Steph Hoff finishing the 50K and Ava Hoff finishing the 25K, together – Photo Credit Amy Broadmoore


Wow, what a SUPERIOR!

First and foremost, I have to thank our volunteers. They did not just give a few hours of their time, but instead they each gave two or four full days. Their ongoing dedication to our event is humbling to say the least. If you would like to read my thank you note to our volunteers, you can find it HERE – it is worth taking the time to read. Secondly, I want to extend the same robust ‘thank you’, to you, our runners. Thank you all for taking the time to educate yourselves about the modified event prior to registering, committing to it, and showing up with so much positive energy. I could recap the weather (manic), the performances (impressive) or the trail conditions (average to above average) – but you were all there and experienced it, in all of its awesomeness… Instead, I just want to say how grateful I am for all of you – what a special group of humans.


Some words from our runners:

“I just wanted to thank you one more time for putting the race on this weekend. I can’t even put into words how much my soul needed to be out on the SHT. Even though I felt like it chewed me up and spit me out on Friday, I haven’t felt that satisfied in far too long. You, your family, and your volunteers are amazing! Thank you so so much!”

“I just want to say thank you so very very much for all the hours of work and effort you and so many others put into putting on the race this past weekend! I cannot tell you how good it feels to be back in the ultrarunning community again. I feel so very thankful and so very fortunate to be part of such a welcoming community . Thank you again.”


Stats & Results:

Combined 12.5K, 25K & 50K:
425 registered, 395 starters, 385 finishers, 10 DNFS.

97 registered, 91 starters, 89 finishers, 2 DNFs
17MI Results HERE

170 registered, 160 starters, 159 finishers, 1 DNF
34MI Results HERE

158 registered, 144 starters, 137 finishers, 7 DNFs
34MI Results HERE



As always our volunteer photographers try to get photos of as many runners as possible – I am guessing we have a lot of you, but not all. Images are for personal use by race participants. If you’d like to use an image for a commercial purpose (e.g. publish in a magazine, use to promote a product etc.), please contact photographers for permission and terms of use.


Superior Hiking Trail Association:

The Superior Trail Races (both Spring and Fall) take place on the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail Association is the non-profit organization that builds and maintains the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Trail Races / Rocksteady Running make an annual donation to the trail association, organize volunteer efforts, promote membership and generally advocate for the trail. If you are not already a Superior Hiking Trail Association member, we encourage you to join, you can do so HERE – if you are already a member and would like to make an additional donation, you can do so HERE – we thank you for your support of the Superior Hiking Trail!



T-shirts and medals just went into production and we will be mailing them out once we take delivery of them – we hope to have them out to you in a couple of weeks.

I liked the 2020 t-shirt design so much that I did it in a different color scheme for 2021 – you can check it out HERE

The finishers Medals will be different in 2021, and quite possibly going forward. This is for a number of reasons. One is so that we can more easily ship them when needed. Secondly, my friend and former race director Larry and his wife Colleen spent years going into the woods, cutting trees, hauling them home, drying them, cutting them into discs with a miter saw, drying the discs more, screen-printing the fronts, then the backs, then drilling a hole, tying twine, separating into bins and getting them to me… four times a year, for our four major events, 1000’s of medals per year – it’s time we give them a little bit of a break. This new design is still printed on wood, it is clean and simple, and they are still made by friends of ours (my mother and I sat down and tied all of the lanyards just a couple of nights ago, thanks Mom), anyways, I really like it – I think you will too. I have removed the distances and year from the medal but have left a large space on the back if you want to write in a note with a fine-tipped sharpie; the year, the distance you ran, your time, or anything else, a memory perhaps. No more waste, no more throwing out or burning dated medals due to DNS or DNFs, etc. You can check them out HERE


In Closing:

Again, I cannot thank you all enough for your participation, support and friendship. I am looking forward to an awesome year ahead. We will be getting some info out and registration open for the Afton Trail Run very soon – following that will be the same for the Superior Fall Trail Race and hopefully we can figure out an Endless Summer Trail Run Series race or two. If you have not already, you can sign up for the RSR mailing list HERE to stay apprised of the latest.

As always, should you have any questions or need anything, please reach out.

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director


Superior Spring Trail Race
50KM, 25KM & 12.5KM
Lutsen, Minnesota
Saturday May 16, 2020
50KM 7:00AM
25KM 8:00AM
12.5KM 9:00AM

Registration / Lottery:
Opens Wednesday January 1st, 2020 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Wednesday January 15th, 2020 – 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 12.5KM, 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
12.5KM 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

Superior 12.5KM
12.5KM Point to Point Course. 12.5KM = 7.75MI
Elevation Gain  900 FT
Elevation Loss 1,050 FT
NET Elevation Change 1,950 FT
NO Aid Stations
7 Hour Time Limit
Starts Saturday at 9:00AM
Complete 12.5KM 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.