Thank you for running the Superior “Spring” Trail Race
25KM & 50KM | 
May 18th, 2013 – Lutsen, Minnesota
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You can visit the official Superior Spring Trail Race website HERE

SUPERIOR Trail & Ultra Runners!
Another Superior “Spring” Trail Race 25KM and 50KM is in the books, it seems to have come and gone way too fast this year!  Two weeks prior to the race, parts for the trail were still holding up to 3 feet of snow – come race day 99.9% of the snow was gone and the trail was in remarkably good condition at race start.  Our crew got things ready on Friday and on Saturday 75 volunteers helped nearly 450 runners complete the race!  Race day came with temperatures hovering around 45 degrees and with the frost coming out of the ground so late this year, the trail was still soft, getting fairly muddy late in the race with isolated rain showers during, adding to the mud.    Both races got started without a hitch, 450+ stories unfolded, too rich in depth to expand on in this email (look for a full 50KM race report in an upcoming edition of Ultrarunning Magazine), below are results, some stats from both races, links to photos, a shout out to volunteers, sponsors and the Superior Hiking Trail Association and some info about some upcoming races you might be interested in.  Thank you all for attending and being part of an awesome weekend! Perhaps we will see you at the “Fall Races” (100MI, 50MI, 26.2MI) as a runner or maybe even as a volunteer!

Sincerely,
John Storkamp
Race Director
And the Entire Superior Trail Race TEAM


RACE RESULTS:

Below are the links to the Superior Spring Trail Race 2013, 25KM and 50KM results along with the results from the USATF Minnesota Association Ultramarathon Championship race.  It is always possible that a chip may not have read or someone could have lost their chip on the trail – thus, someone could be missing from the results, if that is the case we will have them in one of three manual backups that we run and we will revise results as needed, with final results available within a week or so of the race. Should you have any questions regarding results please contact us.

RACE STATS:

50KM
Starters: 163
DNFs: 5
Finishers: 158
Finishers Rate: 97%
Mens Overall Winner: Chris Lundstrom, Minneapolis, MN
Womens Overall Winner: Andrea Ring, Duluth, MN

25KM
Starters: 290
DNFs: 3
Finishers: 287
Finishers Rate: 99%
Mens Overall Winner: Drew Burmahl, Brandon, IA
Womens Overall Winner: Heidi Skildum, Decorah, IA 

 

 


RACE PHOTOS: 

We are blessed to have a wonderful group of very talented volunteer photographers that give freely of their time and resources at the Superior Trail Race, below are links to their pictures for you to enjoy!

RACE REPORTS: 
Do you have a race report from your blog that you would like to share with others? If so, please drop us a line and we will put it up on our website HERE.

 


VOLUNTEERS / SPONSORS / SHTA:

  • VOLUNTEERS:
    Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Superior Trail Race, we could not do it without them.  Feel free to read the thank you letter we sent out to our volunteers HERE and feel free to hop on Facebook and drop them a line of thanks!  Were you impressed by our volunteers?  We were!  Interested in giving it a try?  Come work with us (ok, its actually more like play) – you can learn more about volunteering HERE.
  • SPONSORS:
    Sponsors support our event financially, with products / swag, nutrition products, coffee, mapping , lodging and services and many come  to the race and are hands on as volunteers and some even run – you can learn more about our sponsors HERE.
  • SUPERIOR HIKING TRAIL ASSOCIATION: 
    We are fortunate to be able to hold our race on the Superior Hiking Trail – one of the most magnificent long-distance hiking trails in the United States and dare we say the world.  Each year we make a significant financial donation to the Superior Hiking Trail Association – in addition to this we feel as race organizers, volunteers and runners it is our responsibility to be members on an individual basis as well – you should consider doing the same and think about volunteering sometime during the year to help with trail maintenance.  You can learn more about the Superior Hiking Trail Association and becoming a member HERE.

 

 


ODDS AND ENDS:

  • NEXT YEARS SUPERIOR “SPRING” TRAIL RACE:
    Save the date. The 2014 Superior Spring Trail Race will be held on Saturday May 17th 2014.  Registration will open on Wednesday January 15th, 2014. Registration will close once the field limit has been met.

The Superior ‘Spring’ Trail Race is a Rocksteady Running Event
Rocksteady Running is operated by ultrarunners for ultrarunners 
You can learn more about the Rocksteady Running philosophy HERE.
Run Wild | Be Free | Rocksteady

 

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Superior Spring Trail Race
50KM & 25KM
Lutsen, Minnesota
Saturday May 19th, 2018
50KM 7:00AM
25KM 8:00AM

Registration / Lottery:
Opens Monday January 1st, 2018 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Monday January 15th, 2018 – 11:59PM CST
* Due to high demand, registration for the Superior “Spring” Trail Race is held via a lottery, more details about the lottery can be found HERE

Directions to Race Start:
Caribou Highlands Resort / Lodge
371 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN 55612
Google Maps Directions HERE
Approx Travel Times
1:15 North of Two Harbors, MN
1:45 North of Duluth, MN
4:00 North of Minneapolis, MN

Terrain / Course Description:
The Superior 25KM and 50KM Trail Races are extremely hilly, rugged and technical out-and-back (100% trail) trail-races which traverses the Sawtooth Mountain Range on the Superior Hiking Trail in the far reaches northern Minnesota .  The course parallels Lake Superior, the greatest freshwater lake in the world, climbs to near 2000′ peaks with breath-taking vistas of the lake and inland forests and crosses whitewater rivers and serene streams while meandering through mystic Boreal forests.  The races start and finish at Caribou Highlands Resort in Lutsen Minnesota.

Superior 50KM
25KM Out & Back Course = 50KM (31MI)
Elevation Gain 4,200 FT
Elevation Loss 4,200 FT
NET Elevation Change 8,400 FT
4 Aid Stations
9 Hour Time Limit
Starts at 7:00AM Saturday
Compete 50KM Info HERE

Superior 25KM
7.5KM Out & Back Course = 25KM (15.1MI)
Elevation Gain 2,300 FT
Elevation Loss 2,300 FT
NET Elevation Change 4,600 FT
1 Aid Station
8 Hour Time Limit
Starts Saturday at 8:00AM
Complete 25KM Info HERE

More About the Area:
The North Shore of Lake Superior runs from Duluth, Minnesota at the Southwestern end of the lake, to Thunder Bay and Nipigon, Ontario, Canada, in the North to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in the east. The shore is characterized by alternating rocky cliffs and cobblestone beaches, with rolling hills and ridges covered in boreal forest inland from the lake, through which scenic rivers and waterfalls descend as they flow to Lake Superior. The shoreline between the city of Duluth to the international border at Grand Portage as the North Shore.  Lake Superior is considered the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area. It is the world’s third-largest freshwater lake by volume and the largest by volume in North America.  The Superior Hiking Trail, also known as the SHT, is a 310-mile long distance hiking single-track hiking trail in Northeastern Minnesota that follows the ridgeline overlooking Lake Superior for most of its length. The trail travels through forests of birch, aspen, pine, fir, and cedar. Hikers and runners enjoy views of boreal forests, the Sawtooth Mountains, babbling brooks, rushing waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. The lowest point on the trail is 602 feet above sea level and the highest point is 1,829 feet above sea level.