Magnificent Moose Mountain - Photo Credit Todd Rowe

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 only Superior Hiking Trail!  Snow and frost were out fairly quickly this year and the North Shore is below average on rain totals so the trail is in great shape BUT as we know, a couple of days of heavy rain can change that so come prepared to run in all conditions – crazy, we know but as of right now, the forecast is looking dry, sunny and mild!

This email is going to be short and sweet and will generally lack specifics since all of the specifics can be found on our website HERE – PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take the time to read through the site and at a minimum read over / see the following:

* Please know your race number at packet pickup – it will help expedite the pickup process.  50KM runners, use your assigned race number to mark your drop bags – be sure to include your first name, last name, race number and aid station location for the bag.  Note, there are no drop bags for the 25KM!
Some Additional Notes & Reminders:

Caribou Highlands still has a couple of rooms left and at a 10% discount, act quick as these will certainly go fast so we cannot promise they will have rooms if / when you call. 1-800-642-6036

25KM Start Time:
The 25KM will start one hour earlier than in years past – the new start time is 8:00AM (it used to be 9:00AM)


Spectator Aid Station Access:
Spectators are welcome to visit the Oberg and Sawbill aid stations but MAY NOT park in the trailhead parking lots – signage and volunteers will direct you where to safely park (on the road) at both locations – please obey all signage and volunteers requests.  The lots are to be left open for non-race-related parking (day hikers, backpackers etc.)

Clothing and Hydration Common Sense:
Hydration: Take a look at the distances between aid stations and plan accordingly, most people need at least one water bottle, many need two and some carry hydration packs, very few people can or will run this race without carrying water and we strongly discourage it.

Clothing: 50K runners will be out there for a long time and so will some of the 25K runners, it is possible to have cold temps and / or mixed with rain (or even snow) – consider carrying or having access to a light jacket or a garbage bag for warmth – 25K or 50K is not too short to get hypothermia in the event that we should get rain on a cold day!

Drop Bags (50KM Only):
Drop Bags do not come back to the finish until after the aid stations close, so 1.) Only put things in your drop bag that you are willing to not get back or 2.) be prepared to wait until the very end of the race for your drop bag to get back to the Start / Finish area. 3.) Drop bags that are not picked up will be donated to charity.

Mogul’s Special Weekend Menu(s):
Moguls (the restaurant on-site at Caribou Highlands – the race start / finish) will have special menu items for runners, pre-race breakfast buffet and special post race dinner options – you can check out those special menus in advance HERE – the menu says that breakfast will open at 6:30AM on Saturday but we have been told that it will open at 6:00AM for the 50KM runners.  As always the race will be providing chili (meat and vegetarian, fixings, cookies etc. – included in entry fee) for runners right after the race.

SWAG (Bring Cash):
We will have sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, buffs, posters etc. for sale but take cash or check only (no credit cards) and there is no ATM on site, so if you want anything be sure to bring cash or check!

Our job is to put on a good race for you – your job before the race is to read the website and know what is happening when and where – after that your job is “simple”… show up, run and have a great time!

On behalf of all of our wonderful volunteers, we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Superior Trail Race!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank You,

John Storkamp
Race Director

One more huge thank you to our VOLUNTEERS and our SPONSORS!

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.