Sponsors & Partners

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors and partners. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor you can learn more HERE.

Caribou Highlands - Lutsen, Minnesota
Caribou Highlands - Lutsen, Minnesota
Twin Cities Running Company TCRC - Minnesota
Fika Coffee - Lutsen, MN
Trail Transformation
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
Performance Running
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
Blue Water Cafe - Grand Marais, Minnesota
Blue Water Cafe - Grand Marais, Minnesota
CCES - Jason and Amy Husveth
CCES - Jason and Amy Husveth
Caribou Highlands Lodge - Lutsen, Minnesota

The Superior Trail Races (both Spring and Fall) take place on the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail Association is the non-profit organization that builds and maintains the Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Trail Races / Rocksteady Running make an annual donation to the trail association, organize volunteer efforts, promote membership and generally advocate for the trail. If you are not already a Superior Hiking Trail Association member, we encourage you to join, you can do so HERE https://superiorhiking.org/joinsuperior/ – if you are already a member and would like to make an additional donation, you can do so HERE https://superiorhiking.org/donatesuperior/ – If you are ever so inclined, drop them a line and tell them how meaningful it is to you to have the opportunity to train and race on the Superior Hiking Trail. We thank you for your support of the SHT!

Caribou Highlands Lodge - Lutsen, Minnesota

Caribou Highlands Lodge has served as our start / finish and lodging partner for many years now.  Please be sure to book your stay with Caribou Highlands. Caribou Highlands Lodge on Lutsen Mountains, Minnesota’s and the Midwest’s largest ski destination located at the tallest mountain in the Midwest. Caribou Highlands is one of Minnesota’s favorite year-round resort destinations. Located amongst the Sawtooth Mountains just one mile inland from Lake Superior’s North Shore, Caribou Highlands offers great views and a unique vacation experience.

Visit Cook County
Visit Cook County represents the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, Grand Portage and the Gunflint Trail. Only in Cook County, MN can you enjoy Lake Superior – the world’s largest freshwater lake, visit Minnesota’s tallest mountain peaks and highest waterfall, ski the largest ski resort in the Midwest and enjoy its longest and most scenic biking trails.  Visit Cook County HERE!

Salomon is a footwear and apparel company that needs little introduction, but we will make one anyways!  The Superior Spring Trail Race is very excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Salomon! The collaboration between engineers, athletes and the trail running community gives Salomon a unique advantage in providing the very best, most innovative trail running products. Salomon supports trail running worldwide; from elite-level races to grassroots events. With input from sponsored athletes Salomon continues to evolve products and help drive the progression of the sport.

Twin Cities Running Company

We are honored to have Mill City Running as the official running store sponsor of the Superior Spring Trail Race! Owned by husband and wife Jeff and Bekah Metzdorff, Mill City is a culmination of their life’s passions of running and community building.  Both avid runners, they opened Mill City Running in 2013 after spending a decade working in a variety of running related positions.  The homegrown Minnesotans are living their dream and are excited to help you on your path to fitness. Our staff of 13 includes teachers, students, social workers, professional runners, artists and moms, all brought together by our passion for running.  When you visit Mill City Running you will find a staff of experts here to help, whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned competitor.  From finding the perfect shoe, to nutrition suggestions and training advice, we’ve got you covered.

Vaniply Skin Protectant

Vanicream is a proud sponsor of the Superior Spring Trail Race. Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment will be available at our aid stations. Vanicream Moisturizing Ointment is a long-lasting ointment helps prevent water loss and soothes dry, irritated, and itchy skin and lips. Soothes irritated skin caused by rubbing associated with running, biking, and other activities. Ideal formula for dry skin associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, ichthyosis, and winter itch. For dry to extra dry skin. Formerly known as Vaniply™ Ointment.

Fika Coffee, Lutsen MN
Here at Fika, we roast coffee with the goal of bringing you the best from around the globe. But coffee isn’t just a great beverage – it’s a story, an adventurous one, with characters close as your neighbor and far away as the farmer on the other side of the world. Fika Coffee is dedicated to this story and it’s people. From you, to the farmer and everyone in between, we love coffee because coffee is people.

Jerry is a reliable and trusted mortgage professional, and a trail runner!  Jerry is committed to exceeding the expectations of his real estate partners and clients. Dedicated to providing the very best combination of products and rate – service and results. Jerry has been helping people finance and refinance their homes, cabins, and investment property for over 15 years.

As one of the country’s largest privately owned banks, Bell embraces a simple yet powerful commitment to our employees and customers. Our core values of family, unequaled service and giving back are at the heart of what we do. Employees and customers alike are treated like family, and Bell is recognized as a top place to work and to do business. We’re a place where people matter, and results matter. That’s the Bell difference. http://www.jshomeloans.com NMLS# 452472

JerCo Construction

JerCo is family owned Contractor in the twin cites and is a proud sponsor of the trail community. Owner Jeremy Flaten, his family and friends have made Rocksteady events part of their yearly family traditions for the past 6 years. At JerCo Construction we transform your home to fit your unique lifestyle throughout the stages your life. Our team is trust worthily and passionate about life; they are driven by the challenge of making your home fit your unique style and needs. We individually and collectively, dedicate ourselves to providing exceptional workmanship, extraordinary service, and professional integrity. We treat your home as our home and you as friends and family. At JerCo we strive to provide a safe, harmonious environment where our employees can enjoy a balanced life and receive much satisfaction and pleasure for a job well done. Our commitment to both our customers and our team allows JerCo Construction to provide lifelong exceptional service to Twin Cities Metro Area. Building you a better home isn’t just our business it’s our life.

Trail Transformation
Trail Transformation is a coaching  service aimed at providing you with the framework to reach your highest potential and will help you become the best trail runner you can be.  Coach Jake Hegge’s background in Exercise and Sport Science and Physical Therapy allows him to address the physiology, running mechanics, injury prevention,  periodization, nutrition and psychology of running.   Jake will  tailor your training program to your individual needs, while minimizing the risk of injury. Your training program will include expert advice and guidance throughout your trail running journey, wherever it may take you.  Jake enjoys coaching runners of all abilities and can coach for any distance.  In addition to being a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, Jake has run (and won) many ultramarathons around the Upper Midwest.  You can learn more at http://www.trailtransformation.com/
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty

Northwoods Running is a run coaching service that is highly personalized. Certified Running Coach Jeff Miller has over 40 years of competitive running, cycling, Ironman, trail running and ultrarunning experience. No cookie cutter programs. One-on-one time with your coach on a regular basis. You already lead a busy life, but you have goals and dreams. Most training plans are pretty rigid. Running should add to your life, not be another challenge to squeeze into it. I am passionate about running and helping others stay active and healthy — not just for a race, but for your entire life. NORTHWOODS RUNNING – Real Coaching For Real People Chasing Extraordinary Dreams. https://www.northwoodsrunning.com/

Performance Running
Performance Running Gym, the Twin Cities’ gym specifically for runners. Runners are a unique breed. We march to the beat of our own drummer. We are stubborn enough to hit the roads and trails day in and day out, but many of us neglect the very thing that can take our running to the next level. Strength training. That is why we created Performance Running Gym.  https://www.performancerungym.com/
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty
Bill Pomerenke is an ardent supporter of many trail and ultrarunning events and orginizations in Minnesota.  We are thrilled to partner with Bill as our official real estate sponsor of the Superior Spring Trail Race.  Why an official realtor parnter for a trail run you ask… well, Bill can help you find a house near any of our great trail runing venues and that equals more trail time, what could be better!  Visit http://www.buyandsellwithbill.com
Bill Pomerenke - Bridge Realty

Nestled snugly inside the Mountain Inn at Lutsen, LutZen is more than just a massage studio, it’s a technique, a brand, and an experience that is unique to our therapists. Down to the last detail; from our cozy spaces, our wildly talented and intuitive massage therapists, our comfy massage tables, and all of the little extras that make you go Ahhhh…

Blue Water Cafe - Grand Marais, Minnesota

With roots on the North Shore, our team is dedicated to nature conservation and enjoyment of the outdoors. We believe in helping you achieve your goals and are here to support in your trail, tree, and home landscaping projects so that you can get out and enjoy life! We are a small family-owned business dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and quality outcomes. We are dedicated to preserving your trees as well as your home, and give careful consideration to every project.

St. Croix Law - Joel Button

Run Superior, win goodies, and collect good vibes while supporting a great cause by becoming a Mile in My Shoes (MiMS) FundRacer! You could even earn guaranteed / lottery-bypass entry into the race! Learn more HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/mile-in-my-shoes/

Rocksteady Running is proud to have Mile in My Shoes as an official Superior Spring Trail Race charity partner. MiMS is a local nonprofit that uses the power of running to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to build connections, boost wellness, spark social change, and center people traditionally excluded from running spaces. Based in homeless shelters, addiction recovery programs and re-entry centers for people exiting incarceration, MiMS views running as a tool for both personal and collective transformation. By focusing on people and spaces often marginalized in our society, MiMS teams use movement as a catalyst for social justice. By bringing together people from all walks of life, Members not only find common ground, but learn from and reach out to one another for support.

Blue Water Cafe - Grand Marais, Minnesota
The owner of the Blue Water Cafe has been on our communications team as a HAM Radio Operator for some time – we thank him and Blue Water Cafe for all of their support over the years! Blue Water Cafe – known as the Meeting Place in Grand Marais has been a long-time supporter of the Superior Trail Races in a number of ways!  Should your travels before or after the race take you to Grand Marais (and they should), be sure to stop in at Blue Water Cafe and let them know that you were up running the Superior Trail Races!
St. Croix Law - Joel Button
We thank St. Croix Law and Joel Button for their support of the Superior Spring Trail Race ! The St. Croix Valley is a special place to live, raise families, do business, and prosper. Superb legal guidance is a valuable component of assuring the continuity of our interests and assets. St. Croix Law provides such legal guidance for anticipated and unexpected matters. Our sense of community is a major benefit of living in this area. The importance of discretion, trust, integrity, and accountability are perhaps higher in our lives. St. Croix Law recognizes the value of legal counsel that knows you professionally as a client and treats you as a neighbor.
Critical Connections Ecological Services Inc.
CCES owners and local ultrarunners Jason and Amy Husveth have been long time supporters of Minnesota trail / ultra-running and the Superior Spring Trail Races. We thank Jason, Amy and CCES for providing detailed course mapping / modeling for the Superior Spring Trail Races races. Critical Connections Ecological Services (CCES) is a natural resource and ecological restoration consulting firm based in Marine on Saint Croix, Minnesota. The company was originally incorporated in 2000, with the goal of providing the highest quality scientific expertise and innovative environmental solutions to local municipalities, state and federal government agencies, and select private clientele. CCES provides a number of environmental services including large-scale natural resource inventories, greenway and open space planning and design, land cover mapping, focused botanical inventories, rare plant surveys, natural community restoration design and implementation, wetland delineations, wetland mitigation design and monitoring, and technical/scientific report writing. Furthermore, we excel at integrating detailed natural resource field data into GIS, CAD, and database software applications, enabling our clients to make cost effective and ecologically sensitive land use and land management decisions.
Critical Connections Ecological Services Inc.

Executive Coaching with Relentless Courage. We help people set and reach their goals. We move forward and believe action is key to growth. When life gets crazy and responsibilities at home and work pile one on top of the other, it’s easy to let our health, fitness and personal goals slip. The years go by and we don’t even realize how much our health has declined or how far we’ve gotten from our greater purpose. When it’s time to turn things around and start a new program, however, it can be difficult to know what to do next. And staying motivated is hard — especially if you try to do it all on your own. That’s where the coach comes in. Visit our website, then get in touch to learn how we can help.

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.