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 to share...

Jon Mathson Tribute

During the 2017 Superior Spring Trail Race, we lost a member of our trail running community. Jon Mathson, 41, of Eagan, Minnesota, collapsed on the trail between Moose Mountain and Mystery Mountain while running the 25KM race. The official cause of death has not yet...

Runner Updates 2017

Welcome runners to the Superior Spring Trail Race 25KM and 50KM – Saturday May 20th, 2017! We are excited to be hosting another talented field of runners hailing from 17 states and two Canadian provinces all coming to experience the North Shore, Lake Superior...

2017 Race Numbers

The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts two 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). Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series)...

2017 Lottery Selection

We thank everyone that entered the 2017 Superior Spring Trail Race 25KM and 50KM lottery.  The lottery drawing took place on Wednesday January 18th, 2017 in accordance with our lottery protocol and procedures.  Those selected have had their payment processed and their...

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....

Runner Updates 2016

Welcome runners to the Superior Spring Trail Race 25KM and 50KM – Saturday May 21st, 2016! We are excited to be hosting another talented field of runners hailing from 15 states and Canada all coming to experience the North Shore, Lake Superior and the one and...

2016 Race Numbers

The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts two 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). Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series)...

Superior Spring Website Revamp 2016

We are super excited to announce the unveiling of the new Superior Spring Trail Race website!  This post probably gets a little more technical and delves into the nuts and bolts of why we designed our site the way we did than the average reader (runner) may be...

2016 Lottery Selection

We thank everyone that entered the 2016 Superior Spring Trail Race 25KM and 50KM lottery. The lottery drawing took place on Tuesday January 19th, 2016 in accordance with our lottery protocol and procedures. Those selected have had their payment processed and their...

2015 Race Numbers

The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts two races simultaneously, the Superior 50KM Trail Race (starts at 7:00 AM Saturday) and the Superior 25KM Trail Race (starts at 9:00 AM Saturday). Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series)...

Growing Pains

Growing Pains & Registrations Issues – Superior “Spring” Trail Race 25KM and 50KM, 2015 From: John Storkamp – Race Director Dear Trail Community, I would like to apologize for the technical issues with the Superior Spring Trail Race...

Trail Updates May 6, 2014

On Sunday May 4th 2014 we had the opportunity to do some trail recon between Carlton Peak and Lutsen and conditions were almost identical to what we saw this same weekend last year, so we will almost verbatim repeat what we said about the trail last year in a post...

2014 Race Numbers

The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts two races simultaneously, the Superior 50KM Trail Race (starts at 7:00 AM Saturday) and the Superior 25KM Trail Race (starts at 9:00 AM Saturday).  Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series)...

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...

Runner Updates 2013

  Superior Spring Trail Race 25KM & 50KM | May 18th, 2013 50KM 7:00AM | 25KM 9:00AM Lutsen, Minnesota Do not reply to this email, please email questions HERE You can visit the official Superior Spring Trail Race website HERE Welcome Runners! The 2013 Superior...

Trail Updates May 6th, 2013

2013 Superior Spring Trail Race – Trail Clearing and Recon May 6th 2013 We made a trip up the shore on Monday 5/6 to do some trail work, cut some trees and check things out. Driving up the shore, the sides of the road were for the most part snow-free and things...

2013 Race Numbers

The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts two races simultaneously, the Superior 50KM Trail Race (starts at 7:00 AM Saturday) and the Superior 25KM Trail Race (starts at 9:00 AM Saturday).  Each distance will have its own unique race number (unique color and number series)...

Superior Photos 2012

Many thanks and deep gratitude to our dedicated group of volunteer photographers, many of whom ran the race yet still found time to take 100’s of pictures!  Enjoy! (Click image below to see all available...

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...

2012 Last Minute Updates

  Even after increasing the field limit, for the second year in a row, the field limit has been met for this years 25K and 50K!  We are looking forward to another great race on the Superior Hiking Trail!  This year, the Superior Hiking Trail Association will have...

2012 Race Awards

This years race awards will be 8″X8″ original prints on a high-quality stretched canvas – with photography provided by the famous race photographer Zach Pierce and graphic design by J. Storkamp.  Divisions are as follows: 25KM & 50KM 1st Place...

2012 Finishers Medallion

Well, we don’t run through a mine or a foundry, we run through the “woods” – so why not a wood finishers medallion!  Write the race name, year, place and finish time on the back and put it on the shelf with rest of your finishers medals,...

2012 Race Numbers

Custom race numbers this year – photography by the one and only Zach Pierce | artwork by John Storkamp – another cool keepsake from the race. The Superior Spring Trail Race hosts two races simultaneously, the Superior 50KM Trail Race (starts at 7:00 AM...

WS, RD & SHTA – Please Read

WS – New Website: The new Superior “Spring” Trail Races 25KM and 50KM website is finally a reality – spring.superiortrailraces.com .  Many nights of limited sleep and wow, we finally got here! Thanks to all who helped to make the new website a...
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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.