Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Communication 2 2017

Date: Thursday April 27, 2017
Subject: Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Communication 2 2017

Hello Friends,

You are receiving this email because you have signed up to volunteer for the 2017 Superior Spring Trail Race on Saturday May 20th, 2017 – we cannot thank you enough for all of your help!  We are just over three weeks out from this years race!

We are still waiting to hear back from just a couple more volunteers, once we have those names and make a few final adjustments to assignments we will send out one more email with any final details and updates.

Preliminary volunteer assignments have been made and are available HERE – while I try to go off any notes or discussion we have had previously, sometimes I make mistakes so please let me know if something does not work for you!  You can search the list by volunteer position or by last name – be sure to do both as many of you are assigned to more than one position.

Most of the volunteer assignments are pretty straight forward but you can find job descriptions and directions on how to get to where you need to be HERE  along with what equipment and food your aid station will be provided with and even how to work an aid station if you have never done it under the “Volunteer” tab on our website – also be sure to study up on the information on our website, especially the “Race Info” section (print what you think you might need) – so you have the best sense of what is going on at the race and can be a good resource for runners, spectators and other volunteers.
* If anyone that is working at an aid station or road crossing / traffic control wants to come to the finish after their shift and lend a hand there with the final cleanup etc. (from about 3:00 PM until we are cleaned up) we would certainly appreciate it – if you can / want to, please shoot me an email so I can add you in there as well!

* If anyone that is signed up for an aid station or the finish line happens to be a good photographer or Social Media guru, please let me know!

* If anyone has a burning desire to help us unpack and unload on Monday at our home in Hastings, shoot us a note as well!

If you are volunteering and need a place to stay you are welcome to stay with us at one of the townhomes at Caribou Highlands (race start / finish area location). These are communal accommodations and sometimes we have to cram a decent number of people in so please be sure to bring a sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow in case all the beds are taken.  There are a couple of bathrooms with showers per unit just be sure to bring a towel.  There is a full kitchen so you can cook etc. – please label any food your brought with your name or “communal” should you like to share.  Please be sure to do all your own dishes and clean up after yourself!  Unit numbers and directions will be available about a week before the race. ***IF YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK HERE AND LET US KNOW WHICH NIGHTS (FRI & SAT) Thursday night we will have a place for the trail markers and those that are helping to setup on Friday morning as well.

As mentioned, look for one final email from us about a week out from the race with final details etc., in the meantime should you have any questions, please contact me.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks!

Thank You,
John Storkamp
Race Director
racedirector@superiortrailrace .com


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.