Volunteer Communication 2 2015

Date: April 29th, 2015
Subject: Superior Spring Trail Race Volunteer Email 2 2015

Hello Friends,

You are receiving this email because you have signed up to volunteer for the 2015 Superior Spring Trail Race on Saturday May 16 – we cannot thank you enough for all of your help!  We are just under three weeks until this years race!

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

Preliminary Volunteer Assignments have been made and are available HERE http://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/volunteer-assignments/ – 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 straight forward but you can find job descriptions and directions on how to get to where you need to be 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!

Lodging:
If you need a place to stay you are welcome to stay with us at one of the 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.  If you have your own lodging, great.  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.***IF YOU NEED A PLACE TO STAY, PLEASE JUST SHOOT US AN EMAIL AND LET US KNOW WHICH NIGHTS (FRI & SAT).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
Superior Trail Races
+ 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.