Volunteer Jobs
Please review all of the information provided for the job(s) that you have been assigned to and print what you think you may need.  We also ask that you review rest of the general information on the website so you can be the best resource possible for participants and fellow volunteers.  A list of volunteer assignments can be found HERE.  Thank you!
12.5K Race Start

Day: Friday Start: 8:15 AM Finish: 9:45 AM

Report To: Race Director at Caribou Highlands

Description: Travel with small team to the start of the 12.5K race start on Caribou Trail

Responsibilities: Help facilitate the start of the 12.5K race which starts at 9:00AM

Related Information: NA

Aid Station - Sawbill

Important: Note that the aid station open and close times listed below are projections based on current course record times – you should  plan to arrive well before the listed open time to allow ample time to setup your aid station and be ready for the first runner.  

Day: Saturday

Open: 8:00 AM Saturday (First expected runner approximately 8:30 AM – Arrive early for time to setup)

Close:  1:00 PM Saturday (last runner expected around 12:00 Noon – add time for cleanup and teardown)

Cutoff: 12:00 Noon Saturday

Report To: Sawbill / Britton Peak Aid Station / Aid Station Captain – Dale Immerfall

Description:  The Britton Peak aid station is located 5.7 miles from the Oberg Mountain aid station. 50 KM runners reach the Britton Peak aid station at mile 13.3 on their outbound leg, and again at mile 17.7 on their return leg. The 50 KM turnaround is 2.2 miles from the Britton Peak aid station, at Carlton Peak. There is no aid station at the turnaround, and crew access at the tunraround on Carlton Peak is prohibited.  First expected 50K runner in to this aid station around 8:30 AM.  The Sawbill / Britton Peak Aid Station Cutoff is 12:00 noon (17:00 minute miles or 3.5 MPH average)

Driving Directions:
Turn off of Hwy. 61 at milepost 82.8 (Cook Co. Rd. 2, Sawbill Trail Rd.) Go 2.7 miles north on Sawbill Trail. This road is curvy and has a lot of blind spots. There is not much parking available, so please be courteous to others.

Responsibilities:
Work the aid station see Aid Stations 101!

Parking / Traffic Control:
The United States Forest Service asks that the Sawbill Trailhead parking lot be used for non-race-related parking only.

The Oberg aid station captain understands how parking and traffic control is supposed to happen. Specific parking and traffic control leaders will also be assigned. These “leads” will work with the aid station captain to rotate aid station volunteers in and out of the parking and traffic control position throughout the day so nobody has to do it all day.

Volunteers helping with parking and traffic control should politely communicate with those entering the parking area to determine if they are “with the race” (i.e. spectators, volunteers, crew etc.) if so, those folks should park on the road – all other trail users should be allowed into the lot to park. THIS guide illustrates exactly how / where parking is permitted https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/wp-content/uploads/Superior-Spring-Trail-Race-Spectator-Guide-v1.pdf

For those volunteers working the road crossing, generally the best practice is to stop runners, not cars.

Ham Radio volunteers and aid station captains may have their vehicles in the parking lot if desired, additionally, race supply / resupply should be allowed into the lot along with folks from our medical staff and the Race Director.

Questions about any of this?  Please ask!  This is a very critical task and it is critical that we interface well with the public / those not associated with our race!  Thank you!

Related Information:
Maps and Directions
Aid station Supplies Provided
Aid Stations 101

Aid Station - Oberg

Important: Note that the aid station open and close times listed below are projections based on current course record times – you should  plan to arrive well before the earliest projected arrival time of the first runner to allow ample time to setup your aid station and be ready for the first runner.  

Day: Saturday

Open: 7:15 AM Saturday (First expected runner approximately 7:50 AM – Arrive early for time to setup)

Close:  2:00 PM Saturday (last runner expected around 1:30PM – add time for cleanup and teardown)

Cutoff: 1:30PM Saturday

Report To: Oberg Mountain Aid Station / Aid Station Captain – Sam Olson

Description:
The Oberg Mountain aid station is located at mile 7.6 of the 25 KM, where it also serves as the turnaround point for that race. 50 KM runners likewise reach the Oberg Mountain aid station at mile 7.6, and revisit it at mile 23.4 on their return trip.  First expected 50K runner in to this aid station around 7:50 AM.  The Oberg Aid Station Cutoff is 1:30 PM (17:00 minute miles or 3.5 MPG average for 50K runners)

Driving Directions:
Turn off of Hwy. 61 at mile post 87.5 (Forest Rd. 336 or Onion River Rd.) Go north approximately 2.2 miles to parking area on left side of road.

Responsibilities:
Work the aid station see Aid Stations 101!

Parking and Traffic Control:
The United States Forest Service asks that the Oberg Trailhead parking lot be used for non-race-related parking only.

The Oberg aid station captain understands how parking and traffic control is supposed to happen. Specific parking and traffic control leaders will also be assigned. These “leads” will work with the aid station captain to rotate aid station volunteers in and out of the parking and traffic control position throughout the day so nobody has to do it all day.

Volunteers helping with parking and traffic control should politely communicate with those entering the parking area to determine if they are “with the race” (i.e. spectators, volunteers, crew etc.) if so, those folks should park on the road – all other trail users should be allowed into the lot to park. THIS guide illustrates exactly how / where parking is permitted https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/wp-content/uploads/Superior-Spring-Trail-Race-Spectator-Guide-v1.pdf

Ham Radio volunteers and aid station captains may have their vehicles in the parking lot if desired, additionally, race supply / resupply should be allowed into the lot along with folks from our medical staff and the Race Director.

Questions about any of this?  Please ask!  This is a very critical task and it is critical that we interface well with the public / those not associated with our race!  Thank you!

Related Information:
Maps and Directions
Aid station Supplies Provided
Aid Stations 101

Course Monitor 12.5K

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 7:45 AM Finish: Saturday Approx 1:30PM

Report To:
Caribou Highlands, meet at Wolf. Meet with other volunteers working this position and with 12.5K sweeping lead.

Description / Responsibilities:
Course Monitor on 12.5K race course at Superior Hiking Trail and North Shore State Trail intersection. Ideally we will have 2 to 4 volunteers at this location including a HAM Radio volunteer, medical volunteer and fit individuals that can get to a runner in distress quickly on foot.

Volunteers will hang out at THIS LOCATION and monitor runners coming through. Be there to field any reports of runners in distress. Locate runner in distress and if it is an emergency communicate with NET Control.

Related Information:

 

Course Marshall / Spur to Carlton Peak

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 8:30 AM Finish:  Saturday 11:30 AM

Report To: Carlton Peak

Description: Stand at hairpin turn just before 50KM turnaround and direct traffic up to the summit of Carlton Peak

Responsibilities: The summit of Carlton Peak is the Half-Way point in the 50KM race. One individual works the intersection where the Carlton Peak “Summit” Spur Trail intersects the Superior Hiking Trail – volunteer directs runners up the spur trail.  Second individual positions themselves at the summit of Carlton Peak and sends runners back the way they came. 

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/ 

Course Marking

Day: Friday Start: Friday 6:00 AM Finish: Friday 5:00 PM

Report To:
Race Director at Caribou Highlands Volunteer Townhouse (unit number TBD)

Description:
Course Marking

Responsibilities:
Mark trail.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

IMPORTANT NOTE:
This volunteer position is for those that are looking to make a long term volunteer commitment, i.e. marking (and sweeping) trails for several years. While it is one of the most fun jobs there is, it is also one with the steepest learning curve and its execution is critical to the success of the event.  Please email us if you have interest in learning our trail marking system and would like to become a trail marker for us!

Course Sweeping

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 6:00 AM Finish: Saturday 4:00 PM

Report To: Caribou Highlands – Paul H 25K/50K and Todd R. 12.5K

Description: Course Sweeping

Responsibilities: Sweeping team follows the last runner picking up flags, looking for runners in distress, picking up garbage and enforce cutoffs.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

IMPORTANT NOTE:
This volunteer position is for those that are looking to make a long term volunteer commitment, i.e. sweeping (and marking) trails for several years and while it is one of the funnest jobs it is also one with the steepest learning curve and its execution is imperative to the success of the event.  Please email us if you have interest in learning our trail marking system and would like to become a trail marker / sweeper for us!

Logistics (Equipment / Supply)

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 5:30 AM Finish: Saturday 5:30 PM

Report To:
Caribou Highlands – Race Director

Description:
Aid statiion supplies distribution.

Responsibilities:
Distribute supplies to each aid station and pick up supplies when aid stations close.  Bring additional supplies out to aid staions and refill water as needed.  Bring lunch from the finish line out to the aid station workers at some point during the race.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

Finish Area

Day: Saturday Start: 9:00 AM Finish: 5:00 PM

Report To: Race Director or Cheri Storkamp at race finish line at Caribou Highlands 

Description: Work finish area (as opposed to the finish line itself)

Responsibilities: Assist runners, answer questions, liaison between runners and medical volunteers, keep food and drink replenished, assist with merchandise sales, interface and assist finish line and timing volunteers as needed, clean-up and tear-down.

Related Information:  NA

Finish Line

Day: Saturday Start: 9:00 AM Finish: 5:00 PM

Report To: Race Director or Cheri Storkamp at finish line at Caribou Highlands

Description / Responsibilities: Work finish line; hand out medals, assist runners, answer questions, interface with and assist timing volunteers as needed, liaison between runners and medical volunteers, help with cleanup and load-out at end of day.

Related Information:  NA

Final Cleanup - Saturday Night
Day: Saturday  Start: 3:00 PM Finish: 7:00 PM

Report To:
Race Director @ Finish Line / Caribou Highlands Patio / Pool Area

Description:
Final Clean-Up, Tear Down and Haul-Out

Responsibilities:
Help us hit it home!  Everyone is tired at the end of a long race day but we need to make one final push until every last piece of equipment is in the trailer and the area is cleaned up – if you can stay and help – that is just huge!

Related Information: NA

Floater
Day: Friday – Sunday Start: Friday AM Finish:  Sunday AM

Report To: Race Director

Description: Shadow / Assist Race Director

Responsibilities: Stay with race director to act as right-hand

Related Information: NA

Friday Packet Pickup

Day: Friday
Start: 3:45 PM
Finish: 7:30 PM

Packet pickup lasts from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

Report To:
Cheri Storkamp at party tent adjacent to race finish line at Caribou Highlands.

Description / Responsibilities:
Arrive early to help setup packet pickup. Help with packet pickup for the 12.5KM, 25KM and 50KM races – getting runners their numbers, shirts, etc., answering questions etc. Help with tearing down and picking up packet pickup.

Related Information:
Race Headquarters Layout

Friday Setup

Day: Friday Start: Approx 9:00 AM Finish: Approx 1:00 PM

Report To: Race Director or Cheri Storkamp or John Pitera @ Mountain View Conference Room – Caribou Highlands

Description: Help get setup!  This may go quicker than what is listed, if it does… well, go get in a run!

Responsibilities: Help setup packet pickup and the race in general.

Related Information:
Caribou Highlands Layout Map

HAM Radio - Communications

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 6:00 AM Finish: Saturday 4:00 PM

Report To: Ham Radio Coordinator Rick J.

Description: Provide communications for race – a team will be stationed at each aid station.  Assignments / times will be provided and emailed to HAM Radio team by HAM Radio Coordinator.  https://bwarc.wordpress.com/

Responsibilities: Communications

Related Information: NA

Medical Support - Finish Line

Day: Saturday Start: 6:00 AM Finish: 5:00 PM

Report To: Caribou Highlands / Race Director

Description: Medial personnel to staff finish line and be on-call for medial incidents at finish line or ready to be dispatched elsewhere on the course if required.  We will have a medial room adjacent to the finish line and will be available for the medical team throughout the event and medical incidents / triage.

Responsibilities: Provide medical support, advice and triage for the Superior Spring Trail Race.  Assist in making determinations weather additional medical personnel  or emergency services need to be called in.

Related Information:
For Emergencies Dial 911

Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center
515 5th Ave West
Grand Marais MN 55604
218-387-3040

Cook County Sheriffs Office
Cook County Law Enforcement Center
143 Gunflint Trl
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218)387-3030

Medical Support - Roving

Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 6:00 AM Finish: Saturday 4:00 PM

Report To: Caribou Highlands / Race Director

Description: Medial personell to staff finish line and be on-call for medial incidents at finish line or ready to be dispatched elsewhere on the course if required.  We will have a medial room adjacent to the finish line and will be available for the medical team throughout the event and medical incidents / triage.

Responsibilities: Provide medical support, advice and triage for the Superior Spring Trail Race.  Assist in making derterminations weather additional medical personell  or emergency services need to be called in.

Related Information:
For Emergencies Dial 911

Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center
515 5th Ave West
Grand Marais MN 55604
218-387-3040

Cook County Sheriffs Office
Cook County Law Enforcement Center
143 Gunflint Trl
Grand Marais, MN 55604
(218)387-3030

Photography

Capturing the race in pictures is such an important and appreciated part of the event. We love working with hobbyist, aspiring and professional photographers. Most folks that shoot with us have a DSLR, mirrorless or other decent camera of some kind. In order to fully cover the race, we aim to have photographers on all three race courses and at the finish line.

If you have hosting for your other photography work already (Google Photos, Flickr, SmugMug, etc.) that works great – after the race you can upload your photos and provide a link for us to post on the race website. If you do not have anywhere to host photos, get them to us after the event and we will host them on our own Google Photos account (giving you credit for the photography of course).

Please know that we respect, value and appreciate your work!  We ask the following of all of our participants: “If you are sharing or posting photos for personal use, it is always good form to credit the photographer. If you’d like to use an image for a commercial purpose (e.g. publish in a magazine, use to promote a product etc.), please contact photographers for permission and terms of use.”

Examples of past years work can be found HERE https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/photos/

Post Race Cleanup - Monday After (Twin Cities Area)

Monday is the day all the equipment comes back out of the trailer and gets cleaned, dried and put away, it is no small feat!  If you would like to help you are more than welcome, please email for more details / directions on where to go.  Takes place in the Twin Cities – 25 minutes south of St. Paul, MN.

Saturday Packet Pickup / Check-In
Day: Friday Start: 6:00 AM Finish: 9:30 AM

Report To: Race Director @ Caribou Highlands

Description: Help Check in runners and facilitate the start of the race.

Responsibilities: Unload equipment, make coffee, check in runners,  clean-up, pack-up.  Morning Packet pickup starts at 5:30 AM.  50KM starts at 7:00AM, 25KM starts at 8:00AM and 12.5K starts at 9:00AM

Related Information: NA

Turnaround / Carlton Peak
Day: Saturday Start: Saturday 8:30 AM Finish:  Saturday 11:30 AM

Report To: Carlton Peak

Description: Work 50KM Turnaround

Responsibilities: Minimum two individuals.  The summit of Carlton Peak is the Half-Way point in the 50KM race. One indivdual works the intersection where the Carlton Peak “Summit” Spur Trail intersects the Superior Hiking Trail – volunteer directs runners up the spur trail.  Second indivdual (Charlie H.!) positions themselves at the summit of Carlton Peak and sends runners back the way they came.

Related Information:
https://www.superiorspringtrailrace.com/maps-and-data/

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The Carlton Peak Summit position is permanently held by Charlie / Chuck Hubbard (former Superior 50K Course Record Holder) – you may join him or work the spur trail just below.

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.