Volunteer Communication 1 2013

Date: Monday May 6th, 2013
Subject: Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Email 1 2013
Hello All,
First off I want to thank you for volunteering for this years Superior “Spring” Trail Race 25KM and 50KM.  You are about to be part of a crazy, fun and rewarding event – welcome to the team!You are receiving this email because you have signed up to volunteer for this years race or are a multi-year / returning volunteer.  The list of volunteers currently signed up can be found HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/volunteer-assignments/

This years race is shaping up to be a good one.  The field limit of 500 runners was met over two months ago and we have runners coming from 13 States and 3 Canadian provinces.  For the first time in its history the Superior 50KM is hosting the USATF-MN championship race, so we are excited about that.  While the unusually heavy / late snow-pack, mud and water may provide a few challenges this year, we expect nothing too out of the ordinary.

I just wanted to drop you all a line and let you know that I am waiting for a few volunteers to register yet, then expect to make volunteer assignments by the end of the week which will be available HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/volunteer-assignments/.  Once they are done, I will send another email to let you know as much and provide some last minute updates including the townhome room #s for those of you that need a place to stay.For those of you needing a place to stay, we have a couple of volunteer townhomes available for you to use, please be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pad in case all the rooms / beds are taken as sometimes is the case.  Keep in mind these are communal arrangements so you need to be comfortable with that otherwise you may want to find another place to stay.  Feel free to bring food and drink to share or bring items for yourself and label them as such.

Many of you already know where you will be and what you will be doing especially the significant number of you who are return / multi-year volunteers – for the rest of you, you will most likely be at an aid station (either Sawbill or Oberg) or at a road crossing at one of these aid stations or you will be helping at the finish line.  More info about all the volunteer jobs can be found HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/volunteer-jobs/ – generally, as a volunteer you should also review rest of the race http://spring.superiortrailrace.com website so you are as familiar with the event as possible.

Keep your eyes peeled for another email from me by the end of the week or over the weekend.  We are looking forward to another great year at the Superior “Spring” Trail Races, please let us know if you have any questions!

Thank You,

John Storkamp

Race Director
Superior Trail Races

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.