2018 Lottery Selection & 2019 Lottery Registration Info

We thank everyone that entered the 2018 Superior Spring Trail Race 12.5KM, 25KM and 50KM lottery. The lottery drawing for the May 2018 event took place on Thursday January 18th, 2018 in accordance with our lottery protocol and procedures. Complete 2018  lottery drawing information can be found HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/2018-lottery-selection/

The 2019 Superior Spring Trail Race will be held on Saturday May 18th, 2019.  The lottery registration period for the 2019 Superior Spring Trail Race 12.5KM, 25KM and 50KM is scheduled to open on January 1st, 2019 – (subject to permit(s) approval and subject to date change – potential applicants should check back periodically for updates). The lottery information listed below is from the 2018 event and while the 2019 lottery information when published will be similar; details such as field limits, entry fees,  lottery registration open and close dates and more are subject to change.  Final and complete 2019 lottery details will be published on this page by December 1st, 2018.

[2018 ARCHIVED] Lottery / Registration Information

2018 Superior “Spring” Trail Race 12.5KM, 25KM & 50KM, Detailed Lottery Registration / Application Information and Procedures.  Race Date: Saturday May 19th, 2018

The 15 day lottery registration / application period for the 2018 Superior Spring Trail Race 12.5K, 25K and 50K races will open on Monday January 1st, 2018 at 12:01 AM CST and will close on Monday January 15th, 2018 at 11:59PM CST. The lottery drawing will be held thereafter with accepted registrations processed and the resulting start list published within 10 days of lottery registration closing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not enter the lottery unless you fully intend to register and run this race.  Do not enter the lottery until you have familiarized yourself with all lottery rules and procedures on our website.  Accepted applicants selected at the end of the lottery registration period will have their credit card automatically charged and will be officially entered into the event as a registered runner.  Once an accepted registration has been processed and published to the start list there will be no refund.  Detailed information regarding registration fees and policies can be found below.

History & Description of the Superior Trail Race Lottery:
The number of applications received for the 25KM and 50KM races has grown exponentially each year with the field limit being met in increasingly shorter periods of time. The lottery has been chosen as the method that will be used to select those who will participate as a registered runner and was instituted in an effort to provide for the fairest means possible of choosing the starting field for the race.  New for the 2018 event we have added a 12.5KM race distance on a new section of trail in order to allow more runners to participate in the Superior Spring Trail Race weekend (more information about this can be found below).

The lottery and resulting registration will be hosted through UltraSignup. Those participating in the lottery will be randomly selected by the race director and race committee in accordance with the following combined registration limit for the 25KM and 50KM races: 650 Runners and the 12.5KM race 275 runners.  There is no fee to enter the lottery.

Procedure for Entering the Lottery:
To enter the lottery, applicants will submit their registration information (including credit card information) via UltraSignup during the 15 day online lottery registration / application period as referenced above.  There is no fee for entering the lottery, you will only be charged if you are selected to run the race.

Drawing Procedure:
Within 10 days of the lottery registration / application period closing, the lottery drawing will be held by the race director and race committee and the randomly accepted applicants (along with those who qualify for automatic acceptance – see below) will have their credit card charged by UltraSignup.  They will see their names added to the list of registered runners after the drawing and within 10 days of the lottery registration closing.  Accepted applicants who have accidentally provided invalid payment information or have the payment transaction fail for some other reason will be notified with instructions on resolving the issue – if the issue is not resolved within 48 hours of the email correspondence their acceptance will be revoked / void and the spot made available to someone else.  It will be the applicant’s responsibility to check their email and ‘spam’ as mail-servers sometimes ‘spam’ non-malicious transactional email from all types of companies / senders.  25KM and 50KM lottery applicants who are not accepted into the 25K or 50K race who indicate during the lottery registration that they would be interested in the 12.5K distance should they not be accepted into their first choice will receive an email invite where they can elect to either accept or decline entry into the 12.5K distance (this opportunity will be good for a 48 hour period after the 25K/50K start list has been published) after that, all remaining spots in the 12.5K race will be awarded via lottery to those who specifically entered the lottery for the 12.5K  – if, after that, there are any spots remaining in the 12.5K, those spots will be made available via a conventional registration process until the field limit of the 12.5K has been met.

Applicants Not Selected:
Applicants not selected will find that their names do not appear on the list of registered runners – it will be your responsibility to check the list as we will not send out additional notification to those that were not selected. Those applicants not selected will not have their credit card charged.

Automatic Acceptance:
For 2018, the previous year’s (2017) male and female (overall) winners for each distance will be guaranteed entry, however we make no guarantees of these exceptions beyond 2018.  Those automatically accepted will be required to pay the full registration price like all other accepted applicants.

Payment Terms and Conditions:
If your name is drawn in the lottery your credit card will be automatically charged and you will be officially entered in the race.  For those that are selected please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstance, race registrations are not transferable to other participants, future years races or other Rocksteady Running events, and transferring between distances (up or down) is not allowed. Please consider all of these factors very carefully before entering the lottery registration / application process.   Entry fee(s) 50KM: $95.00 25KM: $75.00 12.5KM $65.00 (plus UltraSignup fee).

Waiting List (No Waiting List Will Be Kept):
Please note that we do not keep a waiting list. Instead we accept extra runners up front so that everyone has the same opportunity to train, make reservations, get a babysitter, etc. This means that a withdrawal prior to race day does not create an opening in the race field – it just brings us down to our predetermined field limit which is set in accordance with our permitor(s) including; the United States Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Superior Hiking Trail Association, Lake County and Cook County.  We have found that a percentage of those chosen in the lottery will not make it to the starting line due to injury, illness, or other “real life” interventions and adjust the number of allocated lottery spots (registration limit) accordingly year to year based on historical averages.

If the Field Limit for Any of the Distances is Not Met Via the Lottery:
If the field limit for any of the distances is not met via the lottery (which is highly unlikely for the 25K and 50K races but possible for the 12.5K race) remaining spots will be made available until the field limit has been met via a “conventional” registration process.

Group Lottery Entry:
People may choose to enter the Superior Trail Race lottery as a “Group” / with the contingent that everyone that has listed themselves as being part of the group are also selected (minimum 2 – max 6 people per group).  A group may be mixed between the 12.5KM, 25KM, 50KM distance. Everyone in that group is either “all in” if selected, or “all out” if the group is not selected.  The group lottery option was implemented for those that only want to participate in the race if their friend, spouse, family member gets in as well – if this is not you, then do not enter the lottery as a group.

To enter the lottery as a group you will need to do the following:

1.) Decide on a VERY UNIQUE “Group” name ahead of time.
2.) Notify everyone in your “Group” of your chosen name ahead of time.
3.) Each individual within the “Group” must register for the lottery via UltraSignup and provide their individual registration and payment information per the lottery registration policy and procedures.
4.) Enter your “Group” name where indicated on the online entry form.
5.) Check the list of registered runners after the lottery drawing to see if your group has gotten in (group will not be listed, just individuals who comprise the group.)

Should your group get in your credit card will be automatically charged and your registration will be subject to all lottery registration policy and procedures as outlined.

Please Note: Groups are for registration purposes only. There is not a team component to the Superior Trail Races.

Qualifying Standards:
There are no performance or distance qualification standards that need to be met to enter this race.

Rights Reserved:
The Superior Trail Race reserves the right to allow into the race or disallow from the race any applicant (regardless of stated lottery procedures) as the race director and / or the race committee deem in the best interest of the race.

~ During the lottery registration period follow the link below to enter the lottery.

+ Click HERE for Quick Info

Superior Spring Trail Race
50KM & 25KM
Lutsen, Minnesota
Saturday May 18th, 2019
50KM 7:00AM
25KM 8:00AM
12.5KM 9:00AM

Registration / Lottery:
Opens Tuesday January 1st, 2019 – 12:01AM CST
Closes Tuesday January 15th, 2019 – 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.