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 and the one and only Superior Hiking Trail! Snow and frost were out early again this year and the North Shore is below average on rain totals so the trail has been in good shape BUT the forecast of rain this week could certainly change things… so, be sure to come prepared to run in all conditions.
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 https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com – 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. Even if you check-in on Friday you will need to re-check on Saturday so we know who is starting the race. 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:
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 one side of the road only) 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.) – if you have friends or family coming to see you please print them THIS map or forward this email to them https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/wp-content/uploads/Superior_Spring_Master_Map_8x11_5-16-12.jpg
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 many 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.
Merch (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!
Entertainment / Lead-up:
We post quite a few entertaining things to our Facebook page HERE https://www.facebook.com/Superior-Spring-Trail-Races-282301375300697/ in the month leading up to, during and after the race – go to our Facebook page and like / follow.
PLEASE READ THE INFO OUR WEBSITE:
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 120 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.