Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Communication 3 2016

Date: Thursday May 12th, 2016
Subject: Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Communication 3 2016

Hello All!

[If you have signed up to volunteer more recently, a list of past volunteer emails can be found HERE should you like to review them!]

Thank you again for giving freely of your time and volunteering for the Superior Spring Trail Race on Saturday May 21st, 2016 – This email is a quite lengthy, but doing the job safely and correctly is very important to the success of the race so thanks in advance for taking the time to read through this in its entirety!  We have a lot of excited runners and the trails are in great shape – we are looking forward to a fun weekend with all 80+ of our awesome volunteers!

Volunteer Assignments:
Volunteer Assignments have been made and are available HERE – if you see something that does not work for you, please let us know right away.  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 straightforward 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 HERE and even how to work an aid station HERE.  Also be sure to read up on all the race info on the website especially that which is under the Race Info section so you have the best possible sense of what is going on at the race and can be a good resource for runners, spectators and other volunteers. We have really good coverage for race weekend but If anyone that does not work on Monday wants to help us clean-up at our home in Hastings, we would not turn you down!

Key Positions / Captains / Leads / Report To:
Trail Marking – Donald Clark
Medical – Joy Parker
HAM Radio – Rick Johnson
Packet Pickup (Friday and Saturday) – Cheri Storkamp
Oberg – Samantha Carlson and Lesli Semler
Sawbill – Dale Immerfal
Supply / Resupply – Brendan Johnson and Jeff Rock
Finish Line / Area – John Storkamp, Cheri Storkamp & John Pitera
Timing – Marie Harvat and Craig Yotter

Medical / Safety and Runner Tracking:
We have Joy Parker coordinating our medical team and Minneapolis Doctor Dimitri Drekonja will join up after he runs the 50KM race. We also have some EMTs and other medical people out on course working at the aid stations in the ‘notes’ section people are called out if they have some medical training.  As always, if there is an emergency, we want to get the HAM Radio Operators involved right away who will in turn get Joy and Dimitri involved.  If it is something very minor, one of the medical people at the aid stations may be able to assist, if it is a bit more serious the HAMS will call to the finish and get in touch with Joy and / or Dimitri for some direction and if it is a true emergency, the HAMS will call for Cook County emergency services to be dispatched.

Runner Tracking:
Our fantastic Ham Radio volunteers may need a little help during the busy times writing down runners numbers – if your aid station is well staffed (which they both look to be) and you have a free person, please feel free to offer (or they may ask) – if they don’t need you that is fine to. It is very important that since this race is on the edge of some remote country that we account for the whereabouts of runners at all times.  This will entail sitting at a table and writing down the bib numbers of runners as they come through. If a runner DNFs make sure their number is reported to the HAMS and that you take possession of their chip (they can remove it from the bib) so they can call it in – aid station captains and HAM Radio folks please coordinate this!

Road Crossings & Parking:
We need to have two volunteers where the Superior Hiking Trail crosses Sawbill Trail / Cook County 2 – we will have two people with vests and flags stationed here and signage on the road on each side of the crossing – although this road does not get a ton of traffic, this is a fairly high speed road so this is very important.  We will also position two people at the top of Onion River Road where it dumps into the Oberg parking lot since right at this intersection, the Superior Hiking Trail comes in and it is always a chaotic mix of cars entering the lot at low speed and runners – these flaggers will help keep order at this intersection and in the parking lot where the aid station is also located – aid station volunteers please offer to relieve these assigned individuals from time to time so they can get a short break – use the restroom, eat etc.

IMPORTANT – The US Forest Service has asked that there be NO race related parking in the designated lots at Sawbill or Oberg for this years Spring Race (this includes volunteers, spectators, crew etc.) but we need to allow non-race-related users into the trailhead parking lots to park.  At Sawbill we will have volunteers directing traffic further down Sawbill Trail (past the trailhead onto the gravel portion where people can park on both sides of the road) and volunteers and spectators can park on either side of the road.  At Oberg we will have someone at the top of Onion River Road directing traffic to turn around and park on Onion River Road facing the lake.  We have found that this positions takes some communication with drivers and “kid gloves” when dealing with the public.  Please review the diagrams HERE

If you need a place to stay you are welcome to stay in one of the ‘Volunteer Townhomes’ at Caribou Highlands.  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 and sleeping pad in case all the beds are taken.  Here is a map showing how to get to the town homes once you are at Caribou Highlands – our units are LIKELY going to be 509, 530 and 532 (but once in awhile things change at the last minute) a unit map can be found HERE – each unit will have a list of names on the door indicating where you are supposed to be / which unit and which room.  If you are not comfortable with this arrangement there are other good lodging options right a Caribou Highlands and camping options available in the area.  Bring a sleeping bag, pillow and towel. Do not leave valuables in the units since we do not lock the doors so everyone can get in at all times – if you are away be sure to bring valuables with you, lock them in the car etc.  ***IF YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY AND HAVE NOT YET INDICATED TO US, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK HERE AND LET US KNOW WHICH NIGHTS (FRI & SAT) Thursday night we will have a place for the trail markers as well.

Trail Marking:
Those who are marking trails should plan to meet at Caribou Highlands town home unit 530 at 7:30AM on Friday May 20th, ready for a 8:00AM Departure.  Make sure you have enough food, water, clothing etc. to be comfortable on the trail.  *** We are using different trail markers than in years past so please bring a pair of light work gloves for marking.

In Closing:
If you are assigned at an aid station we will send your volunteer shirts out to you – we will also send out a bagged lunch with a sandwich, chips and cookie.  If you are assigned elsewhere, your shirt will be at the finish line area / race headquarters and you can eat chili at the post race meal / anytime after 11:30 AM – those at the aid stations are welcome and encouraged to come to the finish after their aid station closes to eat as well and visit (or even come help cleanup!).  If for some reason you do not get your shirt, please do not be shy and ask for it! Thanks!

As always should you have any questions please contact us.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone for another successful race!

Thank You,

John Storkamp

Race Director