COMMUNAL LODGING IN THE COVID ERA: We have always tried to provide communal lodging for our volunteers in need, so that volunteering would not be costly or prohibitive for anyone. In the Covid era we are trying to keep units from being crowded and will seek to put people together who are already in each other’s bubbles. As a result, we have far less capacity than years past as we can only find and afford so much lodging. We are asking that wherever possible, volunteers who are not working 3 or 4 days (those volunteers will be given priority for obvious reasons) look for their own arrangements. If you like camping, there are many affordable options in the area, if you have friends or family who are running, perhaps you could share some space. See what you can do. Ultimately we will do everything in our power to make sure you have a place to crash if you need it, but we want to be upfront about the concerns, considerations and limitations. Please do not let lodging issues be a reason that you do not come and volunteer, if you need lodging, sign up. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you – John Storkamp, Race Director
Communal lodging for Aid Station Volunteers is available at Caribou Highlands Townhomes (Lutsen / race finish / race headquarters) on Wednesday night for those on the trail marking crew and Thursday, Friday and Saturday night for other volunteers. Unit numbers will be available the week of the race and we will email those to you. HERE is a map detailing where the townhome units are at Caribou Highlands.
A few reminders about lodging:
- This is communal lodging meaning you will likely share a bunk room, living room floor, nook or cranny 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.
- Lodging is in a nice, modern clean townhomes near the finish area at Caribou Highlands and there are cooking facilities and showers available.
- Please clean up after yourself and have your own 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 a while please pack your stuff up and keep it with you, if there is a free bed or bedroom, feel free to use it.
- A few rooms may be reserved with names on the door – please respect this… it’s usually those folks that are volunteering 4 or more days, a seniority or senior (the old guys / gals) thing!
- 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.
- UNLESS TOLD OTHERWISE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHECK IN AT / WITH THE FRONT DESK AT CARIBOU HIGHLANDS WHEN YOU ARRIVE – YOU CAN JUST GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR UNIT.
- There will be a list of room assignments taped to the front door of every unit all weekend long. Be sure to check the sheet as soon as you arrive / before going to your room as there may have been last minute changes.