2023 Superior Spring Trail Race Recap

Photo Credit Scott Rokis The Superior 100 Mile Trail Race was established on the Superior Hiking Trail in the fall of 1991, it is the 10th oldest 100 mile trail race in the country. Later, the 50 miler and marathon were added to the Fall lineup. In 2003 the...

2021 Superior Recap

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...

2019 Superior Recap

Frequent Runners and RSR Volunteer Jared and Sarah Simpson Are Elated Finishing the 50K – Photo Credit Mike Wheeler   After each year’s race I write a recap, often times blending factual and statistical information from race weekend with the emotional and...

2018 Superior Recap

Written by Race Director John Storkamp The Tribute to Jon: The 2018 / 16th annual Superior Spring Trail Race was run in the memory of, and dedicated to, Jon Mathson. At the Friday evening pre-race meeting we read the following statement which was jointly crafted...

2017 Superior Recap

Written by Jamison Swift   Stories. All trail runners love to tell stories. It’s a foregone conclusion that when you start talking trails with another runner, you’re going to hear about some incredible experience that they’ve had, and you’re going to be anxious...

2016 Superior Recap

By John Storkamp – Race Director Intro: Early “frost out” and below average Winter snow depths leading to crunchy dry trail conditions were supposed to be this years headline until “hot” weather and runners stole the show....

2013 Superior Recap

Thank you for running the Superior “Spring” Trail Race 25KM & 50KM | May 18th, 2013 – Lutsen, Minnesota Do not reply to this email, please email questions HERE You can visit the official Superior Spring Trail Race website HERE SUPERIOR Trail...

Ultra Minnesota Race Recap

Below is the 2012 Superior Spring Trail Race 25KM and 50KM race recap from our friends at http://www.ultramn.com – your source for Minnesota trail and ultra-running news – Click HERE or on the link below for the full story and to visit their...

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.