Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Communication 1 2017

Date: Thursday February 28th, 2017
Subject: Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Communication 1 2017

Hello All!

You are receiving this email because you have been a huge part of the Superior “Spring” Trail Race in the past and we want you back! (if you have already signed up to volunteer this year you are receiving this email as well – thank you for signing up early!) We are just ​under three months away from this years race and we are getting excited! If you can’t make it back to volunteer this year we hope it is because you are running or spectating or just coming up to hang out to have good time – we all make this event what it is and we want you to be a part of it one way or another! This years race will be held on Saturday May ​20th, 201​7​.

One of the main reasons the Superior Spring Trail Race has been such a successful event is because of volunteer consistency and continuity – if you are interested in volunteering in 201​7, it probably makes a lot of sense to put you in the same position as last year since you are all now “masters of your craft” – just put a note in reminding us where you helped last year! As always, it really helps us to stay organized and on top of things if you can go to the Superior “Spring” Trail Race website and sign up to volunteer HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/volunteer-signup/​​ – providing any useful information that will help us in assigning you to your volunteer position – i.e. days and times available, what position you worked last year, other preferences etc. – also, for you Twin Cities folks, if you can help with equipment cleanup and storage on Monday May 2​2nd in Hastings, please let us know!

We will gather volunteer information over the coming weeks, then when we have just about everyone committed we will start making volunteer assignments – look for further communication in about ​two months or so. As always, should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me – we are looking forward to seeing everyone in May!

Thank You – we couldn’t do it without you!

John Storkamp
Race Director

+ Click HERE for Quick Info

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.