in the lives of many. – David
First off, I want to thank you for the way you make these events as incredible as they are. Everything from respecting the history to making everyone feel part of what is something special. This being my first 100 miler, I went in focusing on how well I could do from an overall time standpoint. I never had a crew in past shorter events, but based on Jarrow’s recommendation, some friends came out to crew and pace for me. During the event, the sincere care (and concern coming in to Sugarloaf shivering uncontrollably) that I felt from your volunteers and the rest of my crew transformed what the event was all about for me. It became more (all) about taking it all in and experiencing/enjoying it with them along the way. They are truly great volunteers you have, and for me the event then became about all of them and course time became not important at all. Bottom line, brutal course, incredible event, and thank you!!!
I just wanted to thank you, your wife, and all the amazing volunteers for a tremendous weekend at the Fall Superior Trail Races. I have heard that you are an extremely humble guy, and that you shy away from any attention directed towards you. That’s cool, and I really respect that. However, I just felt it was important for you to know what a marvelous job you and everybody involved does in directing these truly world class events. Know that your tireless efforts make for unforgettable experiences for others. Kicking myself now that I didn’t pick up one of those sweet Rock Steady Running flat brim hats when I had the opportunity. If you ever plan to sell them online, I’d love to buy one. Anyway, thanks for everything you do for the running community and quite frankly just for humanity. – Kyle S
I’ve been meaning to write you post Superior 100 but time has slipped away…but now that my wedding has come and gone I have a little more time?? I want to thank you for putting on an incredible race, but mostly I want to thank you for encouraging and facilitating the amazing trail racing community that we have. You didn’t create that community, but you give it a place to flourish. You create a space for that community and nourish the hell out of it. I appreciate and am so thankful for how supportive you are of all runners, from the winners to the back of the packers. I get that’s your job, but your enthusiasm for all racers, volunteers, and even spectators is so evident. I love how you said that you would put on a race without a cutoff if you could. You really are authentic. My friend Gene sent me a video of my finish and the immediate aftermath. I remember thinking 3 things as I finished, “1. Miss you Greg, 2. where’s Kari (my now wife), and 3. where’s John? I want to shake his hand.” After I hugged Kari and then my friends, and then a fellow racer, I saw you and shook your hand. But what I saw in the video surprised me. I don’t remember you being there until I saw you and shook your hand. But you were there all along in the background, smiling and patiently waiting while I hugged a bunch of other people, before you congratulated me. Your smile said that you were enjoying observing the running community and comradery that you helped develop. And your patience displayed your humility. I could write more and wax poetic, but I think you get what I’m trying to say. Thank you for all you do for the sport of running, and thank you for your support of this amazing community. – Nathan C.
On a more personal note, I want to thank you for doing what you do. These evens are so incredible to take part in. My visions of saying something profound to you and the finish line crew were thwarted by the 50 miles that had sufficiently fried my brain and body and the fact that my kids were jumping all over me before I even got to the finish line. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that these events have a profound effect on a lot of people and I would love to be a part of helping that continue. Thanks for your time and I hope things are well with you. Take care.
Before another day ‘escapes’ from under me, I wanted to take a minute and ‘thank you’ for all your hard work, relentless pursuits and unwavering dedication to this event. I have now run 2 Moose Mountain’s and can tell you (of all the races I have ever run in my life– and there are plenty for a late bloomer), THIS race is by far (hands down/no excuses/no parallel)… THE BEST.Obviously, the terrain has much to do with it, but above and beyond that, the ‘spirit’ of the race (which is largely set by you and the many wonderful volunteers, is what puts it at the TOP. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, THANK YOU (again and again) for your work and love of this event. It SHOWS… and that (quite frankly) is the greatest compliment one can bestow on someone else. Take care of yourself, rest up (and rest up some more!) and (with some answered prayers!) I hope to see you next year.Blessings Tish T
My husband who didn’t fully understand why anyone would want to run this long, is now inspired to give it a whirl after crewing and watching the whole scene. He couldn’t believe the atmosphere, kind people, and positivity. He enjoyed every minute. So thanks for putting on a race like that – can’t imagine how much work goes into it. We’ll be back!
Last, thank you so much for a great race! I’ve been glowing all week from my first 100mi finish, and I’m so glad I could score my first at your race. Seeing you at the finish was a dream. This is my third year running RSR races, and I’m so happy I could progress through the distances with you. Looking forward to next year and my second star!
I am late in writing this note for 2015, but it is more important than ever to thank you, Cheri, and all of the amazing volunteers for the wonderful race that you put on. The folks that man the aid stations and tend to the course put forth nothing less than a super human effort every year. They are truly a beacon of light and hope for runners in the darkest of hours on the course. Without them, there is no way that I would have had the fortitude to go on and finish this year. I hope to join them and help other runners next year for the 2016 edition. It would be my great honor to stand among their ranks. As you wisely wrote in one of your opening letters, finishing is a wonderful thing, but it is not the heart of the experience of this race—that is something that all of us who take part in this magical weekend in any way, shape, or form share together. I hope to join you out there next year helping others along as they have done for me over the last three years. Enjoy the fall!All the Best, Guy
Please accept my most sincere apologies for not sending this e-mail sooner. I have really been enjoying sleeping and eating since the race, but that’s no excuse for failing to give you the thanks you’re due for putting on such a great event. Thank you to you and all of your amazing volunteers for another fun and challenging race. Your event somehow manages to feel very professional in its level of organization, but at the same time so intimate and collegial. Now that I have done a couple more races, I have a whole new appreciation for how difficult it is to manage that balance. You have such friendly and helpful volunteers, and I appreciate all the little details that make the race stand out. I am finding that I am both in love with and afraid of this race. I have a healthy respect for the course, but the scenery and the challenge are just so compelling. Long story short, I’ll be seeing you next year. PS. One final thank-you: My dad crewed me this year and after the race he told me he wants to take up running so he can try the Moose Mountain Marathon next year. Your event is so good it convinces non-runners of the appeal of trail and ultra-running. Thanks again, Mallory
Once again, the Moose Mountain Marathon was a great race. The organization, the trail markings, the aid stations, and especially the volunteers – all were awesome. Thank you for all your hard work!! – Sally
I just wanted to send a belated thanks to you and everyone who helped put on the Superior 100 this year. I have wanted to do this race for a long time, and it did not disappoint! I greatly appreciated the friendly and helpful volunteers, the delicious aid station food (especially a lot of the hot food!), and the well marked and beautiful course. Thanks again, and I hope to be back one day! Gretchen
We would like to thank you for running such amazing events. I ran the Superior 25K in the spring & my husband & I ran our first marathon ever this fall. The organization, communication & concern for each & every runner was wonderful. The volunteers, every single one, was amazing. I don’t know how to say thank you to the bearded gentleman at Sawbill the helped me with my pack & fuel, but he made my day. I mentioned that this wasn’t the first time he had done this (he knew my pack better than I did), & all he said was “20 years.” Thank you for running a race that makes these volunteers come back year after year. It is a testament to you, the race & the runners making each volunteer fell appreciated that makes this all work so well. – Jennifer
Thanks for putting on a great race! It is a spectacular course both for its athletic challenge and for its scenery. The volunteers are very helpful and encouraging. It obviously takes a lot to put on such a race and to mark it. Then, the trail has to be swept for trash, removing trail markings, and of course looking for straggling runners if need be. It was a tear jerker for me dropping at 20 miles this year. I was a top 20 sub 32 hour finisher in my last race in 2008. But, I know without a doubt that I made the right call in dropping due to illness. It would’ve been a physically painful exercise in futility and suffering. However, this allowed me the opportunity to help out at an aid station. It was my first time at an aid station other than as a runner. It was neat to be able to encourage runners, to help them resupply, to offer my own headlamp that I no longer needed when someone else’s crew accidentally took his headlamp, and to give a ride to the finish to an injured runner who had to drop. I’ll be in your races again. Thanks. – Pete
Thanks for the great race. Very impressive. Nailed my first buckle. Love the swag. Volunteers were the best. Brought a pacer with from Omaha who was very impressed and has this on his list. Developed a mantra throughout. We love Rocks, We love hills. We love Rocky Hills. Haven’t figured out a positive spin for the mud though. Uffdah! – Steve
Thank you for the opportunity to give this run a crack. Although it didn’t turn out as I planned, the experience will be unforgettable.
I completed your race last Saturday (marathon), and I just have to say that it was the most unique, and one of the most challenging event I have ever done. This is coming from a guy, who has completed over 50 marathons, 250 triathlons, including 3 Hawaii Ironman Finishes and numerous World championships, all over the county and the world. I was a bit out of my element, especially climbing up Carlton Peak, and my overall time wasn’t very fast, but I had a blast and hope to do your event again next year. Keep up the great work. – Michael
Thank you for the most amazing race experience . My last two years running Afton and now Superior have me hooked on your trail events. Your team makes the experience so special. It felt so free to run and walk along the superior trails in what was an amazing day this year… A little water and mud for sure, but that just added to what is a really technical course not for the faint of heart. My previous road running days of marathons can’t come close to the experience I felt this weekend. The resort was awesome and looked after us so well like your team and massive group of passionate and dedicated volunteers. They really rock. The runners are all class and band together afterwards to celebrate a really special occasion. The very best and will be back for future races. – David
Thanks for what I can only describe as a world class event this past weekend. From start to finish, that’s hands down the best run event I’ve ever been a part of. For my first 50, I couldn’t possibly have had a better experience. Registration was a breeze, the aid stations were top notch, and I can’t tell you the number of times I wondered to myself if I had managed to stay on course, only for a flag to pop up on my left hand side just seconds later. I would imagine I speak on behalf of all the runners, crew, and spectators in thanking you for the countless hours you put in to organizing and operating such an awesome event. Catch up on your rest, you’ve earned it, and we’ll see you next summer. Best Regards. – Neil
Wanted to thank you guys for an incredible weekend at the Superior 100, it was my first attempt at the distance and I had an amazing experience and can’t thank you guys enough. – John
For the past 24 hours I’ve been trying to compose the perfect email in my head, to thank you and the incredible volunteers that I encountered at this years ST100. But the truth is that it’s difficult to put in to words how grateful I am to you and your team. I’m a first time finisher, it took 3 tries, spread over 15 years to get to this point. The feeling of accomplishment has been worth the wait. You have surrounded yourself and drawn into your circle an incredible group of people that are united in their dedication to try and get every racer to the finish line. It really doesn’t need to be said that the backbone of an event like ST100 is the strength of the volunteer group, but what I want to say is that without them, I couldn’t hold my head so high today. Thank you to you and to your team for helping me achieve my 15 year dream. – Greg
Thank you, John, for the race. Volunteering at Silver Bay was a good time (the crew was exceptional; the women serving the food did a wonderful job, as did the chief), the race was very enjoyable, and the communal lodging (I got a bed Friday night) was a God-send, for which I was very thankful. The Lord willing, would like to do all of it again next year. Thanks again. – Stephen
I wanted to once again extend a very sincere thank you to you and most certainly the volunteers for all the hard work and dedication that was put into the race. The markings were easy to follow, the volunteers were energetic, eager to help, and motivational. They were constantly asking “what can I do for you” and making suggestions. I came into Temperance having a mental breakdown and the volunteers had a huge role in getting me back into my game and to 103. Another volunteer once offered me the socks off her feet (Sonju maybe?) when I had bled through a pair of my own as well. Also, shoutout to the couple who drove me back to temperance for the car. That was much appreciated. The post race atmosphere, food, and drinks were great (chilli was spot on). Designs on ALL race swag were jawdroppingly badass. The course lived up to the rugged and relentless expectations. Personally, I’d call it a “beautiful hell”, and one I will happily return to. – Brandon
Is this where I thank the volunteers? I need to thank the volunteers. Each and every one of you made my day. The aid stations were fantastic, staffed with cheerful, helpful people willing to deal with my nonsense UD hydration bladder and well-stocked with supplies. The course markings were spot-on, even in the darkest hours of the night. The pre-race meeting, finish line accommodations, and road crossings were run to perfection. The extra work that went into race tracking this year helped me share my experience with so many people who could not make the trip up north. Thank you so much. – Adam
Thank you and the volunteers so much for a great race this last weekend! I had a wonderful time suffering through 50 miles on the beautiful trail. A trail I was slightly unprepared for, I might add. Running in Boulder, CO, I am quite used to rough trails. However, we don’t have nearly as many roots and our rocks are angular, knobbly, textured granite on which one can hold footing at an angle. Out there, especially in combination with the mud and moss, the smooth, rounded rocks were something different entirely! But that’s why we run the trails: to have new experiences, see new sights, and tackle new terrain. Thank you for all your hard work putting this great race on; I’m sure that a point-to-point race is about the toughest, logistically. It was done perfectly! – Ben
Thanks to all the Superior 100 volunteers you definitely inspired me. Coming into the Sugarloaf, Cramer and Temperance aid stations I was in tough shape and certain my race was over but your energy, enthusiasm and selfless assistance got me right again each time and back on the trail. By Sawbill and Oberg I was smelling the finish line and was feeling great. I even ran like a crazy person full tilt during the last 1/2 mile once the lodge was in sight. I think I passed a few people in that final leg which wasn’t really my intent all I saw was the finish where I knew my loved ones were cheering. – Peter
Thank you John and all the volunteers who truly made this day so incredible. This really was a life-altering race and I enjoyed being part of the Superior100 community. I met some great runners yesterday and had a blast meeting all the volunteers and all the other crew members. What a special day – Frayah Bartuska
Thank you to race director John and all of the amazing volunteers for making this race a huge success. Every aid station I came into made me feel like I had my own personal crew out there. Amazing views and tough gnarly course made this well worth it. I will be back again! – Mike
I wanted to send you a compliment on the race this past weekend. As a spectator I could see how you are both very organized to run such a beast of an event and extremely talented with your graphic design skills . . . from the website, t-shirts, posters and awards your time and efforts are acknowledged, super cool designs! Congratulations on a successful event, while I didn’t run I know my husband will rank it as one of the top moments in his life so far. Hope you can relax a bit! – Britt
I just want to thank you for an awesome experience from start to finish. The aid stations that you coordinate are amazing and were a very large part of my finishing my first ever 100 mile race. Thank you again. – Ron
THANK YOU again for an amazing weekend up north. You, Cheri, and the army of people you have behind you are incredible. Enjoy the run. John.
Had a great time this past weekend. I need to spend more time on real trails and not just farm roads – specificity in training takes on new meaning on obstacle course trails like that – but it was a blast and much more fun than a “tame” trail. Tame is easy to find, not so much a beautiful wildish single-track like that. Just need to learn to pick my feet up (Rock… steady… run some more, repeat 😉 ). Thanks for the opportunity. Organization was top-notch, volunteers fantastic, artwork world-class! – Robert
Thank you so much for putting on an excellent event! First trail race in MN and I\’ll definitely keep your races on my radar; and I\’ll need to try this marathon again (or the 50). – Ken
This is the best race in the world! And the SHT races have the best volunteers in the world! They are “saints”… They helped me achieve my successful journey across the MMM course… I will remember this forever…. THANK YOU ! – Fred
Not much else can be said but I’ll repeat. My first 50, Awesome experience. Awesome volunteers. Awesome well run race. Phenomenally brutal and rewarding trail. An experience I’ll never forget. – Steven
I wanted to just say thank you to everyone that help in any way to put this event on. I was told by a friend that has run with you before that everyone in this race is treated like family, and I have to say he was understating it. This was my first for both a trail race and a marathon, and I have to say after this experience it will not be my last. – Chris
I don’t know how to express how AWESOME of an experience I had at this race. My “lows” were nothing I could ever have imagined and the “highs” can’t be described by words. Thank You John and your crew!! Thank You volunteers!!! Please tell the 3 dudes that were sweeping up to Finland (I think that’s right) THANK YOU!! They were awesome and I Frickin turned it around from there and finished 63rd!! YEAH!!! What a weekend!! THANK YOU!!!!!! – Shane
Big thanks to all the volunteers, especially the 3 sweepers, Pat, Seth, and Eve(? I think that was the nice lady’s name) who put me back together when I was crashed and were nice enough to impart some of their experience and wisdom to me on the walk out. Didn’t accomplish what I set out to, but met some fantastic people and maybe learned enough to get it next year. Thanks guys, really appreciate it. Also the folks at the aid station where my wife was waiting (and waiting …) for me. She said you were great. First class folks all around. – Ben
John and all your many, many friends and family (blood, marriage, trail) who showed up to volunteer, crew, pace, run: thank you thank you, thank you for such a wonderful weekend. It’s so fun to be a part of such a great communal happening and it’s hard to think of a more happening happening than this one. The blisters, bruises and toenails will be gone soon enough but the memories last a lifetime.
I’m the guy who says Woo! I had such a blast. – Kevin
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who work so hard to put on this race and take such amazing care of all the runners. Thank you to my friends and family who changed my socks, cooked me food, and supported me throughout the day. I met more than a few amazing people on the trail who made me laugh, gave me advice, cured my cramps, and helped me to my feet when I could barely stand. I was unable to make the time cutoff at Country Road 6 after roughly 15 hours of trudging through the heat. I’m already counting down the days until next year to avenge my DNF. Congratulations to all runners!
Thanks to all you amazing volunteers who made the race possible, fun and encouraged every runner along the way! It was awesome to see so many familiar faces volunteering at each aid station. We runners couldn’t have done it without you on a tough hot day (or two for those 100 milers)! – Jay
Dear amazing race volunteers, I just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for putting on such a wonderful event. Your passion, positive energy, and sincerity are without equal. I\’ve never been to a race so well organized and where the volunteers did such an amazing job of taking care of the runners. Their efforts were nothing less than heroic. Although the race didn\’t turn out for me the way that I had hoped, I can\’t say enough great things about all of you. I hope to give it another try in the future! I wish you all the best and a great fall and winter. Best Wishes, Guy
Hi, I just wanted to thank you and all the volunteers for the great races you put on in the fall on the Superior Trail. The volunteers go out of their way to help, the race is well organized, and the food/hydration choices are great. Pancakes! I had pancakes! 🙂 Also, even though I’m a slow marathoner, it is awesome finally crossing the finish line to hear you guys cheering for me. And I know my sister feels the same. So thanks again. We hope to make it an annual thing.
John, what can I say? You and your crew did a perfect job again, as usual. I truly appreciate the effort you and your team put in to pull of this spectacular race. The course was extremely well marked, the aid stations were great, and the volunteers were all friendly and very helpful. Thank you so much for everything. Shevy had a great time, too. She’s really enjoyed getting to know the folks in the Midwest ultra family. In regard to my race, I truly think I had the “perfect” race. I don’t think I could’ve gone any faster. I executed the race very well and the weather cooperated. It’s nice to sit here with my legs up and think to myself: “you know what? I couldn’t have gone any faster.” So many times after a race, it’s easy for me to think about how I could’ve saved a minute here, a minute there. However, this time around, I left it all out there. Thanks again!! I wish you and Cheri the best of luck and health this fall. – Matt
John and all of the volunteers for the Superior 100, Thank you very much for putting on such an awesome race this weekend, I really appreciate it. Although I didn’t have the day I wanted, the organization and amount of detail that was put into the race was top notch. From the prerace meal, the aid stations, the volunteers, the sweatshirts, the belt buckles it was well worth the trip from San Diego. Audrey has crewed for me for many, many races and has the opportunity to see behind the scenes. She couldn’t say enough about how organized and well thought-out the race was.
Thanks again. Ben and Audrey
Thank you for helping me accomplish a life-long dream: running an ultramarathon. I had such a wonderful experience at the Superior Endurance 50 Mile run. The 15 hours I spent on the course were exhilarating, fun and positively painful, but it was definitely one of the best running experiences I’ve had in my decade of running and racing. From packet pick-up, to my celebratory ham sandwich – I loved everything about this race. (ok, everything but the bees) The aid station volunteers were outstanding. Not only were they cheerful and helpful, they were legitimately interested in seeing me succeed. This is not typically the experience I’ve had at marathons, where the mass of runners is crushing. The trail running community welcomed me with open arms, something that I’ve never experienced as a road runner. During the last section of the race, I ran into a group of 100 mile runners and their pacer. Despite the fact that they had run for more than 35 hours, they were welcoming, friendly and encouraging in a time when I was desperately trying to keep it together. They helped me navigate the tough hills on Moose Mountain in the dark, and helped me stay positive during those last painful miles. I never expected this kind of camaraderie, especially being-as-though I am a newbie. Even though I was at the back of the pack, the welcome at the finish was wonderful. I felt like I had won the race! People cheered me in by name and I got many sweaty hugs from people who had been strangers just a day earlier. It was a wonderful race and a wonderful experience. Thank you.
Hi!!!! Hope you are all rested up after your race! My fiance and I RD’d a trail marathon and 53 miler this summer and it was many days of no sleep! I could not imagine putting on a 100!!!!! Most awesome race I have ever done, very well organized and your volunteers were on the ball! Plus, the course was incredibly fun!!!!! So, I received an email from another racer who found my drop bag in hers!!! Too funny! She is mailing it to me! I will probably not be able to make it out to race Sawtooth next year but hope to go sub 24 in a couple of years! We will see! I was hoping for a 28 hour finish and blew my mind with a sub 25! Between Sheryl Wheeler and her husband and my wonderful crew, coach and pacer my headache went away and I was able to really enjoy the course! If you ever find yourself on the east coast you and your family are more than welcome to stay with us and we can give you a tour of the whites! You would love it, relentless rocks!!! – K
Just saying thank you for a great event! I ran the 50 mile, and do not have a bad word to say. The organization was great, the volunteers were second to none, and the course was amazing. Thank you for giving me some great memories that i will never forget. – Mike
I hope you’ve gotten some well deserved sleep since I saw you Saturday evening! I just wanted to again express my thanks to you and all the awesome volunteers that made the 2012 Superior Sawtooth 100 (50, 26.2) races so enjoyable. I haven’t put together a race report yet but have really enjoyed remembering pieces of my adventure over the last few days. My folks haven’t stopped smiling yet! They are continuing their journey west to Oregon but made lots of new friends at the race and had a blast. I know I’ve seen SS reports in Ultrarunning so you probably know the drill already. I shot them an email just asking them to consider a news blurb on their web page but Tia thought I was asking for an article I guess. Anyway… Thanks again and I’ll try to get some more Texans up there in the years to come!
Just want to send a quick Thank you for allowing me to switch from the 50 to the 100 mile event last weekend. I’m pleased to say that I completed my first 100 miler. I was in awe of the rugged beauty of the course. Though I’m still recovering, I’m contemplating making this one of my annual events. I can’t say enough when talking about this with friends on what an excellent race it was. The volunteers, aid stations, and organization is the best I’ve seen. Hats off to you, and the entire crew. I ran it solo. No crew, or pacers, and just two drop bags. Yet, every time I came to an aid station, I was met by volunteers who assisted me just as well as any crew I could have pieced together. I hope to return the favor and volunteer my time at a future event of yours. Thanks again for an outstanding experience, one that will last a lifetime!! Love the hoodies, patches are going on tonight. – Mike
I wanted to thank you for putting on a great event. I felt home on the coure and your volunteers were amazing. I felt like there were 2K people out there helping me to meet my goals. I will be back to run your race again. Sincerely – Jeff
FABULOUS! simply fabulous! Thank you to all that made this happen! As the Race Director for the Marquette Trail 50, I know this takes LOADS of planning and assistance… Well done! You all set the bar high for amazing trail races! Peace. Steven