* The following was emailed to all registered 2020 Superior Spring Trail Race runners and volunteers on Thursday April 2, 2020. Dear Friends, I hope this email finds you and your family healthy and safe during these extraordinary times. If I am being completely...
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The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts three races simultaneously, the Superior 50KM Trail Race (starts at 7:00 AM Saturday) and the Superior 25KM Trail Race (starts at 8:00 AM Saturday) and the Superior 12.5K Trail Race (starts at 9:00AM Saturday). Each distance will...
Thank you very much for your interest in the Superior Spring Trail Race 50KM, 25KM and 12.5KM. The tentative date for this coming years race is Saturday May 16, 2020 – the race having always / historically been held the weekend before Memorial Day weekend. Race...
Anna Lahti Enroute to the 25KM Win – Photo Credit: David Markman An Interview with 2019 Superior 25K Women’s Winner Anna Lahti (AL) – Interview conducted by Kevin Langton (KL) KL: Hi Anna. Congrats on your win at the Superior 25k. Can you tell us a...
Nathan Swenson Enroute to the 25KM Win – Photo Credit: Cary Johnson An Interview with 2019 Superior 25K Men’s Winner Nathan Swenson (NS) – Interview conducted by Kevin Langton (KL) KL: Hi Nathan. Congrats on your win at Superior. You’ve been...
Photo Credit: Fresh Tracks Media Monday May 20, 2019 TO: Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteers Dear Friends, I do not necessarily believe that great leaders are born or chosen – I believe that great leaders emerge. Each year that passes, I notice that there are fewer...
Photo Credit: Fresh Tracks Media Welcome runners to the Superior Spring Trail Race 12.5KM, 25KM and 50KM – Saturday May 18th, 2019! We are excited to be hosting another talented field of runners hailing from 21 states and four Canadian provinces all coming to...
Welcome to the seventeenth running of the Superior Spring Trail Race. The Spring race was started in 2003 by my fellow Minnesota Dog Pack Ultrarunning Club member Rick Lindquist and his wife Linda. Rick and his family are in our thoughts and prayers as he mourns the...
Superior Spring Trail Race
50KM, 25KM & 12.5KM
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.
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
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.